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"Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics" is a full-day workshop in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2013). This workshop is going to be held on November 7th, 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

Abstract

While traditional technologies have made our society convenient, their effects on our cognitive functions have been disregarded. In order to reveal their effects and to establish a new design principle for safe and adaptable Information and Robot Technology (IRT) systems, the organizers have promoted the global center of excellence (GCOE) project supported by Japanese government, in which world-famous research groups in robotics, cognitive science, and brain science, working at Osaka University and ATR in Japan, are highly-integrated to establish an interdisciplinary research area called “Human-friendly Robotics Based on Cognitive Neuroscience (Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics)”. In this workshop, starting from the keynote talk by Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro who is the leader of the GCOE, some members and international collaborapptors of the GCOE will give their talks about the most-advanced studies mainly on the fields of human-robot interaction (HRI), cognitive science, brain science, and the interdisciplinary area. Moreover, some presentators will talk about interdisciplinary studies of the movement planning and control based on the biological motor control and robotics. Based on the talks, we will discuss the way to integrate these research fields for the establishment of a novel research area of human friendly IRT system.

Related events

Two events that might be very interesting for the intended audience of this workshop will take place during IROS 2013 Conference.

1) A workshop named Towards social humanoid robots: what makes interaction human-like will take place on the 3rd of November. This workshop is concerning the development of social interaction skills in humanoid robots, standing from a multi-disciplinary point of view, regarding human-likeness, interaction, deveopment and learning, and Uncanny valley.

2) A talk from Prof. Masahiro Mori will take place on the 6th of November. Prof. Mori, author of the influential 1970 article "Bukimi no Tani Gensho" from where the Uncanny Valley concept comes from, will discuss the influence of his article during the last 40 years, followed by responses from a panel of roboticists and media theorists. Prof. Minoru Asada and Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, organizers of this workshop, will serve as a panelist and a co-chair of this special session, respectively.

Organizers

Kenichi Narioka (Osaka University)narioka@ist.osaka-u.ac.jp
Yukie Nagai (Osaka University)
Minoru Asada (Osaka University)
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)