Japan-EU Workshop on Neurorobotics

Ichijyo Hall, Yayoi Auditorium, The University of Tokyo (Map)
18 April 2015


This is a whole day Workshop on Neurorobotcs. The studies of robotics and neuroscience are bridging the gap day by day. Robotics started being motivated by the sophisticated complexity and flexible intelligence of the human. Neuroscience in turn approaches the molecular structure and mathematical function of the neural system as the place where the intelligence originates. The recent advance of computing system allows for the first time to meet the two frontiers of scientific research. European Union launched two FET Flagship Programmes. The Human Brain Project (HBP) is one. Neurorobotics is one of thirteen subprojects under the HBP. In the workshop seven researchers including the co-directors of Neurorobotics will discuss on the current studies of the field with six researchers of Japan working in the same domain. See the curtain rises.

This workshop is supported by the Human Brain Project (EC) and the Top Global University Project (MEXT, Japan), under which the University of Tokyo launched in 2014 a new project "Constructing a Global Campus Model at UTokyo." The new exchange program of the University of Tokyo and Technical University of Munich stemmed from the project and helped to organize this workshop in the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo.


Human Brain Project(fromhttps://www.humanbrainproject.eu/)
The Human Brain Project is part of the FET Flagship Programme, which is a new initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The goal is to encourage visionary, "mission-oriented" research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs in information technology with major benefits for European society and industry. The Commission envisages the Flagship program as a highly ambitious initiative involving close collaboration with National and Regional funding agencies, industry and partners from outside the European Union.

∗∗Flagship Programme(fromhttp://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/fet-flagships)
FET Flagships will establish Europe as the leader in their specific domains and a pole of attraction for international cooperation; they will nurture creativity, flair and talent, attracting the best minds all over the world and creating the skillful multi-disciplinary researchers Europe needs. By leading, inspiring and integrating efforts, Flagships become a new partnering model for long-term European collaborative research in the context of the European Research Area (ERA). Eventually, Flagships will:
• turn scientific advances into concrete innovation opportunities, growth and jobs,
• contribute to addressing some of the major societal challenges Europe is facing.
FET Flagships are expected to run for about 10 years, with a total budget of around 1 billion Euros.


Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura (UTokyo)
Prof. Alois Knoll (TUM)
Prof. Rüdiger Dillmann (KIT / FZI Karlsruhe)

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Satoshi Oota (RIKEN)
Amy Bücherl, MBA (TUM)

Sponsored by:
The Human Brain Project, EC
“Constructing a Global Campus Model at UTokyo,”
The Top Global University Project, MEXT, Japan

Yoshihiko Nakamura (UTokyo) : nakamura@ynl.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp