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  • Toshio Fukuda
  • Yasuhisa Hasegawa
  • Kosuke Sekiyama
  • Tadayoshi Aoyama
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 81)

Robot Locomotion

It is often pointed that the aging society resulted from declining birthrate become an inevitable problem. Its effect in production site is deterioration of workforce. If the ratio of elderly people to all population is high, it is natural to necessitate manufacturing technology that makes it possible to maintain productivity by a small number of workers. From this background, it is easily conceivable that robots play a role as substitute for human and conduct some tasks in collaboration to human. Besides, it is also conceivable that robots take an active part not only in production site such as factories but in human daily life and society such as home, medical scene, disaster relief, nursing care, and entertainment. In fact, pet robot, which is highly valued, is put on sale and highly functional animal-like robot, which is developed actively, is realized in recent years. Advancing robotics technology, it is expected to develop life-supporting robots to match with human life and cohabit with human e.g. nursing-care robots to attend elderly or sick people and home-helper robots to fulfill cleaning, washing, and cooking.

Keywords

Humanoid Robot Central Pattern Generator Fuzzy Neural Network Biped Robot Cerebellar Model Articulation Controller 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshio Fukuda
    • 1
  • Yasuhisa Hasegawa
    • 2
  • Kosuke Sekiyama
    • 1
  • Tadayoshi Aoyama
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Micro-Nano Systems EngineeringNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Information Interaction TechnologiesUniversity of TsukubaTsukuba-cityJapan
  3. 3.Department of System CyberneticsHiroshima UniversityHigashiJapan

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