Japan’s population is decreasing after a peak in 2008 due to aging of the population and declining birth rates. Japan’s economy and society will have expected more development in technologies such as artificial intelligence and robots to make up for a decline in the labor force. However, the decline of the labor force already invites the labor shortages in the industries. Consequently, the Japanese government aims to introduce a new residence status that the foreign workers are accepted in the fourteen business sectors which are restaurants, hotels, nursing care, building cleaning, agriculture, fishery, food and beverage, materials processing, industrial machinery, electronics and electric machinery, construction, shipbuilding, vehicle maintenance, and airport ground handling and aircraft maintenance.
In this work shop our efforts of the center for Socio-Robotic Synthesis are reported on field robot and sensing system as applications of the robotics and AI to the agriculture, the forestry, the logistic, the food factory and future industrial factory.