IROS 2013 Workshop on Neuroscience and Robotics

Towards a robot-enabled, neuroscience-guided healthy society

Tokyo, Japan, November 3rd, 2013

We are experiencing fast paced developments in robotics and neural sciences. Robots are becoming more and more part of our daily lives; in the near future they will be with us as companions, caregivers, smart prosthetics, and nano-robots in our bodies. The progress in neural sciences accelerated by brain imaging, clever behavioral experimentation and technical advancements such as multi-electrode recordings, better analysis techniques and neuroinformatics tools. Compared to twenty years ago, now the existing neuroscientific data and knowledge are more easily accessible, and thus available for building robotic systems that can exhibit the robustness, adaptability and intelligence of humans. Reciprocally, significant developments in robotics and machine learning put robotics in the service of neuroscience as experimental platforms or test-beds of brain models.

We are witnessing the growth of a solid interdisciplinary research frontier, which on one hand uses neuroscience for better robotics and intelligent systems, and on the other hand, uses robotics to better understand human cognition and intelligence. With this workshop we aim to bring in the pioneers in this frontier for further fostering this interdisciplinary effort by facilitating the exchange of ideas among researchers from diverse fields. The ultimate goal is to disseminate the current state of the art and set the research targets that need to be reached to ensure a robot-enabled, neuroscience-guided healthy society.

We aim to bring together researchers from both the robotics and neuroscience in order to explore how to maximize the progress at the multidisciplinary frontier of robotic-forneuroscience and neuroscience-for-robotics. The participants (not only the speakers) will be encouraged to contribute to the workshop through active questioning and comments during the invited talks and poster session.

Organizing committee:

Program committee:

  • Tosif Ahamed, OIST, Japan
  • Jan Babic, JSI, Slovenia
  • Giuseppe Lisi, NAIST, Japan
  • Jun Morimoto, ATR, Japan
  • Yukie Nagai, Osaka University, Japan
  • Bojan Nemec, JSI, Slovenia
  • Erhan Oztop, Ozyegin University, Turkey
  • Takeshi Ogawa, ATR, Japan
  • Ludovic Righetti, USC, USA
  • Archana Singh, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Barkan Ugurlu, ATR, Japan