Lecture on the Humanoid Robot by Professor Tadakuma Riichiro of Yamagata University

Professor Tadakuma during the Lecture
Mr. Owada and Mr. Matsumura delivering a lecture
On March 19, 2012, Professor Tadakuma Riichiro of Yamagata University gave a lecture on the Humanoid Robot at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He was accompanied by Ms. Shiga Ayaka, an administrator at Yamagata University, Mr. Sho Ōwada and Takahiro Matsumura who are graduate students at Yamagata University.
A demonstration of the robots in action
A demonstration of the robots in action

The lecture covered several topics which included:

Visiting Team from Yamagata University
A Section of the Audience
Professor Tadakuma encouraged the students and lecturers in attendance to have a Big Picture when undertaking research. A Big Picture according to Professor Tadakuma is a research idea that can be of use in the long term. A research idea that cannot withstand the test of time is mere gadgetism. Professor Tadakuma’s Big Picture was to build an omni-directional mobile robot which could provide support to the handicapped and the rising elderly population of Japan.  In addition, he also wanted to build an omni-directional vehicle which could help in carrying heavy objects. His desire for this omni-directional vehicle was for it to be thin, lightweight, and one that could withstand a high payload.

At the end of the lecture, the professor urged the audience to use their own hands together with their brains so as to advance in research.