Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center

From Physical Interaction to Social One: a Perspective from Cognitive Developmental Robotics

Minoru Asada



In this talk, I introduce two case studies of HRI, one is physical interaction between a human and CB2, a child robot with bio-mimetic body, and the other is a non-physical interaction, more correctly, vocal imitation between a caregiver and our vocal robot. The body structure and its appearance of CB2 is close to us, therefore, physical interaction is much easier than expected to control 51 pneumatic actuators from a viewpoint of control theory. In the latter case, movements of the artificial vocal tract or lip shape that are only parts of physical body are visual interface. The difference between two cases may suggest that the design policy of robot morphology depends on the property of interaction, that is, how much physical or non-physical (social) the interaction is.



Dr. Asada received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1977, 1979, and 1982, respectively. In April 1995, he became a Professor of the Osaka University. Since April 1997, he has been a Professor of the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems at the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University. From August 1986 to October 1987, he was a Visiting Researcher of Center for Automation Research, University of Maryland.


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