Introducing Our Advisor
Dr. tomotaka takahashi
The University of Tokyo
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
Project Associate Professor
Upon graduating from Kyoto University's Undergraduate School of Engineering Science, he established Robo Garage which would be come Kyoto University's first venture. As a robot creator, he invests his time in researching, planning, designing and creating robots. His representative works include creations such as the robotic phone "RoBoHoN" and the robot astronaut "KIROBO," the world's first conversational robot (Co-developed with Toyota Motor and Dentsu).
A Message from Dr. Takahashi
I am currently creating robots which will be used to teach in the "Robot School." I was actually really into robots when I was a kid, putting together parts such as blocks I found at shops and gear boxes. For example, when I created a robot that would move around on wheels and unleash punches, the thrill that I got then when it moved just how I imagined is the same even now.
In the Robot School, students will get the chance to use original blocks to create their own robots. Blocks make it easy to go through the process of trial and error, enabling students to come up with their own original ideas through thinking as they work with the blocks. I want to give many children the chance to experience for themselves the joy of coming up with something, occasionally failing, considering cause of the problem, rebuilding and gradually completing their robot.
I believe that education should be something where just as if you're playing, you get lost in the fun but before you realize it, you've actually learned something. That is the key to learning efficiently, deeply and for a long time. The curriculum for the Robot School has been developed with the goal of making it easy for any student to challenge themselves and have fun while learning.
In the Robot School, you can meet children who make the robots that they want to make a reality as well as those kids who come up with robots that adults would never think of. Every year at the "Human Academy Robot School National Tournament," children selected from throughout Japan as well as overseas gather together and bring along with them the robots they've worked hard to build. I've been incredibly impressed by the ideas and the level of completion of robots such as those who balance themselves while walking on their own two legs and robots which actually transform.
I feel a great sense of joy as a robot creator that we are able to discover the wonderful talent of these children and help them grow through the Robot School. Together with those children who will be responsible for the next generation, it is my dream to make a future living with robots a reality starting now.