Special Lecture:
The Humanoid Robot ASIMO, Its Creation and Evolution
27 September 2012, 18:00 – 18:30


Satoshi Shigemi
Chief Engineer
Division Manager, Research Division. 5
Fundamental Technology Research Center
Honda R&D Co., Ltd.


Honda has been conducting a research on humanoid robot since 1986 as part of studying human beings. In the year 2000 we unveiled ASIMO which aims for coexisting with and helpful to human, since then we have been tackling its evolution. I am talking about the history of our research and development, from its start to the current status.


The 2012 Somiya Award for international collaboration in materials research has been awarded to a research team which is comprised of 5 members from countries: UK, USA, Japan, and Spain. The team leader is Professor John A. Kilner (Imperial College London, UK). The team members are Professor Harry L. Tuller (MIT, USA), Professor Tatsumi Ishihara (Kyushu University, Japan), Dr. Jose Santiso (CIN2, Spain) and Assistant Professor Bilge Yildiz (MIT, USA).

The award title and ceremony details are as follows:

Somiya Award winners 2012

Award project title:

Design of ionic and mixed conducting ceramics for fuel cell application

Award Ceremony:

27th September 2012 at conference hall of IUMRS-ICEM2012, from 18:00

Award lecture by Professor John Kilner:

"Oxygen Ion Conductors: Straining at the Leash?"

SOMIYA Award 2012 winners:

Leader of international collaboration team

Professor John A. Kilner
(Imperial College London, UK)

Members of international collaboration team
Professor Harry L. Tuller
Professor Tatsumi Ishihara
(Kyushu University, Japan)
Dr. José Santiso
(CIN2, Spain)
Assistant Professor Bilge Yildiz