IGF 2023 WS #95 Robot symbiosis cafe

Monday, 9th October, 2023 (09:30 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (10:00 UTC)
WS 2 – Room A

Digital Divides & Inclusion
Skills Building for Basic and Advanced Technologies (Meaningful Access)

Organizer 1: kenji imai, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

Speaker 1: Manabu Inoue, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: kenjunn ashikaga, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Leila Liza Dailly, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group


kenji imai, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Chiaki Jones, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


kenji imai, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Tutorial - 30 Min

Policy Question(s)

・What are the advantages and problems of introducing the Internet and robots for people with disabilities to work from home? ・Because people with disabilities do not all have the same disabilities, what kind of challenges are there in creating robots that suit each disability and work, and what kind of ingenuity can be used to keep production costs low? ・How will you work on employment support for persons with disabilities in the future?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Conducting a demonstration experiment in which people with disabilities operate robots from home via the Internet to work. You can learn about the issues that were clarified in this experiment and the efforts to solve them.


Background: There are people with mental and physical disabilities who want to work even when it is difficult to go out, such as people with severe mental and physical disabilities who need constant care and people with intractable diseases who need medical care on a daily basis. (Hereinafter, these persons are referred to as “persons with disabilities”) On the other hand, there are NPOs and companies that aim to create employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, and the government also has a role to play in supporting them. Issues: We have conducted a demonstration experiment in which a disabled person can work from home by operating a robot via the Internet, but there are few precedents, and there are many issues in the production and management of the robot. Point: Development of technology and systems for people with disabilities to operate robots, and construction of an operating environment. About the relationship between special support schools, life support offices, and families to train people with disabilities to operate robots.

Expected Outcomes

By knowing the results of this demonstration experiment, the participants of this workshop will be interested in the new possibilities and challenges of employment and decent work for people with disabilities through the Internet and robots.

Hybrid Format: 〇 Promoting interaction between speakers and participants ・In order for the participants to get to know the speakers, we will ask you to introduce yourself and talk about your role in the “Robot Symbiosis Cafe”. ・Kyoto Prefecture Ashikaga Section Chief talks about the reason for launching "Cafe". ・NPO Kyoto for Life Chairman Inoue talks about his thoughts and efforts to create employment support. ・Mr. Daily, who is in charge of public relations at keigan Co., Ltd., talks about the company's efforts. 〇Experiences of participants in this session In order to make it easier for participants to imagine work using robots, after operating the robots and distributing lecture materials to the participants, the lecturer will talk about robot production and demonstration experiments. 〇 Rich online tools The online tool uses Zoom. Set up a camera to show your robot's movements to online participants.