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RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters Guardian Robot Project

Project Leader: Michihiko Minoh (D.Eng.)

Research Summary

Michihiko Minoh (D.Eng.)

In April 2019, we launched a new project to promote R&D for the social implementation of next-generation robots ("brain x AI") that synergistically incorporate the strengths of psychology, brain science, cognitive science and AI research toward a future society where humans, AI and robots can flexibly coexist. Conventional robots have mostly performed only limited tasks based on detailed instructions from humans. However, this project aims to develop a robot that can autonomously recognize its environment and the state of the person it is supposed to support and provide assistance unobtrusively without compromising the autonomy of the person, with appropriate interaction.

Main Research Fields

  • Complex Systems

Related Research Fields

  • Engineering
  • Informatics
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering
  • Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Perceptual Information Processing
  • Cognitive Science


  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Engineering

Lab Members

Principal investigator

Michihiko Minoh
Project Leader

Core members

Masayuki Ihara
Senior Scientist
Yasuki Saito
Research Administrator
Ritsuko Iwai
Research Scientist
Heikki Sakari Ruuska
Research Associate
Christiane Mietzsch
Research Associate

Contact Information

3rd Floor, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
2-2-2 Hikaridai Seika-cho, Sorakugun, Kyoto
619-0288 Japan (Kansai Science City)
Email: robotics-info [at] ml.riken.jp


Interactive Robot Research Team
Takashi Minato (D.Eng)
Multimodal Data Recognition Research Team
Yasutomo Kawanishi (Ph.D.)
Man-Machine Collaboration Research Team
Takashi Minato (D.Eng.)
Behavior Learning Research Team
Yutaka Nakamura (D.Eng.)