20 years have passed since I started studying robotics. For the
celebration of my sixtieth birthday this year, I decided that it
would be an appropriate time to chronicle the studies I and my students
have carried out over the years.
The emphasis in my laboratory has always been on developing
robotics with a target 20~30 years hence in mind, and we have selected
our themes based on the belief that the 21st century will be an
era of personal robots and cyborgs. As a result, I became very interested
not only in the function of robots, but also in the physical form
Thus, our endeavors have not been limited to the manufacturing
field, but have also included tertiary industries and the medical
This brochure traces our studies in robotics, touching
on the related technical developments. I sincerely hope that every
one of us can forecast the possible future developments in robotics
through our past trajectories.