Plenary Lectures


Prof. Youn Young Kim
Seoul National University

“Algorithm-Based Automated Synthesis of Linkage Mechanisms”

Linkage mechanisms are devices to generate desired motion at their end-effectors. While they are widely used in automobiles, robots and other machinery, their synthesis or design has been largely based on designers’ intuition with many trials and errors. Accordingly, it would be very difficult to find truly optimal mechanisms. Here, we discuss an automated method of mechanism synthesis, which does not necessarily require initial mechanism candidates mainly ideated from designers and thus can generate optimal designs. The synthesis method uses a new algorithm based on the notion of the topology optimization. We present the underlying ideas behind the method and some exciting synthesis results obtained with the algorithm, including a vehicle’s rear suspension mechanism.

Prof. Li Peigen
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

“Intelligent Manufacturing in Chinese Industry “

Some Progresses of IM in Chinese Industry
Including Intelligent machine tools, Intelligent workshop, “Customer-centered” manufacturing, and so on.
Problems & Questions
There are some problems about IM in Chinese industry, such as, Solution capability for IM is limited in China, Not much attention to fundamental data.
Also raise some questions about IM implementation in Chinese industry.

Prof. Hajime Asama
The University of Tokyo

“Trends of R&D of Robot Technology and Its Societal Dissemination in Japan”

Recently, robot technology (RT) is attracting attention again along with artificial intelligence, and the demand for RT in various fields is increasing. However, despite the fact that research and development of RT have been promoted actively, the societal dissemination of the technology has not necessarily progressed.
In the case of disasters, it is highly expected to introduce robots to the disaster sites where it is difficult, impossible, and dangerous for humans to enter. For example, when the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant occurred 2011, utilization of remote-controlled machine technology including robot technology was essential for the response against the accident to accomplish various tasks in the high-radiation environment. However, it was not easy to introduce it smoothly and rapidly to the sites just after the accident.
Needs-driven Research and Development is essential for social dissemination of Robot Technology (RT). In this presentation, trends of R&D of RT in Japan, which have been developed, especially focusing on service applications, are introduced. For personal service RT, The concept of service media, interactive ambient service system equipped with RT, and application examples for various services are introduced such as guidance, motion assist, skill learning, etc. For public service RT, human interface for teleoperation of disaster response robots including novel visualization technology is introduced, and strategy for societal dissemination of robot technology is discussed.