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GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.8
Oct 05, 2013More
Host Waseda University
 Global Robot Academia
 Masakatsu G. Fujie Laboratory/ Shuji Hashimoto Laboratory/ Atsuo Takanishi Laboratory/ Advance Research Institute for Science and Engineering. Waseda University
Date 6th October, 2013
from 1pm to 4pm
Place RT Frontier
Registration fee Free
Contents We will hold an exhibition about bipedal robots and humanoid robots with commentary.You can enjoy controling environmental motoring robots and two-wheeled inverted pendulum robots(Miniway) as well. 15 of visitors can even experience assembling dog-like walking robots.
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Symposium for Ambient and Global Robot Academia
Jul 29, 2013More
In this lecture, we will present to the general public the most advanced information and machine technologies in the world. Waseda University has aimed to develop robotic technology in order to support daily activities, health and welfare in a super-aging society. In particular, we aimed to develop robots in a systematic process that integrates technology in our daily life in a way that it is not perceived by society. In addition, we have been investing in the education of young researchers in order to form a new industrial base that integrates information technology and machinery. In this presentation, we report not only the outcome of these 5 years of research and education in Waseda University, but you will also able to experience results of one of the world's most advanced research in the laboratory tour. Please experience the technology that will create the future.
Host Global COE program, JSPS
International Research and Education Center for Ambient SoC, Waseda Univ.
Global Robot Academia, Waseda Univ.
Joint Host "Global Robot Academia", Green Computing Systems Research Organization, Waseda Univ.
Date July 29th, 2013 
10:00 ~ 16:30
Place Seminar Room, Research and Developing Center of Green Computing Systems Research Organization, Waseda Uvni.
Language Japanese 
Target Public 
Registration fee Free
Pre-Registration As you pre-register, Please send your information (name, affiliation, contact) and let us know if you take part of tour of inspection in lab by e-mail or tele-phone.

※You must pre-register if you take part of tour of inspection in lab. 
Free of Entrance and exit

July 24th Pre-Registration Deadline 
Contact International Research and Education Center for Ambient SoC, Waseda Univ.
"Global Robot Academia", Global COE Program, Waseda Univ. 
Tel: 03-5286-2949
"Accomplishment report of GCOE"  
Satoshi Goto
Professor in Waseda Univ., Program Leader for International Research and Education Center for Ambient SoC

Masakatsu G. Fujie 
Professor in Waseda Univ. , Program Leader of Global Robot Academia 

"Invitation lecture"
Nobuhide Kasagi 
Emeritus in Univ. of Tokyo, Fellow in JST

Yoshiyuki Takeda 
Emeritus in Waseda Univ. , Ex-Director-General of the Information and Communications Policy Bureau, Ex-Managing Excuse Officer, NTT Docomo 

"Accomplishment report of GCOE by young researcher"
Yo Kobayashi 
Associate Professor, Waseda Univ. 

Kryczka Przemyslaw 
Ph.D. student, Waseda Univ. 

Mitsuhiro Kamezaki  
Junior Researcher, Waseda Univ. 

Tsung-Han Lin 
Ph.D. student, Waseda Univ. 

Zhou Dajiang
Assistant professor, Waseda Univ.  

Kazuhiko Iwata 
Junior Researcher, Seminar Room, Research and Developing Center of Green Computing Systems Research Organization, Waseda Uvni. 
Program 10:00: 10:05 Opening Speech

10:05: "Accomplishment report of GCOE" 
10:05: 10:35 Saotshi Goto
10:35: 11:05 Masakatsu G. Fujie

11:05: 11:10 Break
11:10: "Invitation lecture" 
11:10: 11:50 Nobuhide Kasagi
11:50: 12:30 Yoshiyuki Takeda

12:30: 13:30 Lunch

13:30: 15:30 "Accomplishment report of GCOE by young researcher" 
13:30: 13:50 Yo Kobayashi
13:50: 14:10 Kryczka Przemyslaw
14:10: 14:30 Mitsuhiro Kamezaki
14:30: 14:50 Tsung-Han Lin
14:50: 15:10 Zhou Dajiang
15:10: 15:30 Kazuhiko Iwata

15:30: 16:30 "Closing Speech and Tour of inspection in lab."
Seminar Room, Research and Developing Center of Green Computing Systems Research Organization, Waseda Uvni. 
Kikui Campus, Waseda Univ. 

GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.6
May 26, 2013More
Host Waseda University
 Global Robot Academia
 Masakatsu G. Fujie Laboratory/ Atsuo Takanishi Laboratory
Date 26th May, 2013
from 1pm to 4pm
Place RT Frontier
Registration fee Free
Contents In this opportunity, we would like to introduce the medical support robots which is developed in Waseda University. You can touch almost of displayed robots and of course the researchers will explain each of them.
From 2pm and 3pm, Prof. Yo Kobayashi will make a speech about these robots. Its language is Japanese but you will be able to ask the explanation for each researcher in English.
GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.5
Mar 24, 2013More
Host Waseda University Global Robot Academia,
Tetsunori Kobayashi Laboratory
Date 24th March, 2013
from 1pm to 3pm
Place New RT Frontier
Registration fee Free
Report The Fifth RT Frontier Event held by Kobayashi Laboratory (Perceptual Computing Lab.) was held on 24, March 2013. Kobayashi lab. introduced SCHEMA, the communication robot, which has capabilities of facilitation in multiparty conversational situations. Mainly two techniques were demonstrated:
1) The Learning mechanism of facilitation strategies
2) Automatic natural sentence generation
The styling and mechanical design process of SCHEMA was also introduced in the event.

GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.4
Feb 24, 2013More
Host Waseda University Global Robot Academia,
Shigeki Sugano Laboratory
Date 24th February, 2013
from 11am to 4pm
Place New RT Frontier
Number of Participants approx. 50
Registration fee Free
Report The RT Frontier Event held by Sugano Laboratory on 24, February 2013, was successfully finished. On the event day, Sugano lab mainly demonstrated two robots: the first one is called WAKAMARU, who is a humanoid robot that could communicate with human being with lots of emotion expressions. This robot also could go for a walk with human once you take her hand. The second robot demonstrated is the FAST. The FAST is a medical assistant robot that is able to quickly diagnose the bleeding place in human body with the help of an ultrasonic technology. Both of them were warmly welcomed by the visitors on that day.
Other robots in Sugano lab also have been presented, such as WENDY and WOODY. However, lots of other robots limited to transportation work just introduces by videos.
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GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.3
Dec 16, 2012More
Host Waseda University Global Robot Academia,
Atsuo Takanishi Laboratory
Date 16th December, 2012
from 11am to 4pm
Place New RT Frontier
Number of Participants 50 (incl. 10 non- Japanese)
Registration fee Free
Report From 11:00 to 16:00 we opened the RT-Frontier space to citizens and explained to them what the past and current research at Waseda University is.
From 13:00 to 14:00, Prof. Takanishi explained to children and their parents what a robot is and showed different applications of robotic science. Then we built robots with the children and showed them a real robot in action.
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GRA workshop 23 "Humanoid robots learning to interact with the world"
Dec 14, 2012More
Date 14th December, 2012
from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Venue TWIns, seminar room 1
Lecturer Dr. Lorenzo Jamone
(JSPS Post Doc at Takanishi Lab, Waseda University)
Attendance 20 (includes 7 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report The doctor Jamone presented a lecture about Humanoid robots learning to interact with the world. The talk discusses several application of machine learning for robot action (motor control) and perception (representation of the environment), underlining how these two aspects are deeply interconnected. Results obtained with different humanoid robots, either real or simulated, will be shown. 20 people attended the lecture and several questions were asked.
Italy-Japan Workshop 2012
- Assistance Robots for Disasters -
Dec 03, 2012More
Organizer Global Robot Academia
Co-organizer Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Sponsor Embassy of Italy
Support Waseda University
Research Institute for Science and Engineering
Schools of Advanced Science and Engineering
EUIJ Waseda
Date 3rd December, 2012
from 9am to 7pm
Venue Waseda University Nishi-Waseda Campus, bldg.#62
Registration Fee Free
Language English
General Chair Prof. Paolo DARIO, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Prof. Masakatsu G. FUJIE, Waseda University
Prof. Atsuo TAKANISHI, Waseda University
Introduction Italy-Japan Workshop is an initiative, organized by Global Robot Academia and sponsored by the Embassy of Italy in Japan, in which a specific theme is discussed and analysed involving the governments, universities, research centres, and industries of both countries. Italy-Japan Workshop has been organised since 2001.
In this event, Italian and Japanese distinguished speakers, coming from both University and Industry, share their experiences and their visions on robotics and on its role for the support of the future society. In addition to the presentations, a selected number of Japanese and Italian companies are invited to show and demonstrate their products.
Waseda University, as one of the most important scientific partners for Italy, is delighted for the opportunity of organising this event again.
In this year, the contents will specifically focus on the role of robotics during disasters. During the last two years, both Italy and Japan had to face several emergencies.
In March 2011, the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami devastated the north-east of Japan, immediately followed by the nuclear accident of Fukushima. These disasters have exposed risks of security beyond any imagination in Japan.
On the other hand, in January 2012, following the accident of the cruise ship "Costa Concordia", there is still concern for the consequences in the ecosystem of Tyrrhenian Sea in Italy. During the same month, heavy snow paralysed the whole country. In June 2012, several earthquakes caused huge damage to historical buildings in Emilia, in northern Italy.
Robots can be a valuable assets for both prevention of such disasters and for saving human lives as well as protecting the environment. We intend to present to the common people how the different joint activities of Italy and Japan, with a specific emphasis on Waseda, can help to create a safer future.
Report Italy-Japan Workshop is an initiative, sponsored by the Global Robot Academia and the Embassy of Italy in Japan, in which a specific theme is discussed and analysed involving the governments, universities, research centres, and industries of both countries. Italy-Japan Workshop has been organised since 2001. Waseda University, as one of the most important scientific partners for Italy, hosted this event again on 3 December 2012.
This year's theme was "Assistance Robots for Disasters", as during the last two years, both Italy and Japan had to face several emergencies, and robots can be a valuable assets for both prevention of such disasters and for saving human lives as well as protecting the environment.
This year's workshop was chaired by Prof. Paolo Dario of SSSA and by Prof. Masakatsu G. Fujie and Prof. Atsuo Takanishi of Waseda University. A total of 11 distinguished speakers from Italy and Japan, coming both from University and Industry, including the special participation of a speaker from the Fire Department, shared with us their latest research breakthroughs in robotic technology aiming to assist in case of disasters. In addition to the presentation, a selected number of Japanese and Italian companies were invited to show and demonstrate their products.
The workshop succeeded in its purpose of presenting to the common people how the different joint activities of Italy and Japan can help to create a safer future.

Prof. Masakatsu G. FUJIE

Prof. Paolo DARIO

Prof. Satoshi TADOKORO


Prof. Branislav BOROVAC


Mr. Mutsumi SATO


Prof. Fiora PIRRI

Prof. Hajime ASAMA

Prof. Cecilia LASCHI

Prof. Shigeo HIROSE
GRA workshop 22 "Human-like humanoids: novel actuators, compliance and optimal control"
Nov 27, 2012More
Date 27th November, 2012
from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Venue TWIns, common meeting room
Lecturer Dr. Serena Ivaldi
(Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique, France)
Dr. Francesco Nori and Dr. Alberto Parmiggiani
(Italian Institute of Technology)
Attendance 16 (includes 15 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report This seminar included three talks, given by experienced researchers in the field of humanoid robotics: Serena Ivaldi, post doc at the Institute of Intelligent Robots and Systems (ISIR) in France, Franceco Nori, team leader at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and Alberto Parmiggiani post doc at the Italian Institute of Technology. They all work on the development and control of the humanoid robot iCub, especially considering force sensing and the physical interaction with the environment.
The talks provided an overview about the production of movements in both humans and humanoids, with emphasis on optimal motor control, compliant interaction and adaptation to the environment. The design of novel actuation systems which support the practical realization of these skills in humanoid robots was also discussed, as well as the integration of force and tactile sensing on the humanoid robot iCub.
It was an important occasion to know about the iCub robot, which has been now adopted as a research platfrom by more than twenty universities all around the world, including Japan, and to discuss the current trends in humanoid robotics.
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France - Japan Seminar Medical and Surgical Robotics
Nov 08, 2012More
Host Embassy of France in Japan
Date 8th November, 2012
Venue Embassy of France in Japan, Tokyo, Main Conference Room - 1F
Program Program_Medical_Surgical_Robotics_Seminar_8_Nov_2012.pdf
Report This seminar included two sessions, in the morning related to Computer Assisted Surgery, and in the afternoon to Rehabilitation robotics. In this Symposium participated renowned researchers in these fields from Japan and France. It was a great chance for exchange of ideas, discussion as well as share information about the latest trends in several areas of medical robotics such as: Radiotherapy, exoeskeleton, assisted rehabilitation, brain-machine interface or assisted surgical robots. Such as symposium is not only valuable as an exchange of information to increase knowledge of both sides and improve the quality of research, that as shown in this symposium, is already benefiting patients, but it also serves as meeting point to establish new relationships between both countries resulting in collaborative research projects and exchange of researchers.

MHS2012 Satellite Session "International Symposium on Micro-Nano Systems for the Interaction of Young Researchers"
Nov 08, 2012More
support MHS 2012 & Nagoya University Micro-Nano Global COE
cosponsored Center for Micro-nano Mechatronics
date 8th November 2012
venue Engineering Science (ES) Building, Nagoya University, Japan
program MHS2012 Satellite Session.pdf
report Nagoya University Graduate school of Engineering, which has the Departmental Agreement with Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering invited us to this great workshop. Three doctor course students and one Research Associate from GRA attended this workshop and presented the poster which introducing their research.
The keynote speaker was Prof. Shoji MARUO, whose specialized area is 3-D microfabrication.
In the poster session, Yohan Noh and Sangha Song, both GRA Research Associate won the Best Presentation Award. They were celebrated by Prof. Toshio Fukuda, the leader of COE for Education and Research of Micro-Nano Mechatronics.

GRA workshop 21 "Balancing and vision"
Nov 07, 2012More
Date 7th November, 2012
from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Venue TWIns, common meeting room
Lecturer Prof. Gábor Stépán
(Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary)
Attendance 29 (includes 5 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report The professor Stépán presented a lecture about balancing and vision. Balancing the inverted pendulum is a simple case study for stabilizing otherwise unstable equilibria. In this lecture, human balancing is compared to robotic balancing and the small-amplitude chaotic oscillations are compared in the two cases. 29 people attended the lecture and several questions were asked.

Skill Upgrading Seminar 7
- basic of statistical processing -
Nov 07, 2012More
Lecturer Naritoshi Iida (Lecturer at Bunkyo University)
Date 24th, 31st October and 7th November
90 minutes each
Place TWIns Seminar room 3, Waseda University
Attendee 40-60 for each day, GRA researchers and Waseda University students

GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.2
Nov 03, 2012More
Date 3rd November, 2012
from 10am to 2pm
Place New RT Frontier
Report This is the second workshop at RT frontier and this time the event is organized by Shuji Hashimoto laboratory (Shalab).
In this event, Shalab provided 5 robots to open. The participants dismantled them and watch inside.
Almost of the participants are citizens, not an engineers and researchers and the number was 23.
The participants are interested in the inside of robots because it is rare experience to see the inside of machines with the commentary of researchers.
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ITRI-Waseda Joint Workshop
Oct 15, 2012More
Host Waseda University
Co-organizer ITRI: Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Date 15th October, 2012
from 1:30pm to 5pm
Venue Green Computing Systems Research Center, Waseda University
Report The ITRI-Waseda joint workshop was started up at 2007.So far, it had been held for three times. The communication between ITRI and Waseda University was deemed as completely successful. Especially the exchange of thoughts and opinions proceeded fully on consensus during the Robot session.
After taking lab tours to Fujie Lab, Takanishi Lab, Kobayashi Lab and Iwata Lab, 5 visitors from ITRI expressed their satisfaction with technical communication. Besides, representatives visitors from Taiwan Enterprise Association also and a majority of GRA assistants attended these sessions.
GRA Workshop for citizens at RT Frontier vol.1
Sep 30, 2012More
Date 30th September, 2012
from 1pm to 4pm
Place New RT Frontier
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Opening Ceremony of NEW RT Frontier
Aug 23, 2012More
Date 23rd August, 2012 from 1pm to 2pm
Place NEW RT Frontier
1-2-4, Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Media 日刊工業新聞"robonable"
PC Watch 「森山和道の『ヒトと機械の境界面』」
Also, the articles appear on 日経産業新聞 and 日刊工業新聞.
Report "RT Frontier" which opens in 2009 moved for bldg#29-8 of Waseda University. The core members of GRA cut the tape and announced the re-open of our research base.

The new research base is oriented for the showroom of our research products, especially the robots for elderly and disabled person. The visitors of the ceremony also keen to watch the products in showroom.

The showroom will be open once in a month but will accept the visit on-demand. Regarding the personal request, it depends on the situation and the availability of the researchers.

For your inquiry, feel free to contact to the main office.
Poster Exhibition at Science Gallery
Aug 07, 2012More
Organizer Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering
Date from August to October 2012
Place Nishi-Waseda Campus, bldg#55S, ground floor
Opening Hour From Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
*University is not operated from 13th to 17th August as its summer vacation.
Global Robot Academia exhibits posters of laboratory researches and independent research of Research Associates and Research Assistants.
We also exhibits "WAMOEBA-2" which is developed by Sugano laboratory.

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GRA workshop 20
"Walking machines and their biological inspirations",
"Formal Approach to Robot Programming"
Jul 10, 2012More
Date 10th July, 2012  from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue TWIns, common meeting room on the 2nd floor
Lecturer Prof. Teresa Zielinska, Prof. Cezary Zielinski
(Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
Attendance 15 (includes 12 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report In this 20th GRA Workshop our members had a chance to listen to two talks from Professors from Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, a leading technical university in that country. The first talk, given by Prof. Teresa Zielinska, was about "Walking machines and their biological inspirations". The speaker gave the overview of the fundamental principles governing locomotion of the living organisms. The lecture covered such aspects as morphology of moving organisms, biological fundamentals of motion control, biologically inspired walking machines, gait synthesis, postural stabilization in animals and walking machines as well as force control in walking machines. The second talk was given by Prof. Cezary Zielinski and was about the "Formal approach to robot programming". The speaker introduced the methods of systematizing the robotic control software development process. He introduced the notion of agents with their functionality and behavior. He also presented a number of functional examples and explained how the approach can be used to simplify the overall very complex problem of developing control software.
"Smart Materials, Sensors and Actuators within Embodied Intelligence Systems"
Jun 24, 2012More
Host Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)
Co-organizer Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Waseda University, Tsukuba University and Nagoya University
Date from 24 to 29 June 2012
Venue The Angelicum Conference Centre, Rome, Italy
The Summer School WSK-TNg this year has been held in Rome from 24th to 29th June, 2012, in combination with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioROB 2012) and additional Summer School organized by EU projects, Octopus and Evryon; the final name of the School has been changed in OCTOPUS-EVRYON & WSK-TNg Summer School. The School focus was on the theme of: 'Smart materials, sensors, and actuators within embodied intelligence systems'. The organization of the contents has been managed by SSSA and Universita' Campus BioMedico (Roma). The cost of the School was set at 90US$ for student member of IEEE RAS or EMBS, 120US$ for others.
The students from Waseda University were located all together in a hotel near to Termini Station (main railway station in Roma), just 15min by walk from the location of the core part of the Summer School, the Angelicum Congress Center, where BioROB has been held together. During the School no dangerous or criminal events happened. Students from Nagoya University and other institutes were located in other hotels, while the group from KIST did not join the Summer School this year.
On the first day of the School, Sunday 24th, a Lab Tour at Universita' Campus BioMedico has been organized. From the second day, Monday 25th, until Thursday 28th, the School has been structured by alternating lectures from invited professors on the Summer School theme, special sessions and plenary lectures of BioROB and poster session of the students, from 9.00 to 19.00. On the last day, Friday 29th, the Students have moved to another location, Universita' of Roma Tre, joining the final session of the National Congress of Italian Group of Bioengineering.
We have not had workgroups and final awards.
GMSI Open Seminar
Mar 06, 2012More
Organizer Global Center of Excellence for Mechanical Systems Innovation, University of Tokyo
Date 6th March, from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Venue University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus
GRA workshop 19 "A Significant Role of Mechanism Design in Mechatronics"
Feb 29, 2012More
Date 29th February, 2012  from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Venue TWIns, common meeting room on the 2nd floor
Lecturer Marco Ceccarelli (University of Cassino, Professor)
Attendance 23 (includes 15 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report Prof. Ceccarelli of University of Cassino, former president of IFToMM, presented a lecture about an importance of mechanics in system design. The recent trend in system design is to put more effort on software engineering and try to solve the intrinsically mechanical problems by sophisticated control. Many of these problems, however, can be solved by appropriately redesigning the mechanical structure of the system. Moreover, since most of the devices are meant for physical interaction, the appropriate mechanical design is a principle component of the system, without which the device functionality of effectiveness can be significantly hampered.
Over the lecture, participants were presented with number of examples of optimized mechanical design, as well as references for future study about the mechanisms.
GRA workshop 18 "Activity on Mechanics of Robots at LARM in Cassino (Italy)"
Feb 27, 2012More
Date 27th February, 2012  from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Venue TWIns, common meeting room on the 2nd floor
Lecturer Marco Ceccarelli (University of Cassino, Professor)
Attendance 22 (includes 10 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report Prof. Ceccarelli of University of Cassino gave us a lecture about the activity at LARM, Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics, through an overview of research activities and built prototypes in the field of Mechanics of Robots. The presentation focused on CAPAMAN (Cassino Parallel Manipulator), leg designs, LARM clutched arm, waist-trunk design, grippers and finger designs, LARM Hand, CATRASYS (Cassino cable parallel architecture tracking system) and their applications.
He showed us a lot of mechanisms during the lecture and it attracted 22 participants belonging to GCOE-GRA.
WSK-TNg2011 Summer School in Autumn
"Robots in the UbiCloud"
Nov 12, 2011More
Host Waseda University
Co-organizer Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Tsukuba University and Nagoya University
Date from 12 to 17 November 2011
Venue Waseda Seminar House, Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan
Participants approx. 60 students from Waseda, KIST, Tsukuba Univ., Nagoya Univ. and SSSA
Invited Lecturers
13 November
Paolo DARIO (Professor, SSSA)
Kazuhiko KATO (Professor, Univ of Tsukuba)
14 November
Munsang KIM (Director of CIR, KIST)
Since its inception, the key goals of the Summer School program have been to provide young Robotics students with opportunities for academic discussion, exchange of ideas, and experience in multicultural and interdisciplinary groups. This is all done through a series of plenary talks, student group sessions, and a practical group work assignment.

The Waseda Seminar House at Kamogawa, the venue for WSK-Tng 2011, was specifically chosen for its excellent facilities, as well as for being an environment that helps students focus on the various sessions. The theme this year was "Robots in the UbiCloud". Following the theme concepts, the speakers gave talks highlighting how the Ubiquitous and Cloud paradigms can be applied to robotics. Additionally, a practical group project was assigned that required the students to consider the cloud concept while developing their solutions.

As a feature of this year's summer school, two new types of session were introduced; split and forum sessions. In split sessions, students presented their own research, much as in international conferences. This provided students with an opportunity for more in-depth discussion of their own research topics. In forum sessions, students were given the chance to have a open and lively intellectual discussion about topics related to the future of the field such as ethics and social perception of robotics.

This year's Summer School also included a visit to Kamogawa SeaWorld Aquarium as an opportunity for non-academic interactions.
Biorobotics Seminar No.3 by Prof. Yuko Ohno
Oct 27, 2011More
Co-Organize Waseda University Fujie lab, Takanishi lab, Sugano lab and Umezu lab
Lecturer Prof. Yuko Ohno, School of Allied Health Sciences, Graduate school of Osaka University
Date 27th October, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue bldg.#52, Nishi-Waseda Campus, Waseda University
Number of Attendee 58 researchers include 5 non-Japanese
Language Japanese
Report In Japan, the growth number of elderly people means the growth number of the single-person household. It means they are facing difficulties of the continuance of human healthcare services which is based on the eyes of the family and manpower.
The integration of nursing science and engineering will bring us the big meaning to solve this problem.
In this seminar, Prof. Ohno gave us the lecture about the expectation and future task for the integration of these areas.
collaborative workshop with Kanosue laboratory
Oct 26, 2011More
Co-Organize Waseda University "Sport Science for the Promotion of Active Life" "Global Robot Academia": MEXT Global COE Program
Date 26th October, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue bldg.#63, Nishi-Waseda Campus, Waseda University
Number of Attendee 50 researchers include 8 non-Japanese
Language Japanese
Report This is the first collaboration event with GRA and Prof. Kanosue's Global COE "Sport Science for the Promotion of Active Life" which is based on the Waseda University Faculty of Sport Sciences. Five Ph.d and Ph.d students from each laboratory gave lecture and exchanged the knowledge and opinion for the research.
GRA workshop 17 "Dynamic locomotion of a torque-controlled quadruped robot"
Oct 18, 2011More
Date 18th October, 2011  from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue TWIns, common meeting room A
Lecturer Thiago Boaventura (Italian Institute of Technology)
Attendance 5 (includes 4 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report During this event, Thiago Boaventura, a PhD student at the Advanced Robotics Department at the Italian Institute of Technology, talked about his research on legged robots.
Legged robots hold the promise of leading to versatile and useful autonomous robotic platforms for use in unstructured environments such as disaster sites. They need to be both capable of fast dynamic locomotion and precise movements. However, there is a lack of platforms with suitable mechanical properties and adequate controllers to advance the research in this direction.
In this presentation, the control design for our hydraulic quadruped HyQ was discussed, showing the implementation of the control, both on hydraulic level (force/torque control) and whole body level (rigid body model based control).
SICE Technical Tour in Sumida-ward
Sep 15, 2011More
Organizer SICE: The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers
Date 15th September, 2011 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Number of Participants 24
During the event organized by GCOE members, participants of the SICE 2011 conference had a chance to visit Sumida Ward, located in the Eastern part of Tokyo and housing a concentration of diverse manufacturing industries. Two groups of participants traveled to the Sumida ward by bus from Nishiwaseda campus (conference venue). Each of the groups took part in a guided tour of three separate industrial sites of Sumida Ward. Below are pictures taken at some of the companies.

Hamano Products: Section director explains the original product of the company (left) and shows the participants preparation of CAD models for manufacturing (right).

Santec: Participants are shown some of the products of the company.

Isohata: Director of the company presents the company's baby carriage used in many kindergartens around Japan.
Waseda University Open Campus 2011
Aug 06, 2011More
Host Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering
Date 6th and 7th August, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue Nishi-Waseda campus, 53-102
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GRA workshop 16 "Motion Generation for Humanoid Robots"
Jul 13, 2011More
Date 13th July, 2011  from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue TWIns, foyer in 3rd floor
Lecturer Mike Stilman (Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor)
Attendance 30 (includes 14 non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report Prof. Stilman of Georgia Institute of Technology gave us a lecture on a motion generation for humanoid robots.

He introduced his recent research on "Golem Krang" which is a new humanoid robot capable of full access to its workspace in both static and dynamic stability modes. Golem is able to maneuver and transform between the two modes in a restricted environment through dynamic motion. This allows the robot to perform a wide variety of tasks involving both gross and fine motor skills.

He also presented successful control strategies for dynamically stable robots that avoided low ceilings and other vertical obstacles in a manner similar to limbo dances. He showed us a lot of movies during the lecture and it attracted 30 participants belonging to GCOE-GRA.
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GRA workshop 15 "Creating Useful Robot Assistants to Help Humans"
Jul 12, 2011More
Date 12th July, 2011  from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Venue TWIns, conference room in 2nd floor
Lecturer Prof. Bruce A. Macdonald, Dr. Partha S Roop (University of Auckland)
Attendance 10 (includes two non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report Prof. MacDonald and Dr. Roop gave us a presentation about their research and development of robotics. Various kinds of robots are made by "RRG" (Robotics Research Group) in University of Auckland.
Professor MacDonald's long term goal is to produce intelligent robotic assistants for humans. Robot assistants should improve the quality of peoples' lives, carry out tasks for people where that is possible, and help with other tasks. Currently his work focuses in three areas: human-robot interaction, robot programming systems, and application areas such as healthcare and agriculture.
Dr. Roop's main interests are in the area of real-time embedded systems. Of particular interest are systems in industrial control such as airport baggage handling and other complex material handling systems.
After the session, we had the discussion time as usual. More than half of the attendee asked them the question. The discussion time is extended 15 minutes as I scheduled.

As usual, we took them the laboratory tour before and after this presentation. They visited laboratories in TWIns and Kikui-cho.
GRA workshop 14 by Mr. Hironori Matsuzaki
Jul 08, 2011More
Date 8th July, 2011  from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue TWIns, foyer in 3rd floor
Lecturer Mr. Hironori Matsuzaki (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
Attendance 30 (includes two non-Japanese researchers)
Language Japanese
Report refer to Japanese page

GRA workshop 13 "Cognitive Systems and Robotics"
Jun 02, 2011More
Date 2nd June, 2011  from 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
Venue bldg.#61, Nishi-Waseda Campus, Waseda University
Lecturer Prof. Kazuhiko Kawamura (Vanderbilt University)
Attendance 19 (includes eight non-Japanese researchers)
Language English
Report The Professor Kawamura from Vanderbilt University gave a special lecture titled "Cognitive Systems and Robotics : Research in the Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) at Vanderbilt University". After having defined what Cognitive systems are, he discussed the difference between Cognition and Intelligence. He explained further what a Cognitive system is. He showed some examples from his research such as feeding systems or ISAC humanoid robot.
One of the key features of the latter robot is the capability of internal behavior manipulation. After the lecture, there was a lively round of Q&A between Professor Fiorini and the students who attended his lecture, a total of 19 students including DC and PD.
GRA workshop 12 "Creative Technology Workshop"
Mar 10, 2011More
Date 10th March, 2011  from 2 pm to 4 pm
Venue bldg.#63, Nishi-Waseda Campus, Waseda University
Lecturer Prof. Angelika Mader, Dr. Edwin Dertien (University of Twente)
Attendance 15 (includes five international researchers)
Language English
Report Many times good technical solutions don't find a commercial implementation or acceptance by the public. To solve this problem, the University of Twente (Netherlands) decided to create a new bachelor program, called "Creative Technology", to teach students how to use technology in a creative way not only to solve problems, but also to make it appealing and useful for everyone. In their lecture Prof. Mader and Mr. Dertien introduced us this program as well as the projects developed in it.
After the lecture there was a session of Q&A followed by a discussion on how to promote creativity in a group. In this enlightening discussion session Prof. Mader and Mr. Dertien explained us some of the techniques and conditions necessary to make a group more creative.
Since innovation is one of the major goals of GCOE, to have the opportunity to learn how to be more creative and innovative, and how to successfully transfer this technology to a broader public is a great opportunity for all GRA students and professors.
[Co-host] Technological Entrepreneurship Workshop
Mar 08, 2011More
Organizer Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies
Date March 8, 2011 from 10am to 7pm
Venue Waseda University, International Conference Center, Meeting Hall No.2
GRA research associate Takao Watanabe gave a presentation on CoCoNatch.
GRA workshop 11 "Robotic Surgery, where Medicine meets Engineering"
Feb 21, 2011More
Date 21st February, 2011 from 3pm to 4pm
Place TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Lecturer Prof. Paolo Fiorini (Department of Computer Science, University of Verona)
Attendee 27 GRA researchers (includes nine international researchers)
Language English
Report Professor Fiorini (University of Verona) gave a special Lecture titled "Robotic Surgery, where Medicine meets Engineering". Professor Fiorini is a renowned researcher in the area of robotics covering several areas of the field. This includes a long experience in various projects in surgical robotics developed in Europe.
In his lecture, Professor Fiorini explained to the students, PhD students and PD the different projects developed, or in progress, carried out in Europe, including: AccuRobAs, Robocast, Araknes, Safros, Active and Isur. Presenting their strategic objectives, research topics, strategies and results of these researches. Lectures as today's are every important for us to foster international collaboration, not only to understand what other universities and laboratories are doing, but also to find points in common for future collaborations.
After the lecture, there was a lively round of Q&A between Professor Fiorini and the students who attended his lecture, a total of 27 students including DC and PD.
Skill Upgrading Seminar 6
- Strain gauge -
Dec 21, 2010More
Date 21st December, 2010 from 1am to 4pm
Place bldg.#41-3, Kikui-cho Campus, Waseda University
Attendee 27 GRA Researchers

GRA workshop 10
by Prof. Karol Miller
Dec 09, 2010More
Date 9th December, 2010, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Participants 20 (including four international researchers)
Language English
Report One of the biggest drawbacks that simulation of organ deformation has, it is its long computational time. This prevents use of this information during surgery or to be integrated into surgical robots.
In this workshop, Professor Miller (School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. The University of Western Australia) presented a new method to calculate soft tissue deformation in a short period of time, which has been developed by him and his team in the University of Western Australia.
The opportunity to attend a workshop by a renowned researcher as Professor Miller in this field is very important, since knowledge of new simulation techniques will provide us with new tools to include tissue deformation in our robots.
The workshop was held in English with a session of Q&A after Professor's lecture. His visit was completed with a lab tour around TWIns facilities.
Robotics and Education in Italy and Japan
- Italy-Japan 2010 Workshop -
Dec 04, 2010More
Organizer Global Robot Academia, Embassy of Italy, SSSA, EUIJ Waseda, Robo Casa
Date 4th December 2010, 9:00 - 19:00
Venue Waseda University Nishi-Waseda Campus, bldg.63, Room 201
Registration Fee Free
Advance Registration Not required but recommended
Official Language English
Speakers Mr. Nunzio ABBATE
Automation Robotics & Transportation Manager
Power Module & Embedded System Group Manager

HiBot Corporation, Japan

Prof. Giovanni MUSCATO
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e dei Sistemi
Facoltà di Ingegneria
Università degli Studi di Catania

Dr. Pericle SALVINI
Post-doc fellow
ARTS Lab - Advanced Robotics Technology and System
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

Prof. Tomomasa SATO
Department of Mechano-Informatics
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
The University of Tokyo

Prof. Tairo NOMURA
Associate Professor
Clinical Study of School Education
Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education
Saitama University

ZMP Inc, Japan
Prof. Hiroshi YAMAKAWA
Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering
School of Creative Science and Engineering
Waseda University

Prof. Masakatsu G. FUJIE
Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering
School of Creative Science and Engineering
Waseda University

Prof. Hiroyasu IWATA
Associate Professor
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study
Waseda University

Report The Italy-Japan Workshop on Robotics and Education was held on December 4, 2010, at Waseda University. It was organized by the Global Robot Academia of Waseda University and the Italian Embassy in Tokyo, with the support of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa (Italy) and EUIJ Waseda.
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" , and the nearer workshop named as "The Man and the Robot" in 2005 and "Service Robotics" and "Surgical Robotics" in 2009.
This year Workshop was chaired by Prof. Paolo Dario of SSSA and by Prof. Atsuo Takanishi and Prof. Hiroshi YAMAKAWA of Waseda university. 4 Italian distinguished speakers together with 6 Japanese distinguished speakers, coming both from University and Industry had shared with us their experiences and their visions on robotics and on its role for the education of the new generations of students. In addition to the presentation, a selected number of Japanese and Italian companies were invited to show and demonstrate their products.
The Panel discussions addressed the "the Program of the PhD in Robotics in the future (2025) ", aiming to propose the future PhD education in Robotics, and concrete improvements from now on to make PhD education more scientifically and effectively.
Number of participants 81
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Skill Upgrading Seminar 5
- basic and application of High-speed camera -
Nov 12, 2010More
Date 12th November, from 1:30pm to 4:10pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Participants 21 GRA researchers
Report The 3rd skill up seminar was held by GCOE-GRA.
Lectures are Mr. Motoki(PHOTORON LIMITED), Mr. Kojima(PHOTORON LIMITED) and Mr. Tanaka(Nihon Denkei).
Contents are basic and application of High-speed camera and demonstration.

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Skill Upgrading Seminar 4
- how to use "Body Builder"-
Nov 10, 2010More
Lecturer Yohei Kanno, Inter-Reha Co., LTD
Date 10th November, from 10am to 5pm
Venue Waseda University Nishi-Waseda Campus, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Participants 19 GRA researchers
Report "BodyBuilder" is the analysis software for motion capture system named VICON.
So far each laboratories which is using VICON use different softwares.
But from now on, we will be able to unify them into this software.

Skill Upgrading Seminar 3
- engineering modeling seminar-
Oct 29, 2010More
Lecturers Tom Lee, Chief Evangelist, Maple Soft
Amir Khajepour, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Date 29 October, from 3:30pm to 5pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Participants 30 GRA researchers
WSK-TNg2010 Summer School in Autumn
"The Emotional Human Robot Interaction"
Oct 11, 2010More
Host Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
Co-organizer Waseda University, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Tsukuba University and Nagoya University
Date from 11 to 16 October 2010
Venue Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, South Korea
Participants approx. 60 students from KIST, Waseda, Tsukuba Univ., Nagoya Univ. and SSSA
Invited Lecturers
12 October
Masakatsu G. FUJIE (Professor, Waseda Univ.)
Goro OBINATA (Professor, Nagoya Univ.)
Shigeki SUGANO (Professor, Waseda Univ.)
Mitsuo UMEZU(Professor, Waseda Univ.)

13 October
Arianna MENCIASSI (Associate Professor, SSSA)
Munsang KIM (Professor, KIST)
Yongkwon LEE (Professor, KIST)
Dong-Soo KWON (Professor, KAIST)

14 October
Takeshi KIMURA (Professor, Tsukuba Univ.)
JongSuk CHOI (Principal Researcher, KIST)
SungHwan Lee (Korea Univ.)

15 October
GeunBae LEE (Postech)
Paolo DARIO (Professor, SSSA)
The purpose of the Summer School program is to provide students with opportunities to discuss, exchange ideas and work in multicultural and interdisciplinary groups in the field of robotics. As well as hosting a series of conferences and master classes by renowned researchers in robotic field.

WSK-Tng Summer School 2010 was host in the facilities of KIST in Seoul. This year the theme for the Summer School was "The Emotional Human Robot Interaction". Under this title, students participated in a group project, with each group composed by students from different universities, with the objective of developing a robotic system to explore the possibilities of robot and human emotional interaction, as well as to foster creativity and mutual collaboration and understanding between group members of different cultures.

Students also participated in a Laboratory Tour around KIST research facilities to know by first hand the state-of-the-art of the research done by KIST in the field of robotics. Academic formation was finally complemented by a series of conferences by renowned researches and professors in the area of: medical robotics, emotional robot interaction, human voice and gesture recognition, ethical consideration that robots arise and finally, a master class by Professor Paolo Dario regarding their experience in the development of a robot to collect garbage under demand in a real town environment.

This year's Summer School also included cultural activities as a visit to the open air folk museum "Korean Village".
GRA workshop 9
by Prof. Tim Salcudean
Sep 29, 2010More
Support Atsuo Takanishi Laboratory, Waseda Univresity
Lecturer Prof. Tim Salcudean
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Date 29th September, 2010, from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Participants 25 (including four international researchers)
Language English
GRA workshop 8
by Dr. Domenico Longo
Aug 30, 2010More
Support EUIJ Waseda
Lecturer  Dr. Domenico Longo (Ph.D, University of Catania)
Date 30th August, 2010, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Joint hosting workshop of HCS/ VNV
Aug 27, 2010More
Organizer The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)
Date from 27th to 28th August, 2010
Venue Nishi-Waseda Campus, Waseda University
Lab Tour
Global Robot Academia hosted the lab tour at RT Frontier and Kikuicho Campus for the attendance of this workshop.
Date 27th August, 2010 4:40-6:00pm
Route RT Frontier (Fujie Lab.)
↓ walk
Kikuicho Campus
 ・Takanishi Lab.
 ・Sugano Lab.
 ・Hashimoto Lab.
Lab Tour initiated by Sumida-Ward municipal office
Aug 25, 2010More
Date 25th August, 2010 from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Number of Participants 14
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Lab Tour
1, Fujie Lab. (RT Frontier):Support devices for handicapped people
2, Miwa Lab. (Nishi-Waseda):Shadow System, Fog System
3, Kobayashi Lab. (Nishi-Waseda):ROBISUKE
4, Sugano Lab. (Kikui-cho):TWENDY-ONE
5, Takanishi Lab. (Kikui-cho):WABIAN, KOBIAN
6, Hashimoto Lab. (Kikui-cho):Tacro, Moucon, Dai-SHA
GRA accepts an offer from municipal office of Sumida-Ward to visit the research laboratories.
In Sumida-Ward, there are a lot of small companies which is supporting Japanese manufacture industry.
For us it is the priceless opportunity to have the feedback from the business community.

During the tour, they always listen to the explanation by the professors and researchers eagerly and their way of approaching our research is different from the people in the academic position.
Especially the fog display system of Miwa laboratory attracts them and they would like to purchase and use as the display in their shops.
GRA workshop 7
by Dr. Petar Kormushev
Aug 19, 2010More
Lecturer Dr. Petar KORMUSHEV
(Italian Institute of Technology, Senior post-doc researcher)
Date 19th August, 2010, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue TWIns Seminar Room #2
Attendants 25 (includes 8 international researchers)
Report Acquiring new motor skills involves various forms of learning. The efficiency of the process lies in the interconnections between imitation and self-improvement strategies. Similarly to humans, a robot should ideally be able to acquire new skills by employing such mechanisms. In the presentation, Dr. Petar Kormushev explained various forms of imitation learning and reinforcement learning algorithms and showed how they can be applied to learn complex dynamic motor skills such as pancake flipping, door opening, ironing, and robot archery. Dr. Kormushev explained in details how to use dynamic movement primitives (DMP) to encode compactly the learned motor skills. In addition, he presented some measures for ensuring safety during physical human-robot interaction.
RT Frontier demonstration in Waseda University Open Campus 2010
Aug 06, 2010More
Organizer WASEDA University Faculty of Science and Engineering
Date from 6th to 8th August, 2010
1st: 12:00-12:40pm  2nd: 14:00-14:40pm
Number of Participants total 195

We introduced research products of M-Robotics(Methodical Robotics)to visitor of Open Campus at RT-frontier.
The experience of training and experiment with our devices and robots improved their understanding of our research products and developed communication and discussion between visitors and demonstrator.
Daily number of visitors was stable (about 40-60),because we conducted lab tour with graduate school of creative science and engineering.
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Summer Science Camp 2010
Aug 02, 2010More
Sponsor Japan Science and Technology Agency
Date from 2nd to 4th, August, 2010
Place RT Frontier, Waseda University Nishi-Waseda Campus

Global Robot Academia hosted "Science Camp" which is sponsored and co-organized by JST: Japan Science and Technology Agency. The camp is targeted for high school students who have the great interest in robotics and GRA researchers supervised their "research" comprehensively.

●Day 1


Opening, Lecture by Prof. Masakatsu G. Fujie (Leader, Global Robot Academia)

The title is "Past, Present, Future of Robotics Research in Japan."

Lab Tour

1, Kikuicho Campus

Medical Robotic System(Fujie lab.)、KOBIAN(Takanishi Lab.)、TWENDY(Sugano Lab.)

2, RT Frontier

Tremor Reduce Robot(Fujie lab.), Fujimoto Lab., PW-10(Fujie lab.)

Instruction of using VICON: motion capture system and the measuring system of floor reaction force

Discussion for the experience for the next day



●Day 2



Teaching Assistants suggested five actions to analyze and the participants select one of them.
・reiterative sideways jump ・handstand
・walk after circumgyration ・support of the man who stands up from chair

Experience using VICON

●Day 3


Analyze the result of experience and make the presenation documents

Presentation and discussion


GRA workshop 6
by Prof. Robert Babuska
Jul 26, 2010More
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Lecturer  Dr. Robert Babuska (Professor, Delft University of Technology)
Date 26th July, 2010, from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Attendance students and postdocs in Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering
Report Professor Robert Babuska gave a presentation to GRA researchers about his research in Delft University of Technology. The title is "Intelligent Control and Robotics: An overview of research at Delft Center for Systems and Control".
In the presentation, Prof. Babuska introduced method of applying to the learning function for robot and mechanical system such as online learning intelligent robot system. In addition he suggested research collaboration and student exchange between Delft University of Technology and Waseda. 24 researchers (including some non-Japanese) attended to the meeting and heard him speak. Needless to say, the brisk exchange of Q & A followed his presentation.
Before his presentation, he visited Sugano Lab, Takanishi Lab and Fujie Lab and was given the explanation about the research activities in Waseda by GRA researchers.

Skill Upgrading Seminar 2
- oscilloscope seminar-
Jul 14, 2010More
Date 14 July, from 2pm to 5pm
Venue Kikuicho campus, Waseda University
Participants 19 GRA researchers
Report The 2nd skill up seminar was held by GCOE-GRA. Lectures are Mr. Miyashita(Tektronix Japan), Mr. Nakakado(Tektronix Japan) and Mr. Tanaka(Nihon Denkei). Contents are basic and application of oscilloscope and demonstration.

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GRA workshop 5
by Prof. Takashi Maekawa
Jul 08, 2010More
Lecturer  Dr. Takashi Maekawa (Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yokohama National University)
Date 8th July, 2010, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Venue TWIns, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo
Participants Waseda and other universitie's students, postdocs
Support EBM Corporation
Report Prof. Takashi Maekawa gave us a speech about his great 16 years spending in MIT; Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He brings out a lot of experience he had in MIT. For example, the motto of MIT researchers, the percentage of the grant overhead, strange rivalry between Harvard. Also he introduced his English learning method and encouraged the students to spread their wings around the world.

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GRA Workshop 4
by Dr. Aris Alissandrakis
Mar 24, 2010More
Date 24 March 2010, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Venue TWIns 3rd floor, Foyer
Both inside and outside of Waseda can participate this workshop.
Please tell the security guards at the entrance that you are the visitor of this workshop.
Visitors will be requested to register at the entrance and foyer.
Lecturer Dr. Aris Alissandrakis
(ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories)
Theme Helping Robots Imitate: Acknowledgement of,and Adaptation to, the Robot's Feedback to a Human Task Demonstration
Language English
Abstract As robots integrate into our society, expanding from their traditional use in the industry into assisting and collaborating with humans in public and domestic spaces, new paradigms need to be developed towards more 'natural' forms of human-robot interaction(HRI), ones that avoid the need for technical or scientific expertise from the part of the human.
Focusing on a scenario where a human has to teach a robot how to perform an everyday household task, this talk presents two user-studies. The first study considered the humans' acknowledgment of feedback from a robot, to which they had to demonstrate how to do a task. The question was if (and how) the participants would modify their teaching instructions when the robot states a misunderstanding, and whether they would remain consistent for the remaining of the task.
In the second study, the robot feedback increased in omplexity, in order to expound on what the human had demonstrated. The question was if the participants, based on the robot feedback, would be able to resolve any misunderstandings by modifying their instructions (in respect to the object localization).

Besides illustrating that people express a wide variety of teaching behaviours when faced with the task of demonstrating to a robot, we believe that the results from the second user-study support our design suggestion that robots should actively and accurately advertise their cognitive and manipulative capabilities via form (appearance) and function (behaviour) to improve the dialogic interaction.

Report A researcher who is currently working on Social Robot-Human Interactions and Robot Learning was invited to speak at the workshop. The main theme of the workshop was "Helping Robots Imitate: Acknowledgement of, and Adaptation to, the Robot's Feedback to a Human Task Demonstration"
A lot of students including Ph. D course students of GCOE-GRA and the students from other section of the university have attend the workshop.
This workshop was fully managed by Ph. D course students of GCOE-GRA, including invitation of lecturer, arrangement, PR, etc.

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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.,)


"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.
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"
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)


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"
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)


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
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
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
 (Visiting Senior Researcher, Waseda Univ.)
 (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)

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


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)

©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
(1) COSMAR,(2) Tread Walk,(3) Motion Capture Room, (4) Navigation Cane

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

room #1202
(1) Shadow System, (2) Human-Machine Interaction Robot, (3) Chemical Robot, (4) KOBIAN
publication Robot Watch

Waseda university web site (News Release)

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.


1:00 - 1:05 pm Introduction
Session I
1:05 - 1:45 pm
Adapting principles from biology for integrating structures and mechanisms with sensing and control
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
Robot Technology and Challenge
Jun Ho Oh
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
Shuji Hashimoto (Prof., Waseda University)
2:45 - 3:00 pm Coffee break
Session II
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Integrative Architectures: tying it all together
Ronald C ARKIN
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
How to advance humanoid research?
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.

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.

Advanced Technology Seminar vol.2
by Prof. Paolo Dario
Dec 03, 2008More
date 3rd December 2008, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm
venue WASEDA university (Okubo campus)
attendance 36 researchers(including 8 researchers from overseas)
title Lessons learned and research directions on surgical robots
lecturer Paolo Dario (Professor, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna: SSSA, Italy)
detail Professor Dario lectured about history and achievement of Robot Technology which has been introduced for surgical category from 1980s. Based on the story, he spoke about new proposal and vision of surgical robots.
GCOE-GRA Workshop 1
by Prof. Giuseppe Carbone
Nov 19, 2008More
date from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 19th November 2008
venue Meeting room in TWIns (Center for Advanced Biomedical Sciences Office)
participants 22 GCOE researchers (including 5 researchers from overseas)
title Design and Operation of Multibody Robotic Systems with Low-cost and Easy-operation Features: Experiences at LARM
lecturer Giuseppe Carbone (University of Cassino, associate professor)
Lecturer gave a speech about robot research at LARM (Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics).

Dr. Carbone joined our experiment from 16th till 21st November in Takanishi Loboratory.
Waseda-SSSA-KIST Summer School 2008
Fundamentals of Biorobotics
Sep 01, 2008More
date from 1 to 6 September, 2008
venue Centro Studi "Santa Maria Maddalena" Volterra, Italy
number of participants
  •  invited speakers: 20, students: 65
  •  non-Japanese: 54
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    As part of our efforts for European-Asian strategic collaboration within the GCOE program we organized the Summer School 2009 together with the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, the Korean Institute of Technology.

    According to the topic of the Summer School "Fundamentals of Biorobotics", speakers from seven different universities and a company presented talks. The participating students had the chance to show their own works and ideas in poster and group work sessions. In the course of the activities, the participants became engaged in active discussions about RT (Robot Technology) which is going to be a social infrastructure.

    The Summer School contributed in the following ways to the GCOE program:
    (1) Research and collaboration fundament: GCOE promotes the creation of a fundamental scientific basis for Robot Technology researchers from all over the world. In this sense we brought young and talented scientists from Europe and Asia together in an international cooperation effort.

    (2) Education: To spur breakthrough scientific progress especially in the young generation, as propagated by the GCOE program, the young researchers developed their own ideas for future research endeavors under the guidance of more experienced scientists. For the individual students this could become a basis for future international research career perspectives.

    (3) Research: The intensive discussions between the participants themselves and the tutoring scientists probed the clear systematization of Robot Technology, contributing to the creation of "M-Robotics" as propagated through the GCOE program.

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    Skill Upgrading Seminar 1
    Jul 23, 2008More
    time and date from 3:00pm to 4:30pm,  23 July 2008
    venue Kikui-cho campus, Waseda University, Tokyo
    attendance 22 (attendance limited for Global Robot Academia researchers)
    theme the voice from manufacturer
    - basic point and notice of ordering the cutting works to process manufacturer -
    lecturer Fumihiko Ono (President of ONO-DENKI CO.,LTD.)

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