We are delighted to welcome you to UR 2020, the first ever virtual conference in the UR history. Leveraging the heritage of our global network, UR 2020, organized by the Korea Robotics Society and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, brings together scientists and engineers at the forefront of robotics and automation from all over the world.
We are currently challenged by the unprecedented situation. We originally planned to hold the conference in Kyoto, home to an amazing collection of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. We know that everyone was disappointed not to be joining in Kyoto. We decided to set ourselves up for a new online conference experience. Despite having coped with many difficulties in providing a synchronous communication platform, we have successfully created a highly acclaimed technical program inviting the world’s top level plenary and keynote speakers. This year, we will have a chance to rethink what robots should and should not be doing to help maintain social connections while social distancing and protect humanity from social services failures and future pandemics.
We would like to thank all the people involved in the organization of the conference. We also sincerely appreciate all those who attended and contributed to the conference sharing ideas and experience and keeping communication alive. Once again, it is our great pleasure to welcome you all to UR 2020. We hope you will find the first ever virtual UR 2020 rewarding and enjoyable.