24 MARCH 2022
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KOHEI NAKAJIMA (University of Tokyo)
Abstract: Input-driven dynamical systems can be viewed as information processing devices, and reservoir computing (RC) is one of the recent approaches that can explore this perspective in practice. Because of its generic nature, RC is not limited to digital simulations of neural networks, and any high-dimensional dynamical system can serve as a reservoir if it has the appropriate properties. The approach using a physical entity rather than abstract computational units as a reservoir is called physical reservoir computing (PRC). In this presentation, through a number of examples, we will explore how the RC/PRC framework can provide a novel view of embodied intelligence and soft robotics.
JOANNA BRYSON (Hertie School of Governance)
Abstract: Is semantic meaning derived only from direct empirical experience of the world, or can it be transmitted between agents and co-constructed as a community? I will suggest neither of these is entirely true. Rather semantic meaning must be socially constructed. Language is by its nature a collaborative process of reifying the most useful concepts for a particular society for their collaborative opportunities. This talk can be seen as starting from our 2017 paper on the presence of human implicit biases in AI, which also demonstrates those bias’s origins in our lived experience. From this I consider the impacts of embodied experience on human and artificial intelligence. I also discuss briefly implications for ethics.
ALLISON OKAMURA (Stanford university)
Abstract: Haptic devices allow touch-based information transfer between humans and intelligent systems, enabling communication in a salient but private manner that frees other sensory channels. For such devices to become ubiquitous, their physical and computational aspects must be intuitive and unobtrusive. The amount of information that can be transmitted through touch is limited in large part by the location, distribution, and sensitivity of human mechanoreceptors. Not surprisingly, many haptic devices are designed to be held or worn at the highly sensitive fingertips, yet stimulation using a device attached to the fingertips precludes natural use of the hands. Thus, we explore the design of a wide array of haptic feedback mechanisms, ranging from devices that can be actively touched by the fingertips to multi-modal haptic actuation mounted on the arm. We demonstrate how these devices are effective in virtual reality, human-machine communication, and human-human communication.
MORNING SHORT TALKS (VIDEOS)
- Dana Damian: Resilient soft robots – a view from inside the human body
- Etienne Burdet: Body adaptation to improve haptic sensitivity
- Kenji Suzuki: Human Robotics and Embodied Intelligence
- Kanako Harada: Interdisciplinary research for medical robots
- Peter Xu: Digestion Robotics
- Darwin Lau: Robotics for Smart Construction and Living
- PANEL DISCUSSION
AFTERNOON SHORT TALKS (VIDEOS)
- Thrishantha Nanayakkara: A soft Robotics approach to understand how the brain tunes the body to make real-time computation more effective [Recording not possible]
- Cynthia Sung: Designing Compliance for Dynamical Tasks
- Seppe Terryn: Self-healing soft robots
- Marco Hutter: Learning to walk
- Rob Wood: The Mechanical Side of Artificial Intelligence
- PANEL DISCUSSION