Kazuhiro Kosuge is Distinguished Professor of Tohoku University, in the Department of Robotics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1978, 1980, and 1988 respectively. From 1980 through 1982, he was with DENSO Co., Ltd. After having served as a Research Associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology and an Associate Professor at Nagoya University, he has been serving as a Professor at Tohoku University since 1995. For more than 35 years, he has been conducting research on robotics. He served as Science Advisor, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2010-2014), Senior Program Officer, Japan Society of Promotion of Science (2007-2010), and Selected Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency (2005-2012). He also served as IEEE Division X Director for 2015-2016, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society President for 2010-2011. He is IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow, SICE Fellow, RSJ Fellow, JSAE Fellow, and a member of Engineering of Academy, Japan. He is a 2018 recipient of Medal of Honor, Medal with Purple Ribbon, awarded with the name of Emperor, from the Government of Japan. He is 2020 Vice President for Technical Activities, IEEE.
Challenges and Opportunities in Robotics as Systems Integration.
A robot is a system, which consists of many devices and technologies. A new robot for a new field could not be created by combining existing devices and technologies. We need to create/enrich devices/technologies to meet the requirements of each field. We then discuss how the robotic foundations will be enhanced through the development of new robots in new fields. Several robot systems developed in our laboratory are introduced, which include multiple physical human-robot interactions, co-worker robots, etc. Some of these research results have been successfully used in real applications and some of them have not been used yet. The research outcomes of our laboratory illustrate the issues for the development of robots in new fields.