Dance Partner Robot and its Real-world Applications

Distinguished Lecture by Hung Hing-Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor in Science and Technology by Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge
Oct 23, 2017

Dance Partner Robot and its Real-world Applications

Date: October 23, 2017 (Mon)

Time: 5:45 - 7:15pm (Reception at 5:15 pm)

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Chow Yei Ching Building, The University of Hong Kong

Speaker: Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge
                   Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor in Science and Technology
                   The University of Hong Kong

                   Department of Robotics
                   Graduate School of Engineering
                   Tohoku University

A dance partner robot, PBDR (Partner Ballroom Dance Robot), developed in our laboratory, was unveiled and gave dance demonstrations in EXPO 2005, Aichi, Japan. PBDR dances waltz as a female dancer together with a human male dancer. One of the key research issues for the development of the dance partner robot was how to read the male dancer’s lead, or how to estimate the male dancer’s intention. RoboDANTE (Robot DANce TEacher) is a dance instructor robot and teaches its partner how to dance based on the concept of Progressive Teaching. These robots, as research platforms for Physical Human-Robot Interaction (pHRI), have given us opportunities to reconsider issues relating to pHRI. We will introduce the dance partner robots, PBDR and RoboDANTE, to discuss pHRI first. Then, a co-worker robot, PaDY, will be introduced as an example of industrial applications of pHRI.

Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge is a Professor in the Department of Robotics at Tohoku University, Japan. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in 1978, 1980, and 1988 respectively. From 1980 through 1982, he was a Research Staff in the Production Engineering Department, DENSO Co., Ltd. From 1982 through 1990, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Control Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 1990 to 1995, he was an Associate Professor at Nagoya University. From 1995, he has been at Tohoku University. He is an IEEE Fellow, a JSME Fellow, a SICE Fellow, a RSJ Fellow, a JSAE Fellow, a member of IEEE HKN. He served as President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for 2010-2011, and Division X Director of the Board of Directors of IEEE for 2015-2016.

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