Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar Series Artificial mind with emotion and sociality
Minoru Asada Professor of Adaptive Machine Systems Graduate School of Engineering Osaka University, Japan
Host Yiannis Aloimonos
Abstract From a viewpoint of cognitive developmental robotics (hereafter, CDR),emotional states would be targets (dreams?) to be realized through learning and developmental process of cognitive functions of robots. Actually, human infants acquire different kinds of behaviors starting from hand regards at 5M (forward and inverse models of the hand) to pretending at 12M (mental simulation), and we cannot design such robots who can acquire these capabilities just in one year. To reveal the mystery of infant development, we have been attacking several issues from neural dynamics to social interaction utilizing methods of CDR. In my talk, I introduce several attempts focusing on the process starting from self/other cognition to social communication, and I argue how these attempts approach to mental imagination. Finally, I briefly touch the gender issue as one of the future issues of CDR.
Biography Minoru Asada received the B.E., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Control Engineering from Osaka University in 1977, 1979, and 1982, respectively. He was a Research Associate in Control Engineering at Osaka University from 1982 to 1988. He became an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Computer-Controlled Machinery in April 1989, and a Professor in April 1995. Since April 1997, he has been a Professor at the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems at the same university. From August 1986 to October 1987, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Automation Research, University of Maryland, College Park. He has received the 1992 best paper award of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS92), and the 1996 best paper award of RSJ (Robotics Society of Japan, 2009, too). Also, his paper was one of the ten finalists of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 1995 Best Conference Paper Award. He was a general chair of IEEE/RSJ 1996 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS96). Since early 1990, he has been involved in RoboCup activities and his team was the first champion team with USC team in the middle size league of the first RoboCup held in conjunction with IJCAI-97, Nagoya, Japan. In 2001, he received the Commendation by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japanese Government as Persons of distinguished services to enlightening people on science and technology. In 2006, he received the NISTEP award from National Institute of Science and Technology Policy. Since 2002, he has been the president of the International RoboCup Federation. In 2005, he has been elected to the grade of Fellow of IEEE for contributions to robot learning and applications. In the same year, he was also elected to the research director of ASADA Synergistic Intelligence Project of RATO(Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology by Japan Science and Technology Agency: 2005-2011). In 2007, he received the Okawa Publication Prize from the Okawa Foundation, and in 2008, he received Good Design Award on his robot, Vo-Cal from Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. In 2012, he became a PI for JSPS Grand-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research (2012 - 2016).
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