IROS 2018 @ Madrid

Prof. Kakogawa, Mr. Zhang (PD) and Mr. Oka (M2) gave presentations in IROS 2018 (The 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) held in Madrid, Spain during 1st-5th October 2018.

  • Atsushi Kakogawa and Shugen Ma, Differential Elastic Joint for Multi-linked Pipeline Inspection Robots, IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), pp. 949-954, 2018, Madrid, Spain.
  • Guoteng Zhang, Shugen Ma, Felix Liang and Yibin Li, Quadruped Locomotion Control Based on Two Bipeds Jointly Carrying Model, IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), pp. 1732-1738, 2018, Madrid, Spain.
  • Guoteng Zhang, Shugen Ma and Yibin Li, Nonprehensile Pushing Manipulation Strategies for a Multi-limb Robot, IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), pp. 6634-6639, 2018, Madrid, Spain.
  • Guoteng Zhang, Shugen Ma and Yibin Li, Dynamic Modelling and Motion Planning for the Nonprehensile Manipulation and Locomotion Tasks of the Quadruped Robot, IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), pp. 8013-8018, 2018, Madrid, Spain.
  • Yoshimichi Oka, Atsushi Kakogawa and Shugen Ma, Development of a Multilink-articulated Wheeled In-pipe Robot with Differential Mechanisms in Wheel and Link Axes, IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), pp. 973-978, 2018, Madrid, Spain.

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Invited speech (Robotics Research Center)

On 26th July, Robotics Research Center held two invited speeches. Professor C.S. George Lee from Purdue University  (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Professor Yunhui Liu from The Chinese University of Hong Kong gave speeches about Robotics. Before the speech, they visited our laboratory. Professor C.S. George Lee, Professor Yunhui Liu and Professor Ma also visited Kyoto International Conference Center together on 25th July.








The title of the speech:

  • Professor C.S. George Lee (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University)

What Can a Humanoid Robot Do?

  • Professor Yunhui Liu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Manipulation Control of Soft Objects for Automated Robotic Surgery


Prof. Shugen Ma has been selected as the ambassador of Japan MICE

Prof. Ma has been selected as a new conference ambassador to join the team of Japan MICE Ambassadors from 2018.

The Japan MICE Ambassador programme was established in 2013 with the aim of raising Japan’s profile as a destination for conferences and events. Japan MICE Ambassadors are academics and business professionals offering expertise in their respective fields. They act as the face of the nation, contributing to publicity efforts and helping to attract more international conferences to Japan. Over the five years of this programme, 55 well-respected ambassadors have been selected to represent Japan.




ROBOMECH 2018 was held in KITAKYUSHU during 2nd-5th June 2018.Seven members from our laboratory gave presentations.







Yayi Shen, Shugen Ma, Hiroki Tomita, Guoteng Zhang,Yang Tian, Atsushi Kakogawa

“Development of a Multi-terrestrial Robot with Eccentric Paddle Mechanism”


Takatomo Otsuka, Shuya Inoue, Jie Ma, Atsushi Kakogawa, Shugen Ma

“Development of a Helical Pole Climbing Robot with Underactuated Tendon-driven Arms”


Guoteng Zhang, Taihei Kawabata, Shugen Ma, Atsushi Kakogawa

“Development of a Caterpillar Robot Actuated by Dielectric Elastomer Actuators”


Naoki Otani, Atsushi Kakogawa, Shugen Ma, Yang Tian

“Experimental Study on an Out-pipe Robot with Series Elastic Gripping Mechanism for Adaptation to Steps and Curved Pipes”


Atsushi kakogawa, Yuki Komurasaki, Shugen Ma

“Autonomous Elbow-pipe Steering System for Pipeline Inspection Robots based on Shadow Images”

2nd Report:Improvement of the Shadow Recognition and Experiment in a Continuous Elbow Pipeline


Yang Tian, Pinhan Huang, Shugen Ma

“Pipe-Recognition using a Monocular Camera for Pipe Tracking”


ASTER2018 was held in BIWAKO HOTEL on 1st June 2018. Otani(M2), Qiu(D3), Kakogawa, Kaizu(M2), Oka(M2), Zhang(PD) and Shen(D2) presented in the poster session.






Naoki Otani M2


Qiu Zhe D3

“A sensorless collision detection approach based on virtual contact points”

Atsushi Kakogawa


Yuuki Kaizu M2


Yosimiti Oka M2


Zhang Guoteng PD

“Caterpillar Robot Driven by Soft Actuators Based on Dielectric Elastomer”

Shen Yayi D2

“A Wheel-paddle Integrated All-terrain Robot Based on Eccentric Paddle Mechanism “

ICRA 2018 @ Brisbane

Prof. Kakogawa and Mr. Qiu (D3) gave presentations in The 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018) held in Brisbane, Australia during 20th-25th May 2018.

  • Atsushi Kakogawa, Soo Jeon, and Shugen Ma,Stiffness Design of a Resonance-Based Planar Snake Robot With Parallel Elastic Actuators
  • Zhe Qiu and Ryuta Ozawa, A Sensorless Collision Detection Approach Based on Virtual Contact Points








ROBIO2011 in Phuket, Thailand

ROBIO2011 (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics) was held in Phuket, Thailand from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11.
Mr. Sun, Mr. Kakogawa, and Mr. Yoshida made presentations about their researches.

  • Yi Sun, Legged Gaits Planning for a Novel ePaddle-Based Amphibious Robot
  • Atsushi Kakogawa, Experimental Verification of Analytical Torques Enabling a Screw Drive In-pipe Robot to Pass through Bent Pipes
  • Yu Yoshida, A Wall-Climbing Robot without any Active Suction Mechanisms

Guests from UAE

With a part of “Cool Japan Program” which is Invitation Program from high schools in United Arab Emirates, six high school students and three teachers from Abu Dhabi had a visit to our lab. We introduced our researches, demonstrated robots, and had lunch together.

Prof. Ma was introduced in “Japan Panorama”

Prof. Ma was introduced in “Japan Panorama” published by the International Development Journal Co.,Ltd.

“Students in my laboratory must be energetic self-starters.”
When beginning a research project, the student must consider the project’s novelty, its theoretical practicality, and its likely impact on society.