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Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics

ISSN : 0915-3942(Print) / 1883-8049(Online)
DOI : 10.20965/jrm.issn.1883-8049
Editors-in-Chief : Koichi Osuka (Osaka University)
Deputy Editors-in-Chief :Takayuki Tanaka (Hokkaido University)
Akio Namiki (Chiba University)

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Vol.21 (2009)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Robot Vision - Vision for Action -

Special Issue on Robot Vision - Vision for Action -

Editorial: p. 671
Robot Vision - Vision for Action -
Masanori Idesawa, Yasushi Mae, Junji Oaki
Robot vision is a key technology in robotics and mechatronics for realizing intelligent robot systems that work in the real world. The fact that robot vision algorithms required much time and effort to apply in real-world applications has delayed their dissemination until new forms made possible by recent rapid improvements in computer speed. Now the day is coming when robot vision may surpass human vision in many applications.
This special issue presents 13 papers on the latest robot vision achievements and their applications. The first two propose ways of measuring and modeling 3D objects in everyday environments. Four more detail object detection and tracking, including visual servoing. Three propose advances in hand feature extraction and pose calculation, and one treats video coding for visual sensor networks. Two papers discuss robot vision applications based on human visual physiology, and the last clarifies an application in optical force sensors.
We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their generous time and effort. Last, we thank the Editorial Board of JRM for making this issue possible.
Paper: pp. 672-679
3D Object Modeling and Segmentation Using Image Edge Points in Cluttered Environments
Abstract
Masahiro Tomono
Paper: pp. 680-688
Measurement of Three-Dimensional Environment with a Fish-Eye Camera Based on Structure from Motion - Error Analysis
Abstract
Kenji Terabayashi, Hisanori Mitsumoto, Toru Morita, Yohei Aragaki, Noriko Shimomura, and Kazunori Umeda
Paper: pp. 689-697
Object Detection and Recognition Using Template Matching with SIFT Features Assisted by Invisible Floor Marks
Abstract
Seiji Aoyagi, Nobuhiko Hattori, Atsushi Kohama, Sho Komai, Masato Suzuki, Masaharu Takano, and Eiji Fukui
Paper: pp. 698-708
Parallel Computation of the Region-Based Level Set Method for Boundary Detection of Moving Objects
Abstract
Xianfeng Fei, Yasunobu Igarashi, Makoto Shinkai, Masatoshi Ishikawa, and Koichi Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 709-719
Hand-Eye Motion-Invariant Pose Estimation with Online 1-Step GA -3D Pose Tracking Accuracy Evaluation in Dynamic Hand-Eye Oscillation-
Abstract
Mamoru Minami and Wei Song
Paper: pp. 720-725
High-Performance Active Camera Head Control Using PaLM-Tree
Abstract
Takayuki Nakamura, Yoshio Sakata, Toshikazu Wada, and Haiyuan Wu
Paper: pp. 726-738
Fast Hand Feature Extraction Based on Connected Component Labeling, Distance Transform and Hough Transform
Abstract
Le Dung and Makoto Mizukawa
Paper: pp. 739-748
User-Adaptable Hand Pose Estimation Technique for Human-Robot Interaction
Abstract
Albert Causo, Etsuko Ueda, Kentaro Takemura, Yoshio Matsumoto, Jun Takamatsu, and Tsukasa Ogasawara
Paper: pp. 749-757
3D Hand Pose Estimation Using a Single Camera for Unspecified Users
Abstract
Kiyoshi Hoshino and Motomasa Tomida
Paper: pp. 758-764
Functionally Layered Video Coding Based on JP2K for Robot Vision Network
Abstract
Sakol Udomsiri, Hideki Taguchi, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Masahiro Iwahashi, and Tetsuya Kimura
Paper: pp. 765-772
Positional Features and Algorithmic Predictability of Visual Regions-of-Interest in Robot Hand Movement
Abstract
Toyomi Fujita and Claudio M. Privitera
Paper: pp. 773-779
Interpretation of Cross-Traffic Accidents and Playing Catch Based on Newly Found Visual Perception Characteristics
Abstract
Qin Wang, Lei Wang, and Masanori Idesawa
Paper: pp. 780-788
An Optical Tactile Sensor Assuming Cubic Polynomial Deformation of Elastic Body
Abstract
Kiyoshi Hoshino, Daisuke Mori, and Motomasa Tomida

No.5

(Oct)

Special Issue on Mechatronics Technologies from Asia to the World

Special Issue on Mechatronics Technologies from Asia to the World

Editorial: p. 567
Mechatronics Technologies from Asia to the World
Takayuki Tanaka, Shun'ichi Kaneko, Aiguo Ming and Kazunori Umeda
Mechatronics - an ever-growing field enblacing actuators and sensors, electronics and mechanics, controls, system design and integration was founded in Japan at the end of the 1960s. It now supports industrial development, the global economy and inventions that enable people to live comfortably around the world.Asia is one of the most active areas in mechatronics research. Asian experts meet and mix in meetings and conferences such as the Japan-China symposium on Mechatronics started in 1988, Asia International Symposium on Mechatronics (AISM) organized by the Japanese Society of Precision Engineering and Chinese committees since 2004 to bring together researchers and engineers in this multidisciplinary field to stimulate new ideas, to share knowledge on practical problems and solutions, as well as to facilitate cooperation for the future.This special issue on “Mechatronics Technologies from Asia to the World” includes many of the fine papers presented at AISM2008 in August 2008, and encourages scientists in related fields to submit their research to encourage interested researchers in developing systems and technologies to become more skilled, smarter and tougher in the real world.We thank the authors for their interesting contributions and the reviewers for their devoted time and effort.
Paper: pp. 568-573
Detection Principle of Shape and Orientation of Corrosive Defects Using Lamb Waves
Abstract
Chunguang Xu, Joseph L. Rose, and Xiang Zhao
Paper: pp. 574-582
Three-Dimensional Environment Model Construction from an Omnidirectional Image Sequence
Abstract
Ryosuke Kawanishi, Atsushi Yamashita, and Toru Kaneko
Paper: pp. 583-589
Development of Asparagus Harvester Coordinated with 3-D Vision Sensor
Abstract
Naoki Irie, Nobuyoshi Taguchi, Takao Horie and Takakazu Ishimatsu
Paper: pp. 590-596
Velocity and Acceleration Estimation by a Nonlinear Filter Based on Sliding Mode and Application to Control System
Abstract
Takanori Emaru, Kazuo Imagawa, Yohei Hoshino, and Yukinori Kobayashi
Paper: pp. 597-606
Human Joint Motion Recognition Using Ultrasound Pulse Echo Based on Test Feature Classifier
Abstract
Yoichiro Tsutsui, Takayuki Tanaka, Shun'ichi Kaneko, Yukinobu Sakata, and Maria Q. Feng
Paper: pp. 607-613
Development of Power Assist Wear Using Pneumatic Rubber Artificial Muscles
Abstract
Toshiro Noritsugu, Masahiro Takaiwa, and Daisuke Sasaki
Paper: pp. 614-620
Perception-Assist with an Active Stereo Camera for an Upper-Limb Power-Assist Exoskeleton
Abstract
Kazuo Kiguchi, Manoj Liyanage, and Yasunori Kose
Paper: pp. 621-627
SIEN: Telescopic-Arm Climbing-Support Robot
Abstract
Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, Yoshiaki Sorioka, Sunhong Park, and Shuji Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 628-634
Improving Maneuverability of Power-Assisted Valve for Fire Engines Based on Prediction of Valve Opening Times
Abstract
Motoki Nakano, Takayuki Tanaka, Shun'ichi Kaneko, Koichi Yamano, and Yoichiro Tsutsui
Paper: pp. 635-641
Piezo-Impact-Driven X-Y Stage and Precise Sample Holder for Accurate Microlens Alignment
Abstract
Yuuka Irie, Hisayuki Aoyama, Junichi Kubo, Takahiro Fujioka, and Takashi Usuda
Paper: pp. 642-646
Sloshing Damping Control in a Cylindrical Container on a Wheeled Mobile Robot Using Dual-Swing Active-Vibration Reduction
Abstract
Masafumi Hamaguchi and Takao Taniguchi
Paper: pp. 647-655
Hybrid Planning for an Air Gap Adjustment System Using Fuzzy Models
Abstract
Philipp Adelt, Natascha Esau, and Alexander Schmidt
Paper: pp. 657-664
Intelligent Ambience that can Influence Robot Behavior
Abstract
Shinichi Tsunoo, Takeshi Sakaguchi, Kazuhito Yokoi, and Kazuyoshi Wada

No.4

(Aug)

Special Issue on Kukanchi Interactive Human – Space Design and Intelligence Dedicated to Dr. Kazuo Tanie

Special Issue on Kukanchi Interactive Human – Space Design and Intelligence Dedicated to Dr. Kazuo Tanie

Editorial: pp. 441-442
Kukanchi Interactive Human – Space Design and Intelligence Dedicated to Dr. Kazuo Tanie
Makoto Mizukawa, Kazuhito Yokoi, Tsutomu Hasegawa, Shigeki Sugano and Yasushi Nakauchi
The history of science and technology evolution plays a great role in expanding human ability. Physical enhancement is done by controlling power after invention of steam engines and governor. These lead inventions of various useful machines to improve the productivity of material, food, and many attractive consumer products such as automobiles. Electrics and electronics also provided social infrastructure for industries and individual life.
From ancient times, media have been developed to assist in intellectual activities such as characters, clay boards, papers, printing machines to carry knowledge. The accumulation of knowledge was one source of governance power and social movement of the Enlightenment promoted spreading such knowledge to citizens by editing Encyclopedias. This movement opened modern and civilized era. Telecommunication and computer technologies have accelerated to develop tools that help thinking and communication using the enormous knowledge stored in storages distributed worldwide. Kukanchi —Interactive Human-Space Design and Intelligence— enhances human physical boundary limited by its body to its surrounding space adopting and fusing technologies such as robotics, structured information, sensor network, object oriented software, software engineering of Robot Technology (RT) middleware, human–robot–interaction, etc. Kukanchi is expected to provide barrier–free environment and support to maintain QoL of daily life for any kind of handicapped people.
This special issue features nine excellent papers from researchers devoting efforts to establishing kukanchi field and concept. This special issue is edited by guest editors, Prof. Makoto Mizukawa (Shibaura Institute of Technology) and four editors, Drs. Kazuhito Yokoi (AIST), Tsutomu Hasegawa (Kyushu University), Shigeki Sugano (Waseda University), Yasushi Nakauchi (University of Tsukuba). We thank the authors for their contributions and reviewers for their time and effort in making this special issue possible. We also thank the JRM Editorial Board for providing the opportunity to take part i...<more>
Paper: pp. 443-452
A Service System Adapted to Changing Environments Using “Kukanchi”
Abstract
Yusuke Fukusato, Eri sato–Simokawara, Toru Yamaguchi, and Makoto Mizukawa
Paper: pp. 453-459
Supporting Robotic Activities in Informationally Structured Environment with Distributed Sensors and RFID Tags
Abstract
Kouji Murakami, Tsutomu Hasegawa, Ryo Kurazume, and Yoshihiko Kimuro
Paper: pp. 460-468
Rotation-Based Dynamic Localization at an Initial Dead-Zone Avoidance Stage on an RFID Tag Lattice
Abstract
Kenri Kodaka, Haruhiko Niwa, and Shigeki Sugano
Paper: pp. 469-477
A Mobile Sensor Network Forming Concentric Circles Through Local Interaction and Consensus Building
Abstract
Geunho Lee, Seokhoon Yoon, Nak Young Chong, and Henrik Christensen
Paper: pp. 478-488
Autonomous Motion Generation Based on Reliable Predictability
Abstract
Shun Nishide, Tetsuya Ogata, Jun Tani, Kazunori Komatani, and Hiroshi G. Okuno
Paper: pp. 489-497
Robot Technology Ontology Targeting Robot Technology Services in Kukanchi — “Interactive Human-Space Design and Intelligence”
Abstract
Ken Ukai, Yoshinobu Ando, and Makoto Mizukawa
Paper: pp. 498-506
Cooking Procedure Recognition and Support by Ubiquitous Sensors
Abstract
Sho Murakami, Takuo Suzuki, Akira Tokumasu, and Yasushi Nakauchi
Paper: pp. 507-514
Design and Control of Librarian Robot System in Information Structured Environments
Abstract
Bong Keun Kim, Kenichi Ohara, Kosei Kitagaki, and Kohtaro Ohba
Paper: pp. 515-523
Observation of Human Activities Based on Spatial Memory in Intelligent Space
Abstract
Mihoko Niitsuma and Hideki Hashimoto

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 524-532
User-Adaptive Reconfigurable Interface for In-Vehicle Information Systems
Abstract
Sangho Kim, Kosuke Sekiyama, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 533-540
A Double Image Acquisition System with Visible and UV LEDs for Citrus Fruit
Abstract
Mitsutaka Kurita , Naoshi Kondo, Hiroshi Shimizu, Peter Ling, Paolo D. Falzea, Tomoo Shiigi, Kazunori Ninomiya, Takahisa Nishizu, and Kazuya Yamamoto
Paper: pp. 541-553
Control of A New Type of Undulatory Wheeled Locomotor: A Trident Steering Walker Based on Chained Form
Abstract
Hiroaki Yamaguchi
Paper: pp. 554-562
Improvement of Vibration Sensitivity by Tangential Vibration
Abstract
Hie-yong Jeong, Mitsuru Higashimori, and Makoto Kaneko

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'08 (Part 2)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'08 (Part 2)

Editorial: p. 300
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'08 (Part 2)
Kazunori Umeda and Hiroki Murakami
The Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2008 (ROBOMEC'08) was held at the “Big Hat” in Nagano, Japan, June 5-7, 2008, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). Prof. Minoru Hashimoto of Shinshu University served as organizing chair, Prof. Takashi Kawamura of Shinshu University as general chair, and Hiroki Murakami of IHI Corporation as program chair. The conference motto was “Robotics and Mechatronics for Sustainable Industrial Development.” A record-breaking 1,054 papers were presented in about 70 sessions, including Nano/Micro Fluid System and Medical and Welfare Robotics and Mechatronics. Participants numbered over 1,500, making it a great success.
This special issue presents 13 papers from the conference. Of the 109 outstanding presentations recommended for submission, 42 were submitted and reviewed. Of these, 28 excellent papers have been accepted including the first 15 already published in Part 1 (Vol.21, No.2).
We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their extensive time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Tatsuo Arai of Osaka University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 301-310
Intelligent Cutter for Pork Deboning Robot (Automatic Processing of Complete Pre-Deboning Process of Pork Arm)
Abstract
Akitoshi Itoh, Yoshiaki Mori, Yuuki Sugiyama, and Shinzo Mammoto
Paper: pp. 311-316
Kinodynamic Planning for Humanoid Robots Walking on Uneven Terrain
Abstract
Kensuke Harada, Mitsuharu Morisawa, Shin-ichiro Nakaoka, Kenji Kaneko, and Shuuji Kajita
Paper: pp. 317-323
An Emotional Model Based on Location-Dependent Memory for Partner Robots
Abstract
Naoyuki Kubota and Shiho Wakisaka
Paper: pp. 324-331
Parameter Setting Method for Sit-Stand Assist System Based on Human Model
Abstract
Yasuhisa Hirata, Jun'ichi Higuchi, Takuro Hatsukari, and Kazuhiro Kosuge
Paper: pp. 332-341
Dynamic Remodeling of Environmental Map Using Range Data for Remote Operation of Mobile Robot
Abstract
Takafumi Matsumaru, Hiroshi Yamamori, and Takumi Fujita
Paper: pp. 342-352
Trajectory Generation for Adaptive Motion by Phase Feedback - Synchronization of Multicycle Human Movement -
Abstract
Takayuki Ubukata, Shinya Kotosaka, and Hideyuki Ohtaki
Paper: pp. 353-358
Development of Energy Autonomous Type Pneumatic Walking Support Shoes
Abstract
Masahiro Takaiwa and Toshiro Noritsugu
Paper: pp. 359-375
A Proposal of Real-Time Configuration Control System for Redundant Manipulators
Abstract
Tongxiao Zhang, Mamoru Minami, Wei Song, and Yusaku Nakamura
Paper: pp. 376-383
View-Based Localization Using Head-Mounted Multi Sensors Information
Abstract
Hiroaki Yaguchi, Nikolaus Zaoputra, Naotaka Hatao, Kimitoshi Yamazaki, Kei Okada, and Masayuki Inaba
Paper: pp. 384-393
Educational Project for Robotics and Mechatronics Using Tele-Control System Between National College of Technology and Toyohashi University of Technology
Abstract
Takashi Imamura, Takanori Miyoshi, Kazunari Miyake, Shinichi Arai, Tatsuya Okada, Manabu Yamamoto, Minh Duc Duong, Masayuki Okabe, Hideo Kitagawa, Tomoyasu Ichimura, Eiji Nishiyama, Yasunori Kawai, Shinya Oyama, and Kazuhiko Terashima
Paper: pp. 394-402
Tractor Guidance System for Farm Work Using DGPS and Gyroscope
Abstract
Keiichi Inoue, Kazuhiro Nii, and Yun Zhang
Paper: pp. 403-411
Stabilizing Passive Dynamic Walk Under Wide Range of Environments by Constraint Mechanism Fitted to Sole of Foot
Abstract
Kazuyuki Hyodo, Takeshi Oshimura, Sadayoshi Mikami, and Sho'ji Suzuki
Paper: pp. 412-418
Fabrication of Articulated Microarm for Endoscopy by Stacked Microassembly Process (STAMP)
Abstract
Keisuke Narumi, Daisaku Azuma, and Fumihito Arai

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 419-426
Adaptive Gait for Large Rough Terrain of a Leg-Wheel Robot (Fifth Report: Integrated Gait)
Abstract
Shuro Nakajima and Eiji Nakano
Paper: pp. 427-434
Neuro-Fuzzy Control of Power-Assist Omnidirectional Wheelchair Using Human-Friendly Touch Panel
Abstract
Kazuhiko Terashima, Hideo Kitagawa, Takanori Miyoshi, Sou Kitamura, and Juan Urbano

No.2

(Apr)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'08 (Part 1)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'08 (Part 1)

Editorial: p. 171
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'08 (Part 1)
Kazunori Umeda and Hiroki Murakami
The Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2008 (ROBOMEC'08) was held at the “Big Hat” in Nagano, Japan, June 5-7, 2008, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). Prof. Minoru Hashimoto of Shinshu University served as organizing chair, Prof. Takashi Kawamura of Shinshu University as general chair and Hiroki Murakami of IHI Corporation as program chair. The conference motto was “Robotics and Mechatronics for Sustainable Industrial Development.” A record-breaking 1,054 papers were presented in about 70 sessions, including Nano/Micro Fluid System and Medical and Welfare Robotics and Mechatronics. Participants numbered over 1,500, making it a great success. This special issue presents 15 papers from the conference selected from 109 outstanding presentations further narrowed to 42 before final selection for Part 1 (Vol.21, No.2). We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Tatsuo Arai of Osaka University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 172-178
A Study on Adaptive Arch Structure Applying Variable Geometry Truss (Mechanism of Movable Arch Roof with External Panel)
Abstract
Fumihiro Inoue
Paper: pp. 179-185
Realizing Spiral Laminar Flow Interfaces with Improved Micro Rotary Reactor
Abstract
Hiroaki Furusawa, Koichi Suzumori, Takefumi Kanda, Akinori Muto, and Yusaku Sakata
Paper: pp. 186-192
Development of an Automated Microscope for Supporting Qualitative Asbestos Analysis by Dispersion Staining
Abstract
Kuniaki Kawabata, Soichiro Morishita, Hiroshi Takemura, Kazuhiro Hotta, Taketoshi Mishima, Hajime Asama, Hiroshi Mizoguchi, and Haruhisa Takahashi
Paper: pp. 193-199
Tunnel Cross-Section Measurement System Using a Mobile Mapping System
Abstract
Kiichiro Ishikawa, Jun-ichi Takiguchi, Yoshiharu Amano, Takumi Hashizume, and Takashi Fujishima
Paper: pp. 200-208
High Speed and High Sensitivity Slip Sensor Utilizing Characteristics of Conductive Rubber - Relationship Between Shear Deformation of Conductive Rubber and Resistance Change -
Abstract
Seiichi Teshigawara, Kenjiro Tadakuma, Aiguo Ming, Masatoshi Ishikawa, and Makoto Shimojo
Paper: pp. 209-215
Magnetically Driven Microtools Actuated by a Focused Magnetic Field for Separating of Microparticles
Abstract
Shinya Sakuma, Yoko Yamanishi, and Fumihito Arai
Paper: pp. 216-222
Hollow, Variably Configured Segmented Wheel Suitable for Snow Travel
Abstract
Shotaro Takaoka, Kazuya Horikawa, Akinori Nagano, and Taro Iwamoto
Paper: pp. 223-228
Possibility of Head-Shape Simplification for an Acoustical Telepresence Robot: TeleHead
Abstract
Iwaki Toshima and Shigeaki Aoki
Paper: pp. 229-235
On-Chip Droplet Dispensing by a Magnetically Driven Microtool
Abstract
Yoko Yamanishi, Yuki Kihara, Shinya Sakuma, and Fumihito Arai
Paper: pp. 236-244
Identification of Contact Conditions from Contact Force and Moment - Experimental Verification in Effective Sensing Strategy -
Abstract
Takayoshi Yamada, Tetsuya Mouri, Akira Tanaka, Nobuharu Mimura, and Yasuyuki Funahashi
Paper: pp. 245-251
“Future Dream!” Review of The 2007 Robotics-Mechatronics Design Competition
Abstract
Taisuke Sakaki, Ryuichi Oguro, Shinichi Sagara, Kanta Aoki, Nobuhiro Ushimi, Takanori Kiyota, Ryo Kikuuwe, Makoto Iwamura, Manabu Fukushima, Keiji Imado, Hidetaka Ikeuchi, and Shunji Moromugi
Paper: pp. 252-259
Design of Autonomous/Man-Machine-Cooperative Mobile Robot
Abstract
Shinkichi Inagaki, Tatsuya Suzuki, Takahiro Ito, and Wu Shidan
Paper: pp. 260-266
Compact Force Sensor Using AT-Cut Quartz Crystal Resonator Supported by Novel Retention Mechanism
Abstract
Keisuke Narumi, Ayumi Asakura, Toshio Fukuda, and Fumihito Arai
Paper: pp. 267-276
Functions of Mobile-Robot Step-On Interface
Abstract
Takafumi Matsumaru and Kosuke Akai
Paper: pp. 277-283
Hovering Control of a Tail-Sitter VTOL Aerial Robot
Abstract
Koichi Kita, Atsushi Konno, and Masaru Uchiyama

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 285-292
Adaptive Gait for Large Rough Terrain of a Leg-Wheel Robot (Fourth Report: Step-Over Gait)
Abstract
Shuro Nakajima and Eiji Nakano

No.1

(Feb)

Regular papers

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 3-11
Emergent Approach to Circle Formation by Multiple Autonomous Modular Robots
Abstract
Takehiro Miyamae, Sumiaki Ichikawa, and Fumio Hara
Paper: pp. 12-19
Adaptive Gait for Large Rough Terrain of a Leg-Wheel Robot (Third Report: Step-Down Gait)
Abstract
Shuro Nakajima and Eiji Nakano
Paper: pp. 20-27
Development of MRI Compatible Manipulandum for Hand and Arm Movement
Abstract
Toshiyuki Aodai and Shigeki Toyama
Paper: pp. 28-35
Human Recognition Using RFID Technology and Stereo Vision
Abstract
Songmin Jia, Jinbuo Sheng, Daisuke Chugo, and Kunikatsu Takase
Paper: pp. 36-43
Adaptive Coordinated Control of Multi-Fingered Robot Hand
Abstract
Satoshi Ueki, Haruhisa Kawasaki, and Tetsuya Mouri
Paper: pp. 44-56
Iterative Transportation by Multiple Mobile Robots Considering Unknown Obstacles
Abstract
Kousuke Inoue, Jun Ota, and Tamio Arai
Paper: pp. 57-65
A Conversion of a Cooperative Transportation System with Two Car-Like Mobile Robots into Two-Chain, Single-Generator Chained Form and its Steering
Abstract
Hiroaki Yamaguchi and Tamio Arai
Paper: pp. 66-73
Control of a Two-Joint, Two-Steering Snake-Like Robot
Abstract
Hiroaki Yamaguchi
Paper: pp. 74-80
Stepwise Locomotion on a Deformable Surface Using Shear Displacement Produced by a Pneumatic Suction Device
Abstract
Toshiaki Horie and Satoshi Konishi
Paper: pp. 81-87
Comparison with Amount of Gustatory Sense and Nasal Skin Temperature
Abstract
Hirotoshi Asano, Tota Mizuno, Akio Nozawa, and Hideto Ide
Paper: pp. 87-94
Evaluation of Cognition of Information Which is Stimulated by the Sense of Touch Using Phantom Sensation and Apparent Movement
Abstract
Tota Mizuno, Hirotoshi Asano, and Hideto Ide
Paper: pp. 95-103
A Quantitative Navigability Measure of Rough Maps
Abstract
Jooseop Yun and Jun Miura
Paper: pp. 104-112
Force Compensating Trajectories for Redundant Robots: Experimental Results
Abstract
Daniela Vassileva, George Boiadjiev, Haruhisa Kawasaki, and Tetsuya Mouri
Paper: pp. 113-120
Performance Evaluation of Rotor Flux-Oriented Control on FPGA for Advanced AC Drives
Abstract
Stéphane Simard, Rachid Beguenane, and Jean-Gabriel Mailloux
Paper: pp. 121-127
Eccentricity Compensator for Wide-Angle Fovea Vision Sensor
Abstract
Sota Shimizu and Joel W. Burdick
Paper: pp. 128-134
Eccentricity Estimator for Wide-Angle Fovea Vision Sensor
Abstract
Sota Shimizu and Joel W. Burdick
Paper: pp. 135-145
Quantitative Evaluation of Automatic Parts Delivery in “Attentive Workbench” Supporting Workers in Cell Production
Abstract
Masao Sugi, Ippei Matsumura, Yusuke Tamura, Makoto Nikaido, Jun Ota, Tamio Arai, Kiyoshi Kotani, Kiyoshi Takamasu, Hiromasa Suzuki, Akio Yamamoto, Yoichi Sato, Seiichi Shin, and Fumihiko Kimura
Paper: pp. 146-155
Hybrid Impedance Control of Massage Considering Dynamic Interaction of Human and Robot Collaboration Systems
Abstract
Kazuhiko Terashima, Takanori Miyoshi, Keisuke Mouri, Hideo Kitagawa, and Panya Minyong
Development Report: pp. 156-163
Development of Training Equipment with Adaptive and Learning Using a Balloon Actuator-Sensor System
Abstract
Ryota Kurozumi, Toru Yamamoto, Shoichiro Fujisawa, and Osamu Sueda

Vol.20 (2008)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Service Technology for Health and Well-Being

Special Issue on Service Technology for Health and Well-Being

Editorial: p. 809
Service Technology for Health and Well-Being
Mihoko Otake
Thanks to the growing awareness that human health is inextricably linked to the health of our planet and environmental change, it is difficult to envisage an integrated scientific approach to sustainable development that does not include human health issues. In parallel with science for health and well-being (SHWB), which is recognized today as a major challenge, the field of service science, management and engineering (SSME) has emerged as a potential solution. How can robotics and mechatronics, both used in SHWB and SSME, contribute to solving human health issues?
This special issue focuses on service technology for health and well-being. It starts with studies on on-demand bus services for alternative transportation systems and home healthcare service for disease prevention based on ICT. Devices and systems then introduced include stand-up support devices, gait rehabilitation, omnidirectional wheelchairs and wheelchair design simulators, musculoskeletal simulators for rehabilitation, force display communication analysis systems, and evaluation method of driver's temporary arousal level. These technologies for health and welfare services are the core of sustainable development.
We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions and the reviewers for their time and effort in making this special issue possible. We also thank the JRM Editorial Board for the opportunity to take part in this work.
Paper: pp. 810-817
Evaluation of On-Demand Bus Services Applicability to Older Persons
Abstract
Hiroyuki Yamato, Kota Tsubouchi, Kazuo Hiekata, Ken Honda, and Chika Sugimoto
Paper: pp. 818-823
Creation of Validation Field for Preventive Medicine – Kashiwa-no-ha (Oak Leaf) Preventive Medical Project (KPMP)
Abstract
Kunihiro Shiina
Paper: pp. 824-827
Accurate, Easy-to-Use Sphygmomanometer – “Arm-in Memo” Blood-Pressure Meter Developed Based on “Compliance with Measurement”
Abstract
Yousuke Asou
Paper: pp. 828-835
Standing-Up Motion Support Device by Using Elbow Support Face to Adapt to Human Physical and Motion Characteristics
Abstract
Takuro Hatsukari, Norihisa Miyase, Jun'ichi Higuchi, Yasuhisa Hirata, and Kazuhiro Kosuge
Paper: pp. 836-845
Development of a Gait Rehabilitation System With a Spherical Immersive Projection Display
Abstract
Hiroaki Yano, Takayuki Masuda, Yosuke Nakajima, Naoki Tanaka, Shintaro Tamefusa, Hideyuki Saitou, and Hiroo Iwata
Paper: pp. 846-853
A 4WD Omnidirectional Wheelchair with Enhanced Step Climbing Capability
Abstract
Masayoshi Wada
Paper: pp. 854-862
Simulator for Optimal Wheelchair Design
Abstract
Makoto Sasaki, Takumi Kimura, Kiyomi Matsuo, Goro Obinata, Takehiro Iwami, Kazuto Miyawaki, and Kazuo Kiguchi
Paper: pp. 863-871
Muscle Strength Estimation Using Musculo-Skeletal Model for Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Abstract
Tatsuya Okada, Takashi Imamura, Takanori Miyoshi, Kazuhiko Terashima, Yoshifumi Yasuda, and Takuo Suzuki
Paper: pp. 872-879
Development of a Virtual Arm Wrestling System for Force Display Communication Analysis
Abstract
Takashi Yamada and Tomio Watanabe
Paper: pp. 880-886
Evaluation of Driver's Temporary Arousal Level by Changes of Nasal Skin Temperature – Effect of Basic Arousal Level –
Abstract
Hirotoshi Asano, Tota Mizuno, and Hideto Ide

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 887-895
Mechanical Design and Basic Run Experiments with the Tri-StarIII – Horizontal Polyarticular Expandable 3-Wheeled Planetary Rover –
Abstract
Kenjiro Tadakuma, Masatsugu Matsumoto, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 896-902
Simulation of a Pneumatic Hand Crane Power-Assist System
Abstract
Tatsuya Doi, Hironao Yamada, Toshihisa Ikemoto, and Hiroshi Naratani
Paper: pp. 903-911
Fault Diagnosis and Fault-Tolerant Control of a Joystick-Controlled Wheelchair
Abstract
Masafumi Hashimoto, Yuuki Nakamura, and Kazuhiko Takahashi
Paper: pp. 912-919
Adaptive Gait for a Leg-Wheel Robot Traversing Rough Terrain (Second Report: Step-Up Gait)
Abstract
Shuro Nakajima and Eiji Nakano

No.5

(Oct)

Special Issue on MEXT 21st Century COE Programs (II)

Special Issue on MEXT 21st Century COE Programs (II)

Editorial: pp. 673-674
MEXT 21st Century COE Programs (II)
Tatsuo Arai, Yasuyoshi Yokokohji, Masamitsu Kurisu, and Hiroyasu Iwata
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan (MEXT) started the “21st Century COE Program” in 2002 to give targeted support to the creation of global-standard research and education bases. The five-year grant came to fund a total of 250 excellent programs from 95 universities. Topics related to robotics and mechatronics are treated in the following programs: (1) “Information Science and Technology Strategic Core,” University of Tokyo; (2) “Intelligent Human Sensing,” Toyohashi University of Technology; (3) “Innovation of Creative Engineering through the Development of Advanced Robotics,” Tokyo Institute of Technology; (4) “Micro- and Nano-Mechatronics for Information-Based Society,” Nagoya University; (5) “COE for Research and Education on Complex Functional Mechanical Systems,” Kyoto University; (6) “Paradigm Shift from Intelligence to Life,” Keio University; (7) “Human Adaptive Mechatronics (HAM),” Tokyo Denki University; and (8) “The Innovative Research on Symbiosis Technologies for Human and Robots in an Aging Society,” Waseda University. All of these programs were completed by March 2008. Our editorial board has decided that the time is right to organize a special issue on MEXT 21st Century Programs to disseminate these invaluable research findings as widely as possible. Our three guest editors – Prof. Yasuyoshi Yokokohji of Kyoto University, Prof. Masamitsu Kurisu of Tokyo Denki University, and Prof. Hiroyasu Iwata of Waseda University – have all worked in the specialized areas featured here. Of the 30 papers submitted for this special issue, 23 papers have been accepted for publication after a careful review. We thank the authors for their valuable contributions and the reviewers for their generous time and efforts in making this issue a success.

Prof. Tatsuo Arai
Editor-in Chief
Paper: pp. 675-694
HELIOS VIII: Toward Practical Robots for Search and Rescue Operations
Abstract
Michele Guarnieri, Inoh Takao, Edwardo F. Fukushima, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 695-708
Control of Hydraulic Actuator Systems Using Feedback Modulator
Abstract
Takeyuki Ohgi and Yasuyoshi Yokokohji
Paper: pp. 709-718
Arc Feet Effects on Stability Based on a Simple Oscillator-Driven Walking Model
Abstract
Shinya Aoi, Yuuki Sato, and Kazuo Tsuchiya
Paper: pp. 719-725
Adaptive Regulation of Nonlinear Systems by Output Feedback
Abstract
Mai Bando and Akira Ichikawa
Paper: pp. 726-730
Performance Types and Activation of the Prefrontal Cortex
Abstract
Harumi Kobayashi and Tetsuya Yasuda
Paper: pp. 731-738
Control of Human Generating Force by Use of Acoustic Information? Substituting Artificial Sounds for Onomatopoeic Utterances
Abstract
Miki Iimura, Taichi Sato, and Kihachiro Tanaka
Paper: pp. 739-749
Emulation of Human Walking by Biped Humanoid Robot with Heel-Contact and Toe-Off Motion
Abstract
Hideki Kondo, Yu Ogura, Kazushi Shimomura, Shimpei Momoki, Tatsu Okubo, Hun-Ok Lim, and Atsuo Takanishi
Paper: pp. 750-756
Adaptive Modeling of Physical Systems Based on Affine Transform and its Application for Machine Learning
Abstract
Shingo Nakamura and Shuji Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 757-774
Reinforcement Signal Propagation Algorithm for Logic Circuit
Abstract
Chyon Hae Kim, Tetsuya Ogata, and Shigeki Sugano
Paper: pp. 775-784
Biped Landing Pattern Modification Method and Walking Experiments in Outdoor Environment
Abstract
Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Hun-Ok Lim, and Atsuo Takanishi

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 785-792
Gait Generation for a Walking Robot with Passive Joints
Abstract
Kazunori Kaede and Tooru Nogai
Paper: pp. 793-800
Development and Control of a Small Biped Walking Robot Using Shape Memory Alloys
Abstract
Mami Nishida, Hua O. Wang, and Kazuo Tanaka
Paper: pp. 801-805
Adaptive Gait for Large Rough Terrain of a Leg-wheel Robot (First Report : Gait Strategy)
Abstract
Shuro Nakajima and Eiji Nakano

No.4

(Aug)

Special Issue on MEXT 21st Century COE Programs (I)

Special Issue on MEXT 21st Century COE Programs (I)

Editorial: pp. 513-514
MEXT 21st Century COE Programs (I)
Tatsuo Arai, Yasuyoshi Yokokohji, Masamitsu Kurisu, and Hiroyasu Iwata
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan (MEXT) started the “21st Century COE Program” in 2002 to give targeted support to the creation of global-standard research and education bases. The five-year grant came to fund a total of 250 excellent programs from 95 universities. Topics related to robotics and mechatronics are treated in the following programs: (1) “Information Science and Technology Strategic Core,” University of Tokyo; (2) “Intelligent Human Sensing,” Toyohashi University of Technology; (3) “Innovation of Creative Engineering through the Development of Advanced Robotics,” Tokyo Institute of Technology; (4) “Micro- and Nano-Mechatronics for Information-Based Society,” Nagoya University; (5) “COE for Research and Education on Complex Functional Mechanical Systems,” Kyoto University; (6) “Paradigm Shift from Intelligence to Life,” Keio University; (7) “Human Adaptive Mechatronics (HAM),” Tokyo Denki University; and (8) “The Innovative Research on Symbiosis Technologies for Human and Robots in an Aging Society,” Waseda University. All of these programs were completed by March 2008.
Our editorial board has decided that the time is right to organize a special issue on MEXT 21st Century Programs to disseminate these invaluable research findings as widely as possible. Our three guest editors – Prof. Yasuyoshi Yokokohji of Kyoto University, Prof. Masamitsu Kurisu of Tokyo Denki University, and Prof. Hiroyasu Iwata of Waseda University – have all worked in the specialized areas featured here. Of the 30 papers submitted for this special issue, some 18 papers have been accepted for publication after a careful review, and some are still under review.
We thank the authors for their valuable contributions and the reviewers for their generous time and efforts in making this issue a success.

Prof. Tatsuo Arai
Editor-in Chief
Paper: pp. 515-525
Target Identification Through Human Pointing Gesture Based on Human-Adaptive Approach
Abstract
Yusuke Tamura, Masao Sugi, Tamio Arai, and Jun Ota
Paper: pp. 526-532
Development of Leg-Wheel Hybrid Quadruped “AirHopper”: Lightweight Leg-Wheel Design
Abstract
Takahiro Tanaka and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 533-540
Development of Cable Reel for Spherical Trailer – Uniform Cable Winding
Abstract
Masayuki Arai and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 541-549
Methods to Estimate Magnetic Declination for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Abstract
Hiroaki Nakanishi, Sayaka Kanata, Tetsuo Sawaragi, and Yukio Horiguchi
Paper: pp. 550-558
Origami Folding by a Robotic Hand
Abstract
Kenta Tanaka, Yusuke Kamotani, and Yasuyoshi Yokokohji
Paper: pp. 559-566
Hierarchical Implicit Feedback Structure in Passive Dynamic Walking
Abstract
Yasuhiro Sugimoto and Koichi Osuka
Paper: pp. 567-577
Constructive Approach to Role-Reversal Imitation Through Unsegmented Interactions
Abstract
Tadahiro Taniguchi, Naoto Iwahashi, Komei Sugiura, and Tetsuo Sawaragi
Paper: pp. 578-584
Constant-Value Control of Joystick Operating Force Using Acoustic System Having Feedback Control System
Abstract
Taichi Sato, Yuta Murayama, and Hiroshi Igarashi
Paper: pp. 585-594
Identification of Human Bimanual Operation Using XY-Stages
Abstract
Yukihito Suzuki, Yaodong Pan, Hiroki Takase, and Katsuhisa Furuta
Paper: pp. 595-601
Human Adaptive Calibration for Machine Operation Without Awareness
Abstract
Hiroshi Igarashi
Paper: pp. 602-609
Development of an Operation Skill-Training Simulator for Double-Front Construction Machinery – Training Effect for a House Demolition Work –
Abstract
Mitsuhiro Kamezaki, Hiroyasu Iwata, and Shigeki Sugano
Paper: pp. 610-620
Human-Adaptive Robot Interaction Using Interactive EC with Human-Machine Hybrid Evaluation
Abstract
Yuki Suga, Tetsuya Ogata, and Shigeki Sugano
Paper: pp. 621-627
Pseudoinverse-Based Motion Control of a Redundant Manipulator on a Flexible Base with Vibration Suppression
Abstract
Yusuke Fukazu, Naoyuki Hara, Toshimitu Hishinuma, Daisuke Sato, and Yoshikazu Kanamiya
Paper: pp. 628-633
Soft Areal Tactile Sensor Using Tomography Algorithm
Abstract
Yo Kato, Tomonori Hayakawa, and Toshiharu Mukai
Paper: pp. 634-640
Development of Soft Manipulator with Variable Rheological Joints and Pneumatic Sensor for Collision with Environment
Abstract
Taro Nakamura, Yuki Akamatsu, and Yuta Kusaka
Paper: pp. 641-649
Psychological Influence of Wheelchairs on the Elderly Persons from Qualitative Research of Daily Living
Abstract
Misato Nihei, Takenobu Inoue, and Masakatsu G. Fujie
Paper: pp. 650-659
Development of a Handshake Robot System Based on a Handshake Approaching Motion Model
Abstract
Mitsuru Jindai, Tomio Watanabe, Satoru Shibata, and Tomonori Yamamoto

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 661-668
Free Gait Algorithm with Two Returning Legs of a Leg-Wheel Robot
Abstract
Shuro Nakajima, Eiji Nakano, and Takayuki Takahashi

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’07 (Part 2)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’07 (Part 2)

Editorial: p. 349
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’07 (Part 2)
Kazunori Umeda and Kazuhiro Kosuge
The Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2007 (ROBOMEC'07) was held at “ALVE,” Akita, Japan, on May 10-12, 2007, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). Prof. Chonan of Akita Prefectural University was the general chair and Prof. Kosuge of Tohoku University program chair. With the possibilities to help and develop solutions for managing quality of life of all people, the conference was organized based on the motto “Robotics and Mechatronics Improving the Quality of Life.” A record-breaking 918 papers were presented and more than 1300 attended the conference. This special issue presents 18 papers from the conference. Of 100 outstanding presentations recommended for submission, 46 were submitted and reviewed. Of these, the first 17 have already been published in Part 1 (Vol.20, No.2). We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their extensive time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Tatsuo Arai of Osaka University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 350-357
Hardware and Numerical Experiments of Autonomous Robust Skill Generation Using Reinforcement Learning
Abstract
Kei Senda, Takayuki Kondo, Yoshimitsu Iwasaki, Shinji Fujii, Naofumi Fujiwara, and Naoki Suganuma
Paper: pp. 358-366
A Neural Model for Exploration and Learning of Embodied Movement Patterns
Abstract
Kaito Kinjo, Cota Nabeshima, Shinji Sangawa, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Paper: pp. 367-377
Moving-Object Tracking with In-Vehicle Multi-Laser Range Sensors
Abstract
Masafumi Hashimoto, Yosuke Matsui, and Kazuhiko Takahashi
Paper: pp. 378-385
Learning of Joint Attention from Detecting Causality Based on Transfer Entropy
Abstract
Hidenobu Sumioka, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, and Minoru Asada
Paper: pp. 386-393
Adaptive Modular Robots Through Heterogeneous Inter-Module Connections
Abstract
Masahiro Shimizu, Takuma Kato, Max Lungarella, and Akio Ishiguro
Paper: pp. 394-402
Object Handling by Coordinated Multiple Mobile Manipulators Without Force/Torque Sensors
Abstract
Yohei Kume, Yasuhisa Hirata, and Kazuhiro Kosuge
Paper: pp. 403-412
Hybrid Locomotion of Leg-Wheel ASTERISK H
Abstract
Takenobu Yoshioka, Tomohito Takubo, Tatsuo Arai, and Kenji Inoue
Paper: pp. 413-419
Swizzle Movement for Biped Walking Robot Having Passive Wheels
Abstract
Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Hun-ok Lim, and Atsuo Takanishi
Paper: pp. 420-428
Statistical Characteristics of Biomimetic Image-Based Inverted Pendulum Control Systems Using Just-In-Time Method
Abstract
Shun Ushida, Ken-ichiro Fukuda, and Koichiro Deguchi
Paper: pp. 429-435
Analysis and Systematic Classification of Human Hand Movement for Robot Hand Design
Abstract
Takeshi Ninomiya and Takashi Maeno
Paper: pp. 436-440
Fluid-Resistive Bending Sensor Compatible with a Flexible Pneumatic Balloon Actuator
Abstract
Satoshi Konishi, Satoshi Sawano, Shinya Kusuda, and Tsuyoshi Sakakibara
Paper: pp. 441-448
Patient-Specific IVR Endovascular Simulator with Augmented Reality for Medical Training and Robot Evaluation
Abstract
Seiichi Ikeda, Carlos Tercero Villagran, Toshio Fukuda, Yuta Okada, Fumihito Arai, Makoto Negoro, Motoharu Hayakawa, and Ikuo Takahashi
Paper: pp. 449-455
An Amoeboid Locomotion That Exploits Real-Time Tunable Springs and Law of Conservation of Protoplasmic Mass
Abstract
Takuya Umedachi, Taichi Kitamura, and Akio Ishiguro
Paper: pp. 456-465
Development of the Breast Pump with a Baby-Like Peristaltic Motion
Abstract
Hiroshi Kobayashi, Toshiaki Tsuji, Yukinari Awano, Katsumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Kawamura, Zenichi Onuki, and Aki Ishimaru
Paper: pp. 466-472
Wearable Master-Slave Training Device for Lower Limb Constructed with Pneumatic Rubber Artificial Muscles
Abstract
Daisuke Sasaki, Toshiro Noritsugu, and Masahiro Takaiwa
Paper: pp. 473-480
1 ms Soft Areal Tactile Giving Robots Soft Response
Abstract
Toshiharu Mukai and Yo Kato
Paper: pp. 481-489
Compliance Analysis of Construction Machinery Front by Direct Stiffness Method
Abstract
Hiroaki Muramoto, Kunitsugu Tomita, and Toshio Morita
Paper: pp. 490-499
Ciliary Vibration Drive Mechanism for Active Scope Cameras
Abstract
Masashi Konyo, Kazuya Isaki, Kazunari Hatazaki, Satoshi Tadokoro, and Fumiaki Takemura

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 501-506
A Basic Study on Tactile Navigation Using Vibration Motor Braking by Skin Against Vibration and Body Positioning Suitable for Tactile Information Presentation
Abstract
Tota Mizuno, Masafumi Uchida, and Hideto Ide

No.2

(Apr)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'07 (Part 1)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'07 (Part 1)

Editorial: p. 199
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'07 (Part 1)
Kazunori Umeda and Kazuhiro Kosuge
The Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2007 (ROBOMEC'07) was held at “ALVE,” Akita, Japan, on May 10-12, 2007, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). Prof. Chonan of Akita Prefectural University served as general chair and Prof. Kosuge of Tohoku University as program chair. With the possibilities to help and develop solutions for managing quality of life of all people, the conference was organized based on the motto “Robotics and Mechatronics Improving the Quality of Life.” A record-breaking 918 papers were presented and more than 1300 attended the conference. This special issue presents 17 papers from the conference selected from 100 outstanding presentations further narrowed to 46 before final selection for Part 1 (Vol. 20, No. 2). We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Tatsuo Arai of Osaka University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 200-205
Dynamic Walking Analysis of the Ankle-Driven Quasi-Passive Walking Machines
Abstract
Toshinari Akimoto, Nobuyuki Terada, and Akihiro Matsumoto
Paper: pp. 206-212
Wheel Locomotion of a Biped Robot Using Passive Rollers – Large Biped Robot Roller Walking Using a Variable-Curvature Truck –
Abstract
Masaaki Kumagai and Kaoru Tamada
Paper: pp. 213-220
Furniture Model Creation Through Direct Teaching to a Mobile Robot
Abstract
Kimitoshi Yamazaki, Takashi Tsubouchi, and Masahiro Tomono
Paper: pp. 221-227
Wheel-Based Stair Climbing Robot with Hopping Mechanism – Demonstration of Continuous Stair Climbing Using Vibration –
Abstract
Yuji Asai, Yasuhiro Chiba, Keisuke Sakaguchi, Naoki Bushida, Hiroshi Ohtsuka, Yusuke Saito, and Koki Kikuchi
Development Report: pp. 228-233
Verification of a Weeding Robot “AIGAMO-ROBOT” for Paddy Fields
Abstract
Teruaki Mitsui, Takahiro Kobayashi, Toshiki Kagiya, Akio Inaba, and Shinya Ooba
Paper: pp. 234-240
Four-Legged Mechanism for Realizing Dynamic Running –Design of Prototype with Drive System that Enables Dynamic Locomotion Change –
Abstract
Kazuo Morita and Hidenori Ishihara
Paper: pp. 241-249
Acquisition and Realization of a Rolling-Over Motion for a Humanoid with Soft Sensor Flesh
Abstract
Tomoaki Yoshikai, Takashi Sagisaka, Marika Hayashi, and Masayuki Inaba
Paper: pp. 250-259
Development of Micro Forceps and Implementation for Medical Apparatus
Abstract
Yusuke Hashimoto, Makoto Nokata, Hiroshi Kitou, Yoshimitsu Kankawa, and Kei Ameyama
Paper: pp. 260-272
KOMEKAMI Switch: A Novel Wearable Input Device Using Movement of Temple
Abstract
Kazuhiro Taniguchi, Atsushi Nishikawa, Seiichiro Kawanishi, and Fumio Miyazaki
Paper: pp. 273-279
Production and Application of High-Accuracy Polymer-Based Magnetically Driven Microtool
Abstract
Yoko Yamanishi, Shinya Sakuma, and Fumihito Arai
Paper: pp. 280-288
Robot Hand Imitating Disabled Person for Education/Training of Rehabilitation
Abstract
Tetsuya Mouri, Haruhisa Kawasaki, Yutaka Nishimoto, Takaaki Aoki, Yasuhiko Ishigure, and Makoto Tanahashi
Paper: pp. 289-295
The Development of the Plantar Pressure Sensor Shoes for Gait Analysis
Abstract
Masaki Hirasawa, Hidetaka Okada, and Makoto Shimojo
Paper: pp. 296-301
Study on a Variable Stiffness Mechanism Using Wire Spring
Abstract
Yasuo Hayashibara
Development Report: pp. 302-310
A Study on the Mechanism and Locomotion Strategy for New Snake-Like Robot Active Cord Mechanism – Slime model 1 ACM-S1
Abstract
Saori Sugita, Kazunori Ogami, Guarnieri Michele, Shigeo Hirose, and Kensuke Takita
Development Report: pp. 311-315
A New Device for Converting Rotary Motion into Linear Motion Study of Rotary-to-Linear Harmonic Drive® (Harmonic Linear Drive®)
Abstract
Stéphanie Moune, Keiji Ueura, and Noboru Takizawa
Paper: pp. 316-321
Overload Protection Mechanisms for Force Detecting Beam in a Force Sensor
Abstract
Koyu Abe and Masaru Uchiyama
Paper: pp. 322-331
Markerless Motion Capture with Structure Estimation Capability
Abstract
Katsu Yamane, Daisuke Fukuda, and Yoshihiko Nakamura

No.1

(Feb)

Messages

Messages

Message: p. 3
Celebrating JRM Volume 20 and Three Epoch-making Robots from Japan
Kazuo Yamafuji
Message: p. 4
Congratulations on the 20th Anniversary of JRM
Toshio Fukuda
Message: p. 5
Congratulations on the 20th Memorial Year!
Makoto Kaneko
Message: p. 6
Celebration of the 20th Anniversary Issue Publication
Tatsuo Arai

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 7-17
Workspace and Dexterity Analyses of the Delta Hexaglide Platform
Abstract
Wu-Jong Yu, Chih-Fang Huang, and Wei-Hua Chieng
Paper: pp. 18-23
Development of the Master Hand for Grasping Information Capturing
Abstract
Kazuyuki Nagata, Fuminori Saito, and Takashi Suehiro
Paper: pp. 24-37
Multiple Mobile Robot Exploration and Patrol Strategy Using a Self-Organizing Planner Based on a Reaction-Diffusion Equation on a Graph
Abstract
Chomchana Trevai, Norisuke Fujii, Jun Ota, and Tamio Arai
Paper: pp. 38-46
Development of the MOSFET Type Enzyme Biosensor Using GOx and ChOx
Abstract
Katsutoshi Ooe, Yasutaro Hamamoto, Toshifumi Kadokawa, and Yoshiaki Hirano
Paper: pp. 47-60
Virtual Robot Experimentation Platform – A Versatile Small Footprint Robot Simulator
Abstract
Marc Freese, Fumio Ozaki, Shigeo Hirose, and Nobuto Matsuhira
Paper: pp. 61-67
Motion Characteristics of Loop Type Elliptic Resonator
Abstract
Tohru Sasaki, Kunio Koizumi, and Motofumi Sasaki
Paper: pp. 68-74
Bio-Inspired Real-Time Robot Vision for Collision Avoidance
Abstract
Hirotsugu Okuno and Tetsuya Yagi
Paper: pp. 75-81
Research on Variable Cylinders of the Tandem 4-Cylinder Gasoline Engine for Fuel Economy
Abstract
Kouki Yamaji and Hirokazu Suzuki
Paper: pp. 82-88
RT Component Based Network Distributed Monitoring System
Abstract
Songmin Jia and Kunikatsu Takase
Paper: pp. 89-97
Feed-Forward Controller for the Integrated Non-Invasive Ultrasound Diagnosis and Treatment
Abstract
Norihiro Koizumi, Kohei Ota, Deukhee Lee, Shin Yoshizawa, Akira Ito, Yukio Kaneko, Kiyoshi Yoshinaka, Yoichiro Matsumoto, and Mamoru Mitsuishi
Paper: pp. 98-105
Frequency Analysis for Biped Walking via Leg Length Variation
Abstract
Tetsuya Kinugasa, Shoichi Miwa, and Koji Yoshida
Paper: pp. 106-115
Connected Two Units Crawlers to Realize Automatic Multiple Configurations as Search and Rescue Robot
Abstract
Kenjiro Tadakuma
Paper: pp. 116-124
Measurement of a Vehicle Motion Using a New 6-DOF Motion Sensor System – Angular Velocity Estimation with Kalman Filter Using Motion Characteristic of a Vehicle –
Abstract
Ryoji Onodera and Nobuharu Mimura
Paper: pp. 125-134
Tetrahedral Mobile Robot with Spherical Omnidirectional Wheel
Abstract
Kenjiro Tadakuma, Riichiro Tadakuma, and Jose Berengueres
Paper: pp. 135-150
An Eye-To-Hand Panoramic Vision System for 3D Positioning of a Robotic Arm
Abstract
Chaiyapol Kulpate, Mehran Mehrandezh, and Raman Paranjape
Paper: pp. 151-158
Robot Manipulation and Guidance Using Magnetic Motion Capture Sensor and a Rule-Based Controller
Abstract
Carlos R. Tercero Villagran, Seiichi Ikeda, Toshio Fukuda, Kosuke Sekiyama, Yuta Okada, Tomomi Uchiyama,Makoto Negoro, and Ikuo Takahashi
Paper: pp. 159-170
Mask Scale Adjustment (MSA) in Stereo Matching
Abstract
Zheng Xu, Masanori Idesawa, and Qin Wang
Paper: pp. 171-177
A New Adaptive Control Scheme Using Dynamic Neural Networks
Abstract
Khaled Nouri, Rached Dhaouadi, and Naceur Benhadj Braiek
Paper: pp. 178-187
Dynamic Modeling of Nonlinear Systems Using Wavelet Networks
Abstract
Wissam Hassouneh, Rached Dhaouadi, and Yousef Al-Assaf
Paper: pp. 189-195
A Detection System of Location and Direction Angle by a RF Tag Reader Using a Rotary Antenna
Abstract
Takashi Asakawa, Kazue Nishihara, and Tadashi Yoshidome

Vol.19 (2007)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Robotics for Gerontechnology

Special Issue on Robotics for Gerontechnology

Editorial: p. 603
Robotics for Gerontechnology
Yasuhisa Hasegawa
Gerontechnology, an interdisciplinary field combining gerontology and technology, deals with the QoL (Quality of Life) and technological environments in an aging society. This new technology is closely related to assistive technology for compensation, assistance, and care support and to universal design ensuring that products provide a comfortable and safe living environment for people of the widely ranging age. Assistive robotics also contributes to independent living and social participation by people of all ages and all capabilities based on physical and information support. Robots provide solutions that reduce the cost of care in later life and that sustain an aging society by extending the working age in society, consequently. This special issue focuses on robotics contributing to gerontechnology, presenting 14 papers and one note on the latest achievements in this exiting research area. Five papers propose assistive technologies for human motion. One presents a home robot system for setting and clearing the table. Four propose monitoring of activities of daily living (ADL). Two introduce caring systems for people with dementia based on robot therapy and a cooperative game. Two present requisite technologies for gerontechnology, i.e., motion analysis for motion synthesis, and aging effect of hand pointing action. The final article introduces reminiscence therapy using photographs and a PC for people with dementia. I thank the authors for their invaluable contributions and the reviewers for their time and effort in making this special issue possible. I also thank the JRM Editorial Board for the opportunity to take part in this work.
Paper: pp. 604-611
Rehabilitation Walker with Standing-Assistance Device
Abstract
Daisuke Chugo, Wataru Matsuoka, Songmin Jia, and Kunikatsu Takase
Paper: pp. 612-618
Portable Pneumatic Actuator System Using MH Alloys, Employed as Assistive Devices
Abstract
Mitsuru Sato, Shuichi Ino, Naoki Yoshida, Takashi Izumi, and Tohru Ifukube
Paper: pp. 619-628
Wearable Power Assist Device for Standing Up Motion Using Pneumatic Rubber Artificial Muscles
Abstract
Toshiro Noritsugu, Daisuke Sasaki, Masafumi Kameda, Atsushi Fukunaga, and Masahiro Takaiwa
Paper: pp. 629-636
A Case Study Approach: Walking Assist Scheme Exploiting Somatic Reflex of a Leg-Paralysis Patient
Abstract
Kojiro Matsushita, Akihiro Yamakawa, Hiroshi Yokoi, and Tamio Arai
Paper: pp. 637-645
Evaluation and Development of Assistive Cart for Matching to User Walking
Abstract
Kazuto Miyawaki, Takehiro Iwami, Yuuji Ogasawara, Goro Obinata, and Yoichi Shimada
Paper: pp. 646-655
Development of a Mobile Home Robot System Based on RECS Concept and its Application to Setting and Clearing the Table
Abstract
Seiji Aoyagi, Takahiro Yamaguchi, Kazuo Tsunemine, Hiroshi Kinomoto, and Masaharu Takano
Paper: pp. 656-666
Evaluation of a Wearable Sensor System Monitoring Posture Changes and Activities for Use in Rehabilitation
Abstract
Kosuke Motoi, Shinobu Tanaka, Yutaka Kuwae, Tadahiko Yuji, Yuji Higashi, Toshiro Fujimoto, and Ken-ichi Yamakoshi
Paper: pp. 667-675
An Ultrasonic 3D Tag System for Evidence-Based Nursing Care Support
Abstract
Toshio Hori and Yoshifumi Nishida
Paper: pp. 676-682
Safety Confirmation System Using Mat-Sensor and Power Line Communications for Elderly Person
Abstract
Kanya Tanaka, Kazuo Haruyama, and Yo Yamada
Paper: pp. 683-690
Development of a Television-Use Telemonitoring System for Elderly Daycare-Recipients Living Alone
Abstract
Kazuki Nakajima, Akinori Kamiya, Hiroyuki Matsui, Daisuke Oikawa, Kentaro Fujita, Yuji Higashi, Toshiyo Tamura, Toshiro Fujimoto, and Kazuo Sasaki
Paper: pp. 691-697
Robot Therapy for Prevention of Dementia at Home – Results of Preliminary Experiment
Abstract
Kazuyoshi Wada, Takanori Shibata, Takashi Asada, and Toshimitsu Musha
Paper: pp. 698-704
VR Applied Asobi-Litation System for Dementia Elderly in Group Homes
Abstract
Mieko Ohsuga, Yumiko Inoue, Wataru Hashimoto, and Fumitaka Nakaizumi
Paper: pp. 705-714
Motion Analysis by Independent Component Analysis with Phase Difference Information Among Joints
Abstract
Kiyoshi Hoshino and Tomoko Sato
Paper: pp. 715-723
A Study of Human Pointing Features on Touch-Screens -Age Effect, Difference by Gender, and Difference in Direction-
Abstract
Masanobu Komazaki and Masanori Idesawa
Paper: pp. 724-727
Reminiscence - A Comparison of Conventional Therapeutic and Computer-Based Interactive Methods
Abstract
Toshiyo Tamura, Mariko Ohsumi, Daisuke Oikawa, Yuji Higashi, Toshiro Fujimoto, Takatoshi Suenaga, and Noriaki Kuwahara

No.5

(Oct)

Special Issue on System Cell Engineering by Multiscale Manipulation

Special Issue on System Cell Engineering by Multiscale Manipulation

Editorial: p. 499
System Cell Engineering by Multiscale Manipulation
Toshio Fukuda and Kenji Inoue
Recent advancements in micro/nano robotics and mechatronics technology have contributed to the discovery of new scientific knowledge in bioscience and the development of new treatments and examinations in medical fields. To promote interdisciplinary research among the engineering, biological, and medical fields and to promote further progress in these fields, Scientific Research on Priority Areas, "System Cell Engineering by Multiscale Manipulation (Head Investigator: Toshio Fukuda)," was begun in 2005. In this research area, we study system cell engineering seeking an understanding of communication and control principles of bare and integration functions of cells. We focus on manipulation technology for work from nano- to macro-scale, i.e., multiscale manipulation. By controlling the local environment around a single cell, we actively induce chemical and physical interaction inside and outside the cell and measure changes. We then work to clarify the mechanism behind the cell system and to realize an artificial cell model based on gene expression control and regenerate tissue by function control. Using innovative engineering technology, we obtain new scientific knowledge in the life sciences and develop medical engineering, ultimately contributing to the good of society. This special issue presents 2 reviews and 13 papers on the latest achievements in this research area. The reviews introduce challenging work in medical and biological fields, presenting suggestions on robotics and mechatronics engineers. Eight of the papers propose novel sensors, actuators, and other devices useful in bioscience and cell engineering. Two papers present methods of manipulating micro/nano-scale objects based on laser manipulation, and 2 concern the teleoperations of micro-hands and micro-manipulators for micromanipulation. The final paper discusses the interaction between living neuronal networks and the outer world. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their precious time and effort. We also thank the Editorial Board of JRM for making this issue possible.
Review: pp. 500-505
Grand Espoir: Robotics in Regenerative Medicine
Abstract
Masayuki Yamato, Ryo Takagi, Makoto Kondo, Daisuke Murakami, Takeshi Ohki, Hidekazu Sekine, Tatsuya Shimizu, Jun Kobayashi, Yoshikatsu Akiyama, Hideo Namiki, Masakazu Yamamoto, and Teruo Okano
Review: pp. 506-511
Tooth Regenerative Therapy, Approached from Organogenesis
Abstract
Kazuhisa Nakao and Takashi Tsuji
Paper: pp. 512-518
Fabrication of FIB-CVD Nanotemperature Sensor Probe for Local Temperature Sensing in Water Environments
Abstract
Haitham ElShimy, Masahiro Nakajima, Yoshiaki Imaizumi, Fumihito Arai, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 519-523
Multiscale 2D-SPR Biosensing for Cell Chips
Abstract
Masayasu Suzuki, Toyohiro Ohshima, Shintaro Hane, Yasunori Iribe, and Tatsuya Tobita
Paper: pp. 524-527
Liquid Crystal Actuator Using Nematic π-Cell
Abstract
Yoshitaka Mieda and Katsushi Furutani
Paper: pp. 528-534
Development of Novel Nanopipette with a Lipid Nanotube as Nanochannel
Abstract
Kousuke Nogawa, Yusuke Tagawa, Masahiro Nakajima, Fumihito Arai, Toshimi Shimizu, Shoko Kamiya, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 535-543
Fabrication of Cell-Adhesion Surface and Arteriole Model by Photolithography
Abstract
Fumihito Arai, Takuma Nakano, Mika Tada, Yu-Ching Lin, Seiichi Ikeda, Tomoyuki Uchida, Hiroyuki Oura, Toshio Fukuda, Takehisa Matsuda, and Makoto Negoro
Paper: pp. 544-549
Development of a Multi-Compartment Micro-Cell Culture Device as a Future On-Chip Human: Fabrication of a Three-Compartment Device and Immobilization of Mature Rat Adipocytes for the Evaluation of Chemical Distributions
Abstract
Hidenari Nakayama, Hiroshi Kimura, Kikuo Komori, Teruo Fujii, and Yasuyuki Sakai
Paper: pp. 550-556
Microfluidic Perfusion Culture of Human Hepatocytes
Abstract
Hiroshi Kimura, Masaki Nishikawa, Takatoki Yamamoto, Yasuyuki Sakai, and Teruo Fujii
Paper: pp. 557-564
Effect of Mechanical Environment of Focal Adhesions on Remodeling of Endothelial Cells Subjected to Cyclic Stretching Using Microsubstrates
Abstract
Naoya Sakamoto, Yoshimasa Yamazaki, Toshiro Ohashi, and Masaaki Sato
Paper: pp. 565-568
Optically Driven Micromanipulators with Rotating Arms
Abstract
Shoji Maruo and Yojiro Hiratsuka
Paper: pp. 569-576
In-Situ Formation of a Gel Microbead for Laser Micromanipulation of Microorganisms, DNA, and Viruses
Abstract
Akihiko Ichikawa, Ayae Honda, Miho Ejima, Tamio Tanikawa, Fumihito Arai, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 577-584
Performance Evaluation of Teleoperation for Manipulating Micro Objects Using Two-Fingered Micro Hand
Abstract
Kenji Inoue, Daisuke Nishi, Tomohito Takubo, Tamio Tanikawa, and Tatsuo Arai
Paper: pp. 585-591
Versatile Robotic Biomanipulation with Haptic Interface
Abstract
Gilgueng Hwang, Preeda Chantanakajornfung, and Hideki Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 592-600
Biomodeling System - Interaction Between Living Neuronal Networks and the Outer World
Abstract
Suguru N. Kudoh, Chie Hosokawa, Ai Kiyohara, Takahisa Taguchi, and Isao Hayashi

No.4

(Aug)

Special Issue on Mobiligence: Emergence of Adaptive Motor Function Through Interaction Among the Body, Brain and Environment

Special Issue on Mobiligence: Emergence of Adaptive Motor Function Through Interaction Among the Body, Brain and Environment

Editorial: p. 363
Mobiligence: Emergence of Adaptive Motor Function Through Interaction Among the Body, Brain and Environment
Hajime Asama and Jun Ota
Animals behave adaptively in diverse environments. Adaptive behavior, which is one of intelligent sensory-motor functions, is disturbed in patients with neurological disorders. Mechanisms for the generation of intelligent adaptive behaviors are not well understood. Such an adaptive function is considered to emerge from the interaction of the body, brain, and environment, which requires that a subject acts or moves. Intelligence for generating adaptive motor functions is thus called mobiligence. This special issue features papers dealing with mobiligence. The 18 papers were selected after a thorough peer review. The scope of these papers extends from analytical studies close to biology to synthetic studies close to engineering. Subjects are diverse – insects, monkeys, human beings, robots, networks. All papers play a part in mobiligence studies. We thank the Editorial Board of Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics for giving us the opportunity for publishing this special issue. We also thank the authors for their perseverance and expertise, and deeply appreciate the timely and helpful comments of the reviewers.
Paper: pp. 364-368
Analysis of Multineuron Activity Using the Kernel Method
Abstract
Masaki Nomura, Yoshio Sakurai, and Toshio Aoyagi
Paper: pp. 369-373
Reorganization of the Central Nervous Systems in Response to Changes in Social Environment Among Insects
Abstract
Ken Sasaki and Takashi Nagao
Paper: pp. 374-380
Mechanical Dynamics That Enables Stable Passive Dynamic Bipedal Running – Enhancing Self-Stability by Exploiting Nonlinearity in the Leg Elasticity –
Abstract
Dai Owaki and Akio Ishiguro
Paper: pp. 381-387
A Prosthetic Hand Control Based on Nonstationary EMG at the Start of Movement
Abstract
Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Toshiyuki Kondo, and Koji Ito
Paper: pp. 388-394
A Neuromodulation Model for Adaptive Behavior Selection by the Cricket – Nitric Oxide (NO)/Cyclic Guanosine MonoPhosphate (cGMP) Cascade Model –
Abstract
Kuniaki Kawabata, Tomohisa Fujiki, Yusuke Ikemoto, Hitoshi Aonuma, and Hajime Asama
Paper: pp. 395-401
An Environment Cognition and Motor Adaptation Model Eliciting Sensorimotor Constraints Based on Time-Series Observations
Abstract
Toshiyuki Kondo and Koji Ito
Paper: pp. 402-408
Design of the Passive Dynamic Walking Robot by Applying its Dynamic Properties
Abstract
Masatsugu Iribe and Koichi Osuka
Paper: pp. 409-415
Synchrony-Induced Attractor Transition in Cortical Neural Networks Organized by Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity
Abstract
Takaaki Aoki and Toshio Aoyagi
Paper: pp. 416-422
Linear Discrimination Analysis of Monkey Behavior in an Alternative Free Choice Task
Abstract
Kazuhito Takenaka, Yasuo Nagasaka, Sayaka Hihara, Hiroyuki Nakahara, Atsushi Iriki, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Naotaka Fujii
Paper: pp. 423-428
Terrain Negotiation of a Compliant Biped Robot Driven by Antagonistic Artificial Muscles
Abstract
Takashi Takuma and Koh Hosoda
Paper: pp. 429-435
Mathematical Model of Proportion Control and Fluctuation Characteristic in Termite Caste Differentiation
Abstract
Yusuke Ikemoto, Kuniaki Kawabata, Toru Miura, and Hajime Asama
Paper: pp. 436-443
Insect-Controlled Robot – Evaluation of Adaptation Ability –
Abstract
Shuhei Emoto, Noriyasu Ando, Hirokazu Takahashi, and Ryohei Kanzaki
Paper: pp. 444-447
Hidden Markov Modeling of Human Pivoting
Abstract
Yusuke Maeda and Tatsuya Ushioda
Paper: pp. 448-458
Autonomous Control of Reaching Movement by ‘Mobility’ Measure
Abstract
Yuki Yoshihara, Nozomi Tomita, Yoshinari Makino, and Masafumi Yano
Paper: pp. 459-465
Emergence of a Small-World Like Communication Network Through Local Ad Hoc Negotiation
Abstract
Daisuke Kurabayashi, Tomohiro Inoue, Akira Yajima, and Tetsuro Funato
Paper: pp. 466-473
Foraging Task of Multiple Mobile Robots in a Dynamic Environment Using Adaptive Behavior in Crickets
Abstract
Masatoshi Ashikaga, Mika Kikuchi, Tetsutaro Hiraguchi, Midori Sakura, Hitoshi Aonuma, and Jun Ota
Paper: pp. 474-481
Feed-Forward Adaptation to a Varying Dynamic Environment During Reaching Movements
Abstract
Koji Ito, Makoto Doi, and Toshiyuki Kondo
Paper: pp. 482-488
Experimental Analysis of the Attribution of Own Actions to the Intention of Self or Others by the Multiple Forward Models
Abstract
Mihoko Otake, Kohei Arai, Motoichiro Kato, Takaki Maeda, Yusuke Ikemoto, Kuniaki Kawabata, Toshihisa Takagi, and Hajime Asama
Development Report: pp. 489-496
Navigation of Autonomous Mobile Cleaning Robot SuiPPi
Abstract
Tatsuo Sakai, Daisuke Nishimura, Hiroyuki Uematsu, Ryosuke Murai, Koichi Mitani, Tomoharu Nakahara, and Yukihiko Kitano

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'06 (Part 2)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'06 (Part 2)

Editorial: p. 251
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'06 (Part 2)
Kiyoshi Komoriya and Shigeki Sugano
The 2006 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'06) was held at Waseda University and Shinjuku Cosmic Center, Tokyo, Japan, on May 26-28, 2006, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Fujie of Waseda University served as general chair and Prof. Sugano of Waseda University as program chair. The conference, whose theme was "Robot Technology Integration for Improved Quality of Life," was to help establish new life style in coming aged society using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Organized sessions numbered 63 and papers 883, again a record for the conference. This special issue presents 12 papers from the conference culled from 90 outstanding presentations - some 10% of the total - which were further narrowed to 37 before final selection for Part 2 (Vol.19, No.3). Thirteen papers have already been published in Vol.19 No.2. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank the former Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Osaka University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 252-257
Development of a Transformable Mobile Robot with a Variable Wheel Diameter
Abstract
Keiji Nagatani, Mitsuhiro Kuze, and Kazuya Yoshida
Paper: pp. 258-263
Wheel-Based Stair Climbing Robot with Hopping Mechanism - Fast Stair Climbing and Soft Landing Using Vibration of 2-DOF System -
Abstract
Keisuke Sakaguchi, Takayuki Sudo, Naoki Bushida, Yasuhiro Chiba, Yuji Asai, and Koki Kikuchi
Paper: pp. 264-271
Omnidirectional and Holonomic Mobile Platform with Four-Wheel-Drive Mechanism for Wheelchairs
Abstract
Masayoshi Wada
Paper: pp. 272-280
Experimental Stiffness Measurement of WL-16RII Biped Walking Vehicle During Walking Operation
Abstract
Yusuke Sugahara, Giuseppe Carbone, Kenji Hashimoto, Marco Ceccarelli, Hun-Ok Lim, and Atsuo Takanishi
Paper: pp. 281-289
Sound Localization and Separation for Mobile Robot Tele-Operation by Tri-Concentric Microphone Array
Abstract
Yoko Sasaki, Saori Masunaga, Simon Thompson, Satoshi Kagami, and Hiroshi Mizoguchi
Paper: pp. 290-297
Development of Obstacle Recognition System of Humanoids Using Relative Disparity Maps from Small Range Image Sensors
Abstract
Naotaka Hikosaka, Kei Watanabe, and Kazunori Umeda
Paper: pp. 298-307
Decision Making for a Mobile Robot Using Potential Function
Abstract
Kazumi Oikawa, Hidenori Takauji, Takanori Emaru, Takeshi Tsuchiya, and Shigenori Okubo
Paper: pp. 308-314
Development of an Articulated Mechanical Hand with Enveloping Grasp Capability
Abstract
Nobuaki Imamura, Yuya Nakamura, Seiichi Yamaoka, Hidenori Shirasawa, and Hiroyuki Nakamoto
Paper: pp. 315-323
Mapping Facial Expression to Internal States Based on Intuitive Parenting
Abstract
Ayako Watanabe, Masaki Ogino, and Minoru Asada
Paper: pp. 324-330
Development of a Face Robot Imitating Human Muscle Structures
Abstract
Minoru Hashimoto, Chisaki Yokogawa, Tsugutake Sadoyama, and Toru Sugahara
Paper: pp. 331-338
A Study on Catheter Drives for Automatic Aspiration Working with Ventilator
Abstract
Yuzo Yamaguchi, Takumi Yoshimizu, Yoshihiro Muta, and Mitsuo Tashiro
Paper: pp. 339-352
Development of an Intraoperative Information Integration System and Implementation for Neurosurgery
Abstract
Eisuke Aoki, Masafumi Noguchi, Jae-Sung Hong, Etsuko Kobayashi, Ryoichi Nakamura, Takashi Maruyama, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Hiroshi Iseki, and Ichiro Sakuma
Paper: pp. 353-360
Control of Smooth Biped Walking by Means of Heel-Off Motion
Abstract
Masahiro Doi, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, and Toshio Fukuda

No.2

(Apr)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'06 (Part 1)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'06 (Part 1)

Editorial: p. 133
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'06 (Part 1)
Kiyoshi Komoriya and Shigeki Sugano
The 2006 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'06) was held at Waseda University and Shinjuku Cosmic Center, Tokyo, Japan, on May 26-28, 2006, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Fujie of Waseda University served as general chair and Prof. Sugano of Waseda University as program chair. The conference, whose theme was "Robot Technology Integration for Improved Quality of Life," was to help establish new life style in coming aged society using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Organized sessions numbered 63 and papers 883, again a record for the conference. This special issue presents 13 papers from the conference culled from 90 outstanding presentations – some 14% of the total – which were further narrowed to 37 before final selection for Part 1 (Vol.19, No.2). We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank the former Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Osaka University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 134-140
Grasping Operation Based on Functional Cooperation of Fingers
Abstract
Kazuyuki Nagata, Fuminori Saito, Yujin Wakita, and Takashi Suehiro
Paper: pp. 141-147
Integrated Multi-Step Design Method for Practical and Sophisticated Compliant Mechanisms Combining Topology and Shape Optimizations
Abstract
Masakazu Kobayashi, Shinji Nishiwaki, and Hiroshi Yamakawa
Paper: pp. 148-159
Development of Four Kinds of Mobile Robot with Preliminary-Announcement and Indication Function of Upcoming Operation
Abstract
Takafumi Matsumaru
Paper: pp. 160-165
Light Weight Quadruped with Nine Actuators
Abstract
Kan Yoneda
Paper: pp. 166-173
Three-Dimensional Obstacle Avoidance of Blimp-Type Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flying in Unknown and Non-Uniform Wind Disturbance
Abstract
Hiroshi Kawano
Paper: pp. 174-180
A Mobile Mapping System for Precise Road Line Localization Using a Single Camera and 3D Road Model
Abstract
Kiichiro Ishikawa, Yoshiharu Amano, Takumi Hashizume, Jun-ichi Takiguchi, and Naoyuki Kajiwara
Paper: pp. 181-189
Improvement of Ride Quality of a Wheelchair When it Passes over Small Steps
Abstract
Masaru Higuchi, Tomonori Shinagawa, Hirohiko Ito, Yukio Takeda, and Koichi Sugimoto
Paper: pp. 190-197
Trajectory Planning of Motile Cell for Microrobotic Applications
Abstract
Naoko Ogawa, Hiromasa Oku, Koichi Hashimoto, and Masatoshi Ishikawa
Paper: pp. 198-204
3D Manipulation of Lipid Nanotubes with Functional Gel Microbeads
Abstract
Fumihito Arai, Toshiaki Endo, Ryuji Yamauchi, Toshio Fukuda, Toshimi Shimizu, and Shoko Kamiya
Paper: pp. 205-211
Modeling and Feedforward Flow Rate Control of Automatic Pouring System with Real Ladle
Abstract
Yoshiyuki Noda and Kazuhiko Terashima
Paper: pp. 212-222
Plastic-Bottle-Based Robots in Educational Robotics Courses – Understanding Embodied Artificial Intelligence –
Abstract
Kojiro Matsushita, Hiroshi Yokoi, and Tamio Arai
Development Report: pp. 223-231
Development of a Portable Multipurpose Controller for Mechatronics Education
Abstract
Kazuhito Hyodo, Hirokazu Noborisaka, Keijiro Yamamoto, and Takashi Yada
Development Report: pp. 232-242
Development of Network Plug-in Actuator
Abstract
Takuya Izuchi, Munetoshi Hotta, Takeo Oomichi, Shigeo Seki, and Junji Koyama

No.1

(Feb)

Regular papers

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 3-12
Self-Stabilizing Dynamics for a Quadruped Robot and Extension Toward Running on Rough Terrain
Abstract
Zu Guang Zhang, Hiroshi Kimura, and Yasuhiro Fukuoka
Paper: pp. 13-26
Development of a Quadruped Walking Robot TITAN XI for Steep Slope Operation - Step Over Gait to Avoid Concrete Frames on Steep Slopes -
Abstract
Ryuichi Hodoshima, Takahiro Doi, Yasushi Fukuda, Shigeo Hirose, Toshihito Okamoto, and Junichi Mori
Paper: pp. 27-33
Development of a Real-Time Tunable Spring - Toward Independent Control of Position and Stiffness of Joints -
Abstract
Takuya Umedachi, Yasutake Yamada, and Akio Ishiguro
Paper: pp. 34-41
Mobile Robot with Floor Tracking Device for Localization and Control
Abstract
Isaku Nagai and Yutaka Tanaka
Paper: pp. 42-51
Detecting Feature of Haptic Interaction Based on Distributed Tactile Sensor Network on Whole Body
Abstract
Tomoyuki Noda, Takahiro Miyashita, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Kiyoshi Kogure, and Norihiro Hagita
Paper: pp. 52-59
Configuration-Based Wheel Control for Step-Climbing Vehicle
Abstract
Daisuke Chugo, Kuniaki Kawabata, Hayato Kaetsu, Hajime Asama, and Taketoshi Mishima
Paper: pp. 60-67
Master-Slave Control for Construction Robot Teleoperation - Application of a Velocity Control with a Force Feedback Model -
Abstract
Hironao Yamada, Gong Ming-de, and Zhao Dingxuan
Paper: pp. 68-76
Learning from Approximate Human Decisions by a Robot
Abstract
Chandimal Jayawardena, Keigo Watanabe, and Kiyotaka Izumi
Paper: pp. 77-84
Range Measurement Using a Digital Camera Flash
Abstract
Naoya Ogawa and Kazunori Umeda
Paper: pp. 85-96
Classification of Prism Object Shapes Utilizing Tactile Spatiotemporal Differential Information Obtained from Grasping by Single-Finger Robot Hand with Soft Tactile Sensor Array
Abstract
Kenshi Watanabe, Kenichi Ohkubo, Sumiaki Ichikawa, and Fumio Hara
Paper: pp. 97-105
Optimal Velocity Function Minimizing Dissipated Energy Considering All Friction in a Position Control System
Abstract
Yiting Zhu, Xuejun Zhu, Teruyuki Izumi, and Masashi Kanesaka
Paper: pp. 106-113
Simultaneous Learning of Robot Impedance Parameters Using Neural Networks
Abstract
Mutsuhiro Terauchi, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Seishiro Sakaguchi, Nan Bu, and Toshio Tsuji
Paper: pp. 114-123
Memory Efficient Real-Time Motion Planning by Dual-Resolution Heuristic Search
Abstract
Ralf Gomm and Sabri Cetinkunt

Vol.18 (2006)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Optomechatronics

Special Issue on Optomechatronics

Editorial: p. 683
Optomechatronics
Shun'ichi Kaneko, Hyungsuck Cho, Kazunori Umeda, and Takayuki Tanaka
Many researchers in optomechatronics face the globalization of technologies they developed and implemented on production lines such as optical lithography, fiber optics, optical sensors and communication, micro/nano-optical engineering, intelligent and smart technologies, machine vision, optics-based control, visual servoing, vision-based control, microrobotics, and optics-based navigation and sensing. Optomechatronics is an active research field in which many types of optical technologies are combined with mechatronics, including mechanisms, electronics, and information technologies. Optomechatronics thus develops new technical, smart, embedded functions and systems for very broad applications. We have organized several international conferences for optomechatronics and optomechatronic systems sponsored by SPIE during this decade. At Sapporo in 2005, the SPIE international symposium on optomechatronic systems, ISOT2005, was held as a joint symposium of five conferences: actuators and manipulation, sensors and instrumentation, micro/nano-devices and components, machine vision, and systems control. The organization attracted 174 papers from around the world, and provided a fruitful forum for discussions on the status and future issues in optomechatronics. This special issue was planned partly to include many of the qualified papers presented at the symposium and to promote other researchers in peripheral fields of optomechatronics to submit their research to encourage researchers interested in it to develop systems and technologies more skilled, smarter, and more robust in the real-world environment. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions and the reviewers for their valuable time and effort.
Paper: pp. 684-691
Actuators Based on Photomechanical Polymer
Abstract
LaQuieta Huey, Sergey S. Sarkisov, Michael J. Curley, and Grigory Adamovsky
Paper: pp. 692-697
Optical 3D Manipulation and Observation in Real-Time
Abstract
Jesper Glückstad, Peter John Rodrigo, and Ivan Perch-Nielsen
Paper: pp. 698-704
Development of a Multi-Ball-Cantilever AFM for Measuring Resist Surface
Abstract
Shujie Liu, Shuichi Nagasawa, Satoru Takahashi, and Kiyoshi Takamasu
Paper: pp. 705-713
Particle Detection for 100-nm Patterned Wafers by Evanescent Light Illumination – Analysis of Evanescent Light Scattering Using Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method –
Abstract
Toshie Yoshioka, Takashi Miyoshi, and Yasuhiro Takaya
Paper: pp. 714-721
Dual-LED Imaging System for Secure and Robust Fingerprint Detection
Abstract
Ichiro Fujieda, Katsuki Tai, Etsuji Matsuyama, and Masashi Kurita
Paper: pp. 722-727
Shape Measurement of Solder Bumps by Shape-from-Focus Using Varifocal Mirror
Abstract
Jun Mitsudo and Akira Ishii
Paper: pp. 728-737
Development of DMD Reflection-Type CCD Camera for Phase Analysis and Shape Measurement
Abstract
Shien Ri, Yasuhiro Matsunaga, Motoharu Fujigaki, Toru Matui, and Yoshiharu Morimoto
Paper: pp. 738-743
Object Modeling Using Gaussian Mixture Model for Infrared Image and its Application to Vehicle Detection
Abstract
Makito Seki, Haruhisa Okuda, Manabu Hashimoto, and Nami Hirata
Paper: pp. 744-750
An Object Detection Method Based on Independent Local Features
Abstract
Ryouta Nakano, Kazuhiro Hotta, and Haruhisa Takahashi
Paper: pp. 751-759
Gestures Recognition Based on the Fusion of Hand Positioning and Arm Gestures
Abstract
Didier Coquin, Eric Benoit, Hideyuki Sawada, and Bogdan Ionescu
Paper: pp. 760-764
Human and Object Detection in Smoke-Filled Space Using Millimeter-Wave Radar Based Measurement
Abstract
Yoshimitsu Aoki and Masaki Sakai
Paper: pp. 765-771
HM-ICP: Fast 3-D Registration Algorithm with Hierarchical and Region Selection Approach of M-ICP
Abstract
Haruhisa Okuda, Yasuo Kitaaki, Manabu Hashimoto, and Shun’ichi Kaneko
Paper: pp. 772-778
Violent Action Detection for Elevator
Abstract
Kentaro Hayashi, Makito Seki, Takahide Hirai, Koichi Takeuchi, and Koichi Sasakawa
Paper: pp. 779-786
A Dual Imaging System for Flip-Chip Alignment Using Visual Servoing
Abstract
Daljae Lee, Xiaodong Tao, Hyungsuck Cho, and Youngjun Cho
Paper: pp. 787-794
Visually Guided Microassembly with Active Zooming
Abstract
Xiaodong Tao, Hyungsuck Cho, and Youngjun Cho
Paper: pp. 795-802
Visual Feedback Tracking with Laser to Moving Crane Hook
Abstract
Shunsuke Nara and Satoru Takahashi
Paper: pp. 803-807
Design of a Precision Linear-Rotary Positioning Actuator
Abstract
Wei Gao, Shinji Sato, Yasumasa Sakurai, and Satoshi Kiyono
Paper: pp. 808-815
Improvement in a Surface Motor-Driven Planar Motion Stage
Abstract
Wei Gao, Katsutoshi Horie, Songyi Dian, Kei Katakura, and Satoshi Kiyono
Paper: pp. 816-823
Lithography Using a Microelectronic Mask
Abstract
Manseung Seo, Haeryung Kim, and Masahiko Onosato
Letter: pp. 824-826
Rotational Speed Control by Optical PWM Operation for Single Cells
Abstract
Makoto Yoshida, Ichirou Ishimaru, Katsumi Ishizaki, Toshiki Yasokawa, and Yusuke Inoue
Letter: pp. 827-830
Novel Computed Tomography for Reconstructing Three-Dimensional Phase Contrast Images of Single Living Cells
Abstract
Yusuke Inoue, Ichirou Ishimaru, Toshiki Yasokawa, Katsumi Ishizaki, and Makoto Yoshida

No.5

(Oct)

Mini-Special Issue on Robot Control

Mini-Special Issue on Robot Control

Paper: pp. 521-528
Locomotion of 3D Snake-Like Robots – Shifting and Rolling Control of Active Cord Mechanism ACM-R3 –
Abstract
Makoto Mori and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 529-538
Neural Adaptive Approach-Application to Robot Force Control in an Unknown Environment
Abstract
Yacine Amirat, Karim Djouani, Mohamed Kirad, and Nadia Saadia
Paper: pp. 539-544
New Portable Pointer for Positional Data Acquisition
Abstract
Kiyoshi Ioi, Yasushi Sato, and Shinya Miyoshi
Paper: pp. 545-555
Development of Novel Linear Motion Mechanism with Load Sensitive Transmission
Abstract
Jianjun Yuan and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 556-563
Quasi-Static Analysis of a Novel Crawler-Driven Robot Motion
Abstract
Guangping Lan and Shugen Ma
Paper: pp. 564-571
Tracing Manipulation in Clothes Spreading by Robot Arms
Abstract
Khairul Salleh, Hiroaki Seki, Yoshitsugu Kamiya, and Masatoshi Hikizu
Paper: pp. 572-579
Program Development Environment for Multiple Robot-Multiple Application System
Abstract
Tsukasa Kyousou and Yasumichi Aiyama
Paper: pp. 580-588
Decentralized Adaptive Coordinated Control of Multiple Robot Arms for Constrained Tasks
Abstract
Haruhisa Kawasaki, Rizauddin Bin Ramli, and Satoshi Ueki
Paper: pp. 589-597
Gain Scheduling Controller Design for Two-Rotor Hovering System and its Experimental Verification
Abstract
Makoto Yamashita, Masami Saeki, Nobutaka Wada, and Izumi Masubuchi
Paper: pp. 598-607
Motion Control of Ultra-High-Speed Manipulator with a Flexible Link Based on Dynamically Coupled Driving
Abstract
Tomoari Maruyama, Chunquan Xu, Aiguo Ming, and Makoto Shimojo
Paper: pp. 608-617
Impedance Control of Free-Flying Space Robot for Orbital Servicing
Abstract
Hiroki Nakanishi and Kazuya Yoshida
Paper: pp. 618-625
Clothes Folding Task by Tool-Using Robot
Abstract
Fumiaki Osawa, Hiroaki Seki, and Yoshitsugu Kamiya
Paper: pp. 626-633
Novel Human Interface for Game Control Using Voluntarily Generated Biological Signals
Abstract
Keisuke Shima, Masaru Okamoto, Nan Bu, and Toshio Tsuji
Paper: pp. 634-642
Soft Tissue Pushing Operation Using a Haptic Interface for Simulation of Brain Tumor Resection
Abstract
Daisuke Sato, Ryosuke Kobayashi, Akira Kobayashi, Shohei Fujino, and Masaru Uchiyama
Development Report: pp. 643-649
Development of a Needle-Insertion Robot for MRI-Guided Stereotactic Surgery
Abstract
Yuji Wakasa, Masato Oka, Kanya Tanaka, Masami Fujii, Syuichi Yamauchi, and Kazuyuki Minami
Paper: pp. 651-660
Natural Resolution of Ill-Posed Inverse Kinematics for Redundant Robots: A Challenge to Bernstein’s Degrees-of-Freedom Problem
Abstract
Suguru Arimoto and Masahiro Sekimoto
Paper: pp. 661-671
Estimation of Bounded Model Uncertainties
Abstract
Olivier Adrot, Jean-Marie Flaus, and José Ragot
Paper: pp. 672-679
Time-Series Forecasting Using Fuzzy-Neural System with Evolutionary Rule Base
Abstract
Arit Thammano and Sirinda Palahan

No.4

(Aug)

Special Issue on Haptics: Interfaces, Applications, and Perception

Special Issue on Haptics: Interfaces, Applications, and Perception

Editorial: p. 367
Haptics: Interfaces, Applications, and Perception
Haruhisa Kawasaki and Osama Halabi
The last decade has seen significant advances in research on haptics and haptic interfaces. Device performance has improved, and the many commercial devices now available at reasonable prices indicate how haptic research will grow and new applications involving haptics will touch all aspects of daily life. Sophisticated systems require research beyond physical devices, such as modeling the physical properties of virtual objects, human physiology, and haptic evaluation. This special issue focuses on state-of-the-art design and development of haptic interfaces and explores potential applications of this technology and related issues such as tactile display, haptic rendering, physiology, and evaluation methodologies. The 15 papers were selected after a rigorous peer review from around the world and include diverse topics such as haptic device design and technology, tactile display and tactile sensing, collaborative multiuser haptic environments, haptic cognition, haptic rendering, tele-existence and multimodal interaction, and medical and rehabilitation applications. We thank the Editorial Board of JRM Journal for making this special issue possible. We also thank the authors for contributing their fine work and revising their papers for this issue, and extend our thanks and appreciation to the reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions.
Paper: pp. 368-374
Haptic-Assisted SMMS Telemicromanipulation Using Virtual Fixture
Abstract
Gilgueng Hwang and Hideki Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 375-380
Transparent Tactile Switch for Touch Screen Interface
Abstract
Fumihito Arai, Naoya Iwata, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 381-391
Vibro-Tactile Interface for Enhancing Piloting Abilities During Long Term Flight
Abstract
Sylvain Cardin, Frédéric Vexo, and Daniel Thalmann
Paper: pp. 392-400
Development of 2-DOF Haptic Device Driven Directly by Shaft Motors
Abstract
Hironori Ogawa and Makoto Shimojo
Paper: pp. 401-408
Development of Directional Display Using Forearm Twisting and Human Navigation Experiments
Abstract
Masamichi Sakaguchi, Utako Kanuka, Shigeyuki Shimachi, and Akira Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 409-417
Future Haptic Science Encyclopedia: Realistic Stable Haptic Interaction with Highly Deformable Objects Using HIRO-II
Abstract
Osama Halabi, Vytautas Daniulaitis, Haruhisa Kawasaki, Tetsuya Mouri, and Yoshio Ohtuka
Paper: pp. 418-425
Rigidity Distribution Rendering for a Tool-Handling Type Haptic Interface
Abstract
Hiroaki Yano, Masaki Nudejima, Masaki Tomiyoshi, and Hiroo Iwata
Paper: pp. 426-432
Basic Study on Grasping of Soft Object by Finite Element Method Considering Gravity
Abstract
Tetsuya Yokoyama, Hideki Tanahashi, and Haruhisa Kawasaki
Paper: pp. 433-441
Analysis and Synthesis of Facial Color for Facial Image Synthesis in a Virtual Arm Wrestling System
Abstract
Takashi Yamada and Tomio Watanabe
Paper: pp. 442-449
Multiaxis Capacitive Force Sensor and its Measurement Principle Using Neural Networks
Abstract
Seiji Aoyagi, Masaru Kawanishi, and Daiichiro Yoshikawa
Paper: pp. 450-457
Cross-Modality Between Haptic and Auditory Roughness with a Force Feedback Device
Abstract
Emi Kitamura, Katsuya Miyashita, Kenji Ozawa, Masaki Omata, and Atsumi Imamiya
Paper: pp. 458-466
Predictability of Rest-to-Rest Movements in Haptic Environments with 3D Constraints
Abstract
Igor Goncharenko, Mikhail Svinin, Yutaka Kanou, and Shigeyuki Hosoe
Paper: pp. 467-475
A Study of Perceptual Performance in Haptic Virtual Environments
Abstract
Marcia K. O’Malley and Gina Upperman
Paper: pp. 476-488
Verification of Haptic Illusions Using a Haptic Interface and Consideration on its Mechanism
Abstract
Masayuki Hara, Takahiro Higuchi, Ayaka Ohtake, Jian Huang, and Tetsuro Yabuta
Paper: pp. 489-498
Haptic Length Display Based on Cutaneous-Proprioceptive Integration
Abstract
Kazunori Terada, Akinori Kumazaki, Daisuke Miyata, and Akira Ito
Paper: pp. 499-503
Epoxy-Based Multichannel Microelectrode for Insect Biopotential Recording
Abstract
Yoshihiko Kuwana
Paper: pp. 504-510
Robotic Facial Expression Using a Curved Surface Display
Abstract
Minoru Hashimoto and Daisuke Morooka
Paper: pp. 511-518
Loose Guide for Passive Omnidirectional Mobility Aid
Abstract
Naemeh Nejatbakhsh and Kazuhiro Kosuge

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'05 (Part 2)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'05 (Part 2)

Editorial: p. 225
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'05 (Part 2)
Kiyoshi Komoriya, and Takashi Tsubouchi
The 2005 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'05) was held at Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Kobe, Japan, on June 9-11, 2005, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Tadokoro of Kobe University at that time served as general chair and Prof. Tsubouchi of Tsukuba University as program chair. The conference, whose theme was "Mega-Integration in Robotics and Mechatronics to Assist Our Daily Lives," was to help establish new industries using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Organized sessions numbered 64 and papers 880, again a record for the conference. This special issue presents 14 papers from the conference culled from 110 outstanding presentations - some 12% of the total - which were further narrowed to 47 before final selection for Part 2 (Vol.18, No.3). 13 papers have already been published in Vol.18, No.2. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 226-234
Thermal Tactile Presentation Based on Prediction of Contact Temperature
Abstract
Akio Yamamoto, Hiroaki Yamamoto, Benjamin Cros, Hironori Hashimoto, and Toshiro Higuchi
Paper: pp. 235-241
Electromechanical Conversion Mechanism of a Tactile Sensor Using Carbon Micro Coil Inside an Elastic Material
Abstract
Masato Homma, Hiroshi Morita, Takashi Maeno, Masashi Konyo, and Seiji Motojima
Paper: pp. 242-248
Modeling and Stability Analysis of Dynamic Control Through a Soft Interface
Abstract
Mizuho Shibata, and Shinichi Hirai
Paper: pp. 249-256
Development of Robotic Forceps for Laparoscopic Surgery
Abstract
Makoto Jinno, Takamitsu Sunaoshi, Toyomi Miyagawa, Takehiro Hato, Nobuto Matsuhira, Yasuhide Morikawa, Soji Ozawa, and Masaki Kitajima
Paper: pp. 257-263
Micro Manipulator and Forceps Navigation for Endoscopic Fetal Surgery
Abstract
Kanako Harada, Kentaro Iwase, Kota Tsubouchi, Kousuke Kishi, Tetsuya Nakamura, Toshio Chiba, and Masakatsu G. Fujie
Paper: pp. 264-270
On-Chip Microparticle Manipulation Using Disposable Magnetically Driven Microdevices
Abstract
Hisataka Maruyama, Fumihito Arai, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 271-277
New Biped Foot System Adaptable to Uneven Terrain
Abstract
Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Hun-ok Lim, and Atsuo Takanishi
Paper: pp. 278-285
Water-Rescue Robot Vehicle with Variably Configured Segmented Wheels
Abstract
Hironao Okada, Taro Iwamoto, and Koji Shibuya
Paper: pp. 286-298
Design and Implementation of the Reconfiguration Mechanism for a Modular Humanoid Robot
Abstract
Tetsuya Taira, and Nobuyuki Yamasaki
Paper: pp. 299-304
Development of a Peristaltic Crawling Robot Based on Earthworm Locomotion
Abstract
Taro Nakamura, Takashi Kato, Tomohide Iwanaga, and Yoichi Muranaka
Paper: pp. 305-311
Development of Practical 3-Dimensional Active Cord Mechanism ACM-R4
Abstract
Hiroya Yamada, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 312-317
Development of Rockfall Prevention Net Climbing Robot Using a Quadric Chain
Abstract
Hidekazu Kajiwara, Makoto Arai, Takafumi Noguchi, and Takashi Nakamura
Paper: pp. 318-324
Development of Quadruped Walking Robot TITAN XI for Steep Slopes - Slope Map Generation and Map Information Application -
Abstract
Takahiro Doi, Ryuichi Hodoshima, Yasushi Fukuda, Shigeo Hirose, Toshihito Okamoto, and Junichi Mori
Paper: pp. 325-332
Robot Platform Architecture for Information Sharing and Collaboration Among Multiple Networked Robots
Abstract
Hirohisa Tezuka, Norifumi Katafuchi, Yukihiro Nakamura, Tamotsu Machino, Yoshito Nanjo, Satoshi Iwaki, and Ken-ichiro Shimokura
Paper: pp. 333-339
Non-Dimensional Analysis Based Design on Tracing Type Legged Robots
Abstract
Mitsuru Higashimori, Idaku Ishii, and Makoto Kaneko
Paper: pp. 340-346
A Finite Element Scheme for Impact Force Prediction of Robotic Mechanisms
Abstract
Daigoro Isobe, and Yoshiaki Moriya
Paper: pp. 347-355
Three-Dimensional Movement in Water of the Dolphin Robot - Control Between Two Positions by Roll and Pitch Combination -
Abstract
Motomu Nakashima, Takahiro Tsubaki, and Kyosuke Ono
Paper: pp. 356-364
Reconfigurable Cellular Satellites Maintained by Space Robots
Abstract
Hideyuki Tanaka, Noritaka Yamamoto, Takehisa Yairi, and Kazuo Machida

No.2

(Apr)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’05 (Part 1)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’05 (Part 1)

Editorial: p. 113
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’05 (Part 1)
Kiyoshi Komoriya, and Takashi Tsubouchi
The 2005 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC’05) was held at Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Kobe, Japan, on June 9-11, 2005, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Tadokoro of Kobe University at that time served as general chair and Prof. Tsubouchi of Tsukuba University as program chair. The conference, whose theme was “Mega-Integration in Robotics and Mechatronics to Assist Our Daily Lives,” was to help establish new industries using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Organized sessions numbered 64 and papers 880, again a record for the conference. This special issue presents 13 papers from the conference culled from 110 outstanding presentations – some 12% of the total – which were further narrowed to 47 before final selection for Part 1 (Vol.18, No.2). We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 114-120
Concept of a Micro Gyroscope Using Electro-Conjugate Fluid (ECF) and Development of an ECF Micro Gyro-Motor
Abstract
Shinichi Yokota, Ryuta Nishizawa, Kenjiro Takemura, and Kazuya Edamura
Paper: pp. 121-130
Optical Torque Sensors for Local Impedance Control Realization of an Anthropomorphic Robot Arm
Abstract
Dzmitry Tsetserukou, Riichiro Tadakuma, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, and Susumu Tachi
Paper: pp. 131-138
Self-Localization Method Utilizing Environment-Embedded Information and Range Sensory Information
Abstract
Kuniaki Kawabata, Daisuke Itoh, Yasushi Hada, Daisuke Chugo, Hayato Kaetsu, and Hajime Asama
Paper: pp. 139-145
Development of a Tendon-Driven System Using a Pneumatic Balloon
Abstract
Norihiko Saga, Jun-ya Nagase, and Yasumasa Kondo
Paper: pp. 146-152
Atomization and Stirring of Droplets Using Surface Acoustic Wave for Integrated Droplet Manipulation
Abstract
Akio Yamamoto, Masahiro Nishimura, Yutaka Ooishi, Nobuhiro Tsukada, and Toshiro Higuchi
Paper: pp. 153-159
3D 6DOF Manipulation of Microbead by Laser Tweezers
Abstract
Fumihito Arai, Toshiaki Endo, Ryuji Yamauchi, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 160-166
Development of 6-Axis Material Tester for Measuring Mechanical Spine Properties
Abstract
Motoyoshi Fujiwara, Takanori Masuda, Tadashi Inaba, Takaya Katoh, Yuichi Kasai, and Satoru Ito
Paper: pp. 167-176
Position Control of Needle Tip Based on Physical Properties of Liver and Force Sensor
Abstract
Yo Kobayashi, Jun Okamoto, and Masakatsu G. Fujie
Paper: pp. 177-185
Virtual Driving Simulator for Measuring Dynamic Properties of Human Arm Movements
Abstract
Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Ryoma Kanda, Naoki Yamada, Hitoshi Fukuba, Ichiro Masamori, and Toshio Tsuji
Paper: pp. 186-194
Agent System for Operating Web-Based Sensor Nodes via the Internet
Abstract
Tokihiro Fukatsu, Masayuki Hirafuji, and Takuji Kiura
Paper: pp. 195-202
Development of Human-Symbiotic Robot “EMIEW” – Design Concept and System Construction –
Abstract
Yuji Hosoda, Saku Egawa, Junichi Tamamoto, Kenjiro Yamamoto, Ryousuke Nakamura, and Masahito Togami
Paper: pp. 203-214
Integrated Limb Mechanism Robot ASTERISK
Abstract
Tomohito Takubo, Tatsuo Arai, Kenji Inoue, Hikaru Ochi, Takeshi Konishi, Taisuke Tsurutani, Yasuo Hayashibara, and Eiji Koyanagi
Review: pp. 215-221
A Progressively Advancing Curriculum for Robotics Education – The Case of Toin University of Yokohama –
Abstract
Yasuo Hayashibara, Takeshi Agui, Takahiro Ito, Motoyoshi Ohaba, Eiji Koyanagi, Toshiharu Sekine, Masaaki Takeuchi, and Seishi Kudo

No.1

(Feb)

Regular papers

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 4-10
Basic Study on Self-Transfer Aid Robotics
Abstract
Yoshihiko Takahashi, Go Manabe, Katsumi Takahashi, and Takuro Hatakeyama
Paper: pp. 11-17
Modeling and Fabrication of a Mobile Inspection Microrobot Driven by a Pneumatic Bellows Actuator for Long Pipes
Abstract
Manabu Ono, Toshiaki Hamano, and Shigeo Kato
Paper: pp. 18-25
User-Friendly Acceleration/Deceleration Control of Electric-Powered Wheelchair
Abstract
Toru Oshima, and Noboru Momose
Paper: pp. 26-35
Characteristics of Frictional Sliding Motion in Releasing Manipulation
Abstract
Chi Zhu, Yasumichi Aiyama, Tamio Arai, and Atsuo Kawamura
Paper: pp. 36-43
Reliable Robot Communication on Web Services
Abstract
Masahiko Narita, Makiko Shimamura, and Makoto Oya
Paper: pp. 44-50
A Stable Approach for Modular Learning and its Application to Autonomous Aero-Robot
Abstract
Mai Bando, and Hiroaki Nakanishi
Paper: pp. 51-58
Omnidirectional Static Walking of a Quadruped Robot on a Slope
Abstract
Lei Zhang, Shugen Ma, Yoshinori Honda, and Kousuke Inoue
Paper: pp. 59-66
Identification and State Evaluation Based on Frontal Views of Walkers
Abstract
Akio Nozawa, Tota Mizuno, Masafumi Uchida, Hisaya Tanaka, and Hideto Ide
Paper: pp. 67-75
Development of Space Environment Preservation System Using Robot
Abstract
Kazuo Machida, and Toshiaki Iwata
Paper: pp. 76-82
Feed Rate Control Using Fuzzy Reasoning for a Mold Polishing Robot
Abstract
Fusaomi Nagata, and Keigo Watanabe
Paper: pp. 83-88
A Sensitivity Variable Tactile Sensor with Self-Tuner
Abstract
Susumu Kouno
Paper: pp. 89-96
Tail-Actuator Propulsion Device for Aquatic Robot
Abstract
Andrea Manuello Bertetto, and Maurizio Ruggiu
Paper: pp. 97-102
PSD Sensor Decomposing Multiple Light Spots
Abstract
Susumu Kouno
Development Report: pp. 103-110
Evolutionary Learning Acquisition of Optimal Joint Angle Trajectories of Flexible Robot Arm
Abstract
Hiroyuki Kojima, and Takahiro Hiruma

Vol.17 (2005)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Human Modeling in Robotics

Special Issue on Human Modeling in Robotics

Editorial: p. 607
Human Modeling in Robotics
Taketoshi Mori
Human modeling is becoming an essential key technology for robotics and mechatronics systems that aid and expand human activities. Human modeling is indispensable in designing systems that conduct tasks difficult or even impossible for human beings to accomplish. Such systems include humanoid robots, power assistance suits, communication robots, intelligent support rooms, and user interface devices. This special issue focuses on the latest state-of-the-art human modeling research, especially in robotics, presenting a wide variety of human modeling areas. To support human beings in real-world environments, human behavior model is considerably important. Adaptation to personal characteristics may be the core function of next-generation system mechanisms, and human social modeling is the principal focus of interfacing for interaction systems. Cognitive and psychological models of human beings have always been an important domain in human-machine systems. Probabilistic and static methods have attracted attention in this research field. Not only mechanical but physiological human modeling may soon become 'vital' for all kind of robotic systems. This special issue is the kernel node for cultivating these rapidly advancing areas. I thank the authors of the articles in this issue for their invaluable effort and contributions. I also thank the members of the Editorial board, without whose work this special issue would not have been possible.
Paper: pp. 608-616
Design of a Human Circulation Modeling System for Fitness Training
Abstract
Kenichi Asami
Paper: pp. 617-627
Spinal Information Processing and its Application to Motor Learning Support
Abstract
Mihoko Otake, and Yoshihiko Nakamura
Paper: pp. 628-635
Motion Analysis of Human Lifting Works with Heavy Objects
Abstract
Nobutomo Matsunaga, and Shigeyasu Kawaji
Paper: pp. 636-644
Off-Policy Natural Policy Gradient Method for a Biped Walking Using a CPG Controller
Abstract
Yutaka Nakamura, Takeshi Mori, Yoichi Tokita, Tomohiro Shibata, and Shin Ishii
Paper: pp. 645-654
Classification of Motion Constraints by Explorative Manipulation by a Compliant Multi-Fingered Hand
Abstract
Ryo Fukano, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Takuya Otani, Takumi Kobayashi, and Nobuyuki Otsu
Paper: pp. 655-663
Pinching at Fingertips for Humanoid Robot Hand
Abstract
Kiyoshi Hoshino, and Ichiro Kawabuchi
Paper: pp. 664-671
Human Posture Probability Density Estimation Based on Actual Motion Measurement and Eigenpostures
Abstract
Tatsuya Harada, Taketoshi Mori, and Tomomasa Sato
Paper: pp. 672-680
Human-Like Daily Action Recognition Model
Abstract
Taketoshi Mori, and Kousuke Tsujioka
Paper: pp. 681-688
Extracting Multimodal Dynamics of Objects Using RNNPB
Abstract
Tetsuya Ogata, Hayato Ohba, Jun Tani, Kazunori Komatani, and Hiroshi G. Okuno
Paper: pp. 689-696
Probabilistic Human Modeling Based on Personal Construct Theory
Abstract
Yoichi Motomura, and Takeo Kanade
Paper: pp. 697-704
A Dialogue Control Model Based on Ambiguity Evaluation of Users’ Instructions and Stochastic Representation of Experiences
Abstract
Tetsunari Inamura, Masayuki Inaba, and Hirochika Inoue
Paper: pp. 705-716
Development of Infant Behavior Simulator: Modeling Grasping Achievement Based on Developmental Behavior Model and Environmental Interest Induction Model
Abstract
Koji Kitamura, Yoshifumi Nishida, Naoaki Matsumoto, Yoichi Motomura, Tatsuhiro Yamanaka, and Hiroshi Mizoguchi
Paper: pp. 717-724
Sequential Human Behavior Recognition for Cooking-Support Robots
Abstract
Tsukasa Fukuda, Yasushi Nakauchi, Katsunori Noguchi, and Takashi Matsubara

No.5

(Oct)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ICAM'04

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ICAM'04

Editorial: p. 499
Selected Papers from ICAM'04
Makoto Kaneko, and Masashi Furukawa
This special issue on the International Conference on Advanced Mechatronics (ICAM'04) held at Asahikawa, Hokkaido, October 3 to 5, 2004, sponsored by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, covers three major areas focused on by the Conference: mechatronics, robotics, and information technology (IT). Among the 110-plus excellent papers accepted for the conference, guest editors chose roughly 40%, recommending that authors submit papers for this journal. This special issue features 13 papers that passed final tough reviews, making the acceptance ratio 60%. We believe you will find this issue both interesting and informative in providing the latest information on mechatronics. We thank all who submitted articles to this special issue and the anonymous reviewers who took so much time from their busy schedules to review manuscripts and respond with constructive suggestions and comments. The high-quality reviews and timely completion of revised manuscripts have certainly helped make this special issue successful. We are sure the news in this issue will be of great help to researchers in the mechatronics community.
Paper: pp. 500-508
Motion Design for Indoor Blimp Robot with PID Controller
Abstract
Hidenori Kawamura, Hisao Kadota, Masahito Yamamoto, Toshihiko Takaya, and Azuma Ohuchi
Paper: pp. 509-516
Basic Design Guide Proposal on Nanometer Flying-Height Slider for Small Magnetic Disk Drives
Abstract
Yoshinori Takeuchi, and Katsuyuki Tanaka
Paper: pp. 517-522
Development of Nanometer Flying-Height Slider for Small Magnetic Disk Drives
Abstract
Yoshinori Takeuchi, and Katsuyuki Tanaka
Paper: pp. 523-528
Development of a Forging Type Rapid Prototyping System; Automation of a Free Forging and Metal Hammering Working
Abstract
Hidetake Tanaka, Naoki Asakawa, and Masatoshi Hirao
Paper: pp. 529-536
Development of Wearable Pneumatic Actuator and Multiport Pressure Control Valve
Abstract
Tetsuya Akagi, and Shujiro Dohta
Paper: pp. 537-545
Motion Planning for Rolling-Based Locomotion
Abstract
Kodai Suzuki, Mikhail Svinin, and Shigeyuki Hosoe
Paper: pp. 546-552
Damping and Transfer Control of Liquid in a Cylindrical Container Using a Wheeled Mobile Robot
Abstract
Masafumi Hamaguchi, and Takao Taniguchi
Paper: pp. 553-559
Vertical Planar Underactuated Manipulation Using a Gravity Compensation Mechanism
Abstract
Yoshiki Ono, and Toshio Morita
Paper: pp. 560-567
Local Clustering Organization (LCO) Solving a Large-Scale TSP
Abstract
Masashi Furukawa, Michiko Watanabe, and Yusuke Matsumura
Paper: pp. 568-574
Development of Pneumatic Power Assist Splint “ASSIST” Operated by Human Intention
Abstract
Daisuke Sasaki, Toshiro Noritsugu, and Masahiro Takaiwa
Paper: pp. 575-583
Stand-Alone Wearable Power Assist Suit –Development and Availability–
Abstract
Mineo Ishii, Keijiro Yamamoto, and Kazuhito Hyodo
Paper: pp. 584-595
Artificial Whiskers: Structural Characterization and Implications for Adaptive Robots
Abstract
Hiroshi Yokoi, Max Lungarella, Miriam Fend, and Rolf Pfeifer
Paper: pp. 596-604
Autonomous Role Assignment in a Homogeneous Multi-Robot System
Abstract
Toshiyuki Yasuda, and Kazuhiro Ohkura

No.4

(Aug)

Special Issue on VLSI Computing for Real-World Intelligent Systems

Special Issue on VLSI Computing for Real-World Intelligent Systems

Editorial: p. 371
VLSI Computing for Real-World Intelligent Systems
Masanori Hariyama
Recently, intelligent systems are desired to support human in real world such as advanced safe vehicles, home service robots, wearable computing devices, and intelligent home security systems. Such intelligent systems require extremely high computational power that exceeds that of state-of-the-art microprocessors. They also require
  • Low power consumption
  • Low latency from input to output
  • Compactness
Special-purpose processors called "system LSIs" play an essential role in meeting these requirements. This special issue focuses on the latest advances in system LSIs for real-world intelligent systems. One of their most important tasks is sensing environmental information such as visual information. Image and angle sensors, for example, are implemented in system LSIs. Image processing is the most time-consuming in real-world intelligent systems due to the extremely large amount of data. To overcome this problem, novel parallel architectures are presented. Electrical wires between processing modules must be minimized to make intelligent systems compact. High-speed serial data transfer is one most effective way to minimize the electrical wires. An architecture that handles processing order based on task priorities is a key to low latency. Processing of human interfaces such as face detection and speech recognition are also important factors in making intelligent systems user-friendly. I thank the authors of the articles in this issue for their effort and contributions, and the members of the Editorial Board for their cooperation.
Paper: pp. 372-377
A Digital Vision Chip for Early Feature Extraction with Rotated Template-Matching CA
Abstract
Masayuki Ikebe, and Tetsuya Asai
Paper: pp. 378-386
A Cellular-Automaton-Type Region Extraction Algorithm and its FPGA Implementation
Abstract
Teppei Nakano, Takashi Morie, Makoto Nagata, and Atsushi Iwata
Paper: pp. 387-394
A Pixel-Parallel Algorithm for Detecting and Tracking Fast-Moving Modulated Light Signals
Abstract
Shingo Kagami, Masatsugu Shinmeimae, Takashi Komuro, Yoshihiro Watanabe, and Masatoshi Ishikawa
Paper: pp. 395-400
A 3.7×3.7mm² 310.9mW 105.2msec 512×512-Pixel Phase-Only Correlation Processor
Abstract
Naoto Miyamoto, Koji Kotani, and Tadahiro Ohmi
Paper: pp. 401-409
Realtime FPGA-Based Vision System
Abstract
Shinichi Hirai, Masakazu Zakoji, Akihiro Masubuchi, and Tatsuhiko Tsuboi
Paper: pp. 410-419
Real-Time Shape Recognition Using a Pixel-Parallel Processor
Abstract
Takashi Komuro, Yoshiki Senjo, Kiyohiro Sogen, Shingo Kagami, and Masatoshi Ishikawa
Paper: pp. 420-427
Parallel Extraction Architecture for Information of Numerous Particles in Real-Time Image Measurement
Abstract
Yoshihiro Watanabe, Takashi Komuro, Shingo Kagami, and Masatoshi Ishikawa
Paper: pp. 428-436
Implementation of Face Recognition Processing Using an Embedded Processor
Abstract
Hiroyuki Kondo, Masami Nakajima, Miroslaw Bober, Krzysztof Kucharski, Osamu Yamamoto, and Toru Shimizu
Paper: pp. 437-446
Development of Image Recognition Processor Based on Configurable Processor
Abstract
Takashi Miyamori, Jun Tanabe, Yasuhiro Taniguchi, Kenji Furukawa, Tatsuo Kozakaya, Hiroaki Nakai, Yukimasa Miyamoto, Ken-ichi Maeda, and Masataka Matsui
Paper: pp. 447-455
VLSI Architecture for Robust Speech Recognition Systems and its Implementation on a Verification Platform
Abstract
Shingo Yoshizawa, Noboru Hayasaka, Naoya Wada, and Yoshikazu Miyanaga
Paper: pp. 456-462
Design and Implementation of the Multimedia Operation Mechanism for Responsive Multithreaded Processor
Abstract
Tsutomu Itou, and Nobuyuki Yamasaki
Paper: pp. 463-468
A 2.7 Gcps and 7-Multiplexing CDMA Serial Communication Chip for Real-Time Robot Control with Multiprocessors
Abstract
Mitsuru Shiozaki, Toru Mukai, Masahiro Ono, Mamoru Sasaki, and Atsushi Iwata
Paper: pp. 469-474
Angle Detection Methods for a CMOS Smart Rotary Encoder
Abstract
Kazuhiro Nakano, Toru Takahashi, and Shoji Kawahito
Paper: pp. 475-482
Field Emission of Individual Carbon Nanotubes and its Improvement by Decoration with Ruthenium Dioxide Super-Nanoparticles
Abstract
Pou Liu, Fumihito Arai, Lixin Dong, Toshio Fukuda, Tsuneyuki Noguchi, and Katsuyoshi Tatenuma
Paper: pp. 483-495
Polynomial Linear Quadratic Gaussian and Sliding Mode Observer for a Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Abstract
Abdellah Mokhtari, Abdelaziz Benallegue, and Abdelkader Belaidi

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'04 (Part 2)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'04 (Part 2)

Editorial: p. 235
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'04 (Part 2)
Kiyoshi Komoriya, and Akihito Sano
The 2004 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'04) was held at Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan, on June 18-20, 2004, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Takeo Oomichi of Meijo University served as general chair and Prof. Sano of the Nagoya Institute of Technology as program chair. The conference, whose theme was "Super Fabrication for a Safe, Secure Environment," was to help establish new industries using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Organized sessions numbered 67 and papers 813 – a record for the conference. The program committee selected 91 outstanding presentations – some 10% of the total – for the special issues. Out of submitted 43 papers Part 2 (Vol.17, No.3) presents 16 papers through the regular review process. Two papers have already been published in Vol.17, No.1, and 15 papers in Vol.17, No.2. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 236-247
Development of Modular Humanoid Robot Based on Functionally Distributed Modular Robot Architecture
Abstract
Tetsuya Taira, and Nobuyuki Yamasaki
Paper: pp. 248-254
Design and Development of a Small Stereovision Sensor Module for Small Self-Contained Autonomous Robots
Abstract
Kei Okada, Takeshi Morishita, Marika Hayashi, Masayuki Inaba, and Hirochika Inoue
Paper: pp. 255-261
A Study of an In-Pipe Microrobot Having Bulging Friction Brakes
Abstract
Manabu Ono, Manabu Otsuki, and Shigeo Kato
Paper: pp. 262-268
Navigation Using Local Landmarks in a Corridor Environment
Abstract
Kazumi Oikawa, Hidenori Takauji, Takanori Emaru, Shigenori Okubo, and Takeshi Tsuchiya
Paper: pp. 269-276
Detection of Wet-Road Conditions from Images Captured by a Vehicle-Mounted Camera
Abstract
Muneo Yamada, Koji Ueda, Isao Horiba, Shin Yamamoto, and Sadayuki Tsugawa
Paper: pp. 277-284
Displaying Partial Slippage for Virtual Grasping
Abstract
Masayuki Mori, Takashi Maeno, and Yoji Yamada
Paper: pp. 285-292
Dual-Armed Surgical Master-Slave Manipulator System with MR Compatibility
Abstract
Kousuke Kishi, Kazutoshi Kan, Masakatsu G. Fujie, Kenichi Sudo, Shinichi Takamoto, and Takeyoshi Dohi
Paper: pp. 293-301
Development of Active Links for Physical Man-Machine Interaction
Abstract
Jumpei Ochi, Koichi Suzumori, Junichi Tanaka, and Takefumi Kanda
Paper: pp. 302-309
Development of Integrated Visual Haptic Display Using Translucent Flexible Sheet
Abstract
Kenji Inoue, Reiko Uesugi, Ryouhei Sasama, Tatsuo Arai, and Yasushi Mae
Paper: pp. 310-317
Expression of Existence Supporting Sharing Interspatial Distance-“Maai”: Development of Roving Object Integrating Partner’s Shadow and Video Image
Abstract
Chikara Ishibiki, Yoshiaki Nakajima, Daisuke Matsumoto, and Yoshiyuki Miwa
Paper: pp. 318-326
A Dynamic Body Model of the Nematode C. elegans with Neural Oscillators
Abstract
Michiyo Suzuki, Takeshi Goto, Toshio Tsuji, and Hisao Ohtake
Paper: pp. 327-334
An In Vitro Patient-Specific Biological Model of the Cerebral Artery Reproduced with a Membranous Configuration for Simulating Endovascular Intervention
Abstract
Seiichi Ikeda, Fumihito Arai, Toshio Fukuda, Makoto Negoro, and Keiko Irie
Paper: pp. 335-341
Microfabrication and Laser Manipulation of Functional Microtool Using In-Situ Photofabrication
Abstract
Hisataka Maruyama, Fumihito Arai, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 342-351
Development of a Simple Search Device Driven by a Human-Powered Generator
Abstract
Tomoharu Doi, Tatsuki Sasahara, Tadahiro Kaneda, Toshitaka Umemoto, and Yasumasa Yoshitani
Paper: pp. 352-358
Development of a Piezoelectric Screwdriver for Recessless Screws
Abstract
Hiroshi Kawano, and Hideyuki Ando
Paper: pp. 359-366
Structural Analysis of Directional Deflection Beams
Abstract
Koyu Abe, Yusuke Tanida, and Masaru Uchiyama

No.2

(Apr)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'04 (Part 1)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'04 (Part 1)

Editorial: p. 109
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'04 (Part 1)
Kiyoshi Komoriya, and Akihito Sano
The 2004 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'04) was held at Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan, on June 18-20, 2004, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Takeo Oomichi of Meijo University served as general chair and Prof. Sano of the Nagoya Institute of Technology as program chair. The conference, whose theme was "Super Fabrication for a Safe, Secure Environment," was to help establish new industries using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Organized sessions numbered 67 and papers 813 – a record for the conference. The program committee selected 91 outstanding presentations – some 10% of the total – for the special issues. Out of submitted 43 papers Part 1 (Vol.17, No.2) presents 15 papers through the regular review process. Two papers have already been published in Vol.17, No.1. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions to this issue and the reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University for organizing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 110-115
Development of a 3D Vision Range Sensor Using Equiphase Light Section Method
Abstract
Masaaki Kumagai
Paper: pp. 116-120
Design and Realization of 2-Dimensional Optical Range Sensor for Environment Recognition in Mobile Robots
Abstract
Hirohiko Kawata, Toshihiro Mori, and Shin’ichi Yuta
Paper: pp. 121-129
Multi-Target Tracking Using a Vision Chip and its Applications to Real-Time Visual Measurement
Abstract
Yoshihiro Watanabe, Takashi Komuro, Shingo Kagami, and Masatoshi Ishikawa
Paper: pp. 130-141
Responsive Multithreaded Processor for Distributed Real-Time Systems
Abstract
Nobuyuki Yamasaki
Paper: pp. 142-148
High-Integration Micromotor Using Electro-Conjugate Fluid (ECF)
Abstract
Shinichi Yokota, Kiyomi Kawamura, Kenjiro Takemura, and Kazuya Edamura
Paper: pp. 149-157
Development of a Hydraulically-Driven Flexible Manipulator for Neurosurgery
Abstract
Haruna Okayasu, Jun Okamoto, Hiroshi Iseki, and Masakatsu G. Fujie
Paper: pp. 158-163
Fabrication of a Microfluidic Device for Axonal Guidance
Abstract
Yuta Nakashima, and Takashi Yasuda
Paper: pp. 164-172
Field Monitoring Using Sensor-Nodes with a Web Server
Abstract
Tokihiro Fukatsu, and Masayuki Hirafuji
Paper: pp. 173-180
A Wearable Pointing Device Using EMG Signals
Abstract
Hirotaka Ogino, Jun Arita, and Toshio Tsuji
Paper: pp. 181-188
Tele-Existence Vision System with Image Stabilization for Rescue Robots
Abstract
Koichiro Hayashi, Yasuyoshi Yokokohji, and Tsuneo Yoshikawa
Paper: pp. 189-197
Development of a Power Assist System of a Walking Chair (Proposition of the Speed-Torque Combination Power Assist System)
Abstract
Yunfeng Wu, Masaru Higuchi, Yukio Takeda, and Koichi Sugimoto
Paper: pp. 198-207
Mechanical Design of VmaxCarrier2: Omnidirectional Mobile Robot with Function of Step-Climbing
Abstract
Kenjiro Tadakuma, Riichiro Tadakuma, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 208-217
Development of Optical Communication Marks for Mobile Robots to Recognize Their Environment and to Handle Objects
Abstract
Keiji Nagatani, Hiroyasu Sato, Hidenori Tasaka, Akio Gofuku, and Yutaka Tanaka
Paper: pp. 218-225
Autonomous Mobile Surveillance Based on RTK-GPS in Urban Canyons
Abstract
Jun-ichi Meguro, Rui Hirokawa, Jun-ichi Takiguchi, and Takumi Hashizume
Development Report: pp. 226-231
Simple Humanoid Biped Robot with PIC Microcomputer for University Education
Abstract
Yoshihiko Takahashi, and Masayoshi Kohda

No.1

(Feb)

Regular papers

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 3-10
sMML - A Smart MetaModeling Language for Flexible Modeling
Abstract
Makoto Oya
Paper: pp. 11-16
A Middleware Framework for Loose Robot Communication over the Internet
Abstract
Makoto Oya, and Taku Okuno
Paper: pp. 17-21
Modulated Vibrations Used to Display Tactile Sense
Abstract
Hideto Ide, and Yoshinori Ide
Paper: pp. 22-26
Quantitative Evaluating Reactions to Gustatory Stimuli
Abstract
Hideto Ide, and Yoshinori Ide
Paper: pp. 27-35
Development of Cellular Manufacturing System Based on Movable Cells
Abstract
Yoshiki Shimomura, Fabio Noriyuki Takada, and Tetsuo Tomiyama
Paper: pp. 36-43
Fusion of Multiple Ultrasonic Sensor Data and Image Data for Measuring an Object’s Motion
Abstract
Kazunori Umeda, Jun Ota, and Hisayuki Kimura
Paper: pp. 44-51
Zero Carrier: A Novel Eight Leg-Wheels Hybrid Stair Climbing Mobile Vehicle
Abstract
Jianjun Yuan, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 52-58
A Study on Autonomous Mobile Robot Behavior Adjustment Using a Cytokine Reaction Model
Abstract
Yosuke Shigeta, and Yukinori Kakazu
Paper: pp. 59-68
Development of Position-Orientation Decoupled Spatial In-Parallel Actuated Mechanisms with Six Degrees of Freedom
Abstract
Yukio Takeda, Kouji Kamiyama, Yoshihisa Maki, Masaru Higuchi, and Koichi Sugimoto
Paper: pp. 69-76
Behavior and Personal Adaptation of Robotic Lamp
Abstract
Tomomasa Sato, Mehrab Hosseinbor, Takeru Kuroiwa, Rui Fukui, Jun Tamura, and Taketoshi Mori
Development Report: pp. 77-88
Cooperative Obstacle-Avoidance Pushing Transportation of a Planar Object with One Leader and Two Follower Mobile Robots
Abstract
Yanqun Le, Hiroyuki Kojima, and Kazuhiko Matsuda
Development Report: pp. 89-100
Experiments on Motion Control of Two-Joint Articulated Hopping Robot with Stopper Mechanisms
Abstract
Gustavo Kato, Hiroyuki Kojima, Mamoru Yoshida, and Yusuke Wakabayashi
Development Report: pp. 101-105
Mine Remote Sensing Using a Working Robot
Abstract
Nobuhiro Shimoi, and Yoshihiro Takita

Vol.16 (2004)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Hyper Performance Robotics and Mechatronics

Special Issue on Hyper Performance Robotics and Mechatronics

Editorial: p. 555
Hyper Performance Robotics and Mechatronics
Hideaki Takanobu, and Toshio Morita
This special issue presents important research results in the field of robotics and mechatronics under the key concept of Hyper Performance – performance in which special techniques lead to performance that surpasses the conventional ones. Originality is indispensable to research. Generally, originality in robotics and mechatronics lies both in the research focus and in the quality of specifications and functions such as size, velocity, and power. In this line, this special issue views studies demonstrating excellent performance in terms of specifications and functions. This issue includes outlines of hyper performance robotics and mechatronics, and research on under-actuated system and medical applications. Each contribution has been highly evaluated on its own individual merits and provides insights on hyper performance. We feel certain that readers will find these articles both interesting and informative in defining hyper performance in specifications and functions. We thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University, the members of the editing committee, and the secretariat of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics for their invaluable efforts in editing this issue. We also thank the reviewers who took time out of their busy schedules to provide insightful comments. Without the support of all these people, this special issue would not have been possible.
Review: pp. 556-558
Hyper Performance of Robotics and Mechatronics
Abstract
Hideaki Takanobu
Review: pp. 559-562
Prospects for Hyper Performance Robots and Mechatronics
Abstract
Toshio Morita
Paper: pp. 563-569
An Underactuated Manipulation Method Using a Mechanical Gravity Canceller
Abstract
Yoshiki Ono, and Toshio Morita
Paper: pp. 570-578
Stiffness Analysis and Experimental Validation for the 6-Dof Jaw Opening-Closing Training Parallel Robot WY-5 (Waseda Yamanashi 5)
Abstract
Giuseppe Carbone, Hideaki Takanobu, Marco Ceccarelli, Atsuo Takanishi, Kayoko Ohtsuki, Masatoshi Ohnishi, and Akihisa Okino
Paper: pp. 579-586
A Clinical Jaw Movement Training Robot for Mouth Opening/Closing and Lateral Movement Training
Abstract
Akihisa Okino, Hideaki Takanobu, Atsuo Takanishi, Kayoko Ohtsuki, Masatoshi Ohnishi, and Masayuki Yoshida
Paper: pp. 587-596
Resolving Crosstalk of Sonar by Applying Nonlinear Filter Based on the Sliding Mode
Abstract
Takanori Emaru, Kazuo Tanaka, and Takeshi Tsuchiya
Paper: pp. 597-603
Field Emission Properties of Individual Carbon Nanotubes in Nanorobotic Manipulation and Electron-Beam-Induced Deposition
Abstract
Fumihito Arai, Pou Liu, Lixin Dong, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 604-612
A Novel Fluidic Bellows Manipulator
Abstract
Andrea Manuello Bertetto, and Maurizio Ruggiu
Paper: pp. 613-621
Insertion of Long Peg into Tandem Shallow Hole Using Search Trajectory Generation
Abstract
Takayuki Matsuno, Toshio Fukuda, and Yasuhisa Hasegawa
Paper: pp. 622-625
Discrimination Threshold of Tactility to ERP-Modulated Vibration
Abstract
Hideto Ide, and Yoshinori Ide
Paper: pp. 626-634
Loose Robot Communication over the Internet
Abstract
Makoto Oya, Keitaro Naruse, Masahiko Narita, Taku Okuno, Masahiro Kinoshita, and Yukinori Kakazu
Paper: pp. 635-642
Measurement of Human Hand Impedance in Dual Arm Configurations
Abstract
Yusaku Takeda, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, and Toshio Tsuji
Paper: pp. 643-648
Effects of the Lower Leg Bi-Articular Muscle in Jumping
Abstract
Toru Oshima, Kiyoshi Toriumi, Tomohiko Fujikawa, and Noboru Momose

No.5

(Oct)

Special Issue on Wearable Robot

Special Issue on Wearable Robot

Editorial: p. 445
Wearable Robot
Kazuo Kiguchi
Progress in robotics and miniaturization of computer systems has resulted in such advances as wearable robot systems that portend a new relationship between users and robots. Such wearable robots are especially important in medical and welfare use such as power assist robots that enable users to move in ways they otherwise could not. Such developments, however, bring with them new problems that require new considerations. This special issue features current advances in wearable robot systems, including papers on power assist systems, exoskeletons, wearable medical systems, and robot partners. These articles will provide invaluable references for students and researchers in wearable robots. In closing, I would like to thank the authors, contributors, and reviewers who made this special issue possible. I also would like to thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University, for his expertise and advice in editing this issue.
Paper: pp. 446-455
Stiffness Teaching and Motion Assist System Using Functional Electrical Stimulation and Electromyogram Signals
Abstract
Masaaki Uechi, Yutaka Naito, Duk Shin, Makoto Sato, and Yasuharu Koike
Paper: pp. 456-463
Development of Straight Style Transfer Equipment for Lower Limbs Disabled: Verification of Basic Motion
Abstract
Yoshikazu Mori, Kazuhiro Takayama, Takeshi Zengo, and Tatsuya Nakamura
Paper: pp. 464-472
Self-Assisted Care System for Human Mobility
Abstract
Teruhisa Onishi, Tatsuo Arai, Kenji Inoue, and Yasushi Mae
Paper: pp. 473-481
Force Analysis of Exoskeletal Robotic Orthoses for Judgment on Mechanical Safety and Possibility of Assistance
Abstract
Kiyoshi Nagai, and Isao Nakanishi
Paper: pp. 482-488
An EMG-Controlled Hand Exoskeleton for Natural Pinching
Abstract
Lenny Lucas, Matthew DiCicco, and Yoky Matsuoka
Paper: pp. 489-496
Design of Wearable Power-Assist Device for Lower Back Support
Abstract
Keitaro Naruse, Satoshi Kawai, Hiroshi Yokoi, and Yukinori Kakazu
Paper: pp. 497-503
Development of Active Support Splint Driven by Pneumatic Soft Actuator (ASSIST)
Abstract
Daisuke Sasaki, Toshiro Noritsugu, and Masahiro Takaiwa
Paper: pp. 504-512
Realization of All 7 Motions for the Upper Limb by a Muscle Suit
Abstract
Hiroshi Kobayashi, Taichi Shiiba, and Yujiro Ishida
Paper: pp. 513-519
Body-Supported Medical Robots: A Survey
Abstract
Peter Berkelman, Jocelyne Troccaz, and Philippe Cinquin
Paper: pp. 520-525
Wearable Heart Rate Counter
Abstract
Hideaki Takanobu, Satoshi Saito, Hideki Tsuboi, Hirofumi Miura, and Kiyoshi Naemura
Paper: pp. 526-534
Communication Interface for Human-Robot Partnership
Abstract
Naoyuki Kubota, and Yosuke Urushizaki
Paper: pp. 535-544
Development of Portable Color Discrimination for the Visually Impaired and Color Blindness
Abstract
Mitsuyoshi Maekawa, Shinya Hashizume, Yasunori Touma, Yukiko Imai, Hiroaki Seki, and Yoshikatsu Hifumi
Paper: pp. 545-551
Human Intention Detection and Activity Support System for Ubiquitous Sensor Room
Abstract
Yasushi Nakauchi, Katsunori Noguchi, Pongsak Somwong, and Takashi Matsubara

No.4

(Aug)

Special Issue on Motion Control and its Applications in Robot Technology (RT)

Special Issue on Motion Control and its Applications in Robot Technology (RT)

Editorial: p. 345
Motion Control and its Applications in Robot Technology (RT)
Shigeyasu Kawaji and Junji Oaki
Robot Technology (RT) now surpasses information technology (IT) in strategic importance. With robot applications leading to expansion beyond manufacturing into the bioindustrial, medical/welfare, and lifesciences fields, conversion from an industrial to a solutions business is critical. This requires that we define new robot concepts that push the envelope beyond conventional consideration into intellectualization that functions throughout the real world through robotic technologies. This further emphasizes the importance of motion control as a major robotic innovation. Advances in high-function hardware, flexible information processing, and real-time image processing are expected to launch new trends in addition to the above. This special issue presents papers and technical reports featuring a wide academic and industrial repertoire. Topics cover aspects of motion viewed through RT. We thank Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge of Tohoku University, the contributors, and the reviewers who made this special issue possible. Thanks also go the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University, who provided the opportunity for editing this special issue.
Paper: pp. 346-347
Applications of Motion Control Originated from Robot Technology
Abstract
Kazuhiro Kosuge
Paper: pp. 348-354
Synchronous Positioning Control in Pressure Control Among Multi-AC Servomotors in Injection Molding Machine
Abstract
Noriyuki Akasaka
Paper: pp. 355-361
Torque Planning of a New Golf-Swing Robot to Emulate Skillful Golfers
Abstract
Soichiro Suzuki
Paper: pp. 362-373
Genetic-Algorithm-Based Fixed-Structure Robust H Loop-Shaping Control of a Pneumatic Servosystem
Abstract
Somyot Kaitwanidvilai, and Manukid Parnichkun
Paper: pp. 374-380
Adaptive Modular Vector Field Control for Robot Contact Tasks in Uncertain Environments
Abstract
Yohei Saitoh, Zhiwei Luo, and Keiji Watanabe
Paper: pp. 381-387
Control of a Handwriting Robot with DOF Redundancy Based on Feedback in Task Coordinates
Abstract
Hiroe Hashiguchi, Suguru Arimoto, and Ryuta Ozawa
Paper: pp. 388-396
Torque Control in Harmonic Drives with Nonlinear Dynamic Friction Compensation
Abstract
Rached Dhaouadi
Paper: pp. 397-403
Biologically-Inspired Locomotion Controller for a Quadruped Walking Robot: Analog IC Implementation of a CPG-Based Controller
Abstract
Kazuki Nakada, Tetsuya Asai, and Yoshihito Amemiya
Paper: pp. 404-410
Tracking Control of Omni-Directional Vehicles Using Two Wheels Caster Type Odometer
Abstract
Nobuhiro Ushimi, Motoji Yamamoto, and Akira Mohri
Paper: pp. 411-419
Acquisition of Adaptive Behavior for the SMA-Net Robot Using Chaotic Neural Networks
Abstract
Ikuo Suzuki, Masaru Fujii, Keitaro Naruse, Hiroshi Yokoi, and Yukinori Kakazu
Paper: pp. 420-425
Input of Japanese Characters by Recognizing the Number of Fingers
Abstract
Takashi Yamagishi, and Kazunori Umeda
Paper: pp. 426-433
Robust Vibration Control of a Flexible Robot Arm Carrying an Uncertain Load That Causes Bending/Torsional Coupling
Abstract
Toru Watanabe, Kohsuke Yamamoto, Kohei Takamura, and Kazuto Seto
Paper: pp. 434-442
The Evaluation of Agreement Between Dynamics of Electric Wheelchair and Human Behavior
Abstract
Shigenobu Shimada, Kosei Ishimura, and Mitsuo Wada

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Part 2)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Part 2)

Editorial: p. 227
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Part 2)
Kazuhito Yokoi, and Masashi Furukawa
This special issue commemorates the designation of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics as the International Journal of the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1999. The 2003 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'03) was held in Hakodate May 23-25, 2003, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. The general chair was Prof. Mikami and the program chair was Prof. Furukawa. The purpose of the conference was to aid in the establishment of new industries using advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies. Technical sessions featured 70 organized sessions and 770 papers enjoyed by some 1,000 participants. This special issue presents a wide range of ROBOMEC'03 papers to disseminate informative and innovative results. The program committee selected 95 outstanding papers, or about 10%. Of the 36 submitted and reviewed by the Journal's referees, 28 were selected for publication. Special Issue Part 2 on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Vol.16, No.3) presents 14, with others having already been presented in Part 1 (Vol.16, No.2). We thank the authors featured in this special issue for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University for his invaluable effort in organizing this special issue and the editors for selecting the papers.
Paper: pp. 228-236
Sequential Identification Technique of Jacobian Matrix for a Power-Assisted Lifter Using Wire-Driven Parallel Mechanism
Abstract
Daisuke Yamaguchi, Yasutaka Tagawa, Masaki Hayatsu, and Manabu Yamada
Paper: pp. 237-244
An Analysis of Human Motion for Control of a Wearable Power Assist System
Abstract
Satoshi Kawai, Keitaro Naruse, Hiroshi Yokoi, and Yukinori Kakazu
Paper: pp. 245-255
Controller Adjustment of an Exoskeleton Robot for Shoulder Motion Assistance
Abstract
Kazuo Kiguchi, Koya Iwami, Keigo Watanabe, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 256-263
Development of Wearable Chair Using Pneumatic Passive Elements
Abstract
Takashi Mitsuda, Masato Wakabayashi, and Sadao Kawamura
Paper: pp. 264-270
Book Extraction for Remote Book Browsing Robot
Abstract
Tetsuo Tomizawa, Akihisa Ohya, and Shin’ichi Yuta
Paper: pp. 271-277
Adaptive Shape Reconfiguration of a Decentralized Motile System Exploiting Molecular Dynamics and Stokesian Dynamics Methods
Abstract
Masahiro Shimizu, Akio Ishiguro, Masayasu Takahashi, Toshihiro Kawakatsu, Yuichi Masubuchi, and Masao Doi
Paper: pp. 278-285
Emergent Behaviors of a Linear Cluster Robot System: Enclosing and Molding by CA Method
Abstract
Sumiaki Ichikawa, Kentaro Suzuki, and Fumio Hara
Paper: pp. 286-292
Development of Slime Robot Using Bridle Bellows
Abstract
Takeshi Aoki, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 293-303
Development of Genbu: Active-Wheel Passive-Joint Snake-Like Mobile Robot
Abstract
Hitoshi Kimura, Keisuke Shimizu, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 304-311
Design of the Leg Mechanism of a Water Surface Runner
Abstract
Masaru Higuchi, Hideo Tanaka, Shingo Tsutsumi, Yukio Takeda, and Hiroaki Funabashi
Paper: pp. 312-318
Firm Standing for Legged Mobile Manipulators
Abstract
Takashi Tagawa, Yasumichi Aiyama, and Hisashi Osumi
Paper: pp. 319-326
Four-Wheeled Hopping Robot with Attitude Control
Abstract
Shingo Shimoda, Takashi Kubota, and Ichiro Nakatani
Paper: pp. 327-332
Development of Electromagnetic Nutation Motor (Electromagnetic Investigation)
Abstract
Koichi Suzumori, Takashi Nagata, Takefumi Kanda, Kazuo Uzuka, and Isao Enomoto
Paper: pp. 333-341
A Study on Propagation Characteristics of Spread Spectrum Sound Waves Using a Band-Limited Ultrasonic Transducer
Abstract
Akio Yamane, Taketoshi Iyota, Yongwoon Choi, Yuzuru Kubota, and Kazuhiro Watanabe

No.2

(Apr)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Part 1)

Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Part 1)

Editorial: p. 115
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Part 1)
Kazuhito Yokoi, and Masashi Furukawa
This special issue commemorates the designation of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics as the International Journal of the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1999. The 2003 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'03) was held in Hakodate May 23-25, 2003, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. The general chair was Prof. Mikami and the program chair was Prof. Furukawa. The purpose of the conference was to aid in the establishment of new industries using advanced Robotics and Mechatronics technologies. Technical sessions featured 70 organized sessions and 770 papers enjoyed by some 1,000 participants. This special issue presents a wide range of ROBOMEC'03 papers to disseminate the informative and innovative results. The program committee selected 95 outstanding papers, or about 10%. Of the 36 submitted and reviewed by the Journal's referees, 28 were selected for publication. Special Issue Part 1 on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'03 (Vol. 16, No. 2) presents 14, and others are presented in Part 2 (Vol. 16, No. 3). We thank the authors featured in this special issue for their time and effort. We also thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University for his indispensable effort in organizing this special issue and the editors for selecting the papers.
Paper: pp. 116-121
Development of Interference-Free Wire-Driven Joint Mechanism for Surgical Manipulator Systems
Abstract
Kouji Nishizawa, and Kousuke Kishi
Paper: pp. 122-128
Robotic Laser Surgery with λ=2.8μm Microlaser in Neurosurgery
Abstract
Shigeru Omori, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Ichiro Sakuma, and Hiroshi Iseki
Paper: pp. 129-137
Development of Wide-Angle-View Laparoscope Using Wedge Prisms
Abstract
Takemasa Hashimoto, Etsuko Kobayashi, Ichiro Sakuma, Kazuhiko Shinohara, Makoto Hashizume, and Takeyoshi Dohi
Paper: pp. 138-145
Discrimination of Vascular Conditions Using a Probabilistic Neural Network
Abstract
Akira Sakane, Toshio Tsuji, Noboru Saeki, and Masashi Kawamoto
Paper: pp. 146-154
Dynamic Switching of a Controller Based on Diagnostic Tasks in Remote Ultrasound Diagnostics
Abstract
Norihiro Koizumi, Shin’ichi Warisawa, Hiroyuki Hashizume, and Mamoru Mitsuishi
Paper: pp. 155-162
Calibration of Carbon Nanotube Probes for Pico-Newton Order Force Measurement Inside a Scanning Electron Microscope
Abstract
Masahiro Nakajima, Fumihito Arai, Lixin Dong, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 163-170
Conveyor for Pneumatic Two-Dimensional Manipulation Realized by Arrayed MEMS and its Control
Abstract
Yamato Fukuta, Masashi Yanada, Atsushi Ino, Yoshio Mita, Yves-André Chapuis, Satoshi Konishi, and Hiroyuki Fujita
Paper: pp. 171-177
A Study on High-Output Resonance-Driven Piezoelectric Micropumps Using Active Check Valves
Abstract
Jung-Ho Park, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Chikara Ishikawa, Shinichi Yokota, Takeshi Seto, and Kunihiko Takagi
Paper: pp. 178-185
Configuration and Robustness in Visual Servo
Abstract
Graziano Chesi, and Koichi Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 186-193
Development of Crane Vision for Positioning Container
Abstract
Satoshi Kunimitsu, Hajime Asama, Kuniaki Kawabata, and Taketoshi Mishima
Paper: pp. 194-199
Design Concept of Responsive Multithreaded Processor for Distributed Real-Time Control
Abstract
Nobuyuki Yamasaki
Paper: pp. 200-207
Development of a Universal Interface Board and its Application to Robot Controllers and Signal Processors
Abstract
Masaaki Kumagai, and Takashi Emura
Paper: pp. 208-216
Device Distributed Approach to Expandable Robot System Using Intelligent Device with Super-Microprocessor
Abstract
Kei Okada, Akira Fuyuno, Takeshi Morishita, Takashi Ogura, Yasumoto Ohkubo, Yasuyuki Kino, Masayuki Inaba, and Hirochika Inoue
Paper: pp. 217-224
Functionally Distributed Control Architecture for Autonomous Mobile Robots
Abstract
Tetsuya Taira, and Nobuyuki Yamasaki

No.1

(Feb)

Regular papers

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 1-7
Dynamic Control of Curve-Constrained Hyper-Redundant Manipulators
Abstract
Shugen Ma, and Mitsuru Watanabe
Paper: pp. 8-16
Development of Robot Using Pneumatic Artificial Rubber Muscles to Operate Construction Machinery
Abstract
Kenji Kawashima, Takahiro Sasaki, Toshiyuki Miyata, Naohiro Nakamura, Masato Sekiguchi, and Toshiharu Kagawa
Paper: pp. 17-22
Study on Recognition of Hand Waving
Abstract
Kazue Nishihara, Noriyuki Kawarazaki, Tadashi Yoshidome, and Qiang Gao
Paper: pp. 23-30
Study on Ankle Mechanisms for Walking Robots -Fundamental Considerations on its Functions and Morphology-
Abstract
Masaru Ogata, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 31-38
Flexible Rope Manipulation Using Elastic Deformation Modeling by Dual Manipulator System with Vision Sensor
Abstract
Takayuki Matsuno, Toshio Fukuda, Fumihito Arai, and Yasuhisa Hasegawa
Paper: pp. 39-43
Transmission of Human Intention by Impulsive Sound
Abstract
Kazue Nishihara, Noriyuki Kawarazaki, and Tadashi Yoshidame
Paper: pp. 44-53
Fast, Accurate Sonar-Ring System
Abstract
Teruko Yata, Akihisa Ohya, Jun’ichi Iijima, and Shin’ichi Yuta
Paper: pp. 54-60
Expert Skill-Based Gain Tuning in Discrete-Time Adaptive Control for Robots
Abstract
Haruhisa Kawasaki, and Geng Li
Paper: pp. 61-70
Study on In-Pipe Corrosion Diagnosis System -Estimation of Corrosion on Screw Parts Using a Surface SH Probe-
Abstract
Shintaro Sakamoto, Toshio Fukuda, Hironori Yui, Yasuhiro Abe, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Futoshi Kobayashi, and Fumihito Arai
Paper: pp. 71-79
Study on In-Pipe Corrosion Diagnosis System -Corrosion Estimation Using Wavelet Transform and Two-dimensional Information-
Abstract
Shintaro Sakamoto, Toshio Fukuda, Hironori Yui, Yasunori Abe, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Futoshi Kobayashi, and Fumihito Arai
Paper: pp. 80-89
Navigation of an Omnidirectional Mobile Robot by Teaching a Few Omnidirectional Images
Abstract
Akihiro Matsumoto, Shoji Tsukuda, and Gosuke Yoshita
Paper: pp. 90-96
Neural Networks for Redundant Robot Manipulators Control with Obstacles Avoidance
Abstract
B. Daachi, A. Benallegue, T. Madani, and M. E. Daachi
Paper: pp. 97-103
Automatic 3D-Laser Scattering Measurement for Ultra-Finished Surface with Nanowatt Sensitivity
Abstract
Taeho Ha, Keiichi Kimura, Takashi Miyoshi, and Yasuhiro Takaya
Paper: pp. 104-112
Development of Horse-Type Quadruped Robot (Report2, Experiments of Trot Gait by Quadruped Robot PONY)
Abstract
Shinobu Makita, Daisuke Nishimura, and Junji Furusho

Vol.15 (2003)

No.6

(Dec)

Special Issue on Microrobots

Special Issue on Microrobots

Editorial: p. 581
Microrobots
Hidenori Ishihara
Micromechatronics has become a key issue in engineering. Robotics and mechatronics are a global concern. Micromechatronics contributes especially to the development of electrical and mechanical systems through miniaturization and advanced functions. Micromechatronics was defined by Prof. Fukuda, Prof. Fujita et. al in the 1980's. In 1980's, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) was developed in the USA and then expanded to Japan and Germany. In the same time frame, devices based on precious machining technology were miniaturized in Japan and Switzerland as Michromachine. MEMS combines electronics and mechatronics and promotes new-conceptual devices such as intellectual sensors, e.g., pressure and acceleration sensors. Precious machining has improved manufacturing and achieved the find control. Thorough these development, Micromechatronics was born as an integrated technology. This special issue introduces basic technologies and applications of micromechatronics, which includes such vital technologies as mechanical, electric, and electrical engineering, machining, and MEMS. This issue, which features several topics on micromechatronics, will give readers a welcome chance to acquaint themselves with state-of-the-art information on micromechatronics. This issue contains nine technical papers on micro robots, intelligent microsensors, and their applications, together with related letters. It opens with a paper on microsensors by Fujiyoshi et al. and the application of miniaturized motors to a robotic hand by Nishibori et al. Included also are articles on micro robots by Aoyama, Torii, Wakimoto and Guo, work on unique micromanipulation systems by Nakamura et al., and the application of micro units to robotic systems by Yamada et al. Letters discuss objectives and achievements of micro robot contests held in Japan that serve to popularize and disseminate unique mechanisms and new concepts in this exciting field. I am certain this issue will provide readers with information that is both interesting and informative. In closing, I would like to thank the authors, members of the editorial board, and the publisher, without whose hard...<more>
Paper: pp. 582-587
Analysis and Design of A New Micro Jerk Sensor with Viscous Coupling
Abstract
Motohiro Fujiyoshi, Yutaka Nonomura, Fumihito Arai, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 588-595
Robot Hand with Fingers Using Vibration-Type Ultrasonic Motors (Driving Characteristics)
Abstract
Kenji Nishibori, Setsuya Kondo, Hirohisa Obata, and Shigeru Okuma
Paper: pp. 596-601
Automatic Insemination and Incubation by Male and Female Micro Robots
Abstract
Hisayuki Aoyama and Hideharu Takubo
Paper: pp. 602-608
Motion of a Miniature Robot Using Three Piezoelectric Elements Controlled by Rectangular Voltage
Abstract
Akihiro Torii, Yoshiyuki Fukaya, Kae Doki, and Akiteru Ueda
Paper: pp. 609-615
In-Pipe Inspection Micro Robot Adaptable to Changes in Pipe Diameter
Abstract
Shuichi Wakimoto, Koichi Suzumori, Masanori Takata, and Jun Nakajima
Paper: pp. 616-623
A Novel Mobile Microrobot Fin for In-Pipe Inspection
Abstract
Shuxiang Guo, Yasuhiro Sasaki, and Toshio Fukuda
Paper: pp. 624-631
Magnetic Linear Motion Mechanism of a 2-Parallel-Finger Hand for Force Operation
Abstract
Tatsuya Nakamura and Zhiqi Liu
Paper: pp. 632-638
Reconfigurable Parts Feeding System Using Array of Vibrators
Abstract
Yasuhiro Yamada, Nobutaka Torii, and Yoshiaki Komura
Paper: pp. 639-645
Miniaturized Mobile Robot Kit for Robotics Seminars for Young People
Abstract
Hidenori Ishihara, Kimihito Yukawa, Toshio Fukuda, Fumihito Arai, and Yasuhisa Hasegawa
Paper: pp. 646-648
Micromechanisms and Their Applications
Abstract
Mikio Horie, Shinya Sasayama, Fumikazu Ohira, Ken'ichi Hiratsuka, Yuichi Nakazato, Yasuo Hayashibara, Takahiro Ito, Hidetsugu Terada, Ryusuke Tokui, and Teru Hayashi
Paper: pp. 649-651
The Challenge of Micro Robot Creation at the Nippon Institute of Technology
Abstract
Yuichi Nakazato
Paper: pp. 652-654
Micromachines Designed and Fabricated for Micromechanism Contest
Abstract
Hiroshi Endo
Paper: pp. 655-657
Current and Future Arts of International Micro Robot Maze Contest
Abstract
Hidenori Ishihara

No.5

(Oct)

Special Issue on Rescue Robots

Special Issue on Rescue Robots

Editorial: p. 473
Rescue Robots
Koichi Osuka and Satoshi Tadokoro
This special issue brings together the many achievements on rescue robots development beginning after the Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake in Kobe. The earthquake that laid waste to most of Kobe, Seattle’s sister city, early on the morning of January 17, 1995, was a wakeup warning to robotics researchers who realized that the potential of their studies had not been realized in its greatest and most challenging arena – a disastrous earthquake where robots and similar strategies could have rescued people in situations where no other help or support was possible. Japanese robotics researchers set up academic working groups to study and promote such R&D. The national project involving key next-generation urban disaster prevention technologies includes the subtheme of rescue robots, with robotics researchers introducing concrete achievements. A Japanese national project had never used the term of rescue robots before then. Rescue robots range from simple instruments powered by human operators to intelligent machines able to operate virtually on their own. Some advanced rescue robots have built-in prime motive power and others use the latest in artificial intelligence. This special issue brings to readers a dozen articles introducing the many and varied achievements by Japanese robotics researchers covering a wide range of rescue robots. With this field poised to enter the main stream, these robots are close to practical application, and knowledge of their capabilities is essential to those able to utilize this latest technology in their current and future re search. This issue is a must to all who are interested in exploring the new world of robot rescue.
Paper: pp. 474-481
Development of Small Diameter Active Hose-II for Search and Life-prolongation of Victims under Debris
Abstract
Ato Kitagawa, Hideyuki Tsukagoshi, and Masaki Igarashi
Paper: pp. 482-490
Development of Jumping & Rolling Inspector to Improve the Debris-traverse Ability
Abstract
Hideyuki Tsukagoshi, Yotaro Mori, Masashi Sasaki, Takahiro Tanaka, and Ato Kitagawa
Paper: pp. 491-500
Autonomous Flight Control System for Intelligent Aero-robot for Disaster Prevention
Abstract
Hiroaki Nakanishi, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Naomi Hosokawa, Koichi Inoue, and Akira Sato
Paper: pp. 501-507
Development of Detachable Teleoperation Gripper for a Walking Robot
Abstract
Shinichi Suganuma, Masaru Ogata, Kensuke Takita, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 508-515
HELIOS VII: a New Tracked Arm-Equipped Vehicle
Abstract
Michele Guarnieri, Paulo Debenest, Takao Inoh, and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 516-520
A Consideration on Rescue Robot Contest from Viewpoint of Technology Education
Abstract
Toru Yamamoto, Takako Ichikawa, and Shoichiro Fujisawa
Paper: pp. 521-527
Information Assistance for Search-and-Rescue by Intelligent Data Carriers and a Data Retrieval Blimp
Abstract
Daisuke Kurabayashi, Kenichi Noda, Hajime Asama, Kuniaki Kawabata, Hayato Kaetsu, and Hiroshi Hashimoto
Paper: pp. 528-536
Development of Simple Search Device by Person's Power
Abstract
Tomoharu Doi, Hisanobu Tamari, Tadashiro Kaneda, Toshitaka Umemoto, and Yasumasa Yoshitani
Paper: pp. 537-545
Autonomous Flight Control of Unmanned Small Hobby-Class Helicopter Report 1: Hardware Development and Verification Experiments of Autonomous Flight Control System
Abstract
Daigo Fujiwara, Jinok Shin, Kensaku Hazawa, Kazuhiro Igarashi, Dilshan Fernando, and Kenzo Nonami
Paper: pp. 546-554
Autonomous Flight Control of Unmanned Small Hobby-Class Helicopter Report 2: Modeling Based on Experimental Identification and Autonomous Flight Control Experiments
Abstract
Kensaku Hazawa, Jinok Shin, Daigo Fujiwara, Kazuhiro Igarashi, Dilshan Fernando, and Kenzo Nonami
Paper: pp. 555-560
Development of Joints for Power Microrobot for Searching inside Debris
Abstract
Koichi Suzumori, Masanori Takata, and Shuichi Wakimoto
Paper: pp. 561-570
Development of Four-Crawler Multilink Mobile Robot MOIRA for Searching Debris
Abstract
Koichi Osuka, and Hiroshi Kitajima
Paper: pp. 571-578
Kinematic Identification Method for Cable-Driven Rescue Robots in Unstructured Environments
Abstract
Satoshi Tadokoro, Richard Verhoeven, Ulrike Zwiers, Manfred Hiller, and Fumiaki Takemura

No.4

(Aug)

Regular papers

Regular Papers

Paper: pp. 361-368
Control Method for Realistic Motion in a Construction Tele-robotic System with a 3-DOF Parallel Mechanism
Abstract
Dingxuan Zhao, Yupeng Xia, Hironao Yamada, and Takayoshi Muto
Paper: pp. 369-376
An Electronic Nose Using Neural Networks with Effective Training Data Selection
Abstract
Bancha Charumporn, Michifumi Yoshioka, Toru Fujinaka, and Sigeru Omatu
Paper: pp. 377-383
Bistable Fluidic Laminar Amplifiers for Optopneumatic Interfaces
Abstract
G. Belforte, G. Eula, M. Martinelli, T. Raparelli, and V. Viktorov
Paper: pp. 384-390
Voice-supported Active Touch Panel Using Micro Touch Sensor with PZT Thin Film
Abstract
Gui Ryong Kwon, Fumihito Arai, Toshio Fukuda, Koichi Itoigawa, and Yasunori Tsukahara
Paper: pp. 391-397
Development of a Hydraulic Parallel Link Force Display -Improvement of Manipulability Using a Disturbance Observer and its Application to a Master-slave System-
Abstract
Shigeki Kudomi, Hironao Yamada, and Takayoshi Muto
Paper: pp. 398-405
Compensation of Stick-Slip Phenomenon in an Electrical Actuator
Abstract
R. Merzouki, J. C. Cadiou, and N. K. M'Sirdi
Paper: pp. 406-415
Study on Handling Clothes (Task Planning of Deformation for Unfolding Laundry)
Abstract
Manabu Kaneko and Masayoshi Kakikura
Paper: pp. 416-423
A Study of Active Cord Mechanisms -Basic Design of Pneumatically Driven Active Cord Mechanism-
Abstract
Hidetaka Ohno and Shigeru Hirose
Paper: pp. 424-431
A Study of Active Cord Mechanisms -Biomechanical Consideration on its 3D Gaits-
Abstract
Hidetaka Ohno and Shigeo Hirose
Paper: pp. 432-441
Development of Output Coupling Mechanisms for Mechanical Systems
Abstract
Rintaro Haraguchi, Koichi Osuka, and Toshiharu Sugie
Paper: pp. 442-450
Development of Horse-type Quadruped Robot -Report 1, Development of Mechanism and Control System of Quadruped Robot PONY-
Abstract
Shinobu Makita, and Junji Furusho
Paper: pp. 451-457
Study of Individual Feature Extraction from Range Data of Human Nose
Abstract
Akio Nozawa, and Hideto Ide
Paper: pp. 458-468
Track Following Control for Large Capacity Flexible Disk Drives -Disturbance Observer Design using Two Position Sensors-
Abstract
Jun Ueda, Akihiko Imagi, Hitoshi Tamayama, and Tsuneo Yoshikawa

No.3

(Jun)

Special Issue on Robot Vision

Special Issue on Robot Vision

Editorial: p. 253
Robot Vision
Kazunori Umeda
Robot vision is an essential key technology in robotics and mechatronics. The number of studies on robot vision is wide-ranging, and this topic remains a hot vital target. This special issue reviews recent advances in this exciting field, following up two special issues, Vol. 11 No. 2, and Vol. 13 No. 6, which attracted more papers than expected. This indicates the high degree of research activity in this field. I am most pleased to report that this issue presents 12 excellent papers covering robot vision, including basic algorithms based on precise optical models, pattern and gesture recognition, and active vision. Several papers treat range imaging and others interesting applications to agriculture and quadruped robots and new devices. This issue also presents two news briefs, one on a practical range sensor suited to mobile robots and the other on vision devices that are the improved ones of famous IP-5000 series. I am convinced that this special issue helps research on robot vision more exciting. I would like to close by thanking all of the researchers who submitted their studies, and to give special thanks to the reviewers and editors, especially Prof. M. Kaneko, Dr. K. Yokoi, and Prof. Y. Nakauchi.
Paper: pp. 254-262
High-Resolution Image Synthesis from Video Sequence by Light Field
Abstract
Kenkichi Kobayashi, and Hideo Saito
Paper: pp. 263-270
Virtual Object Overlay onto Uncalibrated Camera Image Sequence Enabling Tracking of Natural Features
Abstract
Shunsuke Harasaki and Hideo Saito
Paper: pp. 271-277
HMM-based Temporal Difference Learning with State Transition Updating for Tracking Human Communicational Behaviors
Abstract
Minh Anh T. Ho, Yoji Yamada, and Yoji Umetani
Paper: pp. 278-285
Pattern Recognition by Hierarchical Feature Extraction
Abstract
Daigo Misaki, Shigeru Aomura, and Noriyuki Aoyama
Paper: pp. 286-292
Hand Shape Recognition using Higher Order Local Autocorrelation Features in Log Polar Coordinate Space
Abstract
Satoru Odo, and Kiyoshi Hoshino
Paper: pp. 293-303
Position and Pose Estimation of Camera-Head with Foveated Wide Angle Lens
Abstract
Haiquan Yang, Nobuyuki Kita, and Yasuyo Kita
Paper: pp. 304-313
Camera Calibration and 3-D Measurement with an Active Stereo Vision System for Handling Moving Objects
Abstract
Atsushi Yamashita, Toru Kaneko, Shinya Matsushita, Kenjiro T. Miura, and Suekichi Isogai
Paper: pp. 314-321
Fast Distance Measurement Method by Parallel-Shift Arrangement Stereoscopic Camera
Abstract
Taro Iwamoto, Koji Ohara, and Koji Shibuya
Paper: pp. 322-330
A Range Finder System with Electronically Maskable Photo Detecting Device Array
Abstract
Jun Masaki, Nobuhiro Okada, and Eiji Kondo
Paper: pp. 331-340
A Confocal Surface Measurement System Having Improved Measurement Accuracy for Rough Surfaces and Measurement Speed
Abstract
Mitsuhiro Ishihara
Paper: pp. 341-348
Robotic Vision for Bioproduction Systems
Abstract
Mitsuji Monta, Naoshi Kondo, Seiichi Arima, and Kazuhiko Namba
Paper: pp. 349-355
3D Visual Information Processing and Gait Control of a Quadruped Robot - for operation on a steep slope protected by a free frame -
Abstract
Takahiro Doi, Hideyuki Tsukagoshi, and Shigeo Hirose
News: pp. 356-357
2-D distance image sensor
Abstract
Toshihiro Mori

No.2

(Apr)

Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'02

Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'02

Editorial: p. 113
Selected Papers from ROBOMEC'02
Kazuhito Yokoi and Tetsuo Yabuta
This special issue has been proposed in honor of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics authorized to be the International Journal of the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1999. The 2002 JSME Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC'02) was held in Matsue on June 7-9, 2002, sponsored by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and attended by 861 par