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NEDO to Conduct a Demonstration Test of Debris Flow Simulation Using an Autonomous Multi-Rotor Drone
– Aiming to acquire remote data from restricted areas of volcanos –

November 17, 2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

On November 24, as part of a NEDO project, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd., enRoute Co., Ltd., Tohoku University New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Kogakuin University, and Fieldpro, Inc. will conduct a demonstration test of a debris flow simulation using an integrated system of an autonomous multi-rotor drone and various sensing technologies. The test will take place at Mount Unzen Fugen, and will be conducted with the cooperation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

If data about volcanos can be collected remotely with robotics – such as information about the terrain, the amount and characteristics of ash, and the amount of rainfall in areas that are difficult for people to enter during a volcano eruption – it will be possible to conduct a high-precision debris flow simulation, which will serve as a socially effective disaster prevention system.

Figure 1 An autonomous multi-rotor drone carrying a remote data acquisition device, and Figure 2 Image of a debris flow simulation A plot of simulation results showing of reachable areas in debris flow, as well as deposition depth, in “GSI Tile (The Latest Nationwide Photographs)”, published by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan.

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department
Contact Persons: Yasukawa, Kawakami, Uchiyama­ Tel: +81-44-520-5241­