The 12th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony
On Tuesday the 13th January 2017, International Rescue System Institute held the 12th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony in Nagata, Kobe, an area damaged extensively by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake 23 years before.
The winner of the 12th Kisoi Motohiro Award for Academic Achievement is Future Robotics Technology Center, Chiba Inst. of Technology’s Exc. Chief Engineer Yoshida Toshiaki. This award recognises the remarkable acomplishments of Mr. Yoshida’s “Development and Practical Application of Crawler Type Rescue Robot” in the research and development of next generation disaster prevention technology and rescue systems.
Left: Mr Yoshida Right: From the left, President Tadokoro, Vice President Matsuno, Mr. Yoshida, Director Takamori
The recipient of the Award for Academic Achievement recieves 100,000 yen prize money and a certificate. They will also recieve a commemorative trophy (created by Art Glass Club ) from the selection committee members.
In addition, the Award for Encouragement, aimed at the younger generation, was introduced. The winners of the RoboCup Junior IRS are “Aster：”‘s Kotsuji Sora and Midorikawa Rinku。The winners of the Rescue Robot Contest Award is Kanezawa Institute of Technology Yumekobo’s “MS-R”.
The winner of the award for the Study of Rescue Robotics is Sakurai Shinnosuke (Nagaoka University of Technology).
The winners of each award gave a presentation on their research.
Finally, a lecture was given by Mr. Yoshida, winner of the Award for Academic Achievement, on his research subject.
(Left: Mr. Yoshida Right: From the left, President Tadokoro, “Aster:”‘s Mr. Midorikawa and Mr Kotsuji, Mr Yoshida, “MS-R”‘s Mr. Maeda and Mr. Harada, Mr. Sakurai, Director Takamori, Vice President Matsuno)
The ceremony closed with a warm applause for Mr. Yoshida’s highly acclaimed achievements in the research and development of rescue robot systems, and for the winners of the Award of Encouragement of whom we expect will make great contributions in the future of rescue robotics.