World Robot Summit

October 17-21, 2018 World Robot Summit 2018 | August / October 2020 World Robot Summit 2020

About

WRS will bring together the world's most advanced robots and robotic technologies along with researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players from around the world. The Robot Excellence gathered here will face off in these competitions and exhibitions (through competitions, demonstrations, discussions and award presentations) to show the changes that will take place in industry, society and daily life.

As part of WRS, the World Robot Challenge will feature competitions in four categories: Industrial Robotics Category, Service Robotics Category, Disaster Robotics Category, and Junior Category.

In addition, the World Robot Expo will feature special exhibitions of advanced robots and robotics technologies implemented in the area of the competition venue, along with regional exhibitions that offer examples of advanced robotics at work for society.

The robot competition and exhibition will be held in coordination with each other. Moreover, researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players will come together from around the world in one location to exchange information on the current state of robots, discuss their future and offer ideas for the way forward.

Schedule

2018

World Robot Summit 2018

Event Name
World Robot Summit 2018
Venue
Tokyo Big Sight East Halls 7/8
Schedule
October 17-21, 2018
* Held alongside Japan Robot Week 2018.
Hosts
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

2020

World Robot Summit 2020

Event Name
World Robot Summit 2020
Venue
Aichi International Exhibition Center
Schedule
Early October 2020 for one week
* Held alongside RoboCup Asia-Pacific Open and Japan Robot Week 2020 (tentative).

Two of the challenges under the Disaster Robotics Category are scheduled as follows.

Venue
Robot Test Field located in Fukushima Prefecture
Schedule
Mid-August 2020 for about 3 days
Hosts
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Challenge

We plan to hold a total of 8 challenges at WRC in 4 categories (Industrial Robotics, Service Robotics, Disaster Robotics, and Junior).

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Expo

In conjunction with the Challenge, an Expo will be held to present examples of applied robotics to the world.

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Relevant Events Schedule

Executive Committee Members

World Robot Summit Executive Committee Advisory Board Members

In alphabetical order by last name

Chairperson
Takeo Kanade

U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Executive Committee Members
Chieko Asakawa

IBM Fellow / IBM Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

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Thomas Bauernhansl

Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA / Director, Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF), University of Stuttgart

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Henrik Christensen

Professor, Computer Science, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering / Director, Institute of Contextual Robotics, University of California, San Diego

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Ryoji Chubachi

President, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

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Katsushi Ikeuchi

Emeritus Professor, the University of Tokyo / Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia

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Hiroaki Kitano

Founder, the RoboCup Federation / President and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. / Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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Mayumi Oda

Okami (inn manageress), Kagaya Co., Ltd.

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Gill Pratt

CEO, Toyota Research Institute, Inc. / Executive Technical Advisor, Toyota Motor Corporation (former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager)

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Takako Suwa

President, Daiya Seiki Co., LTD.

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Yangsheng Xu

President, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

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Naoko Yamazaki

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World Robot Summit Executive Committee Members

In alphabetical order by last name

Chairperson
Tomomasa Sato

Emeritus Professor
The University of Tokyo

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Executive Committee Members
Noriaki Ando Ph.D.

Team Leader, Robot Software Platform Research Team, Robot Innovation Research Center, AIST

Executive Committee Members
Shu Ishiguro Ph.D.

Deputy-Director Future Robotics Technology Center
Chiba Institute of Technology

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Dr. Amy Eguchi

RoboCup Federation, Vice President representing RoboCupJunior, Board of Trustee member/Associate Professor of Education, Bloomfield College

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Kohtaro Ohba

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST) Department of Information Technology and Human Factors Robot Innovation Research Center Deputy Director, Research Center

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Hiroyuki Okada Ph.D.

Executive Director, RoboCup Japanese National Committee
Professor, Tamagawa University, College of Engineering, Department of Information and Communication Technology

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Sadao Kawamura

Professor
Department of Robotics Ritsumeikan University

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Professor
The University of Tokyo

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Shinya Kotosaka Ph. D.

Associate Professor Saitama University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Masaru Sudo

President & Representative Director, FujisoftKikakuInc.
Tournament Committee Member, ALL JAPAN ROBOT-SUMO TOURNAMENT

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Atsuo Takanishi

Professor of The Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University

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Satoshi Tadokoro

President, International Rescue System Institute
Professor, Tohoku University
President, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Program Manager, Japan Cabinet Office ImPACT Program

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Akifumi Tamaoki

General Manager, Partner Robot Div. TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

Executive Committee Members
Yorichika Nishijima

Dentsu Robotics Business Operations
Chief Robot Communication Designer / Copywriter

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Itsuki Noda

President of RoboCup Federation and Principal Research Manager of Artificial Intelligence Research Center,
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Executive Committee Members
Eiyu Hayashi

Assistant Manager, Event Business Department, THE NIKKAN KOGYO SHIMBUN, LTD.

Executive Committee Members
Shigeoki Hirai Ph.D.

Director General
New Technology Frontier and Multi-disciplinary Unit (Robotics & Artificial Intelligence) Technology Strategy Center(TSC) New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization

Executive Committee Members
Hiroshi Fujiwara

Executive Director
Japan Robot Association(JARA) 

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Nobuto Matsuhira

Professor
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics Shibaura Institute of Technology

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Dr. Kazuhito Yokoi

Director
Intelligent Systems Research Institute Department of Information Technology and Human Factors National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

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Yasuyoshi Yokokohji

Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University

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Kazuhiko Yokoyama

General Manager
Tsukuba Research Laboratory, Corporate Research & Development Center
YASKAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION

Executive Committee Members
Kazuyoshi Wada Ph.D

Associate Professor 
Faculty of System Design
Tokyo Metropolitan University

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Atsushi Yasuda

Director
Robotics Policy Office,Industiral Machinery Division
Manufactuaring Industries Bureau
Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry

Executive Committee Members
Shuji Yumitori

Director General,Robot and Artificial Intelligence
Technology Department
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization