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AUV Demonstration Program to the Public at a Robot Festival in Japan

A0147 Hayato Kondo Underwater Technology Research Center, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo

A0148 Tamaki Ura Underwater Technology Research Center, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo

A0149 Son-Cheol Yu Underwater Technology Research Center, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo

A0150 Koichi Nose Underwater Technology Research Center, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo

A0151 Takashi Shimazaki Underwater Technology Research Center, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo

A0152 Kazuo Ishii Kyushu Institute of Technology

 

Underwater technology is usually dealt with far from the public. It

is rare that the younger generation, which includes children age, is

attracted to this technology. This fact results in one of the major

causes why the number of specialists in this field is relatively small.

On the other hand, the autonomous robot technology has a feature to

attract the younger generation to be interested in, because it is the

advanced robot technology.

Considering that the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) could be a

great object that the younger generation is interested in, Ura

laboratory in the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of

Tokyo has been made efforts to demonstrate AUV to the public while

gathering young people. For example, we have demonstrated at the

Museum of Marine Science and the Bandai Exposition in 1997, and at the

exhibition of dream technologies for the 21st century Yume Tech in

2000. In 2001, we have demonstrated our AUVs Twin-Burger, Tri-

Dog 1 and Manta-Ceresia , making them to swim in a temporary

tank to show their intelligent performance at the robot festival

Robo Festa which was held in Yokohama from 16th to 25th of October.

This paper describes a summary and a line of demonstrations, and the

relations to educational programs.