Distinguished Lecture by Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge, Hung Hing-Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor in Science and Technology (October 16, 2018)

Oct 16, 2018

Universal Manipulation for a Next Generation of Industrial Robots


Date: October 16, 2018 (Tue)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm (Reception at 3:30pm)
Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Chow Yei Ching Building, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker:  Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge
                 Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor in Science and Technology
                 The University of Hong Kong

                 Department of Robotics
                 Tohoku University


The increase in the number of industrial robots used in factories is modest compared to the current needs of industrial robots. It is partially because we do not have enough number of systems integrators, who design robot systems for specific applications by using general purpose industrial robots. Different from human workers, the industrial robots require a lot of peripheral systems specifically designed for given tasks, such as robot hand(s)/gripper(s), fixture(s), parts feeders, smart tools, etc. The current industrial robots, originally designed for universal automation, are far from the “universal.” In this presentation, we are going to introduce the concept of the universal manipulation. The goal of the universal manipulation is to create a robot, which executes different tasks using general-purpose tools without designing peripheral systems for each task, without using parts feeders, and without programing of the robots. We discuss the issues for realizing the universal manipulation and introduce some of the solutions for the issues, which include new design of multi-purpose robot hands, integrated control system of visual and impedance servo, teaching by demonstration and so on.


Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge is a Professor in the Department of Robotics at Tohoku University, Japan. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in 1978, 1980, and 1988 respectively. From 1980 through 1982, he was a Research Staff in the Production Engineering Department, DENSO Co., Ltd. From 1982 through 1990, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Control Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 1990 to 1995, he was an Associate Professor at Nagoya University. From 1995, he has been at Tohoku University. He is an IEEE Fellow, a JSME Fellow, a SICE Fellow, a RSJ Fellow, a JSAE Fellow, a member of IEEE HKN. He served as President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for 2010-2011, and Division X Director of the Board of Directors of IEEE for 2015-2016.


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