Keynote Speakers

Keynote Title

Prof. Susumu Tachi

Susumu Tachi

University of Tokyo, Japan

Abstract:

TBD

Bio:

Professor Susumu Tachi received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo in 1968, 1970, and 1973, respectively.

He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in1973, and in 1975, he moved to the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tsukuba Science City, Japan, where he served as the Director of the Remote-Control Division and the Biorobotics Division. From 1979 to 1980, Dr. Tachi was a Japanese Government Award Senior Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. In 1989, he rejoined the University of Tokyo, and served as a Professor at the Department of Information Physics and Computing till March 2009. In April 2009, he moved to Keio University, where he served as a Professor of Graduate School of Media Design and the Director of the International Virtual Reality Center till March 2015.  From April 2015 to March 2020, he conducted the JST ACCEL “Embodied Media” research project at the Tachi Laboratory, Institute of Gerontology, The University of Tokyo, as Research Director. In January 2017, he founded and became Chairman of Telexistence, Inc. Prof. Tachi was conferred Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo in June 2009.

Currently, he continues his research and activities for the dissemination and social implementation of virtual reality and telexistence at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Institute of Gerontology of the University of Tokyo.

One of his early scientific achievements is the invention (1975) and development of an intelligent mobile robot system for the blind called Guide Dog Robot (1976-1983), which is the first of its kind. This system is known as MELDOG.

In 1980, Dr. Tachi invented the concept of telexistence, which enables a highly realistic sense of existence in a remote place without any actual travel, and has been working on the realization of telexistence since then.

Telexistence is a fundamental concept that refers to the general technology that allows a human being to have a real-time sensation of existing in a place other than where he/she actually exists and to interact with the remote environment, which may be real, virtual, or a combination of both. It also refers to an advanced type of teleoperation system that enables an operator at the controls to perform remote tasks dexterously with the feeling of existing in a surrogate robot working in a remote environment. Telexistence in the real environment through a virtual environment is also possible.

Telexistence became the fundamental guiding principle of the eight-year Japanese National Large-Scale Project, “Advanced Robot Technology in Hazardous Environments (1983-1990).” Through this project, he made theoretical considerations, established systematic design procedures, developed experimental hardware telexistence systems such as TELESAR, and demonstrated the feasibility of the concept.

Prof. Tachi led several large projects, which include National Study on a Priority Scientific Area of Virtual Reality (Fundamental Study on Virtual Reality: Generation of Virtual Space and Human Interfaces for Virtual Environments) (1995-1999) as the project leader, National Large Scale Project on Humanoids and Human Friendly Robotics (HRP) (1998-2003) as the project sub-leader, CREST Project on Telexistence Communication Systems (2000-2006) as the research director, and CREST Project on Haptic Media (2009-2015) as the research director. He recently led ACCEL project on Embodied Media (2014-2019) as the research director.

Prof. Tachi is a founding director and a fellow of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), the 46th President and a fellow of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), a fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), and is the founding President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ).

From 1987 to 2018, he served as Chairman of the IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) Technical Committee 17 on Measurement in Robotics, and organized several ISMCR (International Symposium on Measurement and Control in Robotics) conferences.

He initiated and founded ICAT (International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence) in 1991 and IVRC (International-collegiate Virtual Reality Contest) in 1993. He was a member of IEEE VR Steering Committee from 1998 to 2017, and served as General Chair of IEEE VR 2001, 2002 and 2015.

Dr. Tachi has received a number of awards including IEEE EMBS Outstanding Paper Award (1983), IEEE VR Best Paper Awards (2001, 2004), ICAT Best Paper Awards (2000, 2004), RSJ Transaction Paper Award (1987), SICE Transaction Paper Award (1990), RSJ Technology Award (1991), VRSJ Transaction Paper Awards (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012), TIME Magazine Coolest Invention (2003), Laval Mayenne Awards (2003, 2005), Good Design Award (2006), ASIAGRAPH Takumi Award (2007), VRSJ Distinguished Contribution Award (2006), RSJ Founding Contribution Award (2012), Japan Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize (1988), Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize (2011), Governor of Tokyo Prize (2011), IMEKO Distinguished Service Award (1997), and IEEE Virtual Realty Career Award (2007). Dr. Tachi was inducted into the inaugural class of the IEEE Virtual Reality Academy in 2022, and he is the the first recipient of the Research Achievement Award established in 2022 by the Virtual Reality Society of Japan.

Keynote Title

Prof. Maja Matarić

University of Southern California, USA

Abstract:

TBD

Bio:

Prof. Maja Matarić is Chan Soon-Shiong Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC), founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and Interim Vice President of Research. She received a PhD and MS in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence MIT, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas. She is a Fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, AAAI, and ACM, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring, the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Innovation, the Okawa Foundation Award, NSF Career Award, MIT TR35 Innovation Award, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award, and the USC Remarkable Woman Award, among others. Prof. Mataric´ is the author of the popular textbook “The Robotics Primer” and has published extensively (h-index 100; 39,594 citations as of 1/30/21). She has served on a number of advisory boards, including the National Science Foundation CISE Division, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, Willow Garage, and Evolution Robotics.

Prof. Matarić has made a series of pioneering contributions to the field of robotics.  Her early work was in robot navigation and mapping; she then made contributions to multi-robot coordination and swarm control.  Next, she did some of the earliest work in robot learning from demonstration.   She is now best known for founding the field of socially assistive robotics, where her research is developing human-robot interaction algorithms and methods for supporting behavior change in convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education. Her research has developed robot-assisted therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders, stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and has deployed robots in complex environments including homes, nursing homes, hospitals, and classrooms for weeks and months at a time, collecting unprecedented datasets that enabled novel models and personalization strategies . She is also co-founder of Embodied, Inc. where she served as chief science officer in 2016-2018; in May 2020 Embodied launched Moxie, an in-home socially assistive robot for children.

Prof. Matarić is recognized nationally for the scale and impact of her mentoring and K-12 STEM outreach activities. She received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring in 2011 from President Obama, and the USC Mellon Mentoring Award and Provost’s Mentoring Award.  She is the lead of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center, and has raised federal, corporate, and foundation support for and developed free open-source curricular materials for elementary, middle school, and high school robotics courses, K-12 teacher development programs, K-12 STEM equity and inclusion programs, and after-school robotics programs, and competitions training, all aiming to engage student interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics.

Prof. Matarić’s university leadership experience includes serving as the USC Interim Vice President of Research (2020-2021), USC Viterbi School of Engineering Vice Dean of Research (2006-2019), and the elected President of the USC faculty and the Academic Senate (2006-2007).

Keynote Title

Prof. Francisco Herrera

University of Granada, Spain

Abstract:

TBD

Bio:

Francisco Herrera Triguero, is professor and director of the research group ‘Soft Computing and Intelligent Information Systems’ at the University of Granada. He is director of the Andalusian Interuniversity Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence (DaSCI) at the University of Granada and the University of Jaén.

He studied Mathematics and continued his doctorate in Artificial Intelligence (1991) in the department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, where he obtained the chair in 2005. He is currently considered one of the most influential Spanish scientists in the world in the field of Computer Science and Engineering.

In 2010 he won the National Computer Science Award, in the Aritmel category, from the Sociedad Científica Informática de España, for his scientific contributions in the areas of Soft Computing and Data Mining.  He received prestigious awards of recognition in Spain. His scientific production is very extensive with more than 361 JRC articles and 42 thesis advised among other research production.

Keynote Title

Dr. Fred Hadaegh

NASA, USA

Abstract:

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Bio:

Dr. Fred Hadaegh was NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chief Technologist between 2017 and 2022. A subdivision of Caltech, JPL is the lead center for robotic space exploration, with a yearly budget exceeding $2.5B. Dr Hadaegh joined JPL in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. For over two decades he supervised the Guidance and Control (G&C) Analysis Group, is responsible for leading research in guidance, estimation, and control theory and developing algorithms and software for planetary science and astrophysics missions. He also previously led the development of G&C technologies for spacecraft formation flying, autonomous rendezvous, and docking for NASA missions and Department of Defense programs.

Hadaegh is a JPL Fellow, Senior Research Scientist, and a Principal Engineer.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has received numerous awards including NASA’s Exceptional Service and Exceptional Achievement Medals, and JPL’s Award of Excellence for “Flight Validation of Autonomous Rendezvous in Earth Orbit.”

His research interests include optimal estimation and control as applied to distributed spacecraft. He has published extensively on mathematical modeling of uncertain systems, parameter identifiability of dynamical systems, identification and control of large space structures, and autonomous control of distributed spacecraft systems