Open Call for Robots

Open Call for Robots

Demonstrations are to be conducted for the following themes.We are seeking robots to be used for the demonstration which shall be selected from the open call for robots. Please select the theme(s) you would like to apply for when making the application. For more details of the "Open Call for Robots", please refer to the "Application Requirements" and the "Application Form".

Open Call for Service Robots participating in the "Demonstration toward realization of new normal in urban complex facility"
Term of the Open Call for Robots From 4:00 p.m. on July 28, 2020 (JST) until 1:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020 (JST)

B.Demonstration toward realization of new normal in urban complex facility

Term of the Open Call for Robots
From 4:00 p.m. on July 28, 2020 (JST) until 1:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020 (JST)
Purpose and outline
Recently, as a result of the novel coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19), it is strogly demanded to keep a safe distance from other people and reduce the risk of infecsion. Furthermore, as we are facing challenges of depopulation, a super-aging society, and the intensification of international competition among urban cities, new normal is required to realize the safe, secure and sustainalbe development.
Applying robotics is expected to fight against not only infection but also the declining birthrate and the aging population by automation and operational efficiency, and to enhance global competitiveness by improving business environment.
In this demonstration, we aim for smartification to realize new normal that office workers, customers, tenant owners and facility operators can make their activities secure, efficint and rich by utilizing leading-edge technologies for contactless, non-face-to-face or remote service deliveries in the store area of the office building.
Demonstration field
Tokyo Port City Takeshiba Office Tower
Demonstration field provider
Albero Grande Co., Ltd.
(Operating company established by Tokyu Land Corporation and Kajima Corporation for development of Tokyo Port City Takeshiba)
Demonstration period
Mid-September, 2020 (TBC)
Demonstration area
Lower level of Tokyo Port City Takeshiba Office Tower (Store zone, Skip terrace etc.)
*Including areas that are available by the public
Characteristics of the demonstration field
Around Port City Takeshiba, it is promoted to utilize leading-edge technologies toward building a smart city which aims to energize areas and solve challenges.
Tokyo Port City Takeshiba is a large complex facility composed of a residence tower which concept is smart lifestyle and an office tower which is a smart building.
The office tower as a new model of an urban smart building is scheduled to open in September 14th, 2020. By utilizing real-time data and leading-egde technologies, it realizes the reduction of infection risk, the crowd avoidance, the improvement of convinience, the assistance of comfortable activity, the efficence of building management and the assistance of the marketing of each tenants, and it proposes the new normal work-style, facility use and management.
Target robot
We are looking for robots that can realize contactless, non-face-to-face or remote service deliveries.

[Example]

  • Communication robot
  • Delivery robot
  • Telepresense robot or remote control robot
  • Robot which can check customers wearing masks and body temperture
  • Robot which can remind customers to keep their safe distance from other people
  • Robot which can check tenant staffs washing their hands appropriately
  • Others
*Cleaning robots, autonomous mobile security robots and robot convinience store are out of the scope of this demonstration because they are already planned to be implementation.
Expected verification content
We are assuming the demonstration that can contribute to the new normal which means to be able continue the stable social and economic activities under the expansion of infection, or to the automation and the efficiency of existing facility operations in Tokyo Port City Takeshiba Store area.
Examples:
  • To realize the collaboration of people and robots in Store area
  • To control infection between customers and staffs in the facility
  • To reduce the labor of staffs in the new normal
  • To reduce the existing facility operations
  • To provide the off-site experience of facility use
  • Others to contribute to leading-edge smart building

Open call for participants

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A.Demonstration of robots fight against infectious diseases in medical treatment facilities The application was closed.

Term of the Open Call for Robots
From 2:00 p.m. on July 21, 2020 (JST) until 1:00 p.m. on July 30, 2020 (JST)
Purpose and outline
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, as one of the measures against the novel coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19), operates medical treatment facilities for people with mild illness.
In this demonstration, we will demonstrate some robots that contributes to solving various problems of medical treatment facilities for people with mild illness.

With a business hotel in Tokyo, which has a structure close to medical treatment facilities for people with mild illness, as a field, robots perform non-face-to-face, non-contact operations such as delivery, security, and cleaning. It is envisioned that the burden on the response staff and the caregivers will be reduced, and the risk of infection will be reduced.

Also, it is an issue to provide services safely even in general hotels and welfare facilities under the epidemic of infectious diseases. Through this demonstration, we aim for a progressive demonstration that can be applied to solve problems at those facilities.
Demonstration field
Business hotel in Tokyo
Demonstration field provider
Route Inn Hotels Group
Demonstration period
2 days (Aug27-28, 2020)
Demonstration area
Rooms and floor corridors, lobby
*The floor will be fully reserved
Characteristics of the demonstration field
The demonstration will be conducted at a business hotel in Tokyo, which has a structure similar to that of medical treatment facilities for people with mild illness in Tokyo.
It is necessary to operate the robot depending on the passage width and guest room structure in a typical Tokyo business hotel.
*The specific business hotel name will be announced after nomination.
Target robot

We are looking for a wide range of things that are considered to contribute to measures against infectious diseases, new daily routines, and work, including medical treatment facilities for people with mild illness.

【Example】

  • Transportation (delivery of goods to guest rooms and collection from guest rooms)
  • Voice dialogue (reduction of psychological burden on guests, such as requests to facilities)
  • Procedure support (use start, end, etc.)
  • Watching (detection of sudden changes in the physical condition of the guest)
  • Security (support for proper area management)
  • Cleaning (Automatic cleaning of the lobby and accommodation floor)
  • Countermeasures against infectious diseases when garbage is discharged
  • Disinfection
  • Others
Expected verification content
We are assuming a demonstration that multiple robots and advanced technologies that are suitable for one of the following purposes;.
  • Expected to be utilized in medical treatment facilities for novel coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19)
  • Other non-face-to-face, non-contact operations that can be expected to be performed in general hotels and welfare facilities
For safety reasons, the floor will be reserved.

We invite Robots participating by Open Call and have closed the call under the following themes.
Thank you for your interest and participation to the Open Call.

Result from the Robot Selection

C. Demonstration of robots working together with a building facility and elevators to be constructed Next-generation facility management systemThe application was closed.

Demonstration
site/location
Office building in the Marunouchi, Otemachi, Yurakucho area
Location Provider
Mitsubishi Estate Company, Limited
Term of the
Demonstration
Scheduled in mid December, 2019
Features of the
demonstration site
An office building managed by the Mitsubishi Estate Company in the Marunouchi, Otemachi and Yurakucho area shall be selected for the demonstration after the robot has been decided.
An environment where visitors to the office building and employees working at the building coexist will become the demonstration field. However due to safety reasons, when robots go into and out of the elevator, there may be restrictions that people whom are relevant to the demonstration would be accepted to use the elevator.
Expectations for the
Demonstration
This demonstration must aim to realize a future where multiple robots uses the elevator fully autonomously. A robot will be required to work closely with the building so that it can autonomously get onto the elevator, move to another floor and get off the elevator. The robots are expected to be useful within the office environment.

D. Demonstration of an autonomous and people tracking/following delivery robotThe application was closed.

Demonstration
site/location
Marunouchi, Otemachi and/or Yurakucho area (TBD)
Location Provider
Mitsubishi Estate Company, Limited
Term of the
Demonstration
One or several days during September to November 2019
Features of the
demonstration site
Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. has been conducting demonstration tests within the various facilities it owns and/or manages, mainly for robots to help promote the utilization of next-generation technologies. The extensive experience in conducting verifications for social implementation of robots include autonomous delivery robot, cleaning robots, security robots, etc.
Expectations for the
Demonstration
The demonstration on autonomous and people-following robots are planned to be held at private properties owned or managed by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. at areas including Marunouchi, Otemachi, and/or Yurakucho. The environment where robots will be operating are planned to be inside and outdoor public passages where the general public will be coming and going. We expect the demonstration to achieve a fully autonomous robot to deliver objects. We also expect to demonstrate a robot that follows a person as well as semi-autonomous robots which is considered to be necessary steps in realizing a completely autonomous delivery robot.

E. Demonstration of a robot to increase work efficiency of Security and Disaster Response operations in an AirportThe application was closed.

Demonstration
site/location
Demonstration planned for Haneda Airport
Location Provider
Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd.
Term of the
Demonstration
Sometime in November 2019 (for one or several days)
Features of the
demonstration site
Japan Airport Terminal Co.,Ltd. Has established Haneda Robotics Lab(HRL)at Haneda Airport in 2016 and has been working on conducting demonstrations for using robots to handle the various work inside an Airport. With its experience with the HRL, Haneda Airport has gained know-how in providing a demonstration site for robot utilization.
Haneda Airport is an entrance to Tokyo and is an effective location for promoting the demonstration as well as showcasing the use of robots and advanced technologies to both domestic and abroad.
In addition, a development of the nearby area, the International Terminal of Haneda Airport (development project of Zone 1 of former Haneda Airport Ground) is currently underway, planned for town opening in 2020 to become a base for leading-edge industries and transmission of "Cool Japan".
Expectations for the
Demonstration

The objective of the demonstration is to verify the capabilties of a robot in decreasing the burden of a security personnel in an airport by conducting patrols and replacing stand guards, detecting suspicious objects/persons and other missions including providing guidance services. A demonstration to verify the robots' capabilities in a disaster situation (such as evacuation guidance) are also being planned for the demonstration.

Examples:

  • Robots that can act as security guards and provide guidance services
  • Autonomous robot that automatically detects suspicious objects using image detection, including hazardous objects, goods forbidden/restricted for import/export (especially detection of suspicious objects placed in dead angles)
  • Robots equipped with an evacuation guidance function

A. Development of a Communication AIThe application was closed.

Demonstration
site/location
Train Stations within Tokyo (TBD)
Location Provider
East Japan Railway Company
Term of the
Demonstration
Period: one to two days in late July, 2019
Features of the
demonstration site
The "train station" is an important field/location for conducting demonstration in the metropolitan area, supporting the every day lives of citizens not only for going to school and commuting, but for welcoming visitors from both domestic and abroad.
Japan will soon be welcoming a huge number of visitors with the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tokyo will be required to provide multilingual services for visitors from both Japan and from abroad, and the utilization of robots to support the station staffs are being considered to corresponding to this demand.
The train stations will be used by a large number of people and a demonstration for using AI robots to provide a useful, convenient and safe service to the public will be essential.
Expectations for the
Demonstration
A demonstration of AI guidance robot which answer questions from various users of the train station are expected of the demonstration. A basic evaluation for implementing a robot in a train station within a loud noise environment shall be included in the demonstration, such as accuracy of communication using an AI system, voice recognition, utterance, etc. Please also consider integration of external API that enables communication with the users. The communication must be multilingual.
Considering that the demonstration will take place at a train station where many people will be using, the demonstration must be equipped with sufficient safety measures and must be conducted based on close collaboration with the train station chosen for the location.

B. Demonstration for Implementing Robotization to an entire cityThe application was closed.

Demonstration
site/location
TAKESHIBA Seaside Music & Dining(Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal)
Location Provider
Takeshiba Area Management Association
Term of the
Demonstration
Period: from Wednesday, August 21, 2019 until Friday, August 23, 2019
Time:17:30 to 21:00 (To be cancelled by rain)
* A different event will be planned if all three days had been cancelled due to rain.
* Daytime demonstration to be determined.
Features of the
demonstration site
The Takeshiba district is located near the gateway to Tokyo from both the sky and sea, and a project to develop the city as an international business hub by 2020 is underway, mainly through the "Urban Regeneration Step Up Project" by building a smart-city and smart-buildings in the area.
The TAKESHIBA Seaside Music & Dining is a major event held in the Takeshiba district from 2015 and the 5th event will be held this year The purpose of the event is regional revitalization. In addition to providing live music, dining space(beer garden) and projection mapping, a demonstration of robots will be held everywhere within the venue this year. The event expects approximately 6000 visitors and will become an opportunity to publicize robots to a large number of people.
Expectations for the
Demonstration
Considering that the demonstration will be held alongside an event, a quality of entertainment is expected in the demonstration in addition to the problem-solving aspects. An example of the robots are provided below and hope that collaboration among robots could be achieved.
Example of robot collaboration: receiving orders, preparing food and beverages, waiting and cleaning
  • A cooking robot and beverage server robot
  • Robot receiving orders and handling checks
  • Waiting robot
  • Cleaning and/or security robot
  • Personal mobility robot
  • Communication robot
  • Guidance robot
  • Other robots (relevant to the event)

C. Demonstration of robots working together with a building facility and elevators to be constructed Next-generation facility management systemThe application was closed.

Demonstration
site/location
Office building in the Marunouchi, Otemachi, Yurakucho area
Location Provider
Mitsubishi Estate Company, Limited
Term of the
Demonstration
Scheduled in mid December, 2019
Features of the
demonstration site
An office building managed by the Mitsubishi Estate Company in the Marunouchi, Otemachi and Yurakucho area shall be selected for the demonstration after the robot has been decided.
An environment where visitors to the office building and employees working at the building coexist will become the demonstration field. However due to safety reasons, when robots go into and out of the elevator, there may be restrictions that people whom are relevant to the demonstration would be accepted to use the elevator.
Expectations for the
Demonstration
This demonstration must aim to realize a future where multiple robots uses the elevator fully autonomously. A robot will be required to work closely with the building so that it can autonomously get onto the elevator, move to another floor and get off the elevator. The robots are expected to be useful within the office environment.