In the beginning of March I traveled to Japan for HRI’13 and several lab visits around the country.
While in Tokyo, we visited three labs from University of Tokyo. They have impressive work in humanoid robots.
After HRI, our next stop was Inuyama where the Primate Research Institute (PRI) from University of Kyoto is located. One of the main research topics at PRI is symbolic representation and working memory in chimpanzees. Ai, the chimpanzee in the picture below, is able to order numerical sequences among other remarkable capabilities.
On the next day, we continued our journey west towards Kyoto to visit Nishida Lab and ATR’s Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories.