Abstract for the March 21, 1997 Robotics Institute Seminar

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Towards a Fusion of Autonomy and Sociability in Robots
-- Tools and Concepts for Real World Interaction--

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, ETL.
Currently a visiting scientist at MIT AI Lab. (with Rod Brooks)

My primary research interest is how we can fuse autonomy and sociability in the entire spectrum of behavior complexity in real robots. Running through video clips from my past robotic examples, I will list some key issues in fusing autonomy and sociability: tools and control architectures, attention, behavior matching, embodiment, similarity, and imitation, which are illuminated from several viewpoints through different projects.

The video contains the following topics:
1. Learning by Watching ... Observational learning of simple human tasks.
2. Cooperation by Observation ... A robot helping the other by observing its actions.
3. Purposive and qualitative map learning. ... Defining landmarks based on behavior states.
4. ESCHeR: An active vision system with forveated wide angle lenses.
5. Interactive learning of oculomotor control... On-line learning of control laws for a redundant system.
6. Tracking by velocity and disparity cues ... Robust tracking of arbitrary targets in an unstructured background.
7. Simulation of whole body movement of a humanoid... Yes we are building a humanoid.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was born in Chiba, Japan, on August 4, 1962. He received the B.Eng. degree in applied physics in 1985, M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in information engineering in 1988 and 1991 respectively, all from the University of Tokyo. In April 1991, he joined Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL), AIST, MITI, Japan. He is currently a senior research scientist and the laboratory leader of Humanoid Interaction Laboratory, Intelligent Systems Division, ETL.
He received a Research Incentive Award from Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) in 1990, a Sato Memorial Award for Intelligent Robotics Research in 1992, IJCAI93 Outstanding Paper Award in 1993, and the RSJ Best Paper Award for the tenth anniversary paper contest in 1994 and the RSJ Outstanding Paper Award in 1996.
His research interests cover intelligent robotics and cognitive science, especially, action understanding, science of imitation, complex adaptive behavior, agent architecture, multi-robot cooperation, human-machine interaction, and humanoid robots.
Dr. Kuniyoshi is a member of Robotics Society of Japan, Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence, Japan Society for Cognitive Science and Information Processing Society of Japan.

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