BRL Seminars

19th March 2019 @ 14:00 – 15:00 Europe/London Timezone
Frenchay Campus

SEMINAR Friday 19 March 2019

We are pleased to host a talk by Prof. Hideyuki Nakanishi
Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Osaka University

Date: Tuesday, 19th of March 2019
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Location: BRL Seminar Room

Title: Robot-Enhanced Displays for Social Telepresence
Speaker(s): Prof. Hideyuki Nakanishi

Social Telepresence means communicating social presence. The bandwidth of this communication has been expanding in two ways. One is an increasing variety of modalities: Voice, video, touch, embodiment, and so on. The other is an increasing quality of each modality: Life-size video, binaural audio, haptic devices, humanoid robots, and so on. There remains a vast number of unexploited ways to combine these modalities. For example, there is a huge gap between the designs of LCD TVs and teleoperated robots. Commercial telepresence robots are an intermediate design, and there are many other possible intermediate designs. Repeating design and development of those designs is essential to advance social telepresence technologies. In this talk I present two distinct examples of combining LCD TVs and teleoperated robots. One is a window-type robot-enhanced display where a display works as a window to embody visually and also physically a remote conversation partner’s nonverbal behaviors. The other is a mirror-type robot-enhanced display whose display shows the mirrored reflections of both conversation participants and also a physical apparatus that can be virtually shared by them and can be physically moved by them.

Speaker Bio: Hideyuki Nakanishi is an associate professor in Department of Adaptive Machine Systems at Osaka University. He received B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science, and a Ph.D. degree in informatics from Kyoto University in 1996, 1998 and 2001 respectively. He is currently working on creating and testing robotic technologies for everyday life including telepresence robots, robotic salespersons, and pet robots.


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