Process Evaluation of Robot Development Projects by Proposal Data Analysis
Shigeru Asano*,†, Masanori Wada*, Tomomasa Sato**, and Hiroshi Hosaka*
*Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8563, Japan
**Future Center Initiative, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan
This study investigated the process evaluation of robot development projects. We propose a quantitative method to evaluate whether the projects advanced to the social experiment phase and analyze their causes of failure. With the proposal analysis method, proposals for future similar developments were submitted across six development projects by staff members in accordance with their actual experience. By analyzing the amounts of proposals classified into phases, categories, and factors, the issues that occurred during each process could be identified. These issues consisted of delays, unclear specifications, and confusion with regard to the organizational structure. The proposed method was suitable for robot development projects with very short time spans such as support robots for disaster victims and guide robots for guests of the Olympic Games.
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