Special Issue on Selected Papers from ROBOMEC’07 (Part 1)
Kazunori Umeda* and Kazuhiro Kosuge**
Dept. of Precision Mechanics,
1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo 112-8551, Japan
**Program Chair of ROBOMEC'07 and
Dept. of Bioengineering and Robotics,
Graduate School of Engineering,
6-6-01 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku,
Sendai 980-8579, Japan
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.
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