Robotics Tsukuba

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Tsukuba City is committed to providing real world infrastructure and testbeds for developing and commercializing robotics technologies.

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Robotics Tsukuba

  1. 1. ROBOTICS TSUKUBA HUB CITY FOR GROWING ROBOTICS COMPANIES PARO by AISTHAL by Cyberdyne Taizokun by General Robotics TAOAicle by AIST Ladybug by JS Robotics
  2. 2. ROBOTICS TSUKUBA tsukuba for robotics HUB CITY FOR GROWING ROBOTICS COMPANIES Real World Testbed for Robotics Commercialization Tsukuba City is committed to providing real world infrastructure and testbeds for devel-oping and commercializing robotics technologies. Real world field testing Tsukuba is a nationally designated “Robot Zone,” a real world testbed for develop- ment and commercialization of practical mobility and other civilian robots. Special pro- visions in Japan’s traffic laws enable active use of Tsukuba’s parks, public roads, indus- trial parks, residential areas, agricultural areas, schools and shopping areas for robotics testing. An example is the annual Tsukuba Real World Robot Challenge. Tsukuba Robotics Solutions Center This planned center will promote cooperation between industry, institutes and uni- versities to apply robotics to real world needs. Robot Safety Center robotics tsukuba hub city for growing Robot Safety Center robotics companies Newly built, the Robot Safety Center is the first safety certification center for ci- vilian robotics. It will lay needed ground- work for international safety standards that are needed before robotics can be put to wide public use. Tsukuba High Tech Park for starting and growing robotics companies This “mini” industrial park will add to Tsukuba’s incubator ca- pacity and be aimed at robotics and similar start up companies. Robotics education and workforce development This effort will develop training and education for the work-Planned Robotics/IT High Tech Park force needed to support robotics business models. Strengthening world-class research & development capability Major institutions and universities in Tsukuba are coordinating efforts to further strengthen the area’s capabilities for world-class robotics. Model areas for real world robotics implementation Tsukuba is a nationally designated area for testing the mixing of mobility robots and real world traffic - in- cluding the world’s first vehicle licensing for robots. Tsukuba Center Inc. Incubator, laboratories and offices for entrepreneurs Promoting experimental introductions of robotics Tsukuba is actively working to provide robotics researchers and companies with early stage experience in real world situations, so they can quickly identify opportunities for improvement and realize these when they move to larger markets. For further information: Tsukuba City Industrial Promotion Office Email: eco050@info.tsukuba.ibaraki.jp ©Tsukuba City
  3. 3. ROBOTICS TSUKUBA tsukuba for ai & softwareHUB CITY FOR GROWINGROBOTICS COMPANIES Creative, cutting edge AI and robotics research demand international teams made up of the best talent available. In addition to accessing talent from top nearby universities - University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Tech- nology, Waseda University and Keio University all have world-class computer science research groups, Tsukuba makes it easy to access international talent. Institutes in Tsukuba have actively attracted international talent for more than a generation. Companies wanting to transfer researchers to Tsukuba benefit from attractive immigra- tion policies. Researcher visas are not subject to one-day lotteries or quotas set with general TM TOPSTREAM by TOPS labor or illegal immigration as priorities. Systems Corp. After his return to the U.S., one American aeroTAP by TM researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Sci- nextEDGE Technology ence and Technology in Tsukuba wrote, “Japan is perceived as the center of the universe in areas like robotics, hybrid & advanced cars, electronics, optics & cameras.” The best researchers seek out locations of leading edge excellence. Tsukuba is such a location. tsukuba for sensors, displays, mechatronics & components Gateway to the North Kanto precision manufactur- Nikko ing area, Tsukuba provides robotics companies with Utsunomiya Hitachi access to the right mix of mechatronics, sensors and components that they need to optimize cost and per- Takasaki Mito formance. North Kanto Precision Manufacturing Area Container ports North Kanto is home to world-class technology in TSUKUBA precision manufacturing from the newest magnesium alloys to advanced servo motors and mechatronics. Narita Intl Companies here also have extensive mass production Hachioji Airport Tokyo networks throughout Asia. So if your robotics design demands high perform- ance components, you can source them, even develop them, in North Kanto. If your robotics plans demand low cost, mass produced parts, you can easily source them from North Kanto. This means optimal cost/performance manufacturing at all levels and stages of robotics commercialization. Tsukuba is gateway to Japan’s world-leading technolo- gies in sensors, displays and mechatronics - hardware that robotics companies need to succeed. LL Sensor by Xiroku
  4. 4. ROBOTICS TSUKUBA TSUKUBA for COMPANIESHUB CITY FOR GROWINGROBOTICS COMPANIES Soon to be more convenient to Narita International Airport than is Tokyo, Tsukuba of- fers a politically and socially stable base for reaching into Asia. Located in the only Asian metropolis having two major international hub airports, Tsu- kuba gives you convenient access to Japan, Asia - and the rest of the globe. Comfortably located outside Tokyo, Tsukuba provides com- panies with lower cost, knowledge-worker infrastructure in a pleasant suburban setting. Japan’s mature technology and intellectual property policies help you keep your technology yours. There are no compul- sory partnerships, no compulsory certification marks, and no “indigenous innovation” restrictions - and no patent trolls. Tsukuba’s designation for special handling of researcher visas means that robotics companies can bring in international talent that they want when they want it. Tsukuba is already home to 7000 foreign researchers from 131 countries. Tsukuba’s pending status as a Strategic Global Innovation Center, if approved, will result in tax breaks for small and medium business, as well as further support for interna- tional personnel, and for infrastucture development and training. tsukuba for families Diversity-friendly, ex-urban Tsukuba welcomes foreign researchers and their families. With 25 years of experience in welcoming foreign researchers, Tsukuba’s experienced International Affairs Division offers guidance and assistance in 5 languages (English, Chi- nese, Korean, Thai and Japanese) and information in 6 languages (Chinese, English, Ko- rean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai). Routinely listed among the world’s top-ten ultra-safe travel destina- tions, Japan offers peace-of-mind to families who move here. Eco-modern residences are within easy cycling distance of most research and office campuses. More than 48 km of pedestrian walkways connect universities, laboratories, museums, libraries, schools and resi- Rinrin Road - 50 km of Cycling Bliss dences in Tsukuba’s central district, and 141 parks provide recreation across the city. Tsukuba’s top ranked public schools have welcomed international students for decades, and the Tsukuba International School provides the choice of an English curriculum. Well- supervised public nursery schools, pre-schools and children’s halls provide parents with space to pursue career and family. And all of Tokyo is just minutes away on the new 130-kph Tsukuba Express train line.

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