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Research Teams

Automation RT | Connected Factory RT | Minimal Prototyping RT | Field Robotics RT
Dependable Systems RT |


Automation Research Team

Research site: AIST Tokyo Waterfront  |  member  
Brief Introduction: R&D of basic technology for machines (robots) to work dexterously and to share the environment with humans in order to increase their efficiency of automation and increase their affinity with humans. We conduct experiments on mock environments of factories and stores.  
HP: https://unit.aist.go.jp/icps/icps-am/  


Article handling technology by robots
  • Picking unknown parts without teaching
  • Using AI and simulator it is possible to pick complex parts (e.g. tangled)
  • Applicable to parts supply in factories and automation of store's display work.
Technology for human's motion recognition
  • Determine which object and how it is being manipulated using images
  • Applicable for the analysis of expert workers, robot motion planning, etc.

   
  Picking unknown parts assuming factory suply parts Motion recognition of human, transfer to robot  




Connected Factory Research Team

Research site: AIST Tokyo Waterfront  |  member
Brief Introduction: Studying advanced sensing technologies for design and manufacturing processes with human activities and developing analysis and visualization techniques for realizing cyber-physical systems of network-connected design and manufacturing systems for supporting humans
HP: -


R&D of “Connected Factories” technologies
  • Developing analysis and visualization techniques for network-connected design and manufacturing systems
  • Studying advanced sensing technologies for design and manufacturing processes with human activities to integrate cyber and physical systems for supporting humans
Proof study and human resource development for “Connected Factories”
  • Making a proof study environment for “Connected Factories” between AIST and regional industrial technology organizations, and developing human resources for utilizing IoT
R&D of “Connected Factories”




Minimal Prototyping Research Team

Research site: AIST Tokyo Waterfront  |  member
Brief Introduction: Demonstration of the practicality of productivity-enhancing technology as a high-mix low-volume manufacturing system focusing on Minimal fab with safety and flexibility
HP: -


Device Prototyping Demonstration
  • Trial production of devices using our Minimal process technology
  • Factory development considering production stability and quality
  • Developments of device process technology & Minimal control/monitoring technology in collaboration with Tsukuba Minimal site
  • Running Minimal packaging tools, development of IoT sensor process technology and realizing “connected factory” mainly by remote operation in collaboration with Tosu(Kyushu) Minimal site

   
  Integrated development system connected by movements of persons, objects and information between each site Minimal fab in CPS building, Tokyo Waterfront  




Field Robotics Research Team

Research site: AIST Tsukuba Central 2  |  member
Brief Introduction: Development of field robot technologies, including operations, sensing, planning and control, for social and industrial infrastructures where aging and labor shortages are serious.
HP: https://unit.aist.go.jp/icps/icps-fr/



R & D of field robotics for maintenance and management of social/industrial infrastructure, and disaster response, including:

  • Access technologies using land-sea-air field robots
  • Ultra-compact hydraulic actuators to improve workability and motion performance of field robots
  • Intelligent field robot technologies using Edge AI and Cloud AI

R & D of safety evaluation standards for unmanned aircraft, including:

  • Aircraft technical standards and control technical standards




Dependable Systems Research Team

Research site: AIST Tsukuba Central 2  |  member
Brief Introduction: Advanced modeling, sensing, risk assessment, system design and other technologies related to human-robot cooperation in manufacturing, care services, and the use of AI to ensure safety and flexibility, workability and productivity
HP: -


R&D, standardization for safety of service robots, industrial robots, and their testing methods
  • Safety and effectiveness standards and testing methods for nursing care robots (AMED Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care)
  • Risk assessment, safety certification schemes for agricultural robots, logistics robots, and station service robots
  • Evaluation and testing technologies for optical safety sensors, a flexible robot-exterior sensor, and human detection sensors
R&D, standardization for safety and reliability of AI-based robots
  • AI quality and reliability standards to ensure robot safety
  • Safety evaluation platform for AI-equipped robots
   
  Toileting action aids Testing for safety sensors  
       
       
   AI-equipped robots DRC-3  AI Safety 3 Policies  





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