The full-day program will feature keynotes from leaders in robotics and biomechanics researchers, invited speakers, and demonstrations. 

Oussama Khatib
Stanford University

Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as Chair or Co-Chair for numerous international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served RAS as a Distinguished Lecturer, as a member of the Administrative Committee, and as the Program Chair of ICRA 2000. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi
The University of Tokyo

Yasuo Kuniyoshi is a Professor at the Department of Mechano-Informatics, School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Japan. He received B.E. in applied physics, and M.Eng. and Ph.D. in information technology from the University of Tokyo in 1985, 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 to 2000, he was a Research Scientist and then a Senior Research Scientist of Intelligent Systems Division, Electrotechnical Laboratory, AIST, MITI, Japan. From 1996 to 1997 he was a Visiting Scholar at MIT AI Lab., being a member of “ZOO” hosted by Prof. Rodney A. Brooks. In 2001, he joined the University of Tokyo as an associate professor. Since 2005 he has been a Professor there. Since 2012 he has been serving as Director of Social ICT Research Center, School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. Also since 2012, he has been jointly appointed as Director of RIKEN BSI-Toyota Collaboration Center (BTCC). His research interests include constructive developmental science, emergence and development of embodied cognition, and humanoid robotics. He is the author of over 500 technical publications, editorials and books. He received Outstanding Paper Award from International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Best Paper Awards from Robotics Society of Japan, Sato Memorial Award for Intelligent Robotics Research, Okawa Publication Prize, Gold Medal of Tokyo Techno Forum21, and other awards. He is a member of IEEE, Science Council of Japan (affiliate member), Robotics Society of Japan, Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence, Japanese Society of Baby Science, and other societies.

Emel Demircan
The University of Tokyo

Emel Demircan received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2012 where her research focused on the application of dynamics and control theory for the simulation and analysis of biomechanical and robotic systems. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She is currently project assistant professor of the Department of Mechano-Informatics at the University of Tokyo, invited by the Graduate Program for Social ICT Global Creative Leaders (GCL). Her research interests include human motion dynamics, control and simulation, rehabilitation robotics, sports biomechanics, neuromechanics, human motion synthesis, motion analysis for physiotherapy exercises, and human motor control. Dr. Demircan is actively collaborating with clinical and athletic institutions including the Human Performance Lab (Sports Medicine, Stanford University), Children Gait Hospital (Stanford University), Motion Analysis Lab (Bioengineering, Stanford University), and Universite de Montpellier 2 (LIRMM).

Ganesh Gowrishankar

Gowrishankar Ganesh received his Bachelor of Engineering (first-class, Hons.) degree from the Delhi College of Engineering, India, in 2002 and his Master of Engineering from the National University of Singapore, in 2005, both in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Imperial College London, U.K., in 2010. He worked as an Intern Researcher with the Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunication Research (ATR), Kyoto, Japan, from 2004 and through his
PhD. Following his PhD he worked at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology as a Specialist Researcher till December 2013. Since January 2014, he has joined as a Senior Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS), and is currently located at the CNRS-AIST joint robotics lab (JRL) in Tsukuba, Japan. He is a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Centre for Information and Neural Networks (CINET) in Osaka, ATR in Kyoto and the Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) in Montpellier. His research interests include human sensori-motor control and learning, robot control, social neuroscience and robot-human interactions.

Hideki Kadone
Tsukuba University

Hideki Kadone received his diploma in information science and technology from the University of Tokyo in 2008. He was since then a postdoctoral researcher and an assistant professor at the Laboratory for Physiology of Perception and Action in College de France until 2010 and is now an assistant professor at Center for Cybernics Research in University of Tsukuba. His research interests include human motion measurement and analysis and its application to robot intelligence as well as assistive technologies.

Noritaka Kawashima
National Rehab Center

Dr Noritaka Kawashima has received his PhD in 2005 from Shibaura institute of Technology. He worked at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad until 2006 and National Rehabilitation Center as a JSPS Superlative Postdoctoral Fellows (SPD) until 2008. Currently, he is a chief of Motor Control Section, Research Intsitute of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (NRCD). Dr. Kawashima is a recipient of SICE Scientific Research Prize (2005), and Encouraging Prize by the Society of Life Support Engineering (LSE) (2011). His fields of expertise are neuromuscular control of human movement. His research interests are in the areas of behavioral/cognitive neuroscience and neuro-rehabilitation.

Akihiko Murai
The University of Tokyo

Akihiko Murai received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechano-Informatics in 2003, 2005, and 2009 respectively from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining the University of Tokyo, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Disney Research, Pittsburgh. Dr. Murai is a recipient of Robotics-Mechatronics Division Annual Prize (2010), SICE Research Award (2009), and JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (2009). His research interests include anatomical human modeling, human neuro musculoskeletal system, human motion measurement and analysis, and character animation.

Yoshihiko Nakamura
The University of Tokyo

Professor, Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo Yoshihiko Nakamura received Doctor of Engineering degree from Kyoto University in 1985. Former Assistant Professor of Kyoto University (1982-1987), then Assistant and Associate Professor of University of California, Santa Barbara (1987-1991). Since 1991, he has been with University of Tokyo, Japan; and is currently Professor at Department of Mechano Informatics. Humanoid robotics, cognitive robotics, neuro musculoskeletal human modeling, biomedical systems, and their computational algorithms are his current fields of research. He is Fellow of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of Robotics Society of Japan, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of World Academy of Arts and Science. Currently, Dr. Nakamura (2012-2015) serves as President of International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM). Dr. Nakamura is Foreign Member of Academy of Engineering Science of Serbia and Montenegro, and TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor of Technische Universität München.

Shingo Shimoda
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Shingo Shimoda received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D from the University of in 1999, 2001 and 2005. He joined Biomimetic Control Research Center at RIKEN in 2005 as a research scientist. In 2008, he became a unit leader in RIKEN BSI-TOYOTA Collaboration Center, Intelligent Behavior Control Collaboration Unit. He received General Chairs' Recognition Award in CDC 2009 and CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award in IROS 2010. His research interests include autonomous control of mobile robots, robot control in microgravity environments and intelligence of robots.

Gentiane Venture

Prof. Gentiane Venture has completed an Engineer's degree from the Ecole Centrale of Nantes (France) in 2000 specialized in Robotics and Automation. In the mean time she has obtained a MS degree from the University of Nantes (France) in Robotics. In 2003, she obtained a PhD on Modellng and Identification of Car Dynamics from the University of Nantes (France). Her works were supported by the French car-manufacturer PSA Peugeot-Citroen (Paris, France). In 2004 she joined for 1 year the French Nuclear Agency (Paris, France) as a research assistant, working in collaboration with the Robotics Lab. of Paris University on the control of a tele-operated micro-manipulator. In 2004 she joined Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura's Lab. at the University of Tokyo with the support of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science for a two years postdoc fellowship. In 2006, still under Prof. Nakamuras, she joined the IRT project as a Project Assistant Professor. In March 2009, she becomes an Associate Professor and starts a new lab at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Her main research interests are: Human behavior understanding from motion, Human body modelling, Dynamics identification, Dynamic modelling and identification of human musculo-tendon complex, Identification of humanoid robots dynamics, Control of robot or human/robot interaction, Human affect recognition, Micro-teleoperation, Modelling and identification of car dynamics, Path planning and movement generation for non holonmic robots.