In Japan among humans and machines

Almost a tradition: In October, Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke visited fellow scientists and their laboratories and met with multiple industry partners during an extended “Meet & Greet”- Tour travelling from Osaka to Tokio. Supported by NRW.Invest and their contact in Japan, Georg Löer, who organized some of the meetings, Prof. Dr. Jeschke gave a special lecture at the “IT Symposium Infotec 2017” of the Kansai Institute of Information Systems (KIIS) in Osaka and discussed the usage of artificial intelligence in production with Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ R&D Team afterwards. She expanded existing scientific networks with the University of Osaka by meeting Prof. Minuro Asada and Prof. Tsukasa Ogasawara, the Vice President of NAIST in Nara. Further appointments related to humanoid research with Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, Visiting Director at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and his Android “ERICA”, who functions as receptionist in Ishiguro’s Lab, followed. Her sensor technology and facial “expressions” mimic the communication with a human dialogue partner to surprising resemblance. The RWTH Research Alumni Conference “The Fine Line Between Humans and Machines” also dealt with the border between humans and robots on 21. October 2017. Prof. Jeschke gave a Keynote presentation to Alumni of the RWTH Aachen University, who currently work and research in Japan, covering the development of artificial intelligence from “supervised learning” to “artificial creativity”. Other stations of her trip were visits in Tokio at Mujin Inc., a producer of highly innovative industry robots, as well as the railway division from Toshiba and Hitachi and the research center of FR East Railway Company. Diverse meetings e.g. at the Japanese embassy and conference visits completed the program. Although the taifun “Lan” cut some of the meetings off, there were nevertheless lots of enriching encounters, which offer a unique opportunity for scientific and economic networking between Germany and Japan.

For further information please contact Dr. Katja Schneider, assistant to the Heads of institutes.