Demonstration of pipeline robot at SXSW 2020 exhibition in Austin, Texas

A demonstration of the latest pipeline robot will be held at the South by Southwest (SXSW 2020) exhibition in Austin, Texas, March 15-18, 2020.
In collaboration with the Food Management Department, we will propose new possibilities not only for infrastructure inspection but also as a transport robot.


B3 Welcome Party & Year-end Party

Nice to meet you, I am Okuyama from B4.

It is time for this year’s B3 Welcome Party and the Year-end Party.

We have a lot of B3 students came this year and I enjoyed taking with them.

International students are assigned to our lab every year, so we will be an international laboratory!

There are only the paper submission and interim presentation left, so let’s do our best until the end!

B3 students will have several chances to meet together during the spring break, besides, please feel free to come to the laboratory on other days.

Finally, here is a group photo of all.

In-pipe robot introduction at the iXs demonstration spoon in the International Robot Exhibition(2019.12.18-2019.12.21)

AIRo-2.4, a 3 inch in-pipe inspection robot developed by the compnay iXs based on the technology from our laboratory, will be introduced at the International Robot Exhibition.

Date December 18 (Wednesday) – December 21 (Saturday), 2019, 10:00 to 17:00
Venue  Tokyo Big Sight  Aomi / West / South Hall (1-2-33 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Exhibition booth West Hall 3.4,W4-41







EcoPro 2019 in Tokyo

EcoPro 2019 was held at Big Sight in Tokyo from December 5 to 7, 2019!

This event was held so that many people could know that companies, universities and local organizations are working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the UN Summit.

At this exhibition, 100 studies from Ritsumeikan University were chosen as SDGs initiatives, and 11 special exhibitions were introduced and demonstrated at the booth.

Lecturer Kakogawa (currently at Kawamura Lab), Oka (D1), Kushiya (M1), Sera (M1) and Ota (B4) from our lab participated in this exhibition, and exhibited an in-pipe inspection robot.

In addition, a workshop for elementary and junior high school students was also held, and lecturer Kakogawa explained the snake-type robots to the children who came.


Prof. Fan and Associate Prof. Qu from Beihang University visited our university

On December 2, 2019, Prof. Shangchun Fan and Associate Prof. Xiaolei Qu from Beihang University (China) visited our university and gave us a lecture about their research activities in Advanced Sensing Technology Lab.

In addition, they visited our lab after the lecture, and we had in-depth exchanges after the introduction of the research activities in our lab.



Professor Tobi Delbruck from ETH Zurich visited our university

On October 17, 2019, Prof. Tobi Delbruck from Zurich University of Technology (Switzerland) visited our university and gave a lecture entitled “Data Driven Perception and Inference”.

After the lecture, he visited each laboratory and discussed various robots during the introduction of our laboratory.



Our laboratory’s in-pipe inspection robot was reported by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

The in-pipe inspection robot under development in our laboratory was reported in the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun on 10/8.

“立命館大、配管進入ロボ開発 曲管、自動で対応”

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From August 26 to 28, “2019 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems (ICAMechS 2019)” was held at Ritsumeikan University BKC Campus, in which Professor Ma is the program chair.
On the conference, Mr. Sera (M1) from our lab gave a presentation with the following topic:

  • Fumiya Sera, Atsushi Kakogawa, and Shugen Ma, “Joint Angle Control of an 8-inch Gas Pipeline Inspection Robot to Pass through Bends”, 2019 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems, pp.28-33, 2019.

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