Field and Service Robotics 2007 The 6th International
Conference on Field and
Service Robotics
July 9-12 2007, Chamonix, France

SHIGEKI SUGANO, Dr. Professor (   (go to abstract)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Shigeki Sugano received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 1981, 1983, and 1989, respectively, from Waseda University. From 1987 to 1991, he was a Research Associate in Waseda University. Since 1991, he has been a Faculty Member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University, where he is currently a Professor. From 1993 to 1994, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University. Since 2001, he has been a Director of the Waseda WABOT-HOUSE laboratory. He is a member of the Humanoid Robotics Institute of Waseda University. Since 2001, he has been the President of Japan Association for Automation Advancement.
His research interests include anthropomorphic robot, dexterous
manipulator, and human-robot communication. He received the Technical Innovation Award from the Robotics Society Japan for the development of Waseda Piano-Playing Robot: WABOT-2 in 1991. He received the JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2000. He received JSME Fellow Award in 2006. He received IEEE Fellow Award in 2007.
He serves the Secretary of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. He serves as a Co-Chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Humanoid Robotics. He served as the IEEE RAS Conference Board, Meetings Chair from 1997 to 2005. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics.
He served as the General Chair of the 2003 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2003). He served as the General Co-Chair of the 2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2006).

Plenary : Design of Structured Environment for Service Robots
Service robots which have dexterity, human friendliness, and the symbiotic function with a human in a house and welfare facilities will be in demand in the near future society. However, there are many problems to realize the robot intelligence that can recognize environment and coordinate with a human. On the other hand, ubiquitous IT (Information technology) environment is realized thanks to the growth of information household appliances, personal computers, the networks, etc. Most of them are kinds of IT assists, and we should have another approach: the physical assists by robots. Designing service robots together with service environment is an effective approach. And this is a study on Structured Environment with Human-Symbiotic Robots. In this presentation, I introduce a study of structured environment design in the WABOT-HOUSE (WAseda roBOT HOUSE) project and a study of a dexterous robot in Waseda Humanoid Robot Project, and discuss design of future human living environment.