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Report on the Symposium "Toward the Next Stage of Robotics"

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January 29, 2015

On January 6, 2015, Tokyo Tech hosted a researcher-organized symposium on robotics entitled "Toward the Next Stage of Robotics" at Multi-Purpose Digital Hall. Researchers from Japan and abroad who are pursuing new robotics were invited. The event attracted about 150 corporate and academic researchers, and students.

Linkage and metallic frame-based robotics has, essentially, become its own major field in engineering. Academia should aim for further innovation in robotics and target practical applications for conventional robotics; and this symposium was planned with this idea in mind.

The symposium began with opening remarks by Tokyo Tech's Executive Vice President Takashi Tatsumi, and featured presentations by researchers in the field of robotics, such as materials science and bio-science. Tokyo Tech Professor Koichi Suzumori and many other researchers presented their ideas on next-generation robotics. Professor Suzumori's robots were bare-bones, tall and slender like sculptor Giacometti's works. His lecture was entitled "Giacometti Robotics and Soft Robotics." Each presentation was followed by enthusiastic questions and lively discussion.

Excited discussion made participants lose track of time, a sure sign that the symposium was a great success.

Speakers and their topics

Koichi Suzumori, Tokyo Tech

Giacometti Robotics and Soft Robotics

Koichi Suzumori

Koichi Suzumori

Just Herder, Delft University of Technology

Towards Structurally Compliant Robotics

Just Herder

Just Herder

Koh Hosoda, Osaka University

Bionic Robots Utilizing Structural Compliance

Koh Hosoda

Koh Hosoda

Shogo Hamada, Cornell University

DNA Hydrogel: Toward the Realization of "Slime-Like" Molecular Robots

Shogo Hamada

Shogo Hamada

Daisuke Kurabayashi, Tokyo Tech

Robotics to Investigate Algorithms Exhibited by Animals

Daisuke Kurabayashi

Daisuke Kurabayashi

Keisuke Arikawa, Kanagawa Institute of Technology

Kinematics of Robotic Mechanisms and Proteins

Keisuke Arikawa

Keisuke Arikawa

Sangbae Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Learn from Nature: Innovation Toward Future Robots

Sangbae Kim

Sangbae Kim

Masayoshi Watanabe, The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers; Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry

Monotsukuri 4.0 - Let's Change the Rules of the Game!

Masayoshi Watanabe

Masayoshi Watanabe

It was an especially meaningful symposium because of the participation of many students and young researchers set to play important roles in the field of next-generation robotics. Many participants provided their opinions in a questionnaire about the symposium, and we will refer to them for future activities.

Group photo
Group photo

Contact

Next-Generation Robotics Symposium Committee
Email symposium@robotics.mes.titech.ac.jp
TEL +81-3-5734-3177

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