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The 3rd International Symposium on Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics: Toward Constructive Developmental Science


Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University “Division of Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics”

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research “Constructive Developmental Science Based on Understanding the Process from Neuro-Dynamics to Social Interaction”

Date:Sunday, December 11 – Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Place:Science Hall, Senri Life Science Center, Osaka, Japan (Access)

Fee:No fee except banquet

Registration : Registration form


    Sunday, December 11

  • 09:30-09:45
  • Minoru Asada (Osaka University)


  • 09:45-10:30
  • Shigeru Kitazawa (Osaka University)


  • 10:30-11:15
  • Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)


  • 11:15-12:00
  • Yasuhiko Murakami (Osaka University)


  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-14:15
  • Helge Ritter (Bielefeld University)


  • 14:15-15:00
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)

    "Principles of Interactive Robots"

  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee break
  • 15:30-16:15
  • Takashi Fujikado (Osaka University)

    "Artificial Vision"

  • 16:15-17:00
  • Masayuki Hirata (Osaka University)


  • 17:00-19:00 Poster presentation
  • Monday, December 12

  • 09:30-10:15
  • Minoru Asada (Osaka University)

    "Constructive Developmental Science: a transdisciplinary approach"

  • 10:15-11:00
  • Jihoon Park & Yuji Kawai (Osaka University)


  • 11:00-11:45
  • Mitsuru Kikuchi (Kanazawa University)

    "Atypical brain activity in children with autism spectrum disorder"

  • 11:45-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-14:00
  • Rechele Brooks (University of Washington)


  • 14:00-14:45
  • Yukie Nagai (Osaka University)

    "Predictive learning: Its key role in cognitive development"

  • 14:45-15:15
  • Eiichi Naito (NICT)


  • 15:15-15:45
  • Tomoyo Morita (Osaka University)


  • 15:45-16:15 Coffee break
  • 16:15-17:00
  • Shinsuke Shimojo (Caltech)


  • 17:00-17:45
  • Hideyuki Takahashi (Osaka University)


  • 18:00-20:00 Banquet
  • Tuesday, December 13

  • 09:30-10:15
  • Giulio Sandini (Italian Institute of Technology)


  • 10:15-10:45
  • Koh Hosoda (Osaka University)


  • 10:45-11:15
  • Hisashi Ishihara (Osaka University)


  • 11:15-11:45
  • Nobutsuna Endo (Tokyo Denki University)


  • 11:45-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-17:45 Workshop
  • 17:45-18:00 Closing

Special lecture : Prof. Shinsuke Shimojo

Sponsor: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research Project (leader: Prof. Minoru Asada)

Date: Octorber 22, 2013

Place: M4-201 of Grad. School of Engineering in Suita campus (Access)

Cost: Free of chage

Speaker: Shinsuke Shimojo(California Institute of Technology)

Title: Being “social” - Interpersonal body and neural synchronization as a marker of implicit social interaction

Abstract: There are three functional levels of the brain being “social” which are dissociable. First level is that of evolution. Sensory, cognitive and motor organs may have evolved optimally for specific social functions. An intriguing example would be the possibility that the human-type trigonometric color vision system possibly had evolved to optimally detect complexion changes in the human face as an emotional display (The skin color hypothesis; Changizi et al., Biol. Letters, ’06). The second level is the brain’s extra-sensitive tuning to social stimuli (such as human faces, gazes and voices), and this has been the mainstream approach. The third level is the most directly social, yet the most challenging - it is where two brains are interacting real-time via some bodily communication (either implicitly or explicitly). In the current presentation, I will provide some evidence at this level, i.e. interpersonal connectivity between two brains as an implicit biological basis of social functions. One may have experienced his or her footsteps unconsciously synchronize with the footsteps of a friend while walking together, or heard an audience’s clapping hands naturally synchronize into a steady rhythm. However, the mechanisms of body movement synchrony and the role of this phenomenon in implicit interpersonal interactions remain unclear. We aimed to evaluate unconscious body movement synchrony changes as an index of implicit interpersonal interaction between the participants, and also to assess the underlying neural correlates and functional connectivity among and within the brain regions (Yun, et al., Sci. Reports, ’12). We found that synchrony of both fingertip movement and neural activity between the two participants increased after cooperative interaction. These results suggest that the increase of interpersonal body movement synchrony via interpersonal interaction can be a measurable basis of implicit social interaction. The paradigm provides a tool for identifying the behavioral and the neuralcorrelates of implicit social interaction.

International symposium "Past and future directions of cognitive developmental robotics"

Sponsor: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research Project (leader: Prof. Minoru Asada)

Co-Sponsor: Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka university

Date: October 4, 2013

Place:Osaka University Nakanoshima Center 10F (Osaka city, Osaka, Japan: Access)

Cost:Free of chage

Contents: We would like to invite you to our symposium, in which JSPS project leader, Prof. Minoru Asada, talk about the perspective of Constructive Developmental Science. And, we will invite two foreign forefront researchers, Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos and Prof. Rolf Pfeifer and three Japanese researchers related to our project for discussing about the past and future directions of cognitive developmental robotics.


Registration & Contact: Symposium Secretariat, Asada Lab., Osaka University
E-mail: tokusui-sympo[AT]

Please write your name, position, and affiliation in your registration mail with the subject "[Registration]Symposium"
You can also do participation registration at a registration office on the conference day.

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Kickoff International Symposium

Sponsor: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research Project (leader: Prof. Minoru Asada)


Date: November 28, 2012

Place: Life Science Center Science Hall (Senri-chuo, Osaka, Japan: Access)

Cost: Free of chage

Registration: Online Registration

Contents: We would like to invite you to our symposium, in which JSPS project leader, Prof. Minoru Asada, and some project members will talk about our plan. Additionally, we will invite two researchers related to our project, prof. emeritus Claes von Hofsten and prof. Giulio Sandini (both tentative) to discuss our project from views of experimental developmental psychology and cognitive robotics.


Contact Us: Symposium Secretariat, Asada Lab., Osaka University
E-mail: tokusui-sympo[AT]

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