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Outline of the World Robot Summit and Its Challenges Decided

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) have outlined the World Robot Summit (WRS) and its challenges that will be held in 2020.

1. Goals

In accordance with the goals set in the “New Robot Strategy” compiled in 2015, METI and NEDO will hold the World Robot Summit in 2020 that consists of a robot competition and a robot exhibition.

WRS aims to bring together the most advanced robot technologies from all over the world and overcome the limits to solve challenges that arise; deepen people’s understanding of robots; and induce positive discussions that would lead to concrete uses and applications of robots.

2. Venue

 WRS 2020 will be held at Aichi International Exhibition Center (provisional name) located in Aichi Prefecture. Some of the challenges in the Disaster Robotics Category that require special facilities will be held at the Robot Testing Field located in Fukushima Prefecture.

3. Challenges under World Robot Challenge

A total of 7 challenges are planned to be held: 6 challenges under 3 categories (Industrial Robotics, Service Robotics, and Disaster Robotics Categories) and 1 Junior Challenge.

4. Exhibition

World Robot Expo will take place in conjunction with World Robot Challenge and will showcase actual cases of implementations of robots to the world.

Note: For details of the summit, see the Appendix titled “Summary of the World Robot Summit.”

Release date

December 2, 2016

Division in Charge

Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Related website

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