Workshop on 'Avatar-Symbiotic Society'

2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), ExCeL London, UK,

(under reviewed)


This workshop aims at presenting the ongoing progress of the Moonshot (MS) human-centered long-term R&D program. It will discuss by focusing to deal with the future realization of an avatar-symbiotic society and cybernetic avatars (CAs). In the workshop, semi-autonomous tele-operated robots and CG agents are called CAs. We discuss the suitable way of an avatar-symbiotic society and the direction of future R&D. CAs are expected to offer humans a myriad of virtual and physical services to free us from limitations of body, brain, space, and time in order to perform active social roles without constraint. The goal for the field of CAs’ study is to develop and implement avatar-symbiosis within a harmonious future society. The technologies and services will enable a diverse range of social activities via remote operation where users interacting or teleoperating CAs in the cyber and the physical worlds seamlessly. These services are expected to augment capabilities and sometimes compensate for disabilities of people from various social backgrounds, in particular those related to the physical, cognitive, perceptual even gender domains. The discussion of the workshop will help us to adapt and adjust to a new human-centered ‘Cybernetic Avatar Life.’


Full-day (hybrid)


Takahiro Miyashita (ATR)

Takashi Yoshimi (Shibaura Institute of Technology)

Abdelghani Chibani (UPEC)

Yacine Amirat (UPEC)

List of topics

The list of topics is as follows (but not limited to).

  • Cybernetic Avatars technologies,
  • Tele-operated robots and CG agents as avatars,
  • Biological investigation for avatar users,
  • Standardization of semantic services development,
  • Learning methods to model context, behaviors and intentions, emotions and mental states,
  • Continuum between Virtual and Physical Locations,
  • Haptics and Interaction between physical and virtual objects,
  • Planning life and Handling Contingencies with CAs,
  • Multiagent systems research for CAs,
  • Conversational AI,
  • Transparency and Trust in the Cas world,
  • Metaverse vs CAs, and 
  • Ethics issues

List of Speakers (tentative)

1.       Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Professor, Osaka University, Japan)

2.       Prof. Takayuki Nagai (Professor, Osaka University, Japan)

3.       Dr. Shinpei Kawaoka (Associate Professor, Tohoku University, Japan)

4.       Dr. Takahiro Miyashita (Director, ATR, Japan)

5.       Ms. Yukiko Horikawa (Research Engineer, ATR, Japan)

6.       Dr. Aomar Osmani  (Associate Professor, CNRS LIPN, University Sorbonne Paris Nord)  

7.       Dr. Craig Schlenoff  (Senior Researcher, Group Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology)

         (Associate Vice President for Standardization, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)

8.       Prof. Edson Prestes (Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

9.       Dr. Abdelghani  CHIBANI (Associate Professor, University Paris Est Créteil)

10.     Dr. Kristiina Jokinen (Senior Researcher AI Research Center, AIST, Japan)

11.     Dr. Suyoung Chi  (KAR/ETRI, Korea)

12.     Prof. Takashi Yoshimi  (Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan)

13.     Mr. Koji Kamei  (Co-chair of OMG Robotics Domain Task Force, JARA/NTT, Japan)

14.     Dr. Jun Baba ( Chief research scientist, CyberAgent, Inc.)

Schedule (tentative)

10:00 -Session #1Session Title: Avatar Symbiotic Society and Related Technology
Session Chair: Takahiro Miyashita (ATR, Japan)
10:00 - 10:40S1-KKeynote 1: Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka Univ., Japan)
The Realization of an Avatar-Symbiotic Society where Everyone can Perform Active Roles without Constraint
10:40 - 11:00S1-1Short talk 1-1: Prof. Takayuki Nagai (Osaka Univ., Japan)
Cooperative control of multiple Cybernetic Avatars
11:00 - 11:20S1-2Short talk 1-2: Ms. Yukiko Horikawa (ATR, Japan)
Software Platform for Cybernetic Avatars and its field experiments
11:20 - 11:40S1-3Short talk 1-3: Prof. Shinpei Kawaoka (Kyoto Univ., Japan)
Integrative biological analyses on how avatars and devices affect users
11:40 - 13:00Lunch Time
13:00 - Session #2Session Title: Avatar Related Services enabled with Semantic AI Technology
Session Chair: Prof. Yacine Amirat, (UPEC, France)
13:00 - 13:40S2-KKeynote 2 (tentative): Researcher of Metaverse, from Meta
Title: The possibility of the Metaverse
13:40 - 14:00S2-1Short talk 2-1: Dr. Kristiina Jokinen (AIST, Japan)
RASA Meets ROS: Conversational Agents for Robots
14:00 - 14:20S2-2Short talk 2-2:  Dr. Aomar Osmani  (University Sorbonne Paris Nord, France)
Domain-Knowledge theories and Meta learning to enhance Cybernetic avatars' cognitive capabilities
14:20 - 14:40S2-3Short talk 2-3: Prof. Abdel Chibani (UPEC, France)
Integrating Spatio-temporal Ontologies with Learning and Planning Semantic Services
14:40 - 15:00Coffee Break
15:00 - Session #3Session Title: Standardization and Realization
Session Chair: Prof. Takashi Yoshimi (SIT, Japan)
15:00 - 15:40S3-KKeynote 3: Dr. Craig Schlenoff (NIST, USA)
Robotics and AI Standards within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
15:40 - 16:00S3-1Short talk 3-1: Mr. Koji Kamei (JARA/NTT, Japan)
Robotic Service Technologies in OMG: Robotic Interaction Service Framework and Robotic Service Ontology
16:00 - 16:20S3-2Short talk 3-2: Prof. Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil)
Ethics in the core of AI and Robotic Systems Design
16:20 - 16:40S3-3Short talk 3-3: Dr. Jun Baba (Cyberagent, Inc., Japan)
Sota 100: Field Experiments for Cybernetic Avatars in Avatar Symbiotic Society
Wrap up