Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3)

Team KUROSHIO won the Jury’s Special Award in the 9th Robot Award.

March 16, 2021


Team KUROSHIO won the Jury’s Special Award in the 9th Robot Award.

The Robot Award is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japan Machinery Federation, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This award is for robots and robot-related business / social implementations, robot application systems, elemental technologies, advanced ICT basic technologies, R & D, and human resource development, which are considered to have high contributions and expectations for future market creation.

The Team KUROSHIO project was highly evaluated for developing a mothership-less seafloor survey system that conducts seafloor observations using only robots, demonstrating that surveys can be conducted without a mothership, exploring in a place with no experience such as off the coast of Greece and creating a detailed seafloor map, and won the runner-up prize in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE.

Awarded title

Development and demonstration of offshore and underwater robot systems that enable mothership-less seafloor surveys


Seafloor exploration team consisting of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Kyushu Institute of Technology, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, Nippon Marine Enterprises, KDDI Research. and Yamaha Motor.