Lecture and Demonstration on Humanoid Robot in Spain, Italy, and Switzerland

The Japan Foundation organizes a lecture with a demonstration on robotic technology and culture, given by a robot researcher, Mr. Wataru Yoshizaki. This event takes place in Spain, Italy, and Switzerland from November 6 to 13.

Mr. Yoshizaki starts with lecture introducing “V-Sido”, integrated humanoid robot control software, which he developed, and demonstrates its mechanism by operating a small biped robot with a PC and Kinect. At this event, participants can experience how to control a robot using Kinect (for up to 2 – 3 minutes each).

Wochi Kochi Magazine carries a report of the briefing session in Tokyo.

Photo of Humanoid Robot

Humanoid Robot

Dates: November 6 to 13

Tuesday, November 6, 2012   Universidad Carlos Ⅲ de Madrid (Madrid)
Wednesday, November 7, 2012  Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Barcelona)
Friday, November 9, 2012     Istituto Giapponese di Cultura in Roma (Rome)
Monday, November 12, 2012  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Zurich)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne)


Wataru Yoshizaki

Wataru Yoshizaki is now in the final year of a doctoral program at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. He is also a technical staff member at the Digital Human Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. 

Yoshizaki's interest in robots extends back to his childhood, and today he continues to create robots as a doctoral student. In 2009, his idea to develop software for controlling robots was adopted as one of the programs of the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project. Yoshizaki developed V-Sido, an interface software for operating humanoid robots. With the development of this interface software he was certified as one of the project’s Super Creators in 2010. He unveiled the “Kuratas” robot in July 2012, and with the operator able to ride the giant robot while driving it, the robot became a sensation. 

What is V-Sido?

Photo of What is V-Sido?

The most popular way to control a hobby robot was to register a series of specific robot actions on a PC as a “motion.” These motions could then be recalled whenever necessary. But the number of such registered motions was limited, making it difficult for a robot to hit a ball with a bat, carry a package on a slope, or perform other complicated actions.  

V-Sido was originally developed to enable anyone to easily operate a robot without such “motions.” Ordinary people can freely operate their robots simply by installing the software on their PCs and connecting them to the robots. The robots, for instance, can dance or fight with each other. They can also dance spontaneously or seem to write characters in the air as instructed by the operators. The operators input their instructions through the robot’s computer graphics on the PC screen using the mouse or an iPhone. 

The key feature of V-Sido is the constant link between the simulator and the robot. In other words, when you move the robot displayed on the simulator (computer graphics) on the screen with the mouse, the robot mimics the same action. This allows the operator to manipulate the robot to take any position on the spot. The software automatically examines whether the robot is at risk of tumbling and modifies its stance accordingly. 

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