Workshop on 'Avatar-Symbiotic Society'

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

(Accepted) May 29th, 2023 MW25: Avatar-Symbiotic Society 


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)

Location: ICC Capital Suite 2


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

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

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

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

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

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

6.       Dr. Abdelghani  Chibani (Associate Professor, University Paris Est Créteil)

7.       Dr. Ghazaleh Khodabandelou (Associate Professor, University Paris Est Creteil)

8.  Prof. Eric Matson (CERIAS center of Purdue University)

9.      Mr. Koji Kamei  (Co-chai0r of OMG Robotics Domain Task Force, JARA/NTT, Japan)

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

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


9:00 -Session #1Session Title: Avatar Symbiotic Society and Related Technology
Session Chair: Takahiro Miyashita (ATR, Japan)
9:00 - 9:20S1-1Short talk 1-1: Prof. Takayuki Nagai (Osaka Univ., Japan)
Cooperative control of multiple Cybernetic Avatars
9:20 - 9:40S1-2Short talk 1-2: Ms. Yukiko Horikawa (ATR, Japan)
Software Platform for Cybernetic Avatars and its field experiments
9:40 - 10:00S1-3Short talk 1-3: Prof. Shinpei Kawaoka (Kyoto Univ., Japan) Remotely join
Integrative biological analyses on how avatars and devices affect users
10:00 - 10:30S1-KKeynote 1: Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka Univ., Japan) Remotely join through Geminoid
Avatar and the Future Society
10:30 - 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 - Session #2Session Title: Avatar Related Services enabled with Semantic AI Technology
Session Chair: Prof. Yacine Amirat, (UPEC, France)
11:30 - 11:50S2-1Short talk 2-1:  Dr. Aomar Osmani  (University Sorbonne Paris Nord, France)
Domain-Knowledge theories and Meta learning to enhance Cybernetic avatars' cognitive capabilities
11:50 - 12:10S2-2Short talk 2-2: Prof. Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil) Remotely join
IEEE Standard for creating Responsible Innovation Systems.
12:10 - 12:30S2-3Short talk 2-3: Dr. Ghazaleh Khodabandelou (University Paris Est Creteil)
Title: Optimizing Deep Learning Methods for Human Activity Recognition and Anticipation by Cybernetic Avatars.
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Poster Session
15:00 - Session #3Session Title: Standardization and Realization
Session Chair: Prof. Takashi Yoshimi (SIT, Japan)
15:00 - 15:30S3-KKeynote 3: Prof. Eric Matson (CERIAS center of Purdue University)
Integration of self-organizing autonomous sensors within a HARMS structure
15:30 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 16:50S3-1Short talk 3-1: Mr. Koji Kamei (JARA/NTT, Japan) Remotely join
Robotic Service Technologies in OMG: Robotic Interaction Service Framework and Robotic Service Ontology
16:50 - 17:10S3-2Short talk 3-2: Prof. Abdelghani Chibani (UPEC, France)
Integrating Spatio-temporal Ontologies with Privacy Aware Learning and Semantic Reasoning through the E-Corridor Framework
17:10 - 17:30S3-3Short talk 3-3: Dr. Jun Baba (Cyberagent, Inc., Japan) Remotely join
Sota 100: Field Experiments for Cybernetic Avatars in Avatar Symbiotic Society
Wrap up