JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS Spring School on "Social and Artificial Intelligence for User-Friendly Robots"

17-24 March 2019, Shonan Village, Japan

Invited Speakers

  • Tetsunari Inamura , National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
  • Tetsunari Inamura Title: A cloud-based VR platform for the development of social intelligence through HRI
    Abstract : Common sense and social interaction related to daily life environment are quite important for autonomous robots which support human activities. One of the practical approaches to manage the social and semantic information of human activity is to define an ontology for a target domain and application. However, this approach has two high-cost difficulties: 1) Human have to perform many times in actual fields to transfer embodied knowledge to robots, 2) Object and tool information, which are used in the performance, should be prepared and defined manually. In this talk, I propose a cloud-based immersive virtual reality platform which enables virtual human-robot interaction to collect the social and embodied knowledge of human activities in a variety of situation, without spending a lot of time and human resources. Through a demonstration experiment at robot competitions in RoboCup@Home and World Robot Challenge, I will show the feasibility and potential of the system for developing social intelligence through human-robot interaction systems.

    Bio: Tetsunari Inamura is an associate professor at the National Institute of Informatics Japan, and SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) Japan. His research interest is Human-Robot Interaction System, Service Robot, Learning by Demonstration, Design of Robot Competition, Application of VR for robotics research, and so on. He released the SIGVerse platform for HRI research community since 2010. Recently, he organizes several competitions such as RoboCup@Home simulation and World Robot Challenge (Partner robot challenge in virtual space) based on the SIGVerse system. He received Funai Academic Award, Award of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence at RoboCup, OpenSource Award in RoboCup, and so on.