10-10-17 | 10:30 h - 11:30 h

Webinar 104: Paving the way to Culturally-Competent Robots: the CARESSES project

How can we develop assistive robots able to adapt how they behave and speak to the culture, customs and manners of the person they assist?  

Caresses (Culture-Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support) is EU-Japan coordinated research project started in January 2017. CARESSES will design culturally aware and culturally competent elder care robots. These robots will be able to adapt how they behave and speak to the culture, customs and manners of the person they assist.

Report: Human Assistant Robotics in Japan

About the Report

Japan’s ageing population is now accelerating the development and implementation of human assistant robots. Hence, the aim of this report is to provide with an overview of the Japanese human assistant robotics market, including the analysis of influencing factors and societal trends. In addition, it seeks to portray the market environment as well as possible opportunities and challenges for European companies.

First Approval of a Robotic Suit as a Medical Device

On 10 November 2015 the Medical Equipment and External Diagnosis Subcommittee of the MHLW's Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council approved a robotic exoskeleton developed by the company Cyberdyne to assist physically challenged people. It was mainly developed as a new medical device for orphan neural-muscular diseases.


Japanese companies have traditionally been at the forefront in robotic technology. Firms such as FANUC, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Sony, and the Yaskawa Electric Corporation led the way in robotic development during Japan’s economic rise.

Aerospace Technology

Japan’s aerospace industry is constantly developing and promoting its satellite systems, space development initiatives, transportation programmes and operations.

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