Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, from Osaka University, gave the first presentation at the Spanish Conference on Computer Science which was is currently underway at the University of Salamanca.

Ishiguro is the creator of the “Geminoids”, robots capable of interacting with humans. He highlighted the creation of humanoid robot societies and expressed his conviction that within the next few years we will have the capability to create societies of robots who can communicate among themselves, most likely in Japan where the society is already prepared to implement this type of system.

Professor Ishiguro’s presentation focused on the significance of these robots for humans. This type of research raises many questions about how humans perceive other humans, our relationship with the machines we create, and the role of robotics and artificial intelligence in the near future. According to the professor, the elderly experience many difficulties in relating to this type of humanoid, and struggle to recognise and interact with them. For this reason, development is currently underway on the Telenoid robot, a simple design for an interactive humanoid with an undefined age and gender, with which older users tend to interact better.

It was a privilege to have Professor Ishiguro present during our conference, as it was just two years ago that he came to Salamanca with the Geminoid HI-4 during the Artificial Intelligence conference.

During his stay in our city he made it a point to visit the facilities of the BISITE research group at the University of Salamanca.

 

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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