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January 20, 2015
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666

Development of Social Conversation Robots “CommU” and “Sota”
- Toward Realization of a Symbiotic Society in which Humans and Robots Live Together -

The research group at Osaka University together with Vstone Co.,Ltd., an Osaka-based robotics company, developed two types of Social Conversation Robots. These robots can palpably give people a sense of conversation, which is very faint in conversation with a robot, by involving them in the conversation between multiple robots. The robots were introduced by two very humanlike android robots developed by Professor Ishiguro at the press meeting; it was the world’s first press meeting in which no one but such androids and robots appears.

Researcher Information

JST ERATO ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project

Patent Information

Patent Application Number: 2015-6970
Date of Patent Application: January 16, 2015


[About Research]
Yuichiro Yoshikawa Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University

[About Program]
Takeshi Ohyama
Department of Research Project, JST


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