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Fumihide Tanaka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering,
Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba

Dr. Fumihide Tanaka received a Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2003. His dissertation was about multitask (lifelong) reinforcement learning. Then, he joined Sony Corporation as a research engineer for entertainment robots such as AIBO/QRIO. In 2004, he started a collaborative research project with the Machine Perception Laboratory in the University of California, San Diego where he and his colleagues conducted a long-term field study of robots interacting with young children in a nursery school. Since then he has been actively working in the area of educational robots and child-robot interaction, and is recognized as a pioneer in these research fields. He moved to academia in 2008, the University of Tokyo (ISI Lab directed by Prof. Yasuo Kuniyoshi), and the University of Tsukuba (now). Dr. Tanaka's professional activities include

  • Director for International Affairs, Robotics Society of Japan (2019-2021).
  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI): Steering Committee (2013-2016), Program Committee (2012-now), Local Co-Chairs (2013), alt.HRI Co-Chairs (2017), Award Committee (2017), and WS/Tutorial Co-Chairs (2019).
  • IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN): Special Program Co-Chairs (2014), WS/Tutorial Co-Chairs (2015), and Award Chair (2015).
  • International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR): Publicity Co-Chairs (2015,2017).
  • International Journal of Social Robotics: Special Issue Editor (2017).
  • IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics (2014-now).
  • JST/NSF Strategic International Research Cooperative Program Committee on Social Robotics (2009-2012).
  • European Research Council: External referee (2015).
  • EU FP7 project advisory board (2013,2014).
  • SoftBank Robotics Corp.: Consultant for new business development (2013-2015).

Staffs/Students (Year 2019)

  • Dante Arturo Arroyo López (Doctoral course, second year)
  • Yohei Noguchi (Doctoral course, first year)
  • Denis Bryan Peña Pachamango (Doctoral course, first year, Mombukagakusho scholarship)
  • Yukiko Kawaguchi (Master course, second year)
  • Motoki Yasuda (Master course, second year)
  • Hikaru Senbonmatsu (Master course, first year)
  • Youchan Yim (Master course, first year)
  • Yijie Guo (Master course, first year)
  • Yuuki Kubota (Bachelor course, fourth year)
  • Takashi Yonezawa (Bachelor course, fourth year)
  • Haobo Zhu (Research student)
  • Hinako Shibazaki (Assistant)

(Updated on October 5, 2019)