List of topics

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
Assistive system
Brain science
Neuroscience
Brain-Machine Interface (BMI)
Cognitive psychology
Cognitive developmental robotics

Motivation and objectives

In our increasingly mechanized and computerized society, humans are developing individual technologies at an unprecedented rate, without considering their overall effects on the human brain in its entirety. Some examples of this development include massive exposure to information through computer networks and the widespread utilization of cell phones and automobiles. However, there is a strong possibility that for children, adults, and even the elderly, our modern society is placing an excessive burden on the human brain. In order to lead the development of technology in modern society to a healthy direction, it is necessary to develop new IRT systems that can provide information and services based on an understanding of meta-level human brain function (cognitive brain). From this point of view, our GCOE more closely integrates robotics, cognitive science, and brain science in order to establish an interdisciplinary research area; cognitive neuroscience robotics. The development of cognitive neuroscience robotics intends to build prototypes of new IRT systems based on insights gained from the cognitive science and brain science. For example, the interdisciplinary studies in brain science and engineering will enhance our studies on brain-machine interface to directly connect the human brain with IRT systems. The aim of this workshop is to accelerate the establishment of cognitive neuroscience robotics through a variety of presentations and discussions by attenders from various research fields especially related to human-robot interaction, brain-machine interface, and cognitive science. We will discuss the way to integrate these study fields for the construction of the novel human friendly IRT system.