Italy-Japan Workshop is an initiative, supported by the Embassy of Italy in Japan, and the Association of Italian Researchers in Japan, in which a specific theme related to robotics is discussed and analysed involving the government, universities, research centres, and industries of both countries. The idea is to brainstorm around important issues in modern Robotics using a Participatory Design approach, involving all stakeholders of both countries.

Italy-Japan Workshop has been organised since 2001 by Waseda University, one of the most important scientific partners for Italy, in collaboration with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. In this event, distinguished Italian and Japanese speakers share their experiences and their vision, while a selected number of Japanese and Italian companies are yearly invited to show and demonstrate their products.

The theme of this year, on the occasion of the re-launch of the collaboration between Sant'Anna and Waseda, is "Robots and the future", and the technological innovation of the last decades will be explored, analyzing strategies and winning methods of methodological reform, for to identify the new technical, but also social, challenges that Robotics will face in the coming years.
It is important to underline the multidisciplinary, indeed transdisciplinary nature of this workshop. Unlike previous years, in fact, where a focus has been privileged at the level of robotic applications in specific fields, to increase and improve the ties of academic collaborations in the development of ad-hoc applications in various sectors, starting this year, in harmony with the times of technological innovation that sees robots increasingly present in everyday life, it was decided to explore the relationship between robot and man, starting from the basic mechanisms, often inspired by nature, of Leonardo Da Vinci's works and of the great scientists and naturalists of his time.

This workshop marks the beginning of a new cycle in which issues related to man-robot symbiosis will be explored and explored, in view of a future society where robots will no longer be controlled by expert technicians and relegated to the industrial sector, but will live and be of concrete help in carrying out the modern man's daily activities.


今回で第14回目となる"Italy-Japan Workshop"は早稲田大学ヒューマノイド研究所,次世代ロボット研究機構とイタリア大使館,イタリアSSSA(聖アンナ大学院大学)が主体となった国際ワークショップであり,日本・イタリアの著名なロボット研究者およびロボットを異分野に利用されている方々を御招待し,相互にメカニズム関連の研究や文化の紹介,情報・意見交換を行っております.





09:30-09:40    Welcome speech   
Shuji Hashimoto (Waseda University)

09:40-10:15    A transdisciplinary approach to (bio)materials: from regenerative medicine to robotics
Leonardo Ricotti (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)

10:15-10:50    How to ensure an efficacy and safety of innovative medical devices?  
Mitsuo UMEZU (Waseda University)

10:50-11:10    Coffee break   

11:10-11:45    Novel shapes and materials for the Robot of the Future
Cecilia Laschi (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)

11:45-12:20    Robotic rehabilitation and cell therapy revolutionize medical care   
Rui YUGE (Hiroshima University)

12:20-13:30    Lunch break

13:30-14:05    Society 5.0: the Future of AI and Robots
Toshie TAKAHASHI (Waseda University)

14:05-14:40    Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the Future: the RoboCom++ approach
Paolo Dario (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)

14:40-15:00    Coffee break   

15:00-15:35    Bio-inspired robotics and its application to rescue and recovery   
Fumitoshi MATSUNO (Kyoto University)

15:35-16:10    Multi-scale Robotics Systems
Toshio FUKUDA (Nagoya University)

16:10-16:45    What brains for robots of the future?
Egidio Falotico (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)

16:45-17:00    Closing remarks   
Paolo Dario (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)
Atsuo Takanishi (Waseda University)

Speaker List

Japanese speakers



Italian speakers

Leonardo RicottiCecilia LaschiPaolo DarioEgidio Falotico


Shuji HashimotoAtsuo TakanishiPaolo Dario


General Chairs

Prof. Shuji HASHIMOTO, Waseda University
Prof. Atsuo TAKANISHI, Waseda University
Prof. Paolo DARIO, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Local Organizing Committee

Mr. Zixi GU, Waseda University, Committee Chair
Dr. Sarah COSENTINO, Waseda University, Committee Chair
Dr. Gabriele TROVATO, Waseda University, Publicity
Ms. Kozue KUBOKI, Waseda University, Secretariat
Prof. Enrico TRAVERSA, Embassy of Italy in Tokyo, Science & Technology Attaché


The Humanoid Robotics Institute
The Future Robotics Organization
Waseda University
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Embassy of Italy in Tokyo
AIRJ Association of Italian Researchers in Japan

Technical Sponsors


Supporting Organizations

一般社団法人 日本機械学会
一般社団法人 日本ロボット学会
公益社団法人 計測自動制御学会


Location:  Waseda University, Nishi Waseda Campus
                 Building 55 North
                 Main Conference Room (1F) 

Date and time: 5 December 2019 (9:00 - 18:00) 
Official Language: English
Registration Fee: Free

場所: 早稲田大学 西早稲田キャンパス
    55N号館 1F  大会議室 

時間: 2019年12月5日(木)(9:00 - 18:00) 
言語: 英語