First International Symposium on
30th - 31st January 2004, Villa Nobel, Sanremo, Italy

Humanoids for Elderly People Support

Hirochika Inoue
Professor, Department of Mechano-Informatics
School of Information Science and Technology
The University of Tokyo

This talk will introduce the current state of humanoid research and development, both in University environment and government project. Then the possibility for making home robot application is discussed.

As the Japanese population structure is rapidly moving to elderly society, the author attempts to discuss whether the humanoid technology can contribute to make elderly people more and longer independence.

Technical problems, social acceptance, and our culture and mind for human machine interaction might be discussed.

Draft 18th Jan '04