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Prof. Hajime Asama received M. S., and Dr. Eng. from UTokyo (the University of Tokyo) in 1984 and 1989. He worked at RIKEN, Japan from 1986 to 2002, became a professor of RACE (Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering) of UTokyo in 2002, a professor of School of Engineering since 2009, and the director of RACE since 2019. He received SICE System Integration Division System Integration Award for Academic Achievement in 2010, JSME Award (Technical Achievement) in 2018, etc. He was the vice-president of RSJ in 2011-2012, an AdCom member of IEEE Robotics & Automation Society in 2007-2009. Currently, he is the president of IFAC since 2020. He is a council member of the Science Council of Japan since 2017. He is a Fellow of IEEE, JSME, and RSJ. His main research interests are service robotics, distributed autonomous robotic systems, embodied brain science systems, and cognitive ergonomics.
Robot Technology (RT) is a technology to derive solutions to the societal problems and to create new values in the society by system integration. In addition to the research and development of service robotics, needs-driven approach is considered important to promote the societal dissemination. In this presentation, the trends in research and development of robot technology for various services, such as rehabilitation, nursing care, disaster response, decommissioning of nuclear power plants, etc., are introduced, as well as the issues on its societal dissemination and activities to solve them. The needs of service robotics for response to COVID-19 pandemic and post-coronavirus society are also discussed.