Special lecture meeting and Visit tour

Special lectures and Annual meeting 2021
Date June 19 (Sat), 2021.
Chair Prof. Nobuyuki IWATSUKI (TokyoTech)
13:30-14:15 Special lecture 1:
Lecturer Prof. Masaharu KOMORI, Kyoto University
Title Omnidirectional Mobility, Uninterrupted Transmission, and Intuitive Operation

14:15-15:00 Special lecture 2:
Lecturer Prof. Atsushi KONNO, Hokkaido University
Title Evaluation of Surgical Skills and Surgery Support System

15:05-16:10 Jc-IFToMM Annual Meeting 2021

* This event will be held via Zoom online platform. Address has been infromed by a direct E-mail.

Special lecture by Prof. Burkhard Corves (RWTH Aachen University)
LecturerProf. Burkhard Corves (RWTH Aachen University, currently, specially appointed professor in Tokyo tech)
TitleIntroduction of RWTH Aachen University and IGMR (Institute of Mechanism Theory, Machine Dynamics and Robotics) of RWTH Aachen University
Date and Time18pm to 19 pm, August 1 (Thu), 2019
PlaceMeeting room 304, Ishikawadai 3rd bldg., Ookayama campus, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Campus map
Participation feesFree

2018年度 特別セミナー (詳細pdf)
Date and Time:17:00-18:30, Jan. 21 (Mon), 2019
Place: Conference room at 4th floor, Main building, Ookayama Campus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Lectures:Prof. Alfonso Hernandez Frias and Assoc. Prof. Victor Petuya,
Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of the Basque Country at the Faculty of Engineering of Bilbao, Spain
Title:From planar to spatial mechanisms. Some design criteria of parallel robots
Abstract: The kinematic radiography of a machine is a mechanism, and a mechanism is nothing more than a set of geometric constraints. From this approach, it is easier to present the concept of mobility applied to a mechanism, to a kinematic pair, or to an element of a mechanism. In fact, there is a very special element in a mechanism that is the coupler, end-effector or mobile platform, which is the one that define the application of the mechanism. But, to know the number of degrees of freedom of the end-effector is not enough. More complete information about its motion capability is given by the so-called motion pattern. The motion pattern is, in general, an instantaneous characteristic. It depends on the mobile platform pose. However, the morphological or structural synthesis allows designing parallel manipulators with permanent motion pattern along the workspace, which is a great technical benefit. A singularity analysis detects those configurations where the robot can suffer a loss of local mobility, the blocking of an element, or losing control. Except for very particular applications, singularities are non-desired configurations. Therefore, the job of the engineer is oriented to size the robot so that it operates in a wide, regular and free of singularities workspace. Using the GIM software (www.ehu.eus/compmech/software), some planar and spatial mechanisms will be modelled to illustrate the theoretical concepts revised during the lecture.
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Special seminar 2015 (pdf flyer)
November 6 (Fri), 17:00-18:30
Place: Room 304, Ishikawadai-3rd bldg., Ookayama campus,
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Seminar 1
Towards the development of a multi-purpose assistive robot vehicle
Lecturer: Dr. Jorge Solis, Associate Professor, Karlstad University
Abstract:    At Karlstad University, we have proposed the development of a multi-purpose human-friendly robot for assisting elderly persons as well as assisting care givers. The focus of the research is embodying perceptual (sensing the incoming stimuli), cognitive (processing the incoming stimuli) and bodily-kinaesthetic (response to the incoming stimuli as a result of combining perceptual and motor skills) capabilities. Due to the complexity of the proposed research, two assistive robots vehicles are under development at Karlstad University: an intelligent carrying-medical tools robot vehicle (Solis et al., 2014) and a human-friendly assistive robot vehicle for supporting physically elderly (Solis et al., 2015). The human-friendly robot vehicle for carrying-medical tools (iCAR) is composed by a mobile robot vehicle with on board sensors, and two-actuated and four-passive wheels. On the other hand, the human-friendly walking assistive robot vehicle (hWALK) is composed by a two-wheeled inverted pendulum mobile robot, a 3-DOFs desktop haptic interface, a mobile computer and a wireless module for communication purposes. A PID controller has been implemented for the stability control and preliminary experiments were presented to verify the stability of the two-wheeled inverted pendulum.

Seminar 2
Overview of Research Areas in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Karlstad University
Lecturer: Dr. Gunnel Fredriksson, Lecturer, Karlstad University
Abstract:    The presentation will give an overview of research areas at the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Karlstad University, Sweden. Most of the courses at advanced level are given in English and are open to exchange students. The research at the department is mainly conducted within the multi-disciplinary research group “CMM, Characterizing and modeling of materials ? from nano to macro”. Here scientists from different disciplines; materials engineering, materials physics, mechanics and manufacturing, are working together. Focus areas in research are fatigue, tribology, solar cells and new carbon-based nanomaterials. Examples of applications in these research areas will be explained in detail.

The 1st Robotics Seminar 2014 (pdf)
Date and Time: 14:30-15:30, March 18(Tue) , 2014
Place: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei Campus, Bldg. 9, room 505
Speaker: Prof. Wisama Khalil,
Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Erasmus Mundus master course EMARO coordinator
Title: Dynamic Modeling of Floating Systems:
Application to Eel-like Robot and Rowing system
Abstract: This talk presents the dynamic modeling of floating systems with application for three-dimensional swimming eel-like robot and rowing-like system. To obtain the Cartesian evolution during the design or control of these systems the dynamic models must be used. Owing to the complexity of such systems efficient and simple tools are needed to obtain their model. For this goal we propose an efficient recursive Newton-Euler approach which is easy to implement. It can be programmed either numerically or using efficient customized symbolic techniques

The 3rd Robotics Seminar 2013 (pdf)
Date and Time: 13:30-15:00, June 28 (Fri), 2013
Place: University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus Engineering Building 2, Room 31A (3F)
Speaker: Prof. Alain Berthoz,
Professor Emeritus, the College de France Member, French Academy of Sciences and Academy of Technologies Member, American Academy of arts and Sciences
Title: Simplexity: a set of simplifying principles for Brain and Robots?
Abstract: Professor A. Berthoz will describe a number of simplifying principles which have been developed for human and animals during evolution. These principles are simplex because they are clever solutions which allow living organisms to solve complex problems of action and perception rapidly and efficiently. I will review some principles concerning hand and locomotor trajectory formation, motor coordination and equilibrium, anticipation. I will also allude to the problem which is the next problem in humanoid control: the navigation in large space. I will suggest that it may be useful to 1) distinguish between several spaces and 2) use non Euclidian geometries.

The 7th Robotics Seminar (pdf)
Date: December 3rd, 2012, 13:30-15:00
Place: University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Engineering Bldg. #2, 3F, Room232
Speaker: Prof. Antonio Bicchi,
Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio", The Univ. of Pisa, Italy
Title: Mens et Manus: The Intelligent Body of the Human Hand and its Artificial Counterpart

The 8th robotics seminar (pdf)
Date: December 4th, 2012, 13:30-15:00
Place: University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Engineering Bldg. #2, 3F, Room 31A
Speaker: Prof. Branislav Borovac, Univ. of Novi Sad, Serbia
Title: Humanoid robotics: What we really need - just machines, or something more?

Special lecture by Prof. Hong-Sen YAN
Special lectures by Prof. Hong-Sen YAN will be held as folloing.
Speaker:Prof. Hong-Sen YAN
Time and Date: 11:00‐12:00, Friday, September 28h, 2012.
場 所: Room 31A(3F), Engineering #2, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo.
Title: Reconstruction Designs of Lost Ancient Mechanisms (pdf)

Special lecture by Prof. Zvi Shiller:
Special lectures by Prof. Zvi Shiller that have been postponed will be held as folloing.
Speaker:Prof. Zvi Shiller
1st lecture
Date and Time: 8/30(Thu) 13:00-14:30.
Place: University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Engineering2, Room82C1 (8F)
Title: Motion Planning in Dynamic Environments (pdf)
2nd lecture
Date and Time: 9/3(Mon) 13:00-14:30.
Place: University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Engineering2, Room232 (3F)
Title: Optimal Trajectory Planning of Road and Off-Road Vehicles (pdf)

Special lecture by Dr. Ambarish Goswami:
Special lecture by Dr. Ambarish Goswami, a principal researcher of Honda Research Institute USA will be held as following;
Speaker: Dr.Ambarish Goswami
Principal Scientist
Honda Research Institute USA
Mountain View, CA
Title: Fall Control of Humanoid Robots
Date and Time: 2012-8-10 (Fri.) 14:00-15:00
Place: Room 309(3F), Engineering #2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
Detail: Detail of the seminar is explaned in pdf file.

Special lecture by Prof. Zvi Shiller:
Special lecture given by Prof. Shiller, scheduled on Jul.19th and 20th, is cancelled since his arrival to Japan has been postponed. New schedule will be announced as soon as it is decided.

Prof. Cezary Zielinski(pdf)
This seminar will introduce different views of robot programming and on that basis it will explain the benefits of the formal approach to the development of robotics software. Subsequently the formal approach will be formulated.
Speaker: Prof. Cezary Zielinski
Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Poland
Title: Walking Machines and their Biological Inspirations
Date and Time: 2012/7/6 (Fri) 13:00-14:30
Place: Univ. of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Engineering bldg#2, R31B

Special lecture by Prof. Marco Ceccarelli
Special lecture by Prof. Marco Ceccarelli will be held as following:
Speaker: Prof. Marco Ceccarelli
LARM: Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics
DIMSAT; University of Cassino, Italy
Title: Activity on Mechanics of Robots at LARM, Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics in Cassino (Italy)
Date and Time: Feb. 24th, 2012(Fri), 16:30-17:30
Abstruct: In this lecture the activity at LARM is presented through an overview of research activities and built prototypes in the field of Mechanics of Robots. Presentation will be focused on CAPAMAN (Cassino Parallel Manipulator), leg designs, LARM clutched arm, waist-trunk design, grippers and finger designs, LARM Hand, CATRASYS (Cassino cable parallel architecture tracking system) and their applications.
Place: Room 325, Ishikawadai-6th building, O-okayama Campus,
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
2-12-1, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
Access to O-okayama campus via public transportation,
O-okayama campus map

Annoucement of a lecture meeting
     A lecture meeting was held as following:
Speaker: Professor Marian Wiercigroch FRSE,
Centre for Applied Dynamics Research,
University of Aberdeen, UK
Date: 12-5-2011(Mon), 10:15-11:15
Place: Room 31A, 3rd floor of Bldg.#2, Dept. of Engineering, University of Tokyo
Detail: Detailed is described in a pdf document.

Special lecture meeting and Visit tour in the year 2011
     Special lecture meeting and visit tour was held as following:
Date: 12-5-2011(Mon)
Place Jatco Ltd., 700-1, Imaizumi, Fuji City, Shizuoka, Japan
13:10Gather at Shin-Fuji station.
13:30Arrive at Jatco Ltd. via shattle bus.
13:30-16:00Introduction of the company, factory visit tour, Q&A time.
16:30Return to Shi-Fuji sta.
Participants: 21

Special Lecture Meeting 2009:
Special lecture meeting 2009 will be held as follows:
[Announcement PDF]
Date: Jult 22, Wednesday, 2009, 16:00〜17:00
Place: Room 31A, 3rd Floor, Engineering 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo,
Lecturer: Professor I-Ming Chen
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lecture: Personalized Mechatronics Systems: From Motion Capture (MOCAP) to Motion Replication (MOREP)

Special Visit Tour 2008:
Special visit tour at All Nippon Airways Maintenance Center was held on December 10, Wednesday, 2008. Detail explanations about the maintenance of Jumbo Jet airplane was given us. Then we visited maintainance factories. We had 43 participants including Prof. Nakamura, the president of Jc-IFToMM. We would like to express special thanks to all members of the center.

Special Visit Tour 2006:
Special visit tour at Omiya Workshop of East Japan Railway Company was held on November 7, Tuesday, 2006. At first, Mr. Hiroshi Hasegawa, General Manager of the workshop gave us detailed explanations about the company and the services to maintain train cars. Then we visited repair factories and railway museum in the workshop. We had 29 participants including Prof. Nakamura, the president of Jc-IFToMM. We would like to express special thanks to Mr. Hasegawa and members of the workshop.

Special Visit Tour 2004:
Special lecture meeting and visit tour at National Defense Academy was held on November 5, Friday, 2004. We had 45 participants including Prof. Nakamura, the vice president of Jc-IFToMM and had aspecial lecture, 'Current Status of Modeling and Simulation in Development of Tanks' by Dr. Masanori Kitano, Emeritus Prof. of National Defense Academy. And then we visited the following laboratories:

Matsushita Lab.,
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Magnetic bearing
Watanabe Lab., Dept. of Mechanical EngineeringExperimental field for battle vehicle
Taketa Lab., Dept. of Computer ScienceLegged locomotive robot, Horizontal bar robot
Baba Lab., Dept. of Aerospace EngineeringFlight simulator

After the lab tour, a wine party was held at the restaurant,' Peace Place' in the campus. The friendship of the paticipants then was deepened very much. We wish to express our gratitude to Profs. Masato Yashima, Osami Matsushita and Kenichi Yoshimoto, National Defense Academy, for their great cooperation to arrange the special lecture meeting and visit tour. And we also give our special thanks to many professors and students who explained politely.

Special Visit Tour 2003:
Special visit tour at University of Electro-Communications was held on November 28, Friday, 2003. We had 22 participants including Prof. Miura, the president of Jc-IFToMM and visited the following laboratories:

M.Shimojo-A.Ming Lab. Ultra high precision gear tester
Development of opto-magnetical encoder
Golf robot
K.Tanaka-T.Tanaka Lab. Robot control using brain waves
Nursing robotics
H. Aoyama lab. Desktop microrobot factory

  After the lab tour, a wine party was held at the restaurant, Halmonia, in the university. The friendship of the paticipants then was deepened very much.
  We wish to express our gratitude to Prof. Hisayuki Aoyama, Department of of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems, The University of Electro-Communications for his great cooperation to arrange the visit tour. And we also give our special thanks to many professors and students who explained politely.