ASIMO back

The  Youth Engineering Show which hs supported & organized byHonda last 5 years has been  held in New England where ASIMO is the main center of attraction again. This show runs for three days and will be visited by over 7,000 local school children.

The show is a fast moving 85-minute educational event involving presentations, interviews, demonstrations and videos about the world of engineering – as well as a performance of ASIMO itself. Over the three days, it provides an opportunity for around 7,000 year 7 and 8 students (11-14 year olds), to sample first hand the importance of engineering in modern day life and appreciate the range of career options available in this diverse field.
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Robot as safety assistants

NEDO (Organization for the Development of New Energy and Industrial Technology) began August 3 a “Project Implementation robot assistants. This project is divided into five parts. The first objective is to conduct R & D on methods of verifying the security of this type of robots, to establish safety standards and, ultimately, to propose these standards to the world, the ultimate goal is to launch spam on the Japanese market. The other four components relate to the parallel development of four types of robots:
 – The robot supporting the autonomy of elderly and disabled (Panasonic).
 – Robots can move only in public spaces: applications to everyday life (Fuji Heavy Industry) and monitoring (Alsok, Rangefinder, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Tokki System).
 – Clothing robot “HAL”, lavishing assistance muscle (Cyber dyne, University of Tsukuba).
 – A robot vehicle with which a disabled user can move (Toyota Motor, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Four Link Systems).

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Bio-Robotics : Elastic Strip Framework

Most motion planning algorithms assume complete knowledge of the geometry of environment.  Typically obstacles in the environment are assumed to be static or their motion is known as a function of time.  To generate a motion, the algorithm performs a search in the configuration space of the robot, C..  Such a space encapsulates all legal, Cfree , and illegal, Cobs, configurations of the robot and the goal is to find a continuous path in Cfree connecting initial and final configurations.  For robots with multiple degrees of freedom, the configuration space is extremely high-dimensional.  To allow planning for environments with moving obstacles the configuration space must be further augmented by the dimension of time.  Performing a search in such high-dimensional spaces is infeasible and people have in the past resorted to probabilistic and randomized approaches that confine the search space to a subset of all possible configurations. Continue reading

Digital Human Symposium 2009


Pre-Registration is now being available.


  • Theme: New Perspectives in digital human technology -human, information, and robotics-
  • Date: March 4, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Place:
    • Symposium: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation(7th floor MIRAI CAN Hall)
      2-41, Aomi, Koto-ku Tokyo 135-0064
    • Open house: AIST Waterfront (Access Map)
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