2021 Robot Technology

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Takeda Yukio  Sugahara Yusuke  Nakamura Hiroshi  Endo Mitsuru  Tanikawa Tamio        Kanehiro Fumio    Arisumi Hitoshi  Tanaka Eiichiro  Kamimura Akiya  Murakami Hiroki     
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Course description and aims

History of technology developments, the current situation of the basic technology for robots in both hardware and software and several applications of these technologies are introduced.
Students can learn about the history of robot technology, basic and advanced technology of hardware and software for robots, and problems with future applications to be solved.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will learn the history and the current situation of robot technology development with several applications.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Various researchers belonging to the National Research and Development Agency and engineers of manufacturers give lectures utilizing their practical experience on a wide range of cutting-edge topics related to robot technology.


Robotics, Mechanisms, Machine Elements, Control Engineering, History, Application

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class introduces a different topic of robot technology. Submission of written report is required for every class.
* The content of each class may be switched. The newest schedule will be shared through T2SCHOLA.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Robot Technology History of robot technology development is introduced.
Class 2 Robot hands Classification and features of robot hands and basics of grasping are introduced.
Class 3 Motion Control Technology for Industrial Robots Motion control technologies for Mechatronics system such as industrial robots, machine tools, and semiconductor manufacturing equipments are introduced.
Class 4 Robot Vision Technical trend of vision sensing and its applications to robot vision are introduced.
Class 5 Humanoid Robots Introduce the history of humanoid robot research, system configuration, application examples, and technical issues.
Class 6 Robot Middleware Robot middleware as software platforms which realize easy construction of robotic system is introduced.
Class 7 ITS Technology Technical trend and problems of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) are introduced.
Class 8 Digital Human Human body shape/motion measurement, modeling, and its application toward human-robot collaboration are introduced.
Class 9 Surgical Robots Technical trend and problems of surgical robots are introduced.
Class 10 Investigation&Inspection Robots Technical trend, practical examples and issues of robots for disaster investigation and infrastructure inspection are introduced.
Class 11 Micro and Nano Robots Methods of design and manufacturing of micro/nano robots are introduced. Their applications are also introduced.
Class 12 Multiple Robots Coordination Technical trend and applications of multiple robots coordination are introduced.
Class 13 Applied Robotics technology for novel system of Industrial field The challenges and problems in developing novel systems applied robotics technology is introduced based on actual examples.
Class 14 Assistive robot Technical trend, applications, and issues of various assistive robots are introduced.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Original texts are provided.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

References are introduced in the class.

Assessment criteria and methods

The assessment is based on the quality of written reports and on the status of submission thereof.

Related courses

  • MEC.I211 : Robot Kinematics
  • MEC.I333 : Robot Dynamics and Control
  • MEC.I331 : Mechatronics (Mechanical Engineering)
  • MEC.I332 : Exercise in Mechatronics
  • SCE.S301 : Robotic System and Control
  • SCE.S351 : Robot and Vehicle Technology

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There is no condition for this course, but you will be able to understand more deeply if you have taken the following courses:
- MEC.I211: Robot Kinematics
- MEC.I331: Mechatronics (Mechanical Engineering)
- MEC.I332: Exercise in Mechatronics
- MEC.I333: Robot Dynamics and Control

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