Team Janus is FINALIST at the ANA Avatar XPRIZE international competition

It is a bi-located team that gathers expertise from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France. Particularly, it is formed by members of the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (JRL) in Tsukuba, and the Interactive Digital Human group at LIRMM in Montpellier. Additionally, we have a partner, Double R & D, which has developed the dexterous hands for the robot.

Who are we?

HRP-4CR synchronized with the operator

Our Vision

In Roman mythology, Janus represents the transition from the past to the future, like the one we are seeing today with new technologies. It also represents bridges and connections, like the ones we are building between humans and robots: two entities into the same body.

We are using a humanoid avatar. Among all the existing geminoids, HRP-4CR is the only one with a close-to-human look that can walk, manipulate objects, and realize facial expressions. Therefore, we didn’t want to sacrifice the bipedal challenge nor its shape.

Our main mission is to create and advance knowledge for the well-being of humanity and society. Challenging competitions like ANA Avatar XPRIZE are the technological catalyzers for new ideas and technologies.