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Since the WASEDA-ROBOT (WABOT) project was begun in 1970 as a cross-departmental effort, Waseda University has gathered experts in machines, information, materials, and the environment to assemble an unprecedented multi-tiered group of researchers in a research center for humanoid and lifestyle-assisting robots in the areas of healthcare and welfare. The Humanoid Robotics Institute was established in 2000, and authentically international collaboration was accelerated by research activities through *MEXT's high-tech research center development project. WABOT-HOUSE Laboratory was established in 2002 in Gifu Prefecture as a center to integrate robots with the living environment, to develop the new engineering field of structuring environmental information to link architecture and robots, and to foster human resources. The joint laboratories RoboCasa and Robot-An were started in 2003 by Waseda University and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), respectively, based on an intergovernmental agreement between Japan and Italy, and they still are conducting regular exchanges of personnel and collaborative research projects. At present Waseda University and SSSA are developing projects as hubs in both countries, as well as a joint project with the assistance of the EU. Furthermore, the 21st century COE Program's “Innovative research on symbiosis technologies for humans and robots in the elderly dominated society” featured not only achievements in healthcare and welfare such as robot-assisted surgery, but also internationally recognized research in basic theory and technology, as well as regular exchanges with the largest robotics research project in South Korea: Center for Intelligent Robotics (CIR).

* MEXT : Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan

Heart surgery robot

Biped robot chair

Robot's psychological model

Human symbiotic robot TWENDY-ONE

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