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Technical Program
Program Schedule Plenary Talks Tutorial & Workshop Oral Session
- Nov. 27, 2012 (Tue.)
Oral Session
- Nov. 28, 2012 (Wed.)
Poster Session
- Nov. 27, 2012 (Tue.)
Poster Session
- Nov. 28, 2012 (Wed.)
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Plenary Talks

Name Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena More
Affiliation Imperial College, London, UK.
Date&Time Nov. 27, 2012 / 10:50 ~ 11:40
Title An Overview of Surgical Robotics in the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory
Abstract The talk will start with an overview of surgical robotics in the United Kingdom, followed by a description of some of the current research activities in the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory. A few case studies will be covered in detail, including the group's unique experience in robotic assisted orthopaedic surgery and the latest developments in percutaneous needle steering with a flexible needle inspired by the egg-laying channel of certain parasitic wasps. The lecture will conclude with some final thoughts and an outlook on what may be some of the more exciting challenges in surgical robotics in years to come.
Biography Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from King’s College London in 2000. He then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, where he gained a PhD in Medical Robotics. He is now a Reader (associate professor) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he leads the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory. His past research contributed to the world-first robotic assisted intervention in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, while his current research interests lie in the application of mechatronic systems to medicine, in the specific areas of clinical training, diagnostics and surgical intervention.
Name Katsushi Ikeuchi More
Affiliation The Univ. of Tokyo
Date&Time Nov. 28, 2012 / 10:35 ~ 11:25
Title Programming-by-demonstration
Abstract We have been developing the paradigm referred to as "programming-by-demonstration." The method involves simple observation of what a human is doing and generation of robot programs to mimic the same operations. The first half of this talk presents the history of what we have done so far under this paradigm. Here, we emphasize the top-down approach to utilize pre-defined, mathematically derived, task-and-skill models for observing and mimicking human operations. We will show several examples of task-and-skill models applicable in different domains. Then, the second half focuses on our newest effort to make a humanoid robot dance Japanese folk dances using the same paradigm. Human dance motions are recorded using optical or magnetic motion-capture systems. These captured motions are segmented into tasks using motion analysis, music information, and task-and-skill models. We can characterize personal differences of dance using task-and-skill models. Then, we can map these motion models onto robot motions by considering dynamic and structural differences between human and robot bodies. As a demonstration of our system, I will show a video in which a humanoid robot performs two Japanese folk dances, Jongara-bushi and Aizu-bandaisan-odori.
Biography Dr. Katsushi Ikeuchi is a Professor at the University of Tokyo. He received a Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1978. After working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI Lab for two years, Electrotechnical Lab, Japan for five years, and Carnegie Mellon University for ten years, he joined the university in 1996. His research interest spans computer vision, robotics, and computer graphics. He has received several awards, including the IEEE Marr Award, the IEEE RAS most active distinguished lecturer award and the IEEE-CS ICCV Significant Researcher Award as well as Shiju Houshou (the Medal of Honor with Purple ribbon) from the Emperor. He is a fellow of IEEE, IEICE, IPSJ, and RSJ.

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