Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision
(CS 528)

A Small Biped Entertainment Robot Exploring Attractive Applications

Yoshihiro Kuroki
Entertainment Robot Company
Sony Corporation Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, 4:15PM
TCSeq 200


We have been developing a small biped entertainment robot SDR (Sony Dream Robot) since 1997. In November 2000 we proposed the first prototype SDR-3X. It made demonstrative dynamic and attractive motion performances using the key technologies such as the advanced and integrated robot actuator ISA (Intelligent Servo Actuator) and the Whole Body Cooperative Dynamic Motion Control. QRIO (SDR-4X II) is the latest and most advanced model and has important new capabilities such as a safe design and functions for safe physical interaction with human. An advanced motion control system, Real-time Integrated Adaptive Motion Control using the enhanced ISA and sensors has been developed. It enables real-time adaptive motion control against external force, real-time adaptive and controlled falling over, and standing up on a floor. In addition, we have also developed a motion creating software system that allows non-specialists to design and create attractive motion performances including biped walking in synchrony with music. Also, Real-world Space Perception Technology and Multi-modal Human Interaction Technology have been developed to utilize the functions of 3D visual recognition and detection of individuals by face and speech recognition. In addition, speech synthesis and singing voice production are also developed for enhancement of entertainment applications. Some attractive motion performances are introduced as possible applications by real QRIOs.

About the Speaker

Yoshihiro Kuroki received the B. S. and M. S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Waseda University, Japan, in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He joined Sony Corporation from 1977 and was engaged in development of the high-speed assembly robot and intelligent robot systems. In 1997 he started a research project on a small biped entertainment robot, SDR in Sony. Now he is a general manager of Sony's Entertainment Robot Company. He is a member of the Society of Biomechanisms Japan and the Robotics Society of Japan.


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