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Report of 3rd International Robotics Forum for High School Students (IRH 2017)

December 26, 2017
The Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)

The report of IRH2017 (pdf) is here.

[Overview]

Sponsored by: The Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)

Cosponsored by: Japan Robot Association and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.

Supported by: ROBOCON MAGAZINE,Ohmsha, Ltd., Co. , Toyota Motor Co.,
Mitsubishi Electric Co., Yaskawa Electric Co.

Date: Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3, 2017

Venue: Tokyo International Exhibition Center, room 703

Executive committee of IRH 2017:

Chair: Toshihiro Sawa, President of RSJ, Yaskawa Electric Co.
Secretary: Yuji Hosoda, Director and secretary-general of RSJ
Members: Tetsuo Noda, Osaka Institute of Technology
Tomohiro Shibata, Director of RSJ, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Kazuhiro Nakadai, Director of RSJ, Honda Institute of Japan
Shinya Kotosaka, Saitama University
Riichiro Tadakuma, Yamagata University
Sho Yokota, Toyo University
Hideo Hayashi, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.
Masayuki Abe, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.
Shigeaki Yanai, Japan Robot Association
Tomonori Yano, Ohmsha, Ltd.
Shiori Kaga, Ohmsha, Ltd.

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Purpose

Robotics educational project of RSJ for high school students in the world

Study and report of the International Robot Exhibition 2017(iREX 2017)

Awards for outstanding presentations

Information sharing of robotics educational trial on each school and experience of international communication

Encourage of future robotics researcher and engineer

Performance

”Robot high school” that was an educational program for Japanese high school students using real industrial robot as learning resource were held in 2009 and 2011. These were corroboration with iREX 2009 and 2011.

1st International Robotics Forum for High School Students (IRH 2013) was held as one of globalization actions in 2013 when IROS 2013 was hold at Tokyo. Since IRH 2013, series of IRH have been held in every odd year that is the year of iREX until this year.
Performances of each IRH are as follows. The number of the participants, schools and countries have increased in every time, and IRH may be growing up as an international education event.

Table 1 Performances of each IRH

Year Total Japan Over sea Countries Supporters
1st in 2013 Participants 109 91 18 China, Japan, Norway, USA 2
Schools 19 16 3
2nd in 2015 Participants 115 34 91 Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico (2 Schools), USA 5
Schools 13 7 6
3rd in 2017 Participants 129 36 93 Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Philippine, Singapore, Mexico, USA 4
Schools 13 6 7
Entrant school (You can refer introduction of each school with clicking the name of each school.)

FIEC – Fundação Indaiatubana de Educação e Cultura; Brazil

Tochigikenritu Utsunomiya Technical High School; Japan

Waialua High & Intermediate School; USA

National Institute of Technology, Toyota College; Japan

Pui Ching Middle School, MACAU; China

National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College; Japan

National Junior College; Singapore

Hida-Kamioka High school; Japan

CETIS 26 Technical High School; Mexico

Hosen Gakuen High School Risu-Inter; Japan

Seoul Robotics High School; Korea

Ritsumeikan Keisho Senior High School; Japan

Caritas Don Bosco School; Philippines

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Report
Detail of schedule is here. Saturday December 2, 2017

Study of iREX 2017

Sunday December 3, 2017

Presentation; Study report of iREX 2017

Award ceremony


2. Study of iREX 2017 and themes of the study

All schools had done the study before IRH 2017 based on one theme that was selected by their self from following study themes. All students investigated real robots exhibited in iREX 2017 site in the afternoon of the Day One, and completed their study report that are presented at the Day Two open presentation with adding the result of the investigation.

Site map of iREX 2017 is here.

Web site of iREX 2015 is here.

<Field study at iREX 2017 site>


<Valuations of the study themes>

Theme 1: Systematization of fundamental technologies in industrial robots for manufacturing use
Aim of this theme is to learn fundamental technologies consisting industrial robots. Please select one category from following three fundamental technologies in industrial robots for manufacturing use.
Please investigate variety of technologies, base principles and etc. included in the selected category, then classify and sort out the investigation results so as to clarify total image of the selected fundamental technology.
< Candidates of category selection>
1) Sensor technologies
2) Mechanical elements; e.g. actuators, reduction gears, structures, mechanisms, materials, and system constructions
3) Robot operating technologies; e.g. safety technologies, and system integration technologies

Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance
Aim of this theme is to learn design philosophies of robots optimized for its purposes and application environments.
Please select one category from following three robot applications, and investigate relations between robot applications and performances of robots; e.g. special features, functions, structures, constructions, and specifications.
< Candidates of category selection >
1) Manufacturing use; e.g. automobile, electric equipment, electronics components, medicines, cosmetics, foods
2) Service use; e.g. building cleaning, disaster response, infrastructure maintenance, security, medical treatment, care for old persons, agriculture, fisheries industry, amusements, guidance
3) Home use; e.g. floor cleaning, security, watch and guard for old persons, interactive home appliances, information terminals

Theme 3: Most advanced technologies of robots
Aim of this theme is to learn most advanced technologies of robots.
Please investigate the most advanced technologies for robots, and explain novelties, and/or usefulness of the technology, then how robots have been improved by the technology. If it is possible, please picture how the world will be changed by the robot evolution.
Technologies have some phases from basic research level to practical use level and there are individual most advanced technologies in the each phase as shown in following reference materials. First of all, please recognize the phase in which your focusing robot belong to. Then please investigate what is the most advanced technology in that phase.

For a description of novelty, there is a way to state that it is solved the problems by a method which has not been used so far, the combination of principles, law, methods, individual way, or why there is a way to discuss whether now possible to use the way.
For a description of the usefulness, there is a way to argue that it has the same functionality at a lower cost, implementation of more functions at the same cost, functions which could not be realized until now although it cost more.
For changing the world, there is a way to discuss changes in the views of the site, the ways how people works, changes in lifestyle, changes in the common sense, expansion of the work efficiency by the robot, the effect of reducing the programming time and effort of the robot.


3. Presentation

Presentation was held at the room 703 on Sunday December 3, 2017.
Representatives of 13 schools presented their study. The presentation time of each school was 13 minutes, and all schools punctually finished in the limit time. Time of the field study at iREX site and preparation time for the presentation was limited in short time, however every student made excellent presentation.


<Presentation data and selected study theme of each school>

School name
(Please refer the presentation data with clicking the school name)
Selected study theme
FIEC – Fundação Indaiatubana de Educação e Cultura; Brazil Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 2) Service use
Tochigikenritu Utsunomiya Technical High School; Japan Theme 3: Most advanced technologies of robots
Waialua High & Intermediate School; USA Theme 1: Systematization of fundamental technologies in industrial robots for manufacturing use 2) Mechanical elements
National Institute of Technology, Toyota College; Japan Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 1) Manufacturing use
Pui Ching Middle School, MACAU; China
Movie
Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 2) Service use
National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College; Japan Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 3) Home use
National Junior College; Singapore Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 2) Service Use
Hida-Kamioka High school; Japan Theme 3: Most advanced technologies of robots
CETIS 26 Technical High School; Mexico Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 2) Service Use
Hosen Gakuen High School Risu-Inter; Japan Theme 3: Most advanced technologies of robots
Seoul Robotics High School; Korea Theme 2: Relation between applications of robots and their performance 1) Manufacturing use
Ritsumeikan Keisho Senior High School; Japan
Movie
Theme 1: Systematization of fundamental technologies in industrial robots for manufacturing use 2) Mechanical elements
Caritas Don Bosco School; Philippines Theme 3: Most advanced technologies of robots

4. Awards ceremony:

a) Following four schools were selected as outstanding presenter in all 13 presentations of the “Study report” and RSJ presented them “IRH 2017 Best Study Report Award”.

Caritas Don Bosco School; Philippines

National Junior College; Singapore

Waialua High & Intermediate School; USA

Hosen Gakuen High School Risu-Inter; Japan

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b) ”Testimonial for Study Report of IRH 2017” was presented to all teachers with regarding their excellent leading of their students.


c) “Certificate of IRH2017” was presented to all participants.


d) General comment:
We assessed the presentations to select award winners. However, all presentations were excellent and level difference between all presentations was negligible. All speakers were exactly punctual to the presentation limit time with well controlled speaking. Attitude, utterance and manners of presentation might be better than those of university students in many conferences. Though the preparing time of pre-study and investigation time in iREX 2017 wasn’t so enough, all study contents were brushed up well and all presentations were well summarized and easy to understand. We believe that these excellent presentations depend on daily student’s effort and good leading of teachers. We would like to give honor to their great activity.


5. Album of photos and movies:

We would be grateful, if you could enjoy following photos and movies in IRH 2017.
Album of photos
Album of movies

6. Announcement about next IRH:

IRH 2018 is going to be held in October 2018 at Tokyo!
In IRH 2018, participants will be able to find and study world advanced robots, because IRH 2018 will collaborate with Japan Robot Week (JRW) 2018 and World Robot Summit (WRS) 2018 that is a pre-competition of WRS 2020.
We would be grateful, if you could confirm the detail of them with following sites and join to IRH 2018.

IRH 2018 official site is here.

JRW 2018 official site (Coming soon an English site) is here.

WRS 2018 official site is here.


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