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03. 18, 2014

Students from National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University visited Ritsumeikan University

As a part of JENESYS2.0 program Science and Technology (Robot Industry) 7th batch, 10 students from National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University visited the Department of Robotics and the Department of Human and Computer Intelligence at Ritsumeikan University on Thursday, March 13th.

JENESYS2.0 is a successive project of JENESYS which had been carried out by the Japanese government since 2007 among Japan and Asia-Pacific countries. It implements youth exchange programs for 14,000 people in 2 years and its aims are to realize economic revival by arousing potential interest in Japan and increasing the number of foreign tourists; furthermore, to promote greater understanding of Japanese values and “Japan Brand” which could be found in the country’s appeal including “Cool Japan”.

A newly-developed flying robot at Hirai Lab

the poster session




Students majoring mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and bioengineering at National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University visited several laboratories at the Department of Robotics and the Department of Human and Computer Intelligence at Biwako Kusatsu Campus to deepen their understanding of the robotic industry in Japan.
   
The Department of Robotics at Ritsumeikan University was established in 1996 as the first robotics institution in Japan and provides a broad range of education that is applied to the development of medical/welfare robots. The Department of Human & Computer Intelligence aims at fostering world-leading intelligence information processing engineers on the basis of computer science and information processing technology.


The lab tour started with Prof. Nobutaka Shimada who introduced the face-recognition monitoring system then Prof. Takahiro Wada who demonstrated welfare robots and the driver assistance system followed by the introduction of underwater robots by Professor Sadao Kawamura, newly-developed flying robots and tensegrity robots by Prof. Shinichi Hirai, visual sensing technology at Associate Prof. Kazuhiro Shimonomura’s laboratory, and biotic bodies and intelligence-based environmentally adaptive robots at Prof. Shugen Ma’s laboratory. Singaporean students actively listened to the lectures, asked questions, and took some robots in their hands to take a closer look.


Prof. Kawamura who has an ongoing relationship with Nanyang Technological University

Lunch at the cafeteria: Everyone seems to be enjoying Japanese food




Some Ritsumeikan students from the participating laboratories joined for lunch and enjoyed chatting with Singaporean students in a friendly atmosphere.

At the end of the tour Prof. Kawamura and 5 students from Ritsumeikan University gave a poster session to share research achievements of each laboratory and to ask and answer questions. Participants had a profitable time getting a close look at robots in motion and having discussions with the presenters.

We hope this visit will promote mutual understanding and interest that eventually would lead to further academic/research exchanges.