by Jorge SOLIS-ALFARO, Assistant Professor, Waseda University, Japan
The research on human-robot interaction (HRI) and robotic human science (RHS) have been an emerging topic of interest for both basic research and customer application. The studies specially focus on behavioral and cognitive aspects of the interaction and the social contexts surrounding it. One of the most challenging problems is giving the robots an understanding of how to interact with human beings at the same logical level so that they may function not as passive tools, but rather as active agents that can drive the human interaction, instead of merely reproducing a sequence of movements. Hence, these robots must have higher level cognitive functions that include knowing how to reason, when to perceive and what to look for, how to integrate perception and action under changing conditions, etc. These functions will enable robots to perform more complex tasks which require tight human interaction; consequently, the robots can perform high level interactions (i.e. teaching motor skills to unskilled people, etc.). In this talk, an overview of the current research on humanoid robots, medical robotics and systems and education robotics will be introduced.