- Chair Professor, The University of Hong Kong
- Director, Center for Transformative AI and Robotics, and Specially Appointed Professor, Tohoku University
- Deputy Managing Director, Center for Transformative Garment Production
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.
Dr. Kazuhiro Kosuge (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in control engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in 1978, 1980, and 1988 respectively. After having served as a R&D Staff of the Production Engineering Department, Nippon Denso Company, Ltd., a Research Associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology and an Associate Professor at Nagoya University, he joined Tohoku University as Professor in 1995 and served as Distinguished Professor from 2018 to March 2021. He is now serving as the Director of the Center for Transformative AI and Robotics, Specially Appointed Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. From June 2021, he is also serving as Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong.
He received Medal of Honor, Medal with Purple Ribbon, from the Government of Japan in 2018 - a national honor in recognition of his prominent contributions to academic and industrial advancements. He also received IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation in 2021 for his exceptional vision of innovative research and outstanding leadership in the robotics and automation community through technical activity management. He is an IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow, SICE Fellow, RSJ Fellow, JSAE Fellow and a member of the Engineering Academy of Japan. He was the President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, from 2010 to 2011, the IEEE Division X Director, from 2015 to 2016 and the IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities for 2020.