IROS 2013 started over the weekend here in Tokyo. We've set up camp at Tokyo Big Sight, an appropriately futuristic building out in Tokyo Bay. We checked out some workshops on Sunday, and today are the start of the technical sessions. Thirteen tracks take place at the same time, with back-to-back 15 minute presentations. Technical sessions run through Wednesday, with more workshops on Thursday, and iREX (the International Robot Exhibition) starts on Wednesday.
It's probably safe to say that there is more robot stuff going on in Tokyo right now than has ever taken place anywhere else, ever.
What we're going to do is bring you all of the most interesting new research that we possibly can, along with as much of iREX as we can cram into our cameras. It's not going to be physically possible to write and publish it all this week, so expect to see IROS and iREX news continuing for at least a week or two after we get back.
And with that, we're off!
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Evan Ackerman is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and technology. He has a degree in Martian geology and is excellent at playing bagpipes.