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Satoshi Kouchiyama

Project Manager, UAV System Business
DENSO

Profile

Satoshi Kochiyama is a project manager of UAV system Business Dept., DENSO COPORATION which has its headquarters in Kariya-city, Japan. DENSO is one of the largest global manufacturers of automotive parts. DENSO contributes to safety and peace of mind for automobile society.

He had developed advanced DENSO products in communication devices and automobile navigation system areas for two decades in Japan, Sweden and China. In 2014, he was sent as a loaned employee to New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which is the largest national research and development management organization in Japan. As a project manager, he supported three Japanese disaster-response humanoid robot teams to join DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015 and other projects.

Japanese society is facing a lot of challenges related to its decreasing birthrate and aging population. He has recognized that one of solutions for the challenges is robotics technology attending to NEDO projects and decided to join the current team to install robotics technology to the society.

He is now developing UAV bridge inspection system collaborating with Japanese government officers and bridge inspectors. He believes this will help one of challenges, shortage of inspectors and aging road bridges, and also will contribute automobile society as the same as DENSO’s aim. In this year, Japan government is about to revise its bridge inspection manual to allow to use robotics technology. He expects the system will show up at bridge inspection fields soon.

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