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In this talk, recent activities on the development of mobile robots for terrestrial and lunar/planetary exploration, conducted by Prof. Kazuya Yoshida in Tohoku University, Japan and his colleagues, are introduced.
As for the lunar/planetary exploration, a 10kg prototype of four wheel robot named MoonRaker was recently developed and tested in volcanic terrains as a lunar/planetary analog site.
As for the terrestrial application, a track-type robot model named Quince was developed and successfully deployed in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for remote investigation of the highly radioactive environment.
In the talk, a robotics summer program for international students, Tohoku University Engineering Summer Program (TESP) on Robotics and a newly established organization, Center of Robotics for Extreme and Uncertain Environments (CREATE) are also introduced.
In 2010 five ETH students participated in and enjoyed the TESP-Robotics program, and more students are welcome to this year's program.
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