Keynote Speakers


The Degree of Consideration-based Mechanism of Thought for Robots That Think(DoC-MoT for RTT) - Professor Jong-Hwan Kim

Professor Jong-Hwan Kim

Advanced service robotics and automation - Prof. Toshio Fukuda

Prof. Toshio Fukuda

Professor Jong-Hwan KimProfessor Jong-Hwan Kim

IEEE Fellow,
FIRA President, IROC President
Director, National Center for Robot Intelligence Technology,
Director, National Research Lab for Cognitive Humanoid Robot

Jong-Hwan Kim received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1981, 1983 and 1987, respectively. Since 1988, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST and is currently Professor. He was Head of Robotics Program, KAIST for 2004-2006. He is Adjunct Professor of Griffith University, Australia and Honorary Professor of De La Salle University, the Philippines. Dr. Kim is Director for both of the National Robotics Research Center for Robot Intelligence Technology and the National Research Lab for Cognitive Humanoid Robots. His research interests include computational intelligence and ubiquitous and genetic robotics. Dr. Kim has authored 5 books and 3 edited books, 2 journal special issues and around 300 refereed papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE T. on Evolutionary Computation and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. Dr. Kim was one of the co-founders of the Int’l Conf. on Simulated Evolution and Learning in 1996. He was General Chair for the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Korea, 2001 and General Chair for the IEEE Int’l Symp. on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation, Korea, 2009. He has been on the program committees and advisory boards of more than 100 int’l conferences. Dr. Kim has delivered over 150 invited talks, keynote speeches and tutorials on computational intelligence and robotics in over 20 countries. His name was included in the Barons 500 Leaders for the New Century in 2000 as the Father of Robot Football. He is the Founder of FIRA and IROC and is currently serving them as President. Dr. Kim was the recipient of the science and technology award from the President of Republic of Korea in 1997 and has been elevated to 2009 IEEE Fellow.

Jong-Hwan Kim, Professor, FIEEE
Department of Electrical Engineering, KAIST
373-1 Gusong-dong, Yusong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, KOREA.
Tel: (O) +82-42-350-3448, Fax: 350-8877, (MP) 010-5408-3448

The Degree of Consideration-based Mechanism of Thought for Robots That Think(DoC-MoT for RTT)

ICARA 2011 Keynote Address - Abstract

This talk briefly introduces the recent progress and development of ubiquitous robot, genetic robot and Cyber Physical Robot System (CPRS) along with the new classification of robot intelligence, such as cognitive intelligence, social intelligence, behavioural intelligence, ambient intelligence, swarm intelligence and genetic intelligence. Ubiquitous robot is composed of three forms of robots: software robot, embedded robot and mobile robot to represent an amalgamation of the tripartite personification of entities of perception, thinking and action. Genetic robot has its own genetic codes to represent a specific personality. CPRS conjoins and coordinates the software agents and physical robots including SW and HW resources.

This talk presents cognitive architecture to implement intelligence technology (IT) for Robots That Think (RTT). The IT is based on the mechanism of thought embedded in the cognitive architecture. To make RTT deliberately interact with environment like living creatures, the behavior selection method mimicking living creatures’ thinking mechanism is needed. For this purpose, there has been research based on probabilistic knowledge links between input (assumed fact) and target (behavior) symbols for reasoning. However, real intelligent creatures including human beings select a behavior based on the multi-criteria decision making process considering the degree of consideration (DoC) for input symbols, i.e. will and context symbols, in their memory. In this talk, the DoC-based mechanism of thought (DoC-MoT) is introduced, which is applied to the behavior selection of RTT. The knowledge links between input and behavior symbols are represented by the partial evaluation values of behaviors over each of input symbols, and the degrees of consideration for input symbols are represented by the fuzzy measures. The DoC-MoT selects a behavior through global evaluation by the fuzzy integral, as a multi-criteria decision making process, of knowledge link strengths with respect to the fuzzy measure values.

As a couple of applications, this talk introduces a synthetic character "Rity" in the 3D virtual environment and the gaze control of the humanoid robot HanSaRam (HSR) based on DoC-MoT.



Prof. Toshio FukudaProf. Toshio Fukuda

Prof. Toshio FUKUDA
Nagoya University

Advanced service robotics and automation

ICARA 2011 Keynote Address - Abstract

There are growing demands on robotics and automation in the service sector for many years due to the age quake, silver society and man power shortage. Some need more cost effective systems, while others do more human friendly communication and interactive interface. The system will require more improved functions for physical, skill and intelligence support and assistance. Certainly industrial robots have helped people from the routine type of assembly and manufacturing for better production system. Thus robotics has made remarkable progress to industry. Now that robotics is so advanced with sensor, actuator and computational intelligence along with the CPU development, it is expected to make much wider applications to service sector than to the manufacturing sector. Some are good for robot to be more intelligent, while others are better for automation to be more effective.

In this presentation, the robotics and automation is briefly overviewed for the sake of human assistance and supports. Then there have been so many attempts to make robots more friendly and usable to human and some showed very successful results in bio-medicine field, material flow and daily life. From these applications, it turned out to be much more important for human service sector such that advanced robotics and automation system in this domain should have more cognitive functions as human intention estimation explicitly.

In the robotics, "intelligent cane system" is shown as one of the examples of robotics systems. Human can employ this robot as a partner robot in the daily life, since the robot can help the human to navigate and guide to the goal by estimating human intention. In the manufacturing automation, human co-worker and robot co-worker can work together at the same working location called “Intelligent Hybrid Cell” by cooperation and collaboration using the human intention estimation. Thus small products systems are expected to work better by trading off the cost of the robot software and human cost, by taking care of the safety issue between human and robots interaction in the automation system.

Robotics and Automation technology will continue to play a very important role for the advanced service to human.


CV - Prof. Toshio Fukuda

Prof. Toshio Fukuda graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1971 and received the Master of Engineering degree and the Doctor of Engineering degree both from the University of Tokyo, in 1973 and 1977, respectively. He joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in Japan in 1977, the Science University of Tokyo in 1981, and then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan in 1989.

At present, he is a Professor in the Department of Micro and Nano System Engineering and Department of Mechano-Informatics and Systems, Nagoya University, Japan. He is the director of the Center for Micro and Nano Mechatronics. He is mainly engaging in the research fields of intelligent robotic system, micro and nano robotics, bio-robotic system, and technical diagnosis and error recovery system.

He was the President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (1998-1999), Director of the IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2001-2002), the Founding President of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2002-2005), and Region 10 Director-elect (2011-2012). He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ASME Transaction Mechatronics (2000-2002).

He was the Founding General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) held in Tokyo (1988). He was the Founding Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics Technology and Social Impacts (ARSO, 2005), Founding Chair of the IEEE Workshop on System Integration International (SII, 2008), Founding Chair of the International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS, 1990-2011).

He has received many awards such as IEEE Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award (1997), IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000) , IEEE Robotics and Automation Pioneer Award (2004), IEEE Transaction Automation Science and Engineering Googol Best New Application Paper Award (2007), George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation (2009), IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (2010). He received the IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies (2011).

IEEE Fellow (1995). SICE Fellow (1995). JSME Fellow (2002), RSJ Fellow (2004), VRSJ Fellow (2011) and member of Science Council of Japan (2008- ).