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World Robot Summit 2018 to be Held

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will hold the World Robot Summit (WRS) 2018 in October of this year.

1.Concept of WRS

METI and NEDO aim for a realization of a world where robots and humans successfully live and work together. Toward this realization, they will hold the World Robot Summit (WRS) 2018, an international robotics event that consists of a robot competition and a robot exhibition and aims to 1) bring together the most advanced robot technologies from around the world and accelerate robot R&D through competition, and 2) showcase actual cases where robots solve difficult challenges that arise, deepen people’s understanding of robots, and accelerate implementation of robots in society. WRS 2018 is to be held in October of this year and will be regarded as the preliminary event of WRS 2020.

Event Name:
World Robot Summit 2018
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Wednesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 21, 2018 for five days
Tokyo Big Sight East Halls 6/7/8

2.Competition (World Robot Challenge (WRC) 2018)

WRC consists of 9 challenges in 4 categories (Industrial Robotics, Service Robotics, Disaster Robotics, and Junior)


Prize money and so forth shall be awarded, supported by sponsors that have agreed with the WRS concepts. (Total amount of prize money for the World Robot Challenge 2018 will exceed 100 million yen.) Travel expenses might be granted up to a certain amount for some participating teams. The registration for participation is open at the WRS website. The closing of registration day is March 15, 2018. (February 28, 2018 for Disaster Robotics Category)

3.Exhibition (World Robot Expo (WRE) 2018)

In conjunction with the WRC, the WRE will show how the robots solve the real social problems. For example, in addition to demonstrations at the exhibition hall, WRE will introduce the robots utilized in the local area in collaboration with the local governments who advance robot utilization.

4.Support character

As a result of public offering, Doraemon has been chosen as a support character for the World Robot Summit.
As a bridge between humans and robots, Doraemon will support this summit.



Release date

January 23, 2018

Division in Charge

Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Related website

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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