GBTL Keynote Lecture

International Conference:
»Going Beyond the Laboratory — Ethical and Societal Challenges for Robotics« (GBTL)


13-15 February 2014

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Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg - Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst/Germany


Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Dept. of Social Sciences, Research Unit "Sociological Theory" (AST)— Gesa Lindemann, Gregor Fitzi, Hironori Matsuzaki, Ilona Straub


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Professor Atsuo Takanishi

Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University


"Ethical and Social Implications of Humanoid Robotics"

— with an Introduction by Prof. Frank Wallhoff (Jade University of Applied Science)


14 February 2014, 5:15 pm ‒ 7:00 pm


Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) - Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst/Germany

Admission is free.

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Short Biography

ATSUO TAKANISHI is a Professor of the Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University and the director of the Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University. He received the B.S.E. degree in 1980, the M.S.E. degree in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in 1988, all in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University. His current researches are related to Humanoid Robotics and its applications in medicine and well-being, such as the biped walking humanoids as WABIAN (WAseda BIpedal humaNoid) series, the emotion expression humanoids as WE (Waseda Eyes) series and as KOBIAN (prof. KObayashi’s waBIAN), the flute player humanoids as WF (Waseda Flitist) series, the saxophone player humanoids as WAS (WAseda Saxophonist) series, rat-like real-rat-interaction robots as WR (Waseda Rat) series, the ultrasound medical inspection robots as WTA (Waseda Tokyo women Aloka robot) series, the airway management training humanoids as WKA (Waseda Kyotokagaku Airway training simulator), and the speech production humanoids as WT (Waseda Talker) series, etc.

He is a member of Japan IFToMM (the vice president from 2012), IEEE, Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ, the vice president from 2013), Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), Japanese Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) and Society of Mastication Systems (a major board member from 1996 to current), and other medicine, dentistry and well-being related societies in Japan.

He received the RSJ Best Journal Paper Award (1998), RSJ/JSME ROBOMECH Award (1998), ICRA1999 Best Paper Award Finalist (1999, IEEE), BusinessWeek Best of Asia Award (2001, BusinessWeek Magazine), JSME Distinguished Research Activity Award of Robotics and Mechatronics Division (2003), RSJ2003 Research Promotion Award (2003), SCI2003 Best Paper Presented in Robotics Award (2003), IROS2003 Best Paper Award –Application (2004), JSAI2005 Incentive Award in Artificial Intelligence (2005), SICE2005 Industrial Application Division Incentive Award (2005), JSME Best Journal Paper Award (2006), ICRA2006 Best Paper Award Finalist (2006), JSME Fellow Award(2007), ROBIO2007 Best Conference Paper Award (2007), AIM2009 Best Conference Paper Award(2009), IROS2009 Award for Entertainment Robots and Systems Finalist (2009), JSCAS2009 Best Presentation Paper Award (2009), IFToMM Award of Merit (2010, IFToMM), SI2011 Distinguished Presentation Award (2011), RSJ Fellow Award (2012), and other domestic and international awards. [at the date of September 25, 2013] 

For more information, please visit the web site of Takanishi Laboratory.

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