Science of Soft Robots – Interdisciplinary integration of mechatronics, material science, and bio-computing


2nd International Workshop on Science of Soft Robots (Invitational)

2019 April 11-13
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo (April 11), The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko, Hakone (April 12, 13)


  • Prof. Koichi Suzumori, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
  • Prof. Ryuma Niiyama, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Prof. Shingo Maeda, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan.

Description of the workshop

In order to accelerate Japanese soft robotics researches more than ever, we invite active researchers from the world and hold the collaborative workshop. We aim mainly to collaborate internationally and to build up cooperative relationships to promote the keyword “fusion” in our research community. We hope to promote mutual exchange of researchers and students. Through these activities, we would like to disseminate excellent research results to the world. At the same time, we will enhance our presence and appeal to researchers in the world that Japan has played an important role in soft robotics. The workshop consists of invited talks and interactive sessions. An open discussion will be also held.


  • MEXT/JSPS Kakenhi Science of Soft Robots
  • SIG Soft Robotics, The Robotics Society of Japan.


Please submit registration information from the form.

Registration fee: 56,000JPY (Updated on April 1)

  • The registration includes accommodation, dinner, and breakfast
  • NOT includes transportation expense and drink


April 11 Thu.

Pre-workshop Lab tour@Tokyo Institute of Technology
(Prof. Suzumori’s Lab. and Prof. Tanaka’s Lab.)

April 12 Fri.
Session 1 Chair:Prof. Shingo Maeda

13:00 Introduction to the workshop: Prof. Koichi Suzumori (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
13:15 Invited Talk 1: Prof. Shea Herbert (EPFL)
“Soft Transducers Laboratory (Tentative)”
14:00 Opening the discussion
14:15 Invited Talk 2: Prof. Francesco Giorgio Serchi (The University of Edinburgh)
“Soft Systems at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics: fresh opportunities for Japan-UK collaborations”
15:00 Opening the discussion
15:15 Coffee break

Session 2 Chair:Prof. Sawada Hideyuki

15:30-15:45:Prof. Hideyuki Sawada (Waseda University)
15:45-16:00:Prof. Hiroto Tanaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
16:00-16:15:Prof. Niiyama Ryuma (The University of Tokyo)
16:15-16:30 Prof. Hiromi Mochiyama (Tsukuba University)
16:30-16:45 Mr. Satoshi Nakamaru(ZOZO Technologies)
16:45-17:00 Prof. Kenjiro Tadakuma (Tohoku University)
17:00-17:15 Opening the discussion


18:00- Banquet in Hotel

Session 3

20:00-21:00:Opening the discussion: Quest for collaborative research

April 13 Sat.
Session 4 Chair:Prof. Hiroki Shigemune

8:30-8:45 Prof. Hiroki Shigemune (Waseda University)
8:45-9:00 Prof. Hiroyuki Nabae (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
9:15-9:30 Prof. Jun Shintake (The University of Electro-Communications)
9:30-9:45 Prof. Shingo Maeda (Shibaura Institute of Technology)
9:45-10:00 Opening the discussion
10:00-10:15 Coffee break


The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
144 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigara-shimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0592 Japan