IEEE ICMA 2023 Conference

Plenary Talk 1

Robotics and AI for Real-world Challenges

Kazuhiro Kosuge

Chair Professor

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


JC STEM Lab of Robotics for Soft Materials

The University of Hong Kong

Deputy Director

Center for Transformative Garment Production

Hong Kong


Current AI cannot provide a complete solution for robotics, although AI is a useful tool for real-world challenges that cannot be solved by traditional methods. We will discuss how AI can be applied to solve real-world problems. Inspired by a dance partner robot developed for the Aichi Expo in 2005, a co-worker robot "PaDY" was developed for the automotive assembly process. Intention estimation was a key to these collaborative robots. AI has also led to the development of robotic applications in manufacturing, such as computer vision for bin picking, grasp planning, robot motion planning, and assembly of textureless industrial parts using visual servoing. Recent advances in AI are making it possible to tackle the manipulation of soft materials. The JC STEM Lab of Robotics for Soft Materials funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust covers this new field for future manufacturing applications.

Dr. Kazuhiro Kosuge is Chair Professor of Robotic Systems in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, JSME Fellow, SICE Fellow, RSJ Fellow, JSAE Fellow and a member of the Engineering Academy of Japan. He has served as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2010-2011), IEEE Division X Director (2015-2016), and IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities (2020). He received Medal of Honor, Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japan in 2018, a national honor in recognition of his prominent contributions to academic and industrial advancements.

The Robotics Society of Japan Kagawa University Kagawa University The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Japan Society for Precision Engineering The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System (HIT) State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System (HIT) University of Electro-Communications University of Electronic Science and Technology of China JiLin University