Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’05 (Part 1)
Kiyoshi Komoriya*, and Takashi Tsubouchi**
*Co-editor, Dr. Eng., Intelligent Systems Research Institute, AIST, Tsukuba East, 1-2-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8564, Japan
**Program Chair of ROBOMEC’05 and Co-editor, Professor, Dr. Eng., Dept. of Information Interaction Technologies, Graduate School of System and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573, Japan
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.
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