The Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) is an annual international conference focusing on the intersection of robotics and machine learning.

November 8 - 11, 2021
London & Virtual

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Technologies &
Business use case

Technology 01

Tachyon: High Payload, Robust, and Dynamic Quadruped Robot with Series-Parallel Elastic Actuators

Tachyon is a quadruped robot designed to achieve high payload, robust, and dynamic locomotion on the various terrain with high energy efficiency. Thanks to a novel compact series-parallel elastic actuator (SPEA) on the upper link and a four-bar linkage design in the knee joint for constant vertical foot force, the 41-kg robot can carry more than 20 kg of payloads with dynamic walking. The combination of a robust horizontal CoM stabilizer and SPEA joint torque controller provides low impedance force controllability of the whole-body even when only the knee joint can accurately detect its joint torque. The major performance of Tachyon is demonstrated by carrying a 20-kg rice bag-half of its body weight-and climbing stairs with dynamic locomotion. When the robot climbs the stairs, the SPEA parallel spring improves energy efficiency by 16% and is also effective for various other gaits. The robustness of the robot is also shown by its high flexibility and fall avoidance capability when an unknown disturbance of 400 N or more is applied.

  • Yasuhisa Kamikawa

    Sony R&D Center Tokyo, Japan

    Yasuhisa Kamikawa is the robotics researcher at Sony R&D Center in Tokyo. After joining the Sony robotics team in 2013, he worked on medical robots within Medical Business Group, haptics research as a visiting researcher at Stanford University, and recently legged robots at Sony R&D Center in Tokyo. Yasuhisa holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from Keio University.

Technology 02

Sony AI - A Place for Grand Challenges

Since the early days of my academic career, I've had a strong desire to understand the universe, life, and intelligence, and a deep passion for designing and building electronic devices - mostly audio systems. After I challenged myself in particle physics - where I had a lot of fun trying to develop a quantum field theory of tachyonic particles - I turned my attention to artificial intelligence. Since then, I've gained increasing confidence in the future of AI and Robotics and how such technologies will become an integral part of human society, working in harmony with people.

I've also come to believe that technological breakthrough is not possible without an audacious goal. This is the reason why, for example, when I co-founded RoboCup in the early 90s with Professor Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Minoru Asada at Osaka University, Itsuki Noda at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and others, we set an ambitious goal, proposing that, "By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup."

Since then, RoboCup has become a huge success, accelerating research, education, industrial applications, and spin-offs involving thousands of researchers and millions of students from over 35 countries.

My experience and learning from RoboCup led me to launch the "Scientific Discovery Grand Challenge" in 2016. This new grand challenge encourages AI researchers to create AI systems that make major scientific discoveries, especially in systems biomedicine - some of which may be worthy of the Nobel Prize and other accolades.

Keeping with the approach of "Grand Challenges," I established Sony AI to achieve technical breakthroughs in two areas that are exciting and have high impact: AI and Robotics. And I believe the success of "Grand Challenges" depends on how precisely you can define your vision - one that is audacious and realistic in the long run, and is coupled with a strategic game plan. Just after the formation of Sony AI, I came across the below speech by one of Sony's founders, Masaru Ibuka, made back in 1960.

I knew that both of Sony's founders envisioned a bold future from the early days, but I was impressed that Ibuka-san foresaw AI-empowered medical diagnosis as well as autonomous driving 60 years ago. Listening to his speech reaffirmed to me that not only does the "Grand Challenge" approach fit with Sony's DNA, but it also enables us to continue Ibuka-san's legacy and pursue Sony's dreams.

  • Dr. Hiroaki Kitano

    Sony AI, CEO

    Dr. Hiroaki Kitano is CEO of Sony AI Inc. Additionally, he is Executive Vice President and Officer in charge for AI Collaboration for Sony Corporation and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. He also serves as the director of Sony Global Education. He is the Founding President of the RoboCup Federation, a recipient of The Computers and Thought Award in 1993 and Nature Award for Creative Mentoring in Science (Mid-carrier award) in 2009. He has served as the president of International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (2009-2011) and has served as a member of scientific advisory boards for numerous academic institutions including European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). He currently serves as a professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate School. Most recently he was named a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (2021).

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