WROCO Special Sessions2019-09-10T13:56:17+00:00

WROCO Special Session #1

Exploration Technology in Extreme Environment

Time and Date : 10:20-12:20, Sep.19, 2019(Thu) / Location : KAIST KI Building Connect Room(2F)

Organizer: Dr. Yonghoon Ji (Chuo University, Japan) ji@mech.chuo-u.ac.jp

A robotic system including special mechanism, control, and sensing technologies is necessary for exploration in extreme environments. In order to efficiently realize a reliable exploration task in such an environment, a robot with a special design has to acquire useful information from the surrounding environment by using sensors suitable for each environment to generate suitable motion of the robot.

This Special Session explores up-to-date research outcomes in unmanned robotic exploration technology operating in various extreme environments. It is important to realize unmanned exploration robots that can actually operate in hazardous disaster sites, rough terrain, underwater situations, and narrow environments where a human cannot directly access.

Various special element technologies (e.g., state estimation, motion planning, image processing, environment mapping, and so on) required for such exploration robots will be presented and discussed during this session.

This Special Session is open to any researcher interested in robotic exploration technology in an extreme environment. The specific topics of this Special Session include (but are not limited to)

  • Design of special mechanisms
  • Motion control
  • State estimation
  • Image processing
  • Environment mapping

for operation in extreme environments.

There is no limitation in participation to this special session. The tentative presenters include

  • Xiaorui Qiao (The University of Tokyo)
  • Shinya Katsuma (The University of Tokyo)
  • Akira Oyama (Chuo University)

WROCO Special Session #2

Robot Technology for Understanding Human Behavior and
Development of Rehabilitation System

Time and Date : 10:20-12:20, Sep.19, 2019(Thu) / Location : KAIST KI Building B501

Organizer: Dr. Qi An (The University of Tokyo, Japan) anqi@robot.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Recently, we are facing rapid increase in the number of people who suffer from motor impairment. In order to solve this problem, development of effective assistive/rehabilitation system is urgent. The key to achieving this aim is to employ robotic technology to clarify and understand human motor behavior including neural mechanism of motor control and to utilize this finding for assistive/rehabilitation system. Particularly, we combine brain science and rehabilitation medicine using robotic technology (system engineering).

In this Special Session, we will demonstrate our recent study to understand human motor behavior and how we develop assistive system. This Special Session is open to any researcher interested in robotic technology to support human begins. The specific topics of this Special Session include (but are not limited to)

  • Design of Assistive/Rehabilitation Device
  • Understanding/Modelling Human Behavior
  • Human Motor Control Theory

There is no limitation in participation to this special session. The tentative presenters include

  • Shingo Shimoda (RIKEN)
  • Dai Owaki (Tohoku University)
  • Shohei Shirafuji (The University of Tokyo)
  • Hiroki Kogami (The University of Tokyo)

WROCO Special Session #3

Smart Actuation : Theories and Demonstrations

Time and Date : 15:20-17:00, Sep.19, 2019(Thu) / Location : KAIST KI Building B501

Organizer : Prof. Sehoon Oh (DGIST, Korea) sehoon@dgist.ac.kr

An actuator is a channel that control theories realize their practical performances in robot systems. In the viewpoint of robotic systems, the input is often regarded as the actuation force generated by an actuator, while it is often regarded as the command to the actuator in control theories. Therefore, the performance of an actuator is the key that connects theory and practice in Robot Control.

This Special Session explores up-to-date research outcomes in emerging actuation methods, so-called smart actuation systems. The importance of the smart actuation systems has become more evident than ever, since robotic systems started interacting with humans and environments closely. The requirements in smart actuation include not only the output torque, speed, and power, but also the controlled impedance, energy reproducibility, etc.

The analysis and design philosophy of these smart actuation systems will be presented and discussed during this session. This Special Session features hardware demonstrations as well. The presenters will bring their own smart actuation system, so that the participant can have hands-on experiences of smart actuators.

This Special Session is open to any researcher interested in smart actuation. The specific topics of this Special Session include (but are not limited to)

  • Design of smart actuators (e.g., direct drive actuators, series elastic actuators, etc.)
  • Power transmission of smart actuators (e.g., twisted string transmission, flexible shaft transmission, etc.)
  • Control of smart actuators (e.g., zero impedance control, impedance matching control, etc.)

There is no limitation in participation to this special session. The tentative presenters include

  • Claudio Melchiorri (University of Bologna)
  • Kyungsoo Kim (KAIST)
  • Yasutaka Fujimoto (Yokohama National University)
  • Hae-Won Park (KAIST)
  • Sehoon Oh (DGIST)

If you are interested in presentation and/or demonstration of your smart actuation method, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Sehoon Oh before May 21st, 2019. Paper submission is not mandatory for this special session. Once your participation is confirmed, an invitation letter will be provided.

Examples of Smart Actuation Systems

Applications of Smart Actuators