|Mission #1: “Discover”||Mission #2: “Reach”||Mission #3: “Rescue”||Night competition: “Discover”|
|Oct. 16 (Mon.), 2017||<None of the teams completed missions>||・Y.D.S. Pro Shop /
DJI Store Shinjuku
|<None of the teams completed missions>||<Not held>|
|Oct. 17 (Tues.), 2017||・Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.||・WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd
・Y.D.S. Pro Shop /
DJI Store Shinjuku
|Oct. 18 (Weds.), 2017||・WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd||・WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd
・Team Tohoku JV
・Y.D.S. Pro Shop /
DJI Store Shinjuku
|Oct. 19 (Thurs.), 2017||・•Team ArduPilot Japan (TAP-J)||・Team Tohoku JV||<None of the teams completed missions>|
|Oct. 20 (Fri.), 2017||・WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd||・WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd
・Team Tohoku JV
・Kansai Drone Safety Organization
This report summarizes the Contest and includes records, photos of the dummy victim when it was found, and more.
The Japan Innovation Challenge 2017 Executive Committee, with help from Kamishihoro-cho, Hokkaido and SB Drive Corp., held a field operation test of automated buses at the Kamishihoro Town Hall on Oct. 14 (Sat.) – 16 (Mon.), 2017.
The Pre-Contest briefing was held at Roppongi Academyhills from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. on August 2 (Weds.), 2017.
The briefing included an overview of Japan Innovation Challenge 2017,
an official announcement of Contest participation conditions and regulations, and information about how to borrow dummies and rescue kits, find lodging, etc.
Japan Innovation Challenge 2017 pre-Contest briefing
Time: 2:30–4:30 p.m. on August 2 (Weds.), 2017
Place: Roppongi Academyhills, Tower Hall A, 49F
The objective of this Guide (“Guide”) is to lay down rules for the Japan Innovation Challenge 2017 Contest (“Contest”) and ensure the safety of all personnel involved in the Contest, including participants. If you find any deficiency in these rules or need clarification, please contact the organizer.
Terms used in this Guide have the following meanings.
The objective of the Contest is to accelerate the research and development of commercial robots in Japan’s robot industry by providing assistance during disasters, as a specific example of a robotics application. It is also expected that more lives will be saved when robots or systems incorporating robots that completed the missions in the Contest are deployed across the country.
Forest owned by Kamishihoro-cho, Hokkaido (166 and 167, Kamiotofuke, Kamishihoro-cho)
To participate in the Contest, a team must meet all of the following conditions. Applications from joint teams of students and corporations or of multiple corporations are acceptable.
No participation fee will be collected for the Contest.
However, each team is required to bear transportation, accommodation, meals, and other expenses incurred with regard to participating in the Contest.
The Contest is composed of three missions: “Discover,” “Reach,” and “Rescue.” Each team is required to participate in any one of the three missions.
For detailed information on each mission, please see the Missions section below.
One day in the late fall, Mr. Obihiro went climbing.
It was a mountain he had never tried before, but he decided to go alone, relying on his past experience.
He arrived at the top later than he had expected, at 3:00 p.m., and started to climb down immediately.
At around 4:00 p.m., the weather suddenly changed and snow began to fall.
At 4:30 p.m., it turned into a snow storm, and he got lost.
At 5:00 p.m., he called for rescue over his cell phone.
He couldn’t tell them his exact location because he didn’t know it.
He has enough food and water to survive until morning.
He has a raincoat in case of bad weather such as rain, but he was not expecting snow.
So, he cannot keep his body temperature up. He will freeze if left unaided.
A helicopter cannot go and rescue him because of the bad weather conditions.
Since the sun is about to set soon, the rescue team cannot go into the mountains and they are preparing themselves for the next morning.
Then, rescuers became unable to reach him on his mobile phone, possibly because his battery died.
Therefore, the rescue team decides to try a robot-based rescue operation.
Since a rescue operation is scheduled for the next morning, the first thing the team should try is to discover the location of Mr. Obihiro.
If his location is found, the next step is to send a rescue robot.
It is possible that the robot may not be able to take him back because of bone fractures or the like. In such cases, the robot will leave a radio transmission device, a simple tent, blanket, and other necessary supplies at the location.
The clock is ticking. You need to find him and get him back safely as soon as possible. Now is the time for your robot.
(1) Human-shaped (androgynous)
(2) Skin is made of plastic
(3) It wears clothing
(4) Depending on the spot, it has a temperature of about 30°C
(5) There is an accelerometer, thermometer, and GPS device in the chest area (teams cannot use the information acquired from these devices)
(6) Dummy weight is about 50 kg
Dummies will be lent to registered participants from August 2017. A limited number are available.
(1) Cylindrical shape ( 200 mm in diameter and 200 mm in height)
(2) The weight is 3 kg.
(3) It is a wooden box that can withstand a certain degree of impact.
(4) It has a GPS device. (Teams cannot use the information acquired from these devices)
Kits will be lent to registered participants from August 2017.
Teams participating in the Contest and their members are prohibited from doing the following things (“Prohibitions”). If a team or any of the team members violates any of these Prohibitions, the team will be disqualified from the Contest:
(1) Hindering the progress of the Contest or hindering any other team’s operations (including, but not limited to, physical interference or radio jamming)
(2) Participation in the missions by improper means
(3) Non-compliance with the organizer’s instructions
(4) Violation of the Contest rules, this Guide, or the like
(5) Intentional destruction of the venue or its facilities, equipment, or the like
(6) Actual or potential infringement of the property, privacy, or the like of the organizer, any other team, or a third party
(7) Violation of laws or regulations
(8) Anything else that is considered by the organizer to be as improper as any of those listed above
The organizer may suspend the Contest at its discretion in the event that:
(1) any Contest participant or spectator is involved in an accident, gets injured, or suffers any other serious harm; or
(2) an earthquake, fire, or other natural disaster or the like happens
Teams should file any necessary applications related to the Civil Aeronautics Act or Radio Act. Some applications take time, so give yourself plenty of time when applying.
8/7/2017 Version 1.1, regulations updated, pre-Contest briefing materials inserted, etc.
6/15/2017 Version 1.0, first edition
Japan Innovation Challenge 2017 Executive Committee
JTB Western Japan Corp.
― Participation standards
Q: Can we use any number of robots and drones?
A: Yes, you can use as many as you like.
Q: Are there any limits on the number of people on each team?
A: No. There are no limits on how many people may be on a team.
― Regulations in general
Q: You said that “if any safety hazard, such as snow, is observed during the Contest Period, the Contest may be closed early, even if the Contest is still in progress,” but what specific numerical values do you mean? And if you are to close early, how would you decide, and by what time?
A: For example, if a storm warning is issued, we may decide to close the Contest after a discussion. Based on that day’s conditions, we would send a message to participants by 9:00 a.m. and also make an announcement on the Contest’s official website.
Q: What are the conditions under which humans can operate the robots?
A: The scenario is that you would be using robots deployed for a rescue from an actual alpine accident. So, the operating methods you could use include not only automatic operation, but also wired or wireless operation and using images to confirm the dummy victim. As for the operating place, you will operate robots from the designated place (near the starting point).
Q: Will we be able to make physical contact with robots that are within the virtual fence?
A: Robots can be operated from the starting point, so you can do things like changing batteries, but if a robot becomes unusable in the mountains, it can no longer be physically touched until it is recovered after the end of that day’s mission. The organizer will recover such robots.
Q: Is it OK to touch the device to change the battery?
A: Yes, as long as it is done at the starting point.
― About the missions
Q: What notation system should we use to send in the GPS information in Mission #1?
A: Use the degrees, minutes, and seconds of the World Geodetic System (WGS84).
Q: What kind of search range do you anticipate?
A: At the least, it will be within the Contest venue (3 km2). The scenario is an accident in the mountains, so plan on forest roads and places apart from forest roads.
Q: How will time and precision be reflected in the evaluation criteria in Missions #1 and #2? For example, will points be added or deducted based on distance error?
A: In Missions #1 and #2, as long as the results are within the precision described in the rules, there will be no further points added or deducted.
Q: Do teams have to participate in all three missions? For example, is it possible to participate in the Contest and just do Mission #1 but not #2 and #3?
A: You do not have to participate in all missions. It is OK to participate in Mission #1 only.
Q: If a rescue kit crashed into the dummy during a drop in Mission #2: “Reach,” how you would judge that?
A: Because the dummy basically represents a person, the team would be disqualified for that day if the rescue kit crashed into the dummy.
Q: Will Mission #2 be considered completed if we first lower the rescue kit by rope and then drag it close to the dummy, or if we use a drone, etc. to carry the rescue kit, drop it, and then carry it closer to the dummy?
A: As long as you stay within the rules and comply with the law, the method does not matter, so we encourage you to try all sorts of ideas.
Q: Will we know the dummy’s clothing and color in advance?
A: Since the scenario is an accident in the mountains, it will be announced on the day of the Contest. You should assume it is typical mountain climbing clothing.
Q: Will site weather and wind speed forecasts, dummy clothing, and other information be announced in advance?
A: Each morning, the organizer will announce information such as whether the Contest will be held and what clothing the dummy is wearing.
Q: Is it OK to leave when my own team’s mission is done?
A: Yes, you do not have to continue participating in the Contest until the final day.
Q: Specifically, what kind of people are on the Japan Innovation Challenge 2017 Executive Committee? Are there existing robotics companies or universities on the committee?
A: The committee membership will include the sponsor companies and local government personnel. We are presently making adjustments to the committee.
Q: Is there likely to be a problem of interference because of frequency during the Contest?
A: Although it is conceivable that interference will happen during wireless use of drones, etc. at the Contest venue, each team should use a wireless system that considers interference and also consider using a band monitor to avoid interference. We hope that this event will lead to innovative ideas about the use of wireless systems. We have determined that it is impossible for us to set wireless system operating standards in advance for each team. Thank you for your understanding. It is fine if teams speak with each other onsite to coordinate their frequencies.
― Q&A from August 2 pre-Contest briefing (added FAQs)
Q. What is the maximum distance in km from the starting point to the dummy’s location?
A: The dummy will be a maximum of about 4–5 km from the starting point. It will be within the search area.
Q: Tell me in detail how large the venue headquarters area will be.
A: The venue headquarters area will be 100 m × 50 m. There will be a stage and tents for participants to use.
Q: Will there be paths suitable for a rover-type robot to rescue the dummy?
A: The dummy will be placed at a different location every day. It will not necessarily be placed on a path. There are several paths within the search area that are wide enough for people to walk on, but there are no roads that cars can drive on.
Q: Will there be a DoCoMo mobile base station vehicle on site, like last time?
A: We plan to have it there this time too. Or, we will prepare an environment where you can use radio waves.
Q: Can we set up a temporary house for remote operation?
A: One tent will be assigned to each team. There is no problem to operate from within the tent. If you need more than the allotted space, please consult with us.
Q: Is it OK to temporarily set up a wireless antenna?
A: As long as it is in legal compliance, it is no problem.
Q: Is it OK to use crawler-type robots?
A: That’s no problem.
Q: Is it OK if we use a robot to cut trees to facilitate our search?
A: It is OK to remove branches or other obstacles in your way. However, please do not cut standing trees or do other things that change the environment.
Q: Can the organizer file a comprehensive application to approve drones?
A: Please apply for each one individually.
Q: Once we have submitted a plan, how many days will it take to get the results?
A: We plan to get the first answers out by October 7. We will inform you later about the date and time.
Q: Tell me some examples of a dangerous situation as defined by the organizer.
A: Operating drones in densely inhabited areas. Catching a drone by hand. Flying a drone with a rescue kit dangling from a long cable, etc.
Q: Is there a place to repair robots that break?
A: There will be a power supply inside the tents. We are also offering a preparation facility in Kamishihoro-cho.
Q: Are independently flying drones OK?
A: That’s no problem.
Q: Is there some maximum amount of rain or wind speed you will allow before you decide to suspend the Contest?
A: Yes, a wind speed of about 10 meters/second and about 30 mm of rain. Even at lower levels, the organizer may also decide to suspend the contest if the situation is deemed dangerous.
Q: Do you have rules on the timing of robot takeoff in Mission #3?
A: We do not. We let each team decide based on their tactics.