Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’02
Kazuhito Yokoi* and Tetsuo Yabuta**
* Senior Research Scientist, Humanoid Research Group, Intelligent Systems Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST Tsukuba Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, 305-8568 Japan
**Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering,Yokohama National University79-5 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, 2408501 Japan
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 participants. The purpose of the conference was to aid future establishment of new industries by using advanced technologies of Robotics and Mechatronics. Technical sessions included 70 organized sessions in which 684 papers were presented. This special issue was organized by editing papers presented at ROBOMEC’02 to ensure that conference results reached the widest possible audience. The Conference Program Committee selected 40 papers -less than 6% of the total. We have included the 17 papers accepting an invitation for inclusion that were reviewed by journal referees and selected for publication in the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’02 (Vol. 15, No. 2). We thank the authors who have contributed their updated papers, Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University whose work has been indispensable in organizing this special issue, and the editors for selecting the papers.
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