Keynote speakers



Kevin Fall

Title:  Networked Robot Swarms—Ready or Not?

Keynote Date: March 12, 2019



Communication is fundamental to the human experience.  Many terrestrial barriers to communication including distance and infrastructure are being overcome with the proliferation of wireless communications.  Today, however, not only humans communicate -- issues arising from the scale of a global or inter-planetary Internet of connected humans and machines presents new challenges, opportunities and risks.  While the theoretical underpinnings of basic communications are comparatively well-established, these new challenges offer rich opportunities for developing new theories and technology.   In this talk I will retrace the impact of major innovations in communication from an architectural and societal perspective and focus on the reasons why certain efforts were wildly successful (or not) and a number of future considerations for this emerging world.  I will give special attention to issues relating to IoT and how pervasive communication affects human-robot relations.


Kevin Fall, PhD is an independent consultant and author.  He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Nefeli Networks, Deputy Director and CTO of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Principal Engineer at Qualcomm and Intel.  He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE (for work on Delay Tolerant Networking), former member of the Internet Architecture Board, and author of the second edition of the textbook "TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1:  The Protocols".  He has held teaching positions at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego.



Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro


Hiroshi Ishiguro
Distinguished Professor of Osaka University
Visiting Director of ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories

Title:  Studies on Interactive Robots

Keynote Date: March 13, 2019



We, humans, have innate brain function to recognize humans. Therefore, very humanlike robots, androids, can be ideal information media for human-robot/computer interaction. The speaker, Ishiguro, has developed various types of interactive robots and androids so fare. These robots can be used for studying on the technologies and understanding human natures. He has contributed to establish the research area of Human-Robot Interaction with the robots.

Geminoid that is a teleoperated android of an existing person can transmit the presence of the operator to the distant place. The operator recognizes the android body as his/her own body after talking with someone through the geminoid and has virtual feeling to be touched when someone touches to the geminoid.

However, the geminoid is not the ideal medium for everybody. For example, elderly people often hesitate to talk with adult humans and the adult androids. A question is what the ideal medium for everybody is. In order to investigate it, the speaker proposes the minimum design of interactive humanoids. It is called Telenoid. The geminoid is the perfect copy of an existing person and it is the maximum design of interactive humanoids. On the other hand, the minimum design looks like a human but we cannot judge the age and gender. Elderly people like to talk with the Telenoid very much. In this talk, the speaker discusses the design principles for the robots and their effects to conversations with humans.

Further, he, Ishiguro, is developing and studying autonomous conversational robots and androids recently. Especially, he focuses on embodiment, emotion and intention/desire of the robots and androids.

In addition to these robotics studies, he will discuss on our future society where we have symbiotic relationships with them in this talk.


Hiroshi Ishiguro received a D. Eng. in systems engineering from the Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor of Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-) and  Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (2017-). He is also visiting Director (2014-) (group leader: 2002-2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. His research interests include sensor networks,
interactive robotics, and android science.