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Robotics on a mission

As nations come together in Tokyo next summer to celebrate the spirit of human potential in the 2020 Olympic Games, they will have a chance to take part in another international competition hosted by Japan soon after, this time with challenges designed for robot contenders.

The World Robot Summit, which will take place during two main events in August and October next year, will test the potential of robots in a range of challenging competitions. We spoke with Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University, who is leading the disaster robotics competition. A preliminary version leading up to this competition was held in 2018 (pictured) and findings were recently reported1.

A mobility task in the 2018 preliminary Disaster Robotics Challenge. Credit: Hiroko Tadokoro

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Venema, L. Robotics on a mission. Nat Mach Intell 1, 381 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42256-019-0081-9

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