at Tohoku University

Tohoku University is internationally recognized for excellent research on Robotics. We have a large number of robotics laboratories working on a wide range of cutting-edge applications of robotics for the benefit of humanity. We are at the forefront of extreme robotics challenges from nano-scale to interplanetary-scale. In the TESP summer program, you will find the essence of advanced robotics at Tohoku University.


After a three years break due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, TESP-Robotics welcomes you again this summer!

The Graduate School of Engineering offers a two-week summer program under the theme of "Robotics." We will provide a series of graduate-level lectures on advanced robotics and hands-on activities in the laboratory. All will be taught in English by our experienced professors from the Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Sciences, and Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering.
In addition, the program includes cultural activities and a field trip (optional) that expose participants to Japanese culture and beautiful historical sites around the east-north area of Japan. Students studying in the field of engineering at Tohoku University will support the program with these activities.
We welcome young professionals from our partner universities around the world to take this opportunity to experience an inspiring and challenging summer here in Sendai, Japan.

Introduction Video

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TESP movie

Program Structure

The program offers two-week intensive activities that are characterized by four components: core lectures, hands-on activities in laboratory, cultural activities, and a field trip.

  • Core Lectures

    A series of core lectures are given by our renowned professors on the following topics:
    - Field and Space Robotics
    - Rescue Robotics
    - Human-Robot Interaction
    - Robot Vision
    - Medical Robotics
    - Molecular-size Robotics
    - Neuro Robotics
    - Biologically Inspired Robotics
    Participants are expected to attend all lectures.

  • Hands-On Laboratory

    The participants have an opportunity for the hands-on laboratory to implement and examine the ideas taught in the lectures. Pick up one laboratory from the suggested options. The activities are conducted in groups. A presentation session to report the results of the hands-on activities is scheduled on the final day of the program.

  • Cultural Experience

    Special programs for the experience of Japanese culture are also offered, such as Kimono dressing, tea ceremony, and a feild trip. Annual star festival, called Tanabata, will be held from August 6 to 8 in Sendai city. The evening of August 5 will be celebrated with fireworks.

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Application Procedure

To apply for this program, you need to be nominated by your home university and submit all the documents through your home university.
Admission of students is determined solely by the discretion of Tohoku University.


Applicants must be nominated by home institutions. Program requires students to be fluent in English. Background knowledge and laboratory experience on Robotics or Control Engineering are expected.

  • Program Dates : July 24 - August 4, 2023
  • Number of Seats : 50 students
  • Location : Aobayama Campus, Tohoku University, Sendai, JAPAN
  • Application Deadline : May 7, 2023
  • Program Fee : 50,000 JPY

The program fee covers accommodation (partially), cultural & social activities, and a field trip.
Participants are responsible for daily meals, local transportation, and airfare.


Participants are required to buy travel insurance in their own country BEFORE coming to Japan. Students will be solely responsible for any accidents that occur while staying in Japan. The insurance must cover accident and medical care expenses.

Application Guide

Please see the following flyer for the details to apply.

Program Handbook

The 2019 Program Handbook (lecture timetable and syllabus) Note: This is previous information for your reference.