A*STAR Social Robotics Laboratory (ASORO) houses a dedicated group of researchers, engineers and designers from multi-disciplinary backgrounds with a focus on three scientific areas: Robotic Senses, Cognitive Intelligence and Robotics Engineering. ASORO laboratory was launched in 2008 as part of a multi-year inter-institute program to spearhead the development of A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) capabilities and expertise in robotic intelligence. The program has ever since developed essential technologies and provided a platform for technology showcasing and prototyping.
Founded in 2006 by Dr. Alon Wolf, BRML, is a new lab in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The scope of work done in the BRML provides the framework for fundamental theories in kinematics and mechanism design with applications in Biomechanics, medical robotics and hyper Redundant mechanisms (snake robots).
Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) was established in Oct 1986. Its research focus was initially in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and Control systems. In November 2000, R & D groups working in the areas of Command Control Communication and Intelligence (C3I) systems, Communication and Networking, and Communication Secrecy in Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) were merged with CAIR With this, CAIR has become the premier laboratory for R&D in different areas in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as applicable to Defence. CAIR became an ISO 9001:2008 certified lab since 2008.
CNRS-AIST JRL (Joint Robotics Laboratory), UMI3218/CRT is a joint laboratory established between a French public organization CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and AIST and located at Intelligent Systems Research Institute of the AIST at Tsukuba. The researchers from both countries are closely collaborating to pursue the means of increasing robot’s functional autonomy, using a humanoid robot as a main platform. The main research subjects include: task and motion planning and control, reactive behavior control, and human-robot cooperation through multimodal interface integrating brain-computer interface (BCI), vision and haptics. We are actively conducting collaborative research with external research institutes within Japanese and European projects.
The framework is identified as the Unité Mixte Internationale (UMI, International Joint Research Unit) for CNRS and concurrently as a Collaborative Research Team (CRT) for AIST, and defined as UMI/CRT.
This lab has developed communication robots for everyday life. They are very cute and also give us heartful feelings by making gesture with a kid voice. Recent results of field experiment show the feasibility of route guides and latest information on restaurant in shopping mall. Time for human living with robots is counting down. Indeed, robot itself has a kind of physical existence of communication media and sometimes give us a feeling of its human presence as if there is one more person beside us. And also there seems to be conspicuous difference in robots between robot-like robot and human-like robot. We, therefore, are doing research on sense of robot’s existence with the assumption that the robot will be in our town or live with us as a family for the foreseeable future. We will continuously plan to operate a wide range of field experiments, to participate international standardization activity, and to achieve effective commercialization of our research results onward.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), led by President Nomakuchi, is a public research institution funded by Japanese government to a large extent. The present AIST is a rather new research organization established in 2001. However, AIST and its predecessor organizations have been contributing to society through continuous advancement in technologies and support of Japanese industries since 1882.
Headquarters of AIST are located in Tsukuba and Tokyo. AIST has over 40 autonomous research units in various innovative research fields, and the units are located at nine research bases and several sites (smaller than research bases) of AIST all over Japan. About 2400 researchers (about 2100 with tenure: about 80 from abroad) and thousands of visiting scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and students from home and abroad are working at AIST. About 700 permanent administrative personnel and many temporary staff support research works of AIST.
On October 1, 2003, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged into one independent administrative institution to be able to perform all their activities in the aerospace field as one organization, from basic research and development to utilization. The independent administrative institution is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.)Research and development in space and aviation areas as well as their wider applications are important means to achieve Japan’s policy targets, thus one of JAXA’s important missions is to contribute to solving various domestic and international issues.In 2013, an important year for JAXA as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, we renewed our corporate slogan, which became “Explore to Realize.” In an environment where JAXA’s role has been diversified, we chose the words “Explore,” which is the basic principle of our activities, and also“Realize” to reflect our determination to be re-born as an organization for “realization,” which is our management philosophy. JAXA will realize a safe and affluent society by utilizing space and the sky.
Mobile Robotics Lab. seeks for intelligence for robots, agents and humans, which have mobility. We set the target of this lab. as follows: “multi-agent robotics,” “design of large-scale production/transport systems”, and “mobiligence and human analysis”.
RIKEN-TRI Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research (RTC), established on August 1, 2007 as a joint collaboration project of RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (TRI), seeks to develop a human interactive robot that will come in direct contact with humans at care unit facilities or houses and help reducing physical burdens of care-givers/care receivers. It is based upon a robot “RI-MAN” developed for helping nurse elderly people in their daily lives by RIKEN’s Bio-Mimetic Control Research Center (BMC). BMC’s knowledge of motor systems control technology and sensing technology, combined with TRI’s new functional materials technology such as smart rubbers and the applications to soft sensors and soft actuators as well as product development know-how, brought together in cooperation under one roof, it is expected that the center will contribute to improve people’s lives with scientific technologies.
The BioRobotics Institute is an integrated system aimed at innovative research, education and technological transfer, and it intends to create new companies in high technology sectors (biomedical engineering, microengineering, robotics, (mechatronics), through young, qualified and creative human resources trained in its research laboratories.The Director of the BioRobotics Institute is Paolo Dario and it is composed of about 150 persons (more than 90 are PhD students). The average age is 31.5 years. The foreign students are 10%. The women are 31%.
The Institute of Biorobotics explores the possibility to reach an inexhaustible springboard for the creation of applications that are useful for man. This is achieved through engineering, mechatronics and robotics as well as advanced smart systems inspired by the living world. The Institute of Biorobotics is focused on interdisciplinarity by exploiting knowledge and technologies from various fields of engineering (mechanical, electronic, computer science, chemistry, materials, energy), and also transdisciplinarity, thanks to strong interactions with natural and social sciences.