The engineer Raúl Duran is originally from Sonora
Around 40 students from Japan, China, the Philippines, and Mexico participated in the 38th edition of the Japanese Robotics contest, where a Mexican won first place.
It is about the Sonoran engineer Raúl Durán Jiménez, who presented a soft robot with an intelligent skin in the shape of a clamp.
The young man carried out his project during his time as a master’s student at the Kyutech Institute in Japan, and his invention gave the robot a sensation similar to the touch with human skin, which earned him Japanese recognition and makes him the first Mexican awarded in said international competition.
“It was a very interesting and learning experience since it was the first time that I took part in a contest of this magnitude, fortunately, I had the support of my advisor, Doctor Tomohiro Shibata, and my teammate, Matsumara Naoki,” said Durán Jiménez.
The robot was considered as a valuable contribution to the technology for the investigation of Artificial Intelligence and Assisted Robotics projects.
Raúl is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering degree from the National Technology of Mexico (TecNM ) and obtained in 2019 the Monbu-kagakusho scholarship that the Government of Japan gives to Postgraduate students.
The Mexican Embassy in Japan praised the engineer on social media for his achievements.