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World Robot Summit 2020 to be Held

June 28, 2019

In August and October 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will jointly hold the World Robot Summit 2020.

1. Concept of the summit

METI and NEDO have been advancing efforts aiming to achieve a society where people and robots work together. As an initiative to this end, they have been holding a World Robot Summit (WRS), an international event combining competitions and an exhibition, aiming to [i] bring together the most advanced robot technologies from all over the world and accelerate technological development through competitions; and also [ii] show robots to the public as a means for solving current social challenges, raise public understanding of robots and promote implementation of robots in society. In October 2018, METI and NEDO held a preliminary competition called “WRS 2018” and will hold the WRS 2020 in 2020 as a main competition.

Outline of the WRS 2020
Title: World Robot Summit 2020
Organizers: METI and NEDO

Date: For three days from August 20 (Thur.) to 22 (Sat.), 2020
Venue: Robot Testing Field, Fukushima Prefecture
Note: At this venue, a competition in the Disaster Robotics Category will be held.

Date: For four days from October 8 (Thur.) to 11 (Sun.), 2020
Venue: Aichi Sky Expo

2. Competitions

Competitions will be held in each of the four categories: the Industrial Robotics, Service Robotics, and Disaster Robotics, and Junior Categories.

In cooperation with the sponsors that have agreed on the purpose of the WRS 2020, METI and NEDO will offer awards, etc. to the winners of the competitions, the total value of which is scheduled to be 100 million yen or more, and will also provide some teams participating in the competitions with part of their travel expenses and other costs.

Category Challenge Details of Competition
Industrial Robotics Assembly Challenge Entries will compete on the accuracy, speed, etc. of robots in finishing the assembly of belt-driven mechanical and other parts.
Service Robotics Partner Robot Challenge
Real Spaces
Entries will compete on the accuracy, speed, etc. of robots in finishing a variety of household tasks, such as cleaning rooms and bringing in goods.
Future Convenience Store Challenge Entries will compete on the accuracy, speed, etc. of robots in finishing a variety of convenience-store tasks, such as displaying and discarding products, taking care of customers and cleaning.
Disaster Robotics Plant Disaster Prevention Challenge Entries will compete on the accuracy, speed, etc. of robots in conducting a variety of plant-related tasks, such as daily inspections, (e.g., visual inspection of valves), abnormality inspections (e.g., inspections of abnormal sounds and vibrations) and soundness diagnoses of facilities.
Tunnel Disaster Response and Recovery Challenge Entries will compete on progress in overcoming challenges, speed, etc. in terms of simulations and robots, such as overcoming obstacles in a tunnel under disaster circumstances and investigating the inside of a car and rescuing a driver and passengers.
Standard Disaster Robotics Challenge Entries will compete on the accuracy, speed, etc. of robots in conducting basic motions necessary for disaster prevention and response, such as mobility performance, sensing performance and durability.
Junior Details of this category will be publicized separately.

The period of the call is from June 28 to August 31, 2019. Successful team entries are required to submit an application by September 6, 2019.

Entries in the Junior category are excluded. METI and NEDO will separately publicize the period of the call for entries in this category and other detailed information, taking into consideration summer school breaks.

3. Exhibition

In the exhibition, exhibitors will show robots to visitors as a means for solving current social challenges in an easy-to-understand manner. For example, exhibitors, as well as demonstrating robots at the exhibition site, will explain robots playing leading roles at specific sites in collaboration with municipalities and other regional organizations engaging in pioneering efforts for advancing robot utilization.

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