IROS2022, Big Challenge Forum

  • Date&Time: Oct. 26th (Day 3), 14:30 -17:30
  • Venue:Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto)
  • Style: Co-sponsored by JST


With the background of the rapid development of AI technology etc., the development of robot systems that can work in various situations has attracted worldwide attention.This forum aims to bring together these challenging international projects related to such robots for discussion and future international collaboration.


Prof. Toshio Fukuda
Prof. Toshio Fukuda (Moon Shot Project Director)

Title: Introduction of the Moonshot project: Goal 3

Prof. Tetsuya Ogata
Prof. Tetsuya Ogata (Waseda Univ. from Sugano PJ)

Title: Deep Predictive Learning for AI robots that can learn and act alongside humans

Prof. Takamitsu Matsubara
Prof. Takamitsu Matsubara (NARA Institute of Science and Technology from Nagatani PJ)

Title: Open design approach to innovative AI and robotic technologies for infrastructure construction and maintenance

Prof. Tadahiro Taniguchi
Prof. Tadahiro Taniguchi (Ritsumeikan Univ. from Harada PJ)

Title: Expanding the Frontiers of Science by Conducting Scientific Experiments using Artificial Intelligence based on World Models

Prof. Tetsunari Inamura
Prof. Tetsunari Inamura (NII from Hirata PJ)

Title: Integration of physical and cognitive support towards improvement of self-efficacy of assistive robot users

15:45-16:00 Break
Prof. Michael Littman
Prof. Michael Littman, Brown University, Division Director for Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Online)
Dr. Cécile Huet
Dr. Cécile Huet, Head of Unit Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Excellence– A1, European Commission

Title: EU Programme addressing Big Challenges in Robotics (Online)

16:30-17:30 Wrapping Prof. Tetsuya Ogata

Real robot demonstration by Four Moon Shot Projects

Oct. 24-26 9:00-17:00
AIREC robot (from Sugano PJ)

Booth No. 36-1

This project aims to establish robot evolution technology that combines flexible machine hardware and unique AI that can understand many kinds of tasks. We will show the demonstration of the prototype of the AIREC (AIREC AI-driven Robot for Embrace and Care).
i-Centipot-Hose (from Nagatani PJ)

Booth No. 36-2

AI-robot scientists
This project aims to develop a machine that can flexibly adapt to an uneven environment based on the concept of implicit control. To evaluate the concept, we are now developing a robotic pumping system, “i-CentiPot-Hose,” which adapts to natural disasters, such as a river channel blockage. We will demonstrate the motion of its deployment of the hose.
AI-robot scientists -platform- (from Harada PJ)

Booth No. 36-3

AI-robot scientists
The project aims to develop AI-Robot Scientists to assist with the complex manipulation required in scientific experiments. The first prototype of the AI-robot platform for scientific discovery will be used to demonstrate dexterous and precise manipulation. The robot in Tokyo will be teleoperated using the input devices at the conference site in Kyoto.
Robotic Nimbus (from Hirata PJ)

Booth No. 36-4

  • Waseda University
  • Moonshot R&D
  • The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
  • Kobe University
  • Tokyo Women's Medical University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Tokyo Denki University (TDU)