Call for Papers

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JRM Vol.31 No.6, Dec. 2019

Special Issue on “Infrastructure Maintenance and Inspection Robotics”

Submission Deadline: May 20, 2019
Editors: Prof. Koichi Osuka (Osaka University, Japan)
Prof. Shin’ichi Yuta (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_31-6.pdf
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Japan has infrastructure facilities, including bridges, tunnels, roads, etc., intensively built during the period of rapid economic growth. These facilities are naturally aging rapidly now. As the percentage of facilities fifty years old or older is expected to increase at an accelerating pace over the next twenty years, it is necessary that those infrastructures aging simultaneously be strategically maintained and updated those infrastructures aging. At present, Japan has about 699,000 bridges and about 10,300 tunnels.
Under the existing conditions, however, almost all of the inspections of infrastructure facilities depend on a labor-intensive approach. If this continues, inspecting all the infrastructure facilities will take too long, resulting in the risk of the collapse of facilities before their inspection and maintenance are completed. In response to this, there is now a growing need for significantly more efficient infrastructure maintenance and inspection utilizing robotics and mechatronics technologies. A few projects have already been launched.
Focusing on systems that are under development or have recently been developed for infrastructure maintenance and inspection, this special issue is calling for papers on robotics and mechatronics that would contribute to such technologies. In addition to research papers, development reports are also welcomed.

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Last updated on Mar. 19, 2019