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Rescue robot int'l symposium in Kobe

The 'Rescue Robot Symposium 2002 in Kobe,' where researchers from Japan and other countries will gather to discuss 'rescue robots,' which are used to save people, will be held at International Conference Center Kobe (Chuo Ward, Kobe City) on January 17, 2002. The meeting will be held under the aegis of the International Rescue System Research Organization Preparatory Group, a nonprofit organization that has been granted the status of a juridical person under the Japanese law, Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hanshin-Awaji Economic Rehabilitation Organization and others.
The symposium aims to discuss the picture of disaster prevention in the near future which will be made possible by robots by actually operating or exhibiting robots and presenting lectures by experts. At the symposium, LTC. (Ret.) John Blitch from The Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) and Professor Robin Murphy from the University of South Florida will talk about how robots were used for search and rescue operations at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, which was hit by terrorist attacks in September 11. A model of robots used at the disaster scene will be actually operated in connection with the presentations. A panel discussion by researchers, including those from Japan, will also be included in the program.