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Humanoid Research Group (Humanoid)

  Humanoid Research Group (HRG for short) has developed humanoid robots HRP-2, HRP-3, HRP-4C and HRP-4 with cooperation of several private companies and software platform for humanoid robotics OpenHRP and Choreonoid. HRG has realized various motions of humanoid robots such as biped locomotion on a rough terrain, lying down and getting up, safety falling, passing through narrow passage, manipulating objects while supporting itself by a hand, Japanese traditional dancing, and demonstrated them at several events. The current objectives of HRG is the realization of a humanoid robot that can work in oppressive working conditions in place of humans. HRG is developing a humanoid robot hardware which has sensing ability for rich interaction with the surrounding environment and whole body motion planning and control technologies.

Integrated robotics GUI environment, Choreonoid
Humanoid robot HRP-5P
carrying a 13kg construction material


Field Robotics Research Group (frrg)

  There are growing demands for application of field robots in the background such as decreasing workers in heavy labor and dangerous zone, frequent natural disasters, and infrastructure deterioration. The Field Robotics Research Group aims at realizing such robotics systems that contribute to “disaster response,” “maintenance and improvement of social & industrial infrastructure,” and “aerial distribution system” for the realization of a sustainable society. Current topics of R&D include disaster investigation robots, infrastructure inspection robots, logistics drones, autonomous distributed systems, mobility systems, information collection/management systems and AI technologies for robotics. Besides, we are promoting initiatives such as demonstration evaluation of robots for social implementation in real systems.



Mobile Robots for Disaster Investigation & Inspection


Water Robot for Underwater Inspection



Aerial Robot for Bridge Inspection and Logistics


In-Pipe Inspection Robot and AI Acoustic Analysis Method


Signal Processing Research Group (scrg)

  For the purpose of enhancing communication accompanied by empathy between humans; moreover, to realize such empathetic communication between a human and a system, we are researching signal processing technologies to recognize human speech, behavior, and emotions. Furthermore, these signal processing technologies will help in understanding ambient environment, wherein various types of signals, such as speech, environmental sound, and electromagnetic waves, are used. By integrating these technologies, we are aiming to develop systems that enable spontaneous speech dialog and conversation support.

  Concretely, we are pursuing the following research:

  • Spontaneous speech dialog and intention extraction technologies between robots and elderly people with dementia.
  • Anomaly detection technologies to monitor elderly people living alone and to facilitate ambient environment surveillance.
  • Conversation support technology to help people with speech disorders.


Fig. Surveillance system based on ambient sounds.


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Computer Vision Research Group (cvrg)

A new age in which the "eyes of machines" in the form of personal care robots, self-driving vehicles, and similar devices, will support us in many aspects of our lives is gradually emerging. Since humans live depending heavily on visual information, it is desirable that the machines we use to support us possess visual capabilities as good or better than our own. As illustrated in the figure, we are working on R&D to develop a variety of technologies to provide a foundation for realizing the "eyes of machines," and to serve as a bridge between the developed technologies and our society. The three types of technology in the figure (Novel Sensing Systems, Physical Analysis and Pattern Recognition) and their combination represent a technological foundation that gives machines the power to see. Looking ahead, we hope to advance the technologies further and utilize our findings to facilitate safer, more secure social life.


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Interactive Robotics Research Group (irrg)

By approaching from various aspects on interaction between humans, devices and environments, we aim at creating a technology unifying human simulation and robotics that is useful for product design and life support. The first axis is to develop a system for human-centered product design through understanding humans' recognition and behavior principles by using a digital human that can model its shape, musculo-skeletal structure and motions, as well as interactions with environments. Another main research topic is development of a humanoid robot that can reproduce various human behaviors to serve as an evaluator of products such as assistive devices, by estimating the mechanical effects in a quantitative manner, which is difficult with human measurement.



Human simulations for various product design

  Quantitative evaluation of wearable devices by a humanoid


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TICO-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Advanced Logistics (tico-alcrl)

Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), a top manufacturer of industrial equipment and integrated logistics systems, and AIST inaugurated "TICO-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Advanced Logistic (AL Lab)". TICO has the capability for developing a variety of high-quality, high-performance and eco-friendly products. AIST has advanced technologies in Robotics, AI, and data analytics. By combining those technologies, we will accelerate development of intelligent/autonomous industrial vehicle/equipment and realize advanced/smart logistics solutions. (Established in October 2016)


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