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Robot Seminar and Discussion
by Hiroshi Gonaikawa
Dec 07, 2009More
Date 7th to 9th December 2009, 6pm to 8pm each day
Venue TWIns (= Waseda University bldg.50)
Lecturer Hiroshi GONAIKAWA
(GCOE Global Robot Academia Visiting Junior Researcher, C.E.O.,
Uni-Fi Research Co.,Ltd.,)

Report


"What's practical robotics research?"

Many studies have been done in robotics, and many new technologies have been developed.
Therefore, It's time to think about how to use and apply these technologies to solve the real problems in the society.
In this seminar, Mr. Gonaikawa, the president of Uni-Fi Research, gave lectures on this issue.
The seminar consists of three lectures.
In the first lecture, Mr. Gonaikawa presented current condition of Japanese society with statistical data.
In the second lecture, Mr. Gonaikawa presented the result of his analysis on the service robots those were already in the market.
In the last lecture, Mr. Gonaikawa presented technical problems for future service robots.
After each lecture, Mr. Gonaikawa and participants, young researchers, had deep discussion on each lecture.
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Italy-Japan Workshops on Robotics
- Program of the WS on Medical Robotics -
Nov 09, 2009More
Date 9 November 2009
Venue Waseda University, Tokyo
Okuma-Shokodo (大隈小講堂), Waseda Campus
Organize Embassy of Italy in Japan
"Italia in Giappone 2009"
http://www.italia-in.jp/event/science.html
Co-Organize Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)
Entrance Fee Free
Open for public and no need to register in advance
9:00-9:10 Welcome by Alberto MENGONI (The Embassy of Italy)
9:10-9:45 Masakatsu G. Fujie (Waseda)
Intelligent motion control based on physical modelling and traditional control method
9:45-10:20 Paolo Dario (SSSA)
From minimal invasive to transluminal surgery: a transition supported by robotics technology
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-10:55 Paolo Fiorini (Università di Verona)
Alternate speaker: Paolo DARIO
EU projects in minimally invasive robotic surgery
10:55-11:10 Eugenio GUGLIELMELLI (Università Campus Bio Medico)
Pinch Locomotion for Robotic Capsules and Assistive
11:15-12:30 Student Presentations
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break & Poster Session
14:00-14:15 Welcome address by Masakatsu G. Fujie (Waseda)
14:15-14:25 Break
14:25-15:00 Ichiro Sakuma (The Univ. of Tokyo)
Integration of Surgical Robot and Biomedical Measurements for Computer Aided Surgery
15.00-15.15 Break
15:15-15:50 Mamoru Mitsuishi (The Univ. of Tokyo)
Computer-integrated surgical system
15:50-16:25 Arianna Menciassi (SSSA)
Robotic endoscopy: recent progresses and future directions
16:25-17:00 Toshio Chiba (National Center for Child Health and Development)
Medical robotics for fetal intervention
17:00-18:00 Panel Discussion and Conclusion
(Chair: Paolo Dario and Masakatsu G. Fujie)

Report

Reports were made on the surgical robot in Italy and Japan. The theme surgical robot included diversity of areas concerning cardiac surgery, capsular, laser treatment in the cerebral and fetus surgery. Also, projects that are now in progress in Europe were reported. In the panel discussion, discussions were made on the regulations when making advanced medical equipment practical. Various ideas on the differences in current regulation situations that exist between Japan, Europe and America and ways to break through them were exchanged.

Participants not only included students from Japan and Italy, but also students from university of Twente, Netherlands. This was possible due to the visit of Technical University in Netherlands where GRA does activities and was meaningful towards further collaboration research.

Number of Participants (approximate)
30 from SSSA, Italy
60 from Waseda University
31 from Twente University, Holland
16 from other
total: 137

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Italy-Japan Workshops on Robotics
- Program of the WS on Service Robotics -
Nov 08, 2009More
Date 8 November 2009
Venue Waseda University, Tokyo
bldg.#63, conference room 2-04/05, Nishi-Waseda Campus
Organize Embassy of Italy in Japan
"Italia in Giappone 2009"
http://www.italia-in.jp/event/science.html
Co-Organize Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)
Entrance Fee Free
Open for public and no need to register in advance
Program Download Italy-Japan_WS-Robot_Program.pdf
9:00-9:10 Welcome by Alberto MENGONI
(Attache for Science and Technology, The Embassy of Italy)
9:10-9:45 Shuji Hashimoto (Waseda)
What can Robot Technology do for us and for our society ?
9:45-10:20 Cecilia Laschi (SSSA)
Service Robotics in Urban Environments: the experience of the European DustBot Project
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
10:40-11:15 Yoichi Takamoto (tmsuk Co., Ltd. )
Business Plan of tmsuk
11:15-12:30 Student Presentations
12:30-13:20 Lunch Break & Poster Session
13:20-14:10 Service Robot demos: DustBot & RODEM
Poster Session
14:10-14:20 Break
14:20-14:50 Welcome address by Katsuhiko Shirai(President, Waseda) and Alfredo Maria DURANTE MANGONI(Minister-Counsellor, The Embassy of Italy)
14:50-15:00 Presentation of the students to Prof. Shirai
15:00-15:35 Eugenio Guglielmelli (Universita Campus Bio-Medico)
Structural embodied intelligence for safe physical interaction in rehabilitation and assistive robotics
15:35-16:10 Tatsuya Matsui (Flower Robotics, Inc.)
The Role of design for new robot industry development
16:10-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-17:05 Barbara Mazzolai (SSSA)
Service Robotics and Biorobotics for the Quality of the Environment
17:05-17:40 Hiroshi Gonaikawa (Unify Research Inc.)
Perspective of the service robot industry
17:40-18:40 Panel Discussion and Conclusion
(Chair: Paolo Dario and Atsuo Takanishi)

Report

The Italy-Japan Workshop on Service Robotics was organized in the framework of the "Italy in Japan 2009" initiative "The art of living and creating", and as a joint activity of the "Summer School in Autumn WSK-TNg 2009" coordinated by: Waseda University, Japan; Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Italy; The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea; The University of Tsukuba, Japan; Nagoya University, Japan. This workshop followed the long tradition of joint events between Italy and Japan, beginning with the Year of Italy in 2001 with the workshop on "HUMANOIDS - A Techno-Ontological Approach" up to the more recent Italian Spring in 2007 with the symposium on "Robots are already among us!".
This year Workshop was chaired by Prof. Cecilia Laschi of SSSA and by Prof. Atsuo Takanishi of Waseda. Several leading researchers from Italy and Japan both in academia and industry kindly accepted to present their point of view on service robotics and its role in current and future society, aiming at creating new collaborative activities in research, industry and services, as well as to motivate young students based on better understanding of state-of-the-art technologies of Italy/EU and Japan.
The Panel discussions addressed the "practical issues and problems for the introduction of service robots in everyday life", aiming to propose research topics scientifically interesting and truly feasible, and concrete actions for Italy-Japan collaboration in education, research and industrial development.

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WSK-TNg2009 Summer School in Autumn
"From Communication to Collaboration"
Nov 02, 2009More
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Co-organizer Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)
Date from 2 to 7 November 2009
Venue Nishi-Waseda Campus, Waseda University
Participants 88 students and 13 Post-Docs as advisories
URL http://www.rt-gcoe.waseda.ac.jp/WSK-TNg2009/
Invited Lecturers
3 November
Yoshiyuki SANKAI (Professor, Tsukuba Univ.)
Toshio FUKUDA (Professor, Nagoya Univ.)
Osamu MIZUNO (Panasonic)
Hiroshi GONAIKAWA (Uni-Fi Research Co.,Ltd.)

4 November
Masataka YOSHIMURA
 (Visiting Senior Researcher, Waseda Univ.)
Makoto MIZUKAWA
 (Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology)
Kazuyuki KANOSUE (Professor, Waseda Univ.)
Mun-Taek Choi (Senior Research Engineer, KIST)

5 November
Junho Choi (Senior Research Scientist, KIST)
Peter Mertens (Siemens K. K.)
Paolo Dario (Professor, SSSA)
Sung-Kee Park (KIST)

Program
Report
The Summer School is the traditional annual meeting of the universities is the Global Robot Academia (GRA) branch of the Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) organization. This year (2009) students and faculty from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA) in Pisa, the Korean Institute of Technology, Nagoya University, Tsukuba University and Waseda University came together in Tokyo to communicate and collaborate in order to broaden their view on Robot Technology RT.

The theme "From Communication to Collaboration" was well supported by a series of interesting lectures by outstanding presenters from various universities and companies. This educational program was reinforced by extensive group-work projects, that gave the students the chance to sketch some of their own ideas in collaboration with others. Members of every group of students were carefully selected to originate from different universities to make inter-university, inter-national, inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary dialog possible. The group-work session were well received among students and faculty, the resulting presentations and posters showing the creativity and team-capabilities of the participants.

The overall result of this year's Summer School can be characterized as a stimulating, highly educational and pleasant experience. The students not only gained a lot of new ideas and knowledge on a personal level, but also the product of the summer school as such, the presentations and posters of the group-work represent many interesting research proposals that very well might have the potential to progress further, into actually endeavored projects.

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RT Frontier demonstration in Waseda University Open Campus
Aug 01, 2009More
Date from 1 to 3 August 2009
*Tour1: 11 am *Tour2: 2 pm
Waseda university open campus events held at Nishi-Waseda Campus (Faculty of Science and Engineering) on 1 - 3 August. In order to attract young students (mainly high school students) to academic research of science and engineering, there were some special lectures, lab tour, experiments, and so on.
On the same day, GCOE-GRA demonstrates Waseda robots in RT Frontier (Shinjuku Lamdux building, 2-4-12, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo).

Below is the list of demonstrated robots and experiment facility.
・ WKA-1R Robot assisted quantitative assessment of airway management (Takanishi lab)
・ BEAT-S1 Beating heart simulator for the OPCAB training (Umezu lab)
・ Walking support machine for elderly (Fujie lab)
・ Motion capture system (Fujie lab)
・ Waseda Eye-No.4 Refined II (Takanishi lab)
・ Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm (Sugano lab)

People who visited RT frontier were able to have an opportunity not only listen the explanations but also touch and control the machines. GCOE - GRA researchers instructs them with enthusiasm.
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Opening Ceremony of Our New Research Base
"RT Frontier"
May 21, 2009More
date 21st May 2009   1pm to 3pm
place RT Frontier (Shinjuku Lamdux bldg.) room101 main entrance
attendance 30 from Waseda, 15 from outside of Waseda

report

An opening and naming ceremony of our new research space was held at room#101 of Shinjuku Lamdux bldg (Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo).
Our new research space is named "RT Frontier".
The name is proposed and voted by GCOE-GRA researchers and other affiliates.
RT Frontier is placed as a research space for quality-of-life robot technology which supports human and human living.

◆Opening ceremony(naming ceremony,ribbon cutting ceremony)

テープカット
©2009 Impress Watch Corporation
left to right; Prof. Hashimoto, Prof. Fujie, Prof. Takanishi, Prof. Yamakawa

◆Introduction and demonstration of each project in RT Frontier

room #101
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(1) COSMAR,(2) Tread Walk,(3) Motion Capture Room, (4) Navigation Cane

room #901
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(1) GPS・RFID,(2) CIROS,(3) Soft Robotics

room #1202
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(1) Shadow System, (2) Human-Machine Interaction Robot, (3) Chemical Robot, (4) KOBIAN
publication Robot Watch
http://robot.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20090521_169820.html

Waseda university web site (News Release)
http://www.waseda.jp/jp/news09/090522_p.html

NIKKEI.NET、NIKKEI.com(English)
GCOE-GRA Workshop 3
- Sensory Fusion in Robotics -
May 18, 2009More
date 18 May 2009  1 pm- 5pm
venue TWIns (= Waseda University bldg.50)
attendance 59 reseachers (include 17 researchers from overseas)
lecturer ・Mark CUTKOSKY (Professor of Stanford University, USA)
・Jun Ho OH (Professor of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
・Ronald C ARKIN (Associate Dean for Research, Georgia Institute of Technology,   USA)
・Giulio SANDINI (Professor of Italian Institute of Technology)

Title of the workshop

Sensory Fusion in Robotics
How to integrate different sensors and different modalities to build better robots for everyday life

In recent years there is a growing expectation that robotic technology will be more and more important in our life, getting out of the factories (industrial robots) and helping people in a variety of different everyday scenarios (personal robots). The performance of the state of the art robots, however, are far from successfully achieving such ambitious goals, and a lot of work still needs to be done by us researchers.
During this workshop on Sensory Fusion we discussed the main challenges these robots face, and how to cope with them. The invited speakers Europe, America, and Asia presented their points of view on the current status and future challenges of robotics, and how the integration of different modalities such sensors, mechanical design, low- and high- level control, interface design, perception, and so on, could help us to build better robots.


Program

1:00 - 1:05 pm Introduction
Session I
1:05 - 1:45 pm
Title
Adapting principles from biology for integrating structures and mechanisms with sensing and control
Lecturer
Mark CUTKOSKY
Detail
Dr. Cutkosky showed how to obtain a good trade-off between sensor-based control and mechanical preflexes in which the initial response of the system to perturbations is accomplished by appropriately tuning the passive mechanical properties of the system.
1:45 - 2:25 pm
Title
Robot Technology and Challenge
Lecturer
Jun Ho Oh
Detail
Dr. Oh deeply analyzed which are the main challenges of robotics in all its different aspects, showing some possible solutions.
2:25 - 2:45 pm
Lecturer
Shuji Hashimoto (Prof., Waseda University)
2:45 - 3:00 pm Coffee break
Session II
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Title
Integrative Architectures: tying it all together
Lecturer
Ronald C ARKIN
Detail
Dr. Arkin discussed software architectural integration issues in complex robotic systems, when multiple, heterogeneous robots have to work together as a team, with examples in multi-robot systems and humanoids.
3:40 - 4:20 pm
Title
How to advance humanoid research?
Lecturer
Giulio SANDINI
Detail
Dr. SANDINI analyzed how the human brain interprets and understand every action by fusing different modalities and representations, and how to implement similar mechanisms in robotics.

Technical Assistance

After the workshop is over, they visited some laboratories in TWIns and Kikui-cho (Humanoid Robotics Institute) to have discussion or give advice to the researchers.

・ Dr. Cutkosky
Discussion on the possible control simplification and performance increments that can be achieved by integrating different structures and mechanisms with sensing and control, in a way similar to what nature has done in living organisms (particular interest for the Biped Group, specifically for the realization of new artificial hands and feet; general interest for all the biomedical engineering related projects)

・ Dr. Oh
Detailed discussion about the main limitations of current technology and on the main directions that should be explored for realizing better performing humanoid robots (particular interest for the Biped group, but more in general for all the biomedical engineering related projects)

・ Dr. Arkin
Detailed discussion on how several robots of very different characteristics and capabilities can be used together for the same goal, and how these data must be taken into account at the very early design stage (particularly useful for Wabot-House project, or for the robotized operating theater)

・ Dr. Sandini
Discussion about the principles that the human brain uses to represent the space that surrounds us, and about what kind of motor and sensory components are needed for realizing the same or at least similar architecture in humanoid robotics (Biped Group, Flautist group,and in general all the projects related to Human-Robot interaction).

Advanced Technology Seminar 3
by Prof. Giuseppe Carbone
Apr 17, 2009More
date 17 April, 2009   1:30pm - 3pm
venue TWIns (= Waseda University bldg.50)
attendance 30 GCOE researchers (includes five researchers from overseas)
title Multi-objective optimal design of robots,
Design and operation of parallel manipulators: experiences at LARM
lecturer Giuseppe Carbone(University of Cassino, Assistant Professor)
report Dr. Carbone gave a speech about his effort of robotics research which takes place in LARM: Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics. Especially he gave us a lot of information about design of parallel manipulator and optimization design.

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GCOE-GRA Workshop 2
by Dr. Hazim K. Ekenel
Feb 24, 2009More
date 24th February 2009, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
venue Waseda University (Nishi-Waseda Campus)
attendance 30 from Waseda
lecturer Dr. Hazim K. Ekenel (member of inter ACT at the Universität Karlsruhe, Germany)
report Dr. Ekenel's lecture consisted of major two parts.
First, he made an instruction about Inter ACT: International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies, a worldwide research center that has locations at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Universität Karlsruhe (Germany), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China), and Waseda University. His instruction made us clearly understand that the center aim to promote collaborative research and student exchange in the categories of robotics and computer science between four universities.
Second, he lectured about his research: biometric, mainly the face recognition.

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