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KCGI student team participated in Imagine Cup Japan

Announcement of nursing home automatic patrol robot by KCGI team
Announcement of nursing home automatic patrol robot by KCGI team

The student team of Kyoto University of Information Graduate Studies (KCGI) participated in the Imagine Cup Japan Competition, an IT contest for students organized by Microsoft, held on March 22, 2017 in Tokyo.This contest started in 2003 with the aim of connecting students' innovative ideas to IT innovation, and this is the 15th time.Nine universities and vocational college teams including KCGI participated, including the University of Tokyo and Tokyo Institute of Technology that won the qualifying from nearly 200 applications.From the KCG group, the Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) student team won the 2013 Japan Games in the development of a new game engine, and the KCGI team is aiming for the second victory after that.

Imagine Cup venue filled with many participants and audience
Imagine Cup venue filled with many participants and audience

Three people, Tom Oshitari, Takahiro Ueno, and Nepal Amanda, participated in the tournament, and Mr. Oshitari represented the nursing home automatic robot.This robot automatically patrols the corridor of the nursing home during the staff's short night shift hours, and if the resident falls down, when it touches the body, it notifies the staff's smartphone through the cloud computing system Azure That's it.Even if it is broken by a resident, it is a robot that has been devised everywhere, such as being made in Lego so that it can be easily repaired.Since the two winning teams participated in the world tournament in Seattle, presentations in English were required, and Mr. Oshitari also presented in English for 10 minutes in a calm manner.The judges asked questions about the reasons for using Lego and the needs of the global market.

Tom Oshitari presenting in English
Tom Oshitari presenting in English

Unfortunately, the KCGI team couldn't get a ticket to the world tournament, but students from other teams, judges, and company developers came to the exhibition booth one after another, and the robot mechanism. It attracted a great deal of interest, reflecting the actual situation of the Japanese society, which has been aging the society.

A nursing home automatic patrol robot developed by a student team
A nursing home automatic patrol robot developed by a student team
Student team explaining robots at the exhibition booth
Student team explaining robots at the exhibition booth

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