Dr Yukio Honda (Japan)

  • Dr Yukio Honda 
  • Panasonic Corporation, Japan


Japan robotic businesses will enrich life experiences for an ageing society

The Japanese workforce has been decreasing due to ageing, but we cannot realize enriched lives of our ageing society without economic growth. So, we are pushing towards a business environment with robot technologies to realize a society in which the ageing, physically challenged and healthy people live and work together in harmony. In that society, we hope the elderly and physically challenged will be assisted to live by themselves, and supported to stay at home. We introduce several life assistant robots in Japan, utilizing sensing and cloud computing technologies, and user driven activities.


Visiting Professor, Partner-Robot & Actuator Laboratory, Osaka Institute of Technology
Visiting Professor, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Invited Researcher, Intelligent Systems Research Institute, AIST
The Board of Director of the Robotics society of Japan
The Board of Director of the Japanese Society for Wellbeing Science and Assistive Technology
The secretary-general of a Kansai Next-Generation Robot Promotion Council

  • Received B.E and Ph.D degrees from Kobe University and Osaka Pref. University respectively.
  • Worked at Denso Co.,Ltd for 9 years carrying out small motor design for automotive applications.
  • Joined Panasonic Co.,Ltd.
  • Engaged mainly in the development of electric motors utilizing reluctance torque.
  • Credited with the development of  a high efficient motor using the electric car and air conditioning compressor.
  • Published many books focus on the high efficient motor technologies using inverter technology in Japanese.
  • Retired Panasonic for the rest of 2012.
  • During Panasonic time, leading the work at the Robotics Development Center specializing in small motors for life assist robots.
  • His research interests are motor design, motor control, and life-assist robots.

Dr. Honda has received the OHM Technology Award, the Prize of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Director. Dr.Honda is a member of the IEEE(the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.),IEEJ, the Robotics society of Japan and the Japanese Society for Wellbeing Science and Assistive Technology.

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