24th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics
AROB 24th 2019
January 23-25, 2019
B-Con PLAZA, Beppu, JAPAN

Plenary Speakers

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Historical and Futuristic Perspectives of Robotics


Shuzhi Sam Ge FIEEE, FIFAC, FIET, PhD, DIC, BSc, PEng
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Social Robotics Lab, Smart Systems Institute
The National University of Singapore
Singapore 117576
http://robotics.nus.edu.sg

Abstract:

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the buzzwords of today in research, industry and funding agencies as they are revolutionizing our works and daily lives. In this lecture, I will first give a brief introduction of industrial robots which has reduced the need for manual labour, then go through the works of mobile robots which have much wider outreach and larger operating space in comparison with industrial robots, and welcome the era of social robots which are becoming parts of the daily lives in education, healthcare, finance, entertainment, etc. I would like to conclude my lecture by the discussion on the fusion of AI and Robotics. For each of the sub topics, I will begin with an overview for a broader perspective, before delving into certain fundamental technical details and actual development examples. After a brief history of industrial and mobile robotics, I will focus more on the recent research works of social robotics which call for much higher demands in robot designs with artistic appeal, intelligent control with safety, scene understanding for better interaction and companionship, and among others. At this point of the time, the fusion of AI and robotics is apparent, and open for us to work together to make social robots as an integral part of our social fabric.


Biography:

Shuzhi Sam Ge is the founding Director of Social Robotics Lab, Smart Systems Institute, and Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the National University of Singapore, the founding Director of Centre for Robotics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (on leave with). He received his BSc degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics in 1986, and PhD degree and DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1993. He has (co)-authored 7 books and over 400 international journal and conference papers. He has been playing a leading role in fundamental research in robotics, intelligent control and translational research.

He serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer, and served/serves as an Associate Editor for a number of flagship journals including IEEE Transactions on SMC: Systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, and Automatica, Book Editor for Taylor & Francis Automation and Control Engineering Series. He serves/served as Vice President for Membership Activities, 2011-2012, Vice President of Technical Activities, 2009-2010, Member of Board of Governors, 2007-2009, and Chairman of the Technical Committee of Intelligent Control, 2005-2008, IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS). He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and IET, and Singapore Academy of Engineering.


Thursday, January 24, 2019


Mobility AI and Marine AI: AI applications to real regional problems


Prof. Hitoshi Matsubara, Future University Hakodate, Japan

Abstract:

Currently it is the third boom of artificial intelligence. For example, computers have won over the world champion at Go and they can recognize human faces more accurately than humans. Artificial intelligence has become practical in the real world at last. The recent boom is based on the premise of the existence of a lot of data. Since coal cities like Hakodate (in Hokkaido, Japan) are rich repositories of data, it is suitable for research and development of artificial intelligence (and machine learning). We are trying to solve real regional problems using artificial intelligence. We talk examples of applying artificial intelligence to problems of public transportation and problems of fishery.


Biography:

Prof. H. Matsubara graduated from graduate school of Tokyo Univ.(Dr.Eng) in 1986. He entered ElectroTechnical Laboratoy, Japan (ETL, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology at present) in 1986. He was a professor of Future University Hakodate Japan from 2000. He is now the vice president of Future University Hakodate. And he established a start-up company “Mirai Share” in Hakodate Japan and became the president. He has been and is now active in the research fields of artificial intelligence, game programming, tourism informatics and AI applications to local areas. He is one of founders of RoboCup, the international robot soccer initiative. He was the president of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence from 2014 to 2016.


Thursday, January 24, 2019


Development of a walking assistance device for paralytic by collaborating medical-engineering and academic-industry


Prof. Eiichiro Tanaka, Waseda University, Japan

Abstract:

There are so many over 1 million paralytic patients in Japan. Most of them have some features of walking; extending the toe of the foot and circumductive foot, etc. and it is dangerous because it is easy to stumble with a slight step. They have to train to improve and recover their gait, however, most of conventional assistance devices were attached some motors and very bulky. On the other hand, we developed a wearable and compact walking assistance device RE-Gait® for paralytic by collaborating medical-engineering and academic-industry as a practical product. We discussed so many times and we could find innovative idea. By utilizing the muscle structure and physiological phenomenon of the human, RE-Gait® can induce raising the foot only assisting the ankle joint motion. This device is very compact, enable to be hidden in the pants, and the weight is only 1kg. Furthermore, we also developed the tablet software which can tune RE-Gait® easily by medical doctors or physical therapists in a hospital and a care home. RE-Gait® is already used in many hospitals and care home, and so many patients improve their walking gait.


Biography:

Eiichiro Tanaka graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and received the Doctor of Engineering. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory in Hitachi Ltd., and after working as a researcher in Hitachi, he joined Hiroshima University, Shibaura Institute of technology, and Saitama University, and so on. He joined Waseda University as a Professor in 2016. His research field is machine elements, and human assistance devices. In 2018, he received the awards of JSME, RSJ, JSDE, and JSWE to RE-Gait®.

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