About Project

Hiroshi Ishiguro

Invention of Interaction Technology involving various communicative means as human use them, and Development of Autonomous Robots capable of naturally interacting with humans ranging from children to elderly in social contexts

Research Director Hiroshi Ishiguro
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
Director (visiting), Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)

This research area engages in the development of Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction, and its goal is to develop autonomous social robots that can communicate with multiple humans via various communicative means as humans use them. In order to achieve the goal, it is necessary to develop certain devices and technologies: (a) surface skin material and internal structure for safe interaction with humans, (b) robust and flexible speech recognition technology, (c) functions of autonomous context- and task-sensitive communication on the basis of a hierarchical model consisting of desire, intention, and behavior including speech acts, and (d) functions of using multiple communicative means to communicate with multiple persons in social contexts.

Society in which Humans and Robots Live Together via Enhanced Interaction


Three conversational systems based on our project have been intoroduced this March in SXSW, the world's largest trade show. The research director Hiroshi Ishiguro also delivered a keynote talk, which appeared in USA TODAY. Click here for details.
Our newly developed robot ERICA was introduced.
Our newly developed robot CommU was introduced.
The web site of ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project is launched.


ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project

Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
1-3, Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, Osaka
560-8531, Japan