Minoru Asada

Interview Location: Japan

Interview Synopsis

In this interview, Asada discusses his interest in with robots and robotic interactions. He outlines his research in image processing as it relates to robotics and automation, as well as on robotic behaviors, robot-environment and robot-human interactions, and machine learning. He reflects on his involvement with the development of the RoboCup program, and on his own accomplishments and those of his previous students. Additionally, he reflects on future research endeavors and the future potential of the field of robotics, and provides advice for those who wish to pursue it.

Biography

Minoru Asada was born in the Shiga Prefecture in Japan on October 1, 1953. He attended primary and secondary school in Nagahama City before moving to the Toyama Prefecture where he finished high school. In 1982, he graduated with a Ph.D. in control engineering from Osaka University and began his research on “computer vision”, or pattern recognition, and the structure of motion in mobile robots. Asada is known for his work on image processing and robotic behaviors. He was president of the International RoboCup Federation from 2002 to 2008 and Research Director of ASADA Synergistic Intelligence Project of ERATO from 2005 to 2011, and has been a graduate professor for the department of Adaptive Machine Systems at Osaka University since 1997.