CogSci 2012 Workshop on
Teleoperated Android as a Tool for Cognitive Studies, Communication and Art

Date: August 1st (Wed), 2012
Time: 09:30-17:10
Location: Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan



09:30-09:40 Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
Opening remarks
09:40-10:20 Kazuo Hiraki (University of Tokyo)
Can Humanoids be our Friends I: Yet another approach in cognitive science
10:20-11:00 Shuichi Nishio (ATR)
Transmitting human presence with teleoperated androids: from proprioceptive transfer to elderly care
--- Break ---
11:10-11:40 Ayse Pinar Saygin (University of California, San Diego)
What can the brain tell us about interactions with artificial agents, and vice versa?
11:40-12:20 Shoji Itakura, Yuko Okumura (Kyoto University)
Perception of non-human agents by human infants
--- Lunch break ---
13:30-14:30 Invited Talk:
Gerd Gigerenzer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
Less-is-more: Simple solutions for complex problems
--- Break ---
14:40-15:10 Tsutomu Fujinami (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology),
Ryuji Yamazaki (ATR), Masaru Nishikawa (Osaka University), Shuichi Nishio (ATR)
Enabling bodily communication between schoolchildren using a tele-operated humanoid
15:10-15:50 Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
Representation of humanlike presence with robotics avatars
15:50-16:20 Antonio Chella, Haris Dindo, Rosario Sorbello (University of Palermo)
Shuichi Nishio (ATR), Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
Sing with the Telenoid
--- Break ---
16:30-17:10 Hiroshi Ishiguro, Kazuo Hiraki, Shoji Itakura, Gerd Gigerenzer
Round-table discussion

Theme of the workshop

The aim of this full-day workshop is to introduce and discuss on current insights and future usage of teleoperated androids.

Teleoperated androids, robots owning humanlike appearance equipped with semi-autonomous teleoperation facility, was first introduce to the world in 2007 with the public release of Geminoid HI-1. Geminoid is a teleoperated android robot that resembles existing human being. While androids were designed for studying human nature in general, geminoids was made to study individual aspects as presence or personality traits, tracing their origins and implementation into robots. Both its appearance that resembles the source person and its teleoperation functionality serves in making Geminoid as a research tool. After the release of Geminoid HI-1, several types of teleoperated androids has been produced: Geminoid F, Geminoid DK, Telenoid R1/R2 and Elfoid P1. While the Geminoids are after real existing persons, Telenoid and Elfoid are attempts to represent human beings in their minimalistic forms; a challenge to see to what extent elements that forms us can be omitted but still able to transfer presence of the teleoperating person.

Since their birth, Geminoids and Telenoids have been used in a variety of domains throughout the world, from studies in various fields such as in cognitive psychology / neuroscience, social psychiatry, developmental psychology, robotics, and human-machine interface to philosophy and art. One example is the android drama which showed new possibilities on not only on usage for teleoperated android robots but for artistic representations as well as seeking purity in the natures of human beings.

The past workshops that concentrated on autonomous humanlike robots and androids laid a foundation for android science research, a field that integrates the synthetic approach from robotics with the empirical methodologies of the social sciences. Participants, coming from engineering and the social, cognitive, and biological sciences sought fundamental principles underlying cognition and communication between individuals.

In this workshop, we will focus on the further enhanced and broadened usage of teleoperated androids that can provide new means for cognitive science studies, and can bridge the gap between cognitive neuroscience and the behavioral sciences, as well as philosophy, social science and arts, leading to a new way of understanding human beings.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Submission Guideline

Manuscripts must be in English, max. 4 pages following the CogSci format.
Submit by sending the pdf to: nishio _ (replace '_' (underscore) with atmark)

Important Dates

June 15, 2012: Paper submission deadline
July 01, 2012: Notification


For questions/submissions, please contact: Shuichi Nishio [nishio _; replace '_' (underscore) with atmark]