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Prof. Kenji Doya

Kenji Doya is a Professor of Neural Computation Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University. He took his PhD in 1991 at the University of Tokyo and worked as a postdoc at U. C. San Diego and the Salk Institute. In 1994, he joined Advanced Telecommunications Research International (ATR) as a Senior Researcher and then served as a Group Leader of Kawato Dynamic Brain Project. In 2004, he was appointed as a Principal Investigator of the OIST Initial Research Project and started Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course (OCNC) as the chief organizer. As OIST established itself as a Graduate University in 2011, he became a Professor and served as the Vice Provost for Research. He is interested in reinforcement learning in both natural and artificial creatures. He has served as a Co-Editor in Chief of Neural Networks from 2008 to 2021 and a board member of International Neural Network Society (INNS), Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS) and Japan Neuroscience Society (JNSS), and the Chairperson of Neuro2022 Conference in Okinawa. He received INNS Donald O. Hebb Award in 2018, JNNS Academic Award, APNNS Outstanding Achievement Award, and the age-group 2nd place at Ironman Taiwan in 2019.

Title: What it takes to create a humanoid


A humanoid can have different meanings and capabilities, including

  • Human-like morphology

  • Bipedal locomotion and manual dexterity

  • Modeling the world and society

  • Imagination, creativity and autonomy

  • Language, culture and institutions

This talk will try to present some observations and concepts from neuroscience and machine learning to help understand and create humanoids.

Prof. Shigeki Sugano

Title: TBD

Abstract: TBD