2nd Japan-EU WS on Neurorobotics


This is the second workshop following the success of the first event on April 18th, 2015. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together the researchers making great progress in neurorobotics in Europe and Japan, set an opportunity for serious and productive discussion, and grow possible research collaboration.

The studies of robotics and neuroscience are bridging the gap day by day. Robotics started being motivated by the sophisticated complexity and flexible intelligence of the human. Neuroscience in turn approaches the molecular structure and mathematical function of the neural system as the place where the intelligence originates. The recent advance of computing system allows for the first time to meet the two frontiers of scientific research. European Union launched two FET Flagship Programmes. The Human Brain Project (HBP) is one. Neurorobotics is one of thirteen subprojects under the HBP. In the workshop seven researchers including the co-directors of Neurorobotics will discuss on the current studies of the field with six researchers of Japan working in the same domain. See the curtain rises.

This workshop is supported by the Human Brain Project (EC) and TUM-UTokyo Program of Top Global University Project, the University of Tokyo.

∗Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project is part of the FET Flagship Programme, which is a new initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The goal is to encourage visionary, “mission-oriented” research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs in information technology with major benefits for European society and industry. The Commission envisages the Flagship program as a highly ambitious initiative involving close collaboration with National and Regional funding agencies, industry and partners from outside the European Union.

∗∗Flagship Programme

FET Flagships will establish Europe as the leader in their specific domains and a pole of attraction for international cooperation; they will nurture creativity, flair and talent, attracting the best minds all over the world and creating the skillful multi-disciplinary researchers Europe needs. By leading, inspiring and integrating efforts, Flagships become a new partnering model for long-term European collaborative research in the context of the European Research Area (ERA). Eventually, Flagships will:
• turn scientific advances into concrete innovation opportunities, growth and jobs,
• contribute to addressing some of the major societal challenges Europe is facing.
FET Flagships are expected to run for about 10 years, with a total budget of around 1 billion Euros.