Town Robot

Key Members

Hiroshi Ishiguro, (Katsumi Kimoto), (Ritsuko Sato), (Masatoshi Kamiharako), Takayuki Kanda

Project Objective

Robots are considered to appear in town in the near future. Recent progress of computer technologies provides various systems, which support human information processing ability in real worlds. An intelligent autonomous robot is one of such systems.

In this project, we investigate interactions between people and robots considering the robots as information media. Fundamental issues of this research are how the robot interacts with people in town, how the robot can find own purposes, and how such a system should be designed. The final goal is to build an information system for interaction with real world through the robots.

Current Status

We have developed a mobile robot for both indoor and outdoor environments. This robot is our testbed to find fundamental problems on robots as information media. Our achievements and future plans are as follows.

Future Direction

Robotics research was started on the late 1960s, and in the late 1980s many autonomous robots have been realized. Technologies of robot elements have also been progressed and now humanoids and entertainment robots are under development. Robots are going to be in human society. In this stream of robot technology, studies on human-robot relations are important and urgent. The goal of this project is to find the role of robots in social information system, and propose how robots interact with human society.

Figure: Social Experiments by Town Robot


 Hiroshi Ishiguro, Ritsuko Sato and Toru Ishida, ``Robot Oriented State Space Construction,'' IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS-96), pp. 1496-1501, 1996.

  Hiroshi Ishiguro and Katsumi Kimoto, ``Town Robot - Toward Social Interaction Technologies of Robot Systems -,'' International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, 1997.

 Masatoshi Kamiharako, Hiroshi Ishiguro and Toru Ishida, ``Attention Control for State Space Construction,'' 5th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-5), pp. 258-265, 1998.

 Hiroshi Ishiguro, Masatoshi Kamiharako and Toru Ishida, ``State space construction by attention control'' to appear in Proc. Int. Joint Conf. Artificial Intelligence, 1999

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