Symbiotic Intelligent Systems Research Center,
Osaka University


The 3rd International Symposium on Symbiotic Intelligent Systems: “A New Era towards Responsible Robotics and Innovation”

The 3rd International Symposium on Symbiotic Intelligent Systems: “A New Era towards Responsible Robotics and Innovation” finished with a great success. Many thanks to everyone who participated despite the inconvenience caused by video conferencing.


Date November 19 – 20, 2020
Time 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Japan Standard Time)
Place ZOOM Webinar
See below for advanced preparations and precautions.
Program See below
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Fee Free of charge
Language English (Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation is available.)
Registration We stopped accepting applications.
Sponsor Symbiotic Intelligent Systems Research Center, Institute for Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University
Co-sponsors “Legal Beings: Electronic personhoods of artificial intelligence and robots in NAJIMI society, based on a reconsideration of the concept of autonomy,” RISTEX, JST
“An exploration of the principle of emerging interactions in spatiotemporal diversity,” CREST, JST
Cooperation “Communicative intelligent systems towards a human-machine symbiotic society,” Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research of Innovative Areas
The Robotics Society of Japan

Program (Abstracts)

Day 1 (November 19)

Time (JST)
Opening Remarks
10:00 – 10:10 Takao Onoye (Osaka University, Vice-President)
10:10 – 10:30 Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
Session 1 “Responsible Robotics and Innovation”
Chair: Minoru Asada (Osaka University)
10:30 – 11:15 Ronald C. Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology)
“Civilized Collaboration: Ethical architectures for enforcing legal requirements and mediating social norms in HRI”
11:15 – 12:00 Atsuo Kishimoto (Osaka University)
“Towards responsible innovation: Establishment of the “ELSI Center” at Osaka University”
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
Session 2 “Junior Researchers’ Presentations 1”
Chair: Jihoon Park (Osaka University)
13:00 – 14:15
  1. Makoto Kureha (Osaka University)
    “Human relationships in the time of Corona: A philosophical consideration of telepresence technology”
  1. Takumi Kawasetsu (Osaka University)
    “Soft inductive tactile sensor using liquid metal and coils”
  1. Toshitaka Higashino, Naoki Wakamiya (Osaka University)
    “Verification of information processing model of Model Human Processor using EEG”
  1. Chisa Ota, Tamami Nakano (Osaka University)
    “Neural correlates of beauty retouching”
  1. Tomoyo Morita1, Minoru Asada1, Eiichi Naito2 (1Osaka University, 2CiNet)
    “Does brain deactivation contribute to brain function?”
14:15 – 14:30 Break
Session 3 “Symbiotic Cognitive Systems”
Chair: Erhan Oztop (Osaka University)
14:30 – 15:15 Hiroko Kamide (Nagoya University)
“Psychological evaluation of a sense of security on robots”
15:15 – 16:00 Satoshi Kurihara (Keio University)
“Emergent approach for symbiotic framework in creative work”
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:00 Verena V. Hafner (Humboldt University of Berlin)
“Robots with a self”

Day 2 (November 20)

Time (JST)
Session 4 “Conversational AI”
Chair: Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
10:00 – 10:45 Tatsuya Kawahara (Kyoto University)
“Spoken dialogue system (SDS) for conversational android ERICA”
10:45 – 11:30 Pascale Fung (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
“Deeper conversational AI”
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch break
Session 5 “Junior Researchers’ Presentations 2”
Chair: Jihoon Park (Osaka University)
12:45 – 14:00
  1. Kazuki Sakai1, Yutaka Nakamura2, Yuichiro Yoshikawa1, Hiroshi Ishiguro1 (1Osaka University, 2RIKEN)
    “Development of discussion system by using multiple robots”
  1. Takahisa Uchida1,2, Takashi Minato3,2, Hiroshi Ishiguro1,2 (1Osaka University, 2ATR, 3RIKEN)
    “Autonomous robots for daily dialogue based on preference and experience models”
  1. Yusuke Hirota1, Noa Garcia1, Mayu Otani2, Chenhui Chu3, Yuta Nakashima1, Ittetsu Taniguchi1, Takao Onoye1 (1Osaka University, 2CyberAgent, Inc., 3Kyoto University)
    “How far can we go with scene descriptions for visual question answering?”
  1. Kazuki Miyazawa1, Takato Horii1, Tatsuya Aoki1, Takayuki Nagai1,2 (1Osaka University, 2The University of Electro-Communications)
    “Formation of object concepts using self-attention”
  1. Masaya Iwasaki1, Tatsuyuki Kawamura2, Hideyuki Nakanishi1 (1Osaka University, 2Kyoto Innovation, Inc.)
    “Crowdsourced robot control: State-transition modeling and gamification of human–robot interaction for novice operators”
14:00 – 14:15 Break
Session 6 “Models and Rules of Communication”
Chair: Yuichiro Yoshikawa (Osaka University)
14:15 – 15:00 Ryuichiro Higashinaka (Nagoya University)
“Integrating understanding and generation modules for adaptive dialogue systems”
15:00 – 15:45 Hiroaki Sugiyama (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
“Building and utilizing “personalities” for communicative intelligent systems”
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:45 Fumio Shimpo (Keio University)
“The principal Japanese AI and robot strategy −Significance and legal implications”
Closing remarks
16:45 – 17:00 Minoru Asada (Osaka University)

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