Program: Collaborative Research Program for Alumni (CRA)
Field: Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Principal Investigator: Dr. Keo Lychek
Sending University: Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC)
Japanese Co-Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Masaki YAMAKITA
Japanese University: Tokyo Institute of Technology
The landmine crisis is globally alarming since there are presently 500 millions
unexploded, buried mines in about 70 countries. Cambodia used to pass through civil war almost three decades. After this war, it remained a lot of landmine in the land all over the country, especially rural areas which is also a main obstacle for Cambodia in development because it killed people and the land cannot be cropped.
Cambodia Mine Action Center (CMAC) estimates that there may be as many as four to six million mines and unexploded ordnances in Cambodia. CMAC plays an important role in demining in Cambodia. Even though we have CMAC which has skill in demining, but its still hard to specific the exact dangerous area, landmine area, for people who live near that region. Sometimes, the deminers also get injured, or some accident, during the demining process because of some mistake of specifying the exact location or their careless, no one perfect. We can avoid these problems by using robots instead of using human during the demining process.
On the other hand, the other demining robot that are already developed still have problem with the mine detection sensor. It cannot detect mine in the raining season because of water level problem. So, in my proposed project, demining is not main task but marking is the main task. Because, the current robot technology is not so effective for demining. Since there is flood or very big change of water level in Cambodia, robot marking against the
change of water environment may be new aspect in Cambodia or in South East Asia. Also, the system can manage flood effects so that changes of mines can be effectively traced. With the achieved results from the discussion of CMAC, we slightly change our objective to build the robot for detect and specifies more precise the depth of the UXO.
The purpose of this project is to design a robot which is capable of detecting UXO and marking their locations, while enabling the operator to control the robot wirelessly from a distance. The research project bring alot of Idea and new development technology for my academic network From this research project my research group have ability to conducts other related field of the research In my opinion, if this research is sucessfully implemented, alot of benefit to the society. Because it will be reduced the injury for the deminner and dengerous to the people by explosion of mine.