International Symposium at Kyutech May 23

European project cybSpeed

International Symposium for “Potentials and Perspectives of Communication among Humans and Agents Including Robots and Animals”

Date: May 22, 13:00 – 17:30

May 23, 9:00 – 17:00

Place: Conference Center, Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology

Address: 2- 3 Hibikino, Wakamatsu-ku


Organizers: EU Horizon 2020 – MSCA-RISE CyberSPEED and Kyutech

MEXT Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas: Evolinguistics :


The purpose of this research project is twofold: First, we aim to construct a scenario of language evolution which is consistent with linguistics, biology, and human evolutionary and developmental studies, the adequacy of which is to be evaluated by constructive methods including mathematical models. Second, based on the scenario we make proposals for our successful future communication. Through these endeavors, our goal is to form a new area of human science which studies language evolution for co-creative communication. We call it Evolinguistics.

Language is an epoch-making technology which allowed humans to integrate individual knowledge into civilizations. Currently we are about to create new forms of communication based on language and information technology. We believe that by understanding the origins and evolution of language we can attain a deeper clarifying of our human nature and design our successful future communication. We try to provide solutions to today’s problems, including international conflicts brought about by globalization, welfare gaps caused by unequal information accessibility and mal-adaptiveness to rapidly changing communication styles.


EU H2020 CyberSPEED :

The aim of the current EU Horizon 2020 – MSCA RISE project CybSPEED is to advance a novel framework for analysis, modelling, synthesis and implementation of Cyber-Physical Systems for pedagogical rehabilitation in special education, based on a combination of the best of experience and achievements of the partners in the domains of brain-aware robotics, cognitive biometrics, computational intelligence and reasoning in humanoid and non-humanoid robots for education.

The CybSPEED project emphasizes the intrinsic-motivational approach to learning by designing human-robot situations (games, pedagogical cases, artistic performances) and advanced interfaces (brain-computer, eye-gaze tracking and virtual reality) where children and students interact with the novel technology to enhance the underlying self-compensation and complementarity of brain encoding during learning. The project aspires to establish as well as to sustain an innovation network across the EU, Japan (Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) as the official partner), Chile and Morocco that will pursue top-level research on three levels – 1) analysis of cognitive biometrics signals, 2) modeling of the learner-robot interaction and 3) development of novel instruments toward an optimal design of “Cyber-Physical Systems for improved Pedagogical rEhabilitation in EDucation.”


Schedule: [Day 1]

13:00 – 13:50 <Plenary Talk 1> Vision and Perspectives of “Evolinguistics: Integrative Studies of Language Evolution for Co-creative Communication”

*Kazuo Okanoya (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

13:50 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 14:35 Linguistic Social Robot Control by Crowd-Computing Feedback

*Vassilis Kaburlasos (Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMaTTech), Greece) slides

14:35 – 14:50 Coffee Break

14:50 – 15:25 Possible Involvement of Cerebellum in Perception and Mental Manipulation of Symbol in Board Game Experts

* Hironori Nakatani (The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)

15:20 – 15:55 Brain Robot Interface for Assessing the Emotions of Children with Special Educational Needs

*Anna Lekova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), Bulgaria) slides

16:00 – 16:35 Variability predicts learnability in songbird vocalization

*Ryosuke O. Tachibana (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

16:40 – 17:30 General Discussion

18:00 – 20:00 Banquet

[Day 2]

9:00 – 9:50 <Plenary Talk 2> Vision and Perspectives of “CybSPEED: Cyber-Physical Systems for PEdagogical Rehabilitation in Special Education”

*Manuel Graña Romay (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain) slides

9:50 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:35 Recognition of Agency and Morality in Robots: Effect of Reasoning and Bodily Coordination

*Takashi Hashimoto (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan)

10:40 – 11:15 Human Activity Recognition and Applications to Healthcare Domain

*Sozo Inoue (Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan)

11:20 – 12:40 Lunch


12:40 – 13:15 Pointing to an Invisible Object Behind a Wall: Comprehension of Pointing with a Bent Index Finger (tentative title)

*Harumi Kobayashi (Tokyo Denki University, Japan).

13:20 – 13:55 BLE Signal Fingerprint for Indoor Localization Using Smart Phone

*Brahim Benaissa, Filip Hendrichovsky, Kaori Yoshida, Mario Köppen (Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan), Peter Sinčák (Technical University of Košice, Slovakia)

14:00 – 14:35 Understanding Human Behavior Using Sensor Data

*Paula Lago (Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan)

14:35 – 14:50 Coffee Break

14:50 – 15:40 <Plenary Talk 3> Project “Art-social children’s center”

*Tsvete Yaneva (Theatre Tsvete, Bulgaria)

15:40 – 15:50 Break

15:50 – 16:25 Approach to Symbol Grounding Problem and Intention Sharing: Analysis of EEG’s Phase Synchrony Network in Symbolic Communication Task

*Masayuki Fujiwara (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan)

16:25 – 16:50 Advances in Brain-Inspired Robotics and Neural Dynamics

*Hiroaki Wagatsuma (Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan)

16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks