Japanese Robots in Denmark
One of the most popular myths about the Japanese people concerns their love and admiration of new technologies, especially robots. Time and again, is it emphasized how Japanese have developed friendly notions towards machines and electronic devices, while people from the West have a more ambivalent position based on a fear of technology taking control of the human being. In recent years the development of service and social robots has gained more attention in the Japanese robot culture, like the implementation of service and social robots in the Danish health care system has also increased.
CareNet and Club Nippon, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Denmark, are hosts for an after-work meeting on March 20th, where the purpose is to provide an insight into the Japanese robot culture, which in many ways differs from a Danish robot culture, and how we can incorporate Japanese robots in Denmark.
By Jørgen Løkkegaard, Professional Manager, the Danish Technological Institute and Counsellor Mr. Masayuki Magoshi, Embassy of Japan.
15.15-16.15 Robot Culture in Japan
By Gunhild Borggreen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
The presentation will locate issues related to the cultural dimensions of robots in Japan. This will span from the historical developments of robots in fiction and popular culture to the promotion of a techno-national perspective during the economic growth in the 1970s and 1980s. In recent years Japanese robot technology has gained attention in relation to social robots in the service industries, and thus focus is placed not only on the technological innovation, but also on new forms of communication between humans and machines.
Gunhild Borggreen is Associate Professor in Visual Culture at Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Copenhagen. With a background in Japan studies, Gunhild includes Japanese contemporary art and visual culture in her research and teaching. Parts of the current research project on Visual Robot Culture were sponsored by a generous Fellowship Grant from Japan Foundation in 2011.
16.15-16.45 Why do we bring Japanese Robots to Denmark?
By Jørgen Løkkegaard, Professional Manager, The Danish Technological Institute
CareLab is Denmark's first and to date largest demonstration lab for welfare technology, and is used by a large number of companies, including Japanese companies. Each year CareLab is visited by approx. 5000 politicians, decision makers, managers and staff members from municipalities and regions, etc. CareLab provides the framework for the Danish Technological Institute’s technology dissemination, which supports retrieval and dissemination of new, mainly foreign, welfare and health technologies that have not yet been introduced to the Danish and European markets. A good example is the Japanese robot seal PARO, where, due to the Danish Technological Institute’s technology dissemination, Denmark is the country in the world with most PAROs in use relative to the size of the country.
Jørgen Løkkegaard is manager in the Division of Service Robots and Welfare Technology at the Danish Technological Institute, Center for Robot Technology, and also network manager for the largest welfare technological network in Denmark, CareNet. With a background in the Ministry of Social Affairs’ National Board for Social Services, Jørgen has been part of launching and formulating some of the first testing- and demonstration projects within welfare technology in Denmark. Jørgen is also innovation manager in the research- and innovation platform Patient @ Home (PATH), which contributes to the innovation and development of future welfare and health technologies. PATH is the largest initiative of its kind in Europe.
16.45-17.15 Tour of CareLab
The after-work-meeting is free of charge for members of CareNet and Club Nippon, and members are more than welcome to bring a guest free of charge as well.
Price for non-members is DKK 150 exclusive VAT
Final registration date is 18 March 2013, and the maximum number of participants is 60.
The after-work-meeting is arranged by CareNet and Club Nippon in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan.
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