The robotics, psychology and neuroscience of body augmentation

An ICRA 2024 full-day Workshop, 13-17th May 2024, Yokohama, Japan

Robotic body augmentation looks to use the sensing and actuation capabilities of robots to extend the human body's abilities. This novel form of robot-human interaction with supernumerary robot limbs (SRLs), avatars and artificial feedback devices blurs the physical boundaries between human and machine such that interdisciplinary understanding is required. This full-day workshop will provide a venue to discuss the challenges across the disciplines of robotics, psychology and neuroscience, as they associate to robotic body augmentation.  It will build on the successful ICRA2023 workshop on “The robotics and neuroscience of supernumerary limbs”, extending the discussions to include the fields of psychology and virtual reality and explain how the integration of these fields with robotics and neuroscience is contributing to the creation of a new generation of robots and machines. Through a series of presentations, 10 leading experts in robotics, neuroscience, and psychology will present the state of the art research into robotic body augmentation. This will be complemented by a poster session as well as a moderated Q&A panel that will enable the audience to join the discussion on the challenges and directions for future research and industrial collaboration. The participants will be able to attend an augmentation fashion show and take part in a special competition session where they can augment their bodies with other participants in a virtual game.

Topic of interest

  • Supernumerary limbs
  • Soft and wearable robotics
  • Embodiment
  • Virtual reality and artificial haptics
  • Sensory augmentation
  • Shared and augmented control

Tentative schedule 

All in JST 

Session 1: Neuroscience & psychology of augmentation
Talk 1 (9:00-9:20): Wen Wen (Ritsumaikan University)
Talk 2 (9:20-9:40): Rei Yasuda, Yoichi Miyawaki (University of Electrocommunication Tokyo)
Talk 3 (9:40-10:00): Michiteru Kitazaki (Toyohashi University of Technology) or Masahiko Inami (University of Tokyo)
Moderated discussion (10:00-10:30)
Session 2:Robotic supernumerary limbs
Talk 1 (11:00-11:20): Jonathan Eden (University of Melbourne & Imperial College London )
Talk 2 (11:20-11:40): Fernando Charith (Avatarin)
Talk 3 (11:40-12:00): Harry Asada (MIT)
Talk 4 (12:00-12:20): Adue Billard (EPFL)
Moderated discussion (12:20-12:50)
Lunch and body augmentation (fashion) show (12:50-13:50)
Interactive VR augmentation session (13:50-15:30)
Session 3: Internal representation of body augmentation
Talk 1 (15:30-15:50): Maki Sugimoto (Keio University)
Talk 2 (15:50-16:10): Anatole Lecuyer (INRIA)
Talk 3 (16:10-16:30): Shunichi kasahara (Sony CSL)
Moderated discussion (16:30-17:00)
Conclusion Marks and Closing

Organizers

  • Ganesh Gowrishankar, UM-CNRS Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Micro´electronique de Montpellier (LIRMM)
  • Maki Sugimoto, Keio University
  • Yoichi Miyawaki, University of Electro-Communications Tokyo
  • Jonathan Eden, University of Melbourne
  • Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London

Call for Contributions

To be updated