Symbiotic Intelligent Systems Research Center,
Osaka University


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


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
Fee Free of charge
Language English (Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation is available.)
Registration Click here
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


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 TBA (15 min. × 5 talks)
14:15 – 14:30 Break
Session 3 “Symbiotic Cognitive Systems”
Chair: Yuji Kawai (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 (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch break
Session 5 “Junior Researchers’ Presentations 2”
Chair: Yuji Kawai (Osaka University)
12:45 – 14:00 TBA (15 min. × 5 talks)
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)
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)

Advanced Preparations and Precautions

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