Roboken Research Awards

Sep. 2014
Prof. Takashi Tsubouchi was elected as Fellow of RSJ in RSJ 2014

Prof. Takashi Tsubouchi was awarded Fellowship of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) in the 32nd Annual Conference of the RSJ (RSJ 2014). Commendation reason is his research and management contributions to RSJ.

May. 2014
Prof. Takashi Tsubouchi was awarded JSME Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to the Robotics and Mechatronics Division in ROBOMECH 2014

Prof. Takashi Tsubouchi was awarded The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Certificate of Merit of Outstanding Contribution to the Robotics and Mechatronics Division in the Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2014 (ROBOMECH 2014). Commendation reason is his activity as the General Chair of the Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2013 (ROBOMEC 2013).

Mar. 2014
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded the Prize of the Head of the Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies in University of Tsukuba

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded the Prize of the Head of the Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba. Commendation reason is his research activity as a doctoral student and as a JSPS Research Fellow DC1.

Feb. 2014
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded SICE Young Author's Award for Basic Research in SICE general meeting

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) Young Author's Award for Basic Research in SICE general meeting. The award-winning paper was: Yoshitaka Hara, Shigeru Bando, Takashi Tsubouchi, "Point Cloud Matching for Localization Using Maximum A Posteriori Estimation to Prevent Over-Confidence," the 13th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2012).

Dec. 2013
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in SI 2013

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in the 14th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2013). The award-winning paper was: Yoshitaka Hara, Akira Oshima, Shun Kawamoto, Atsushi Watanabe, Takashi Tsubouchi, "Installation of Embedded PCs and Implementation of Autonomous Navigation Technologies for a Passenger Vehicle Based on an Electric Wheelchair".

Dec. 2013
Mr. Atsushi Watanabe was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in SI 2013

Mr. Atsushi Watanabe (Department of Computer Science, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in the 14th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2013). The award-winning paper was: Atsushi Watanabe, Akihisa Ohya, "Estimation of Back-EMF Constant for Mobile Robot Embedded Motors by Only Using a Rotary Encoder".

Dec. 2013
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded SICE System Integration Award for Outstanding Young Researchers in SI 2013

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) System Integration Award for Outstanding Young Researchers in the 14th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2013). The award-winning paper was: Yoshitaka Hara, Shigeru Bando, Takashi Tsubouchi, "Point Cloud Matching for Localization Using Maximum A Posteriori Estimation to Prevent Over-Confidence," the 13th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2012).

Nov. 2013
Our Lab's team was awarded Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize in Tsukuba Challenge 2013

At "Tsukuba Challenge 2013", which is a technological challenge to run fully autonomous mobile robots on pedestrian walkway in Tsukuba city, the robot "Lo~op" from team "Tamagokake Gohan" of our lab completed an autonomous run of 1843 m to the goal and completed all five human-searching tasks, and received Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize.

Sep. 2013
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded RSJ Young Investigation Excellence Award in RSJ 2013

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded The Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) Young Investigation Excellence Award in the 31st Annual Conference of the RSJ (RSJ 2013). The award-winning paper was: Yoshitaka Hara, Shigeru Bando, Takashi Tsubouchi, "Formulation of a Point Cloud Matching Method for Localization Based on the Bayesian Approach to Prevent Over-Confidence," the 30th Annual Conference of the RSJ (RSJ 2012).

Dec. 2012
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in SI 2012

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in the 13th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2012). The award-winning paper was: Yoshitaka Hara, Shigeru Bando, Takashi Tsubouchi, "Point Cloud Matching for Localization Using Maximum A Posteriori Estimation to Prevent Over-Confidence".

Nov. 2012
Our Lab's Team was awarded Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize in Tsukuba Challenge 2012

At "Tsukuba Challenge 2012", which is a technological challenge to run fully autonomous mobile robots on pedestrian walkway in Tsukuba city, the robot "Hitotsubo" from team "Outdoor Group 2012" of our lab completed the 1.4 km autonomous run to the goal, and received Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize.

Dec. 2011
Mr. Yoshitaka Hara was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in SI 2011

Mr. Yoshitaka Hara (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in 12th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2011). The award-winning paper was: Yoshitaka Hara, Takashi Tsubouchi, Shinichi Yuuta, "Development of an Autonomous Mobile Robot for Outdoor Environments on ROS Platform".

Dec. 2011
Mr. Atsushi Watanabe was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in SI 2011

Mr. Atsushi Watanabe (Department of Computer Science, Doctoral Program) from our laboratory was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in 12th SICE Sytem Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2011). The award-winning paper was: Atsushi Watanabe, Akihisa Ohya, Shin'ichi Yuta, "Desgin of High-efficiency Feed-forward Current Control for Small Brushless DC Motor", and: Watanabe Atsushi, Bando Shigeru, Yuta Shin'ichi, "Outdoor Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots Based on Road and Intersection Recognition and Direction Detection".

Dec. 2011
Mr. Shun Kawamoto was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in SI 2011

Mr. Shun Kawamoto (College of Information Science) from our laboratory was awarded SI Excellent Presentation Award in 12th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI 2011). The award-winning paper was: Shun Kawamoto, Yuki Tadokoro, Taku Shikina, Takashi Tsubouchi, "Visualization of the Internal State and Real-time Sensor Data in Outdoor Autonomous Mobile Robot".

Nov. 2011
Our Lab's Team was awarded Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize in Tsukuba Challenge 2011

At "Tsukuba Challenge 2011", which is a technological challenge to run fully autonomous mobile robot through 1.4 km of public road, the robot "Lo~op" from team Pedestrian of our lab completed all tasks from the 1.4 km run and received the Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize.

Also from our lab: robot "Rossy" from team Tsukuba Intelligent Robot Research Group run up to the 1,413 m point, robot "Hitotsubo" from Outdoor Group 2011 run up to the 1,225 m point, robot "Yamabico Melos" from Indoor Group 2011 run up to the 1,010 m point, and robot "Saburo" from team Saburo and Friends run up to the 60 m point.

Nov. 2010
The team from our lab, Fujisoft Inc./University of Tsukuba MRIM project was awarded Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize in Tsukuba Challenge 2010

At "Tsukuba Challenge 2010", which is a technological challenge to run fully autonomous mobile robot through 1.1 km of public road, the robot "Hitotsubo" from Outdoor Group 2010 of our lab and robot "TUFS2010" from Fujisoft Inc./University of Tsukuba MRIM Project completed all tasks from the 1.1 km run and received the Tsukuba City Mayor's Prize.

Robot "Yamabico Melos" from Indoor Group 2010 of our lab was able to run up to the 365 m point.

Oct. 2010
Mr. E. Magid from our lab was chosen as a finalist for RoboCup Best Paper Award in IROS 2010

Mr. E. Magid (Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Doctoral Program) from our lab was chosen as a finalist for RoboCup Best Paper Award in 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2010). The award-winning paper was: E. Magid, T. Tsubouchi, E. Koyanagi, and T. Yoshida, "Static Balance for Rescue Robot Navigation: Losing Balance on Purpose within Random Step Environment", Proc. of IEEE Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 349-356, 2010.

Apr. 2010
Assoc. Prof. Ohya received Education Contribution Award from Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering

Assoc. Prof. Ohya received Education Contribution Award in the first faculty meeting of Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering of 2010 for his significant contribution to education in informatics and information sciences in 2009 as a model graduate school instructor.

Nov. 2009
Assoc. Prof. Ohya and a Fujisoft Inc. team completed Tsukuba Challenge 2009

"Tsukuba Challenge 2009", which took place in November, was a challenge to run robots autonomously in a 1 km course around Tsukuba Koen-dori and Tsukuba Central Park. Sixty-five teams from all over Japan participated in the challenge, five robots completed the course. Apart from Prof. Ohya's team (robot: TUFS), the following teams also completed the course: Chiba Institute of Technology, Hitachi, Tohoku University. Roboken alumni played a role in every team.

The robot "Hitotsubo" from our lab's outdoor group 2009 passed the trial but retired at 620 m point. Also from our lab, the robot "Yamabico Melos" from group TsukuRobo passed the trial as well.

Oct. 2009
Prof. Takashi Tsubouchi was awarded Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Jury Award from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 2009

Prof. Takashi Tsubouchi received the award after a fair and impartial examination by the committee

Oct. 2009
Prof. Yuta was awarded IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies for his technical contribution in "Yamabico" mobile robot platform and his leadership in IROS conferences

This award honors Professor Fumio Harashima, founder of the IROS (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems), by recognizing a member of the IROS community who has pioneered activities in robotics and intelligent systems. Prof. Yuta was recognized for his technological contribution in "Yamabico" platform and his leadership in IROS so far.

Sep. 2009
Prof. Yuta was awarded Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) Distinguished Service Award for the establishment of the Robotics Symposia and its management

Prof. Yuta was recognized for his service as chairman for 10 years since the foundation of the symposia.

Apr. 2009
Prof. Yuta was awarded the JSME Medal for New Technology for Development of compact and lightweight laser range sensor for the application in service robot

This medal is awarded for excellent technology and product development during the year. For the performance, potential applications, and impact on industry of the SOKUIKI sensor series, developed in cooperation with Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd, Prof. Yuta and Mr. Mori (of Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd.) were awarded the medal.

Apr. 2009
Prof. Tsubouchi was awarded the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Public Understanding Promotion Category for Promoting Understanding of Robotics Through Writing

The three books, "Creative Robot Design A: For Novice Robotics Engineers", "Creative Robot Design B: Deepen your ideas for Robotic Engineering", "Creative Robot Design C: Beginning Robot Control and Embedding Computers" were appraised to have contributed to the increase in the number of people in Japan to be interested in robotics. The award was shared with co-authors of the books Prof. Kan Yoneda (Chiba Institute of Technology) and Prof. Hisashi Ohsumi (Chuo University).

Jun. 2008
The research group including our laboratory's Prof. Tsubouchi was awarded Special Award of Fire and Disaster Management Agency Commissioner's Award for its joint research with the International Rescue System Research Organization

Awarded on June 27th, at Fire and Disaster Management Agency National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster's "60th Anniversary of the municipal fire-fighting system, exhibition of research and development and case studies of emergency management robots and advanced materials and equipments", held in Chofu, Tokyo.

The International Rescue System Research Organization received research assignment from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency on the theme "Development of hydraulic-pneumatic drive advanced search equipment". Each member of the research organization: Osaka Prefectural College of Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Okayama University, and University of Tsukuba are to each form a research group and develop their assigned search and rescue system.

At this time "high-performance materials and equipments for search in rubbles and life-saving work" was evaluated. Our laboratory was in charge of "Stereo camera capable of searching in narrow space". This was the research theme of Mr. Masayuki Hayashi (Master Program, graduated in March 2008).

The other laboratories were in charge of the following: Tokyo Institute of Technology, combining pneumatic jack; Okayama University, hydraulic jack robot and hydraulic artificial muscle jack; Osaka Prefectural College of Technology, miniaturized hydraulic spreader and pneumatic-hydraulic transducer.

Jun. 2008
Prof. Tsubouchi was awarded the Academic Achievement Award and the Robomec Award in ROBOMEC 2008

In awarding the Academic Achievement Award, the organization recognizes the recipient's engagement in studies on control and planning of mobile robots, and his contribution in the field of mobile robot system and sensor-based navigation.

Apr. 2008
Prof. Tsubouchi was awarded the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Education Award

Awarded for distinguished text books of "Creative Robot Design A: For Novice Robotics Engineers", "Creative Robot Design B: Deepen your ideas for Robotic Engineering", "Creative Robot Design C: Beginning Robot Control and Embedding Computers". The award was shared with co-authors of the books Prof. Kan Yoneda (Chiba Institute of Technology) and Prof. Hisashi Ohsumi (Chuo University).

The three books were chosen for the award for: their wide adoption by universities and technical colleges, large support by robotics education professionals, adoption as reference book in many creative educational training courses, its practical nature, etc.

May. 2007
Mr. Eijiro Takeuchi, a doctoral student from this laboratory was awarded the ROBOMEC Award from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Robotics and Mechatronics Division

The award-winning paper was "A 3-D Scan Matching using Improved 3-D Normal Distributions Transform for Mobile Robotic Mapping" from Robotics Symposia 2006.

Oct. 4th, 2006
Prof. Tsubouchi was awarded Best Paper Award in International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC 2006)

The award-winning paper was "Development of Autonomous Systems for Loading Operation by Wheel Loader," S. Sarata, N. Koyachi, T. Tsubouchi, H. Osumi, M. Kurisu and K. Sugawara.

Sep. 15th, 2006
Prof. Yuta and Mr. Kawata was awarded the Technical Innovations Award by the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) for the development of SOKUIKI sensor

Prof. Yuta and Mr. Kawata (Department of Computer Science, doctoral program for working individuals) was awarded the Technical Innovations Award by the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) for "Development of "SOKUIKI" Sensor (Optical Range-Sensor) for Mobile Robot's Environment Recognition."

It was awarded in recognition of the high societal impact of the SOKUIKI sensor, which was commercialized the previous year, among other robotics technologies. The award was shared with Mori et al from Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd, the firm in which the commercialization took place.

Prof. Yuta served as project leader during the development, under the grant for strategic infrastructure technology from the organization of small-medium enterprises. He also developed specifications for robot sensor from the point of view of the user. Mr. Kawata played a central role in software development for the sensor from Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd.