Vice President awarded title of Commander in the Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic

Waseda University Vice President Shuji Hashimoto was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic. Mr. Giorgio Starace, Ambassador of Italy to Japan, presented Vice President Hashimoto with the award in a ceremony held at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo on October 29.

The Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic is the country’s highest ranking honor and is bestowed upon those who make a major contribution to Italy in the fields of sciences, arts, philanthropy and more.

At this time, the award recognized Vice President Hashimoto’s research achievements in robotics, including his contribution to the Japan-Italy cooperation in the fields of science and technology, particularly in humanoid and service robotics; the promotion and realization of a joint laboratory between Waseda University and Italy’s Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; and the development of various systems suitable for communication between humans and machines, such as image and digital audio analysis systems for humanoid robots.

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