Interactive robots in particular are also regarded to be important as a next-generation information media device. Robot and media technologies are necessary for compensating for the quality of life (QOL) of people living in the low-birthrate and hyper-aging society of Japan.
In addressing problems of the hyper-aging society of Japan, Osaka University has started studying and developing interactive robots ahead of other research universities and institutes in the world, and it has founded and played a leading role in a new field in robotics, Interaction.
Hiroshi Ishiguro,Center director
The Center comprises five, closely interacting research groups, as is illustrated in the figure below: (i) the intelligent robotics group aims to build a model of and constructively understand human beings and to develop humanlike androids and partner robots capable of amicably engaging with human beings; (ii) the cognitive and neuro-science group aims to pursue fundamental problems concerning intelligence, embodiment, etc. by using developed intelligent robots and information systems; (iii) the sensing research group aims to measure and analyze complex social relationships among intelligent systems including human beings and robots; (iv) the information network group aims to develop tools for social-experimental studies of such complex social relationships among intelligent systems; and (v) the sociology, ethics, and philosophy group aims to study the mutual relationships among human beings, societies, and technologies.
Development of service robots with humanlike conversation capability and task-specific intellectual capabilities
Cognitive & Neuroscience
Understanding of human beings based on cognitive and neuro-science,including research into consciousness and emotion
Sociology Ethics Philosophy
Research into sociality,ethics,philosophy,
Sensor network for visual and auditory sensors
Sensing of the symbiotic status of human beings and artificial systems
Studies on network technology and data mining