Séminaire NEURO : Koh Hosoda

Titre du séminaire et orateur

Soft Humanoid Robotics.

Koh Hosoda, Université d'Osaka.

Date et lieu

Vendredi 17 mars 2017, 11h.

Université de Cergy-Pontoise, site de St-Martin 1, bât. A, salle 570 (locaux ETIS).


We have been working on hard humanoid robots consisting of rigid links, electric motors or hydraulic actuators. We have succeeded in a lot of tasks by utilizing precise control. However, looking at humans, our body is consisting of soft material and the control is very imprecise. Nevertheless, humans can behave adaptively and can realize amazing task performance. One of the underlying mysteries there is soft morphology of our body. Our body is well-designed though long-time evolution, and its morphology plays a great role to realize adaptive behavior. Especially, soft muscular-skeletal structure is supposed to be very important.

I will talk about our endeavors to understand the role of our soft body by building muscular-skeletal humanoid robots. I will introduce a variety of humanoid robots, the upper torso, legs and feet, a series of trials to generate hypothesis on our soft body. Such hypothesis will help us to build far more adaptive humanoid robots in the next generation.