Invited Speakers

Robotics for Aging Healthcare Workshop

Invited Talk 1 - Dr Yukio Honda

Panasonic Corporation, Japan


Japan robotic businesses will enrich life experiences for an ageing society

The Japanese workforce has been decreasing due to ageing, but we cannot realize enriched lives of our ageing society without economic growth. So, we are pushing towards a business environment with robot technologies to realize a society in which the ageing, physically challenged and healthy people live and work together in harmony. In that society, we hope the elderly and physically challenged will be assisted to live by themselves, and supported to stay at home. We introduce several life assistant robots in Japan, utilizing sensing and cloud computing technologies, and user driven activities.


Visiting Professor, Partner-Robot & Actuator Laboratory, Osaka Institute of Technology
Visiting Professor, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Invited Researcher, Intelligent Systems Research Institute, AIST
The Board of Director of the Robotics society of Japan
The Board of Director of the Japanese Society for Wellbeing Science and Assistive Technology
The secretary-general of a Kansai Next-Generation Robot Promotion Council

  • Received B.E and Ph.D degrees from Kobe University and Osaka Pref. University respectively.
  • Worked at Denso Co.,Ltd for 9 years carrying out small motor design for automotive applications.
  • Joined Panasonic Co.,Ltd.
  • Engaged mainly in the development of electric motors utilizing reluctance torque.
  • Credited with the development of  a high efficient motor using the electric car and air conditioning compressor.
  • Published many books focus on the high efficient motor technologies using inverter technology in Japanese.
  • Retired Panasonic for the rest of 2012.
  • During Panasonic time, leading the work at the Robotics Development Center specializing in small motors for life assist robots.
  • His research interests are motor design, motor control, and life-assist robots.

Dr. Honda has received the OHM Technology Award, the Prize of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Director. Dr.Honda is a member of the IEEE(the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.),IEEJ, the Robotics society of Japan and the Japanese Society for Wellbeing Science and Assistive Technology.

Invited Talk 2 - Prof Z. Zenn Bien

Chair Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNIST

Robotic Smart Home and Learning Issue

Smart home technology is first briefly examined from several points of view. And then, as an advanced platform, the robotic smart home system is discussed with emphasis on outstanding issues to resolve for user-friendly realization. Finally, it is shown that the human-robot interaction in the robotic smart home can be enhanced toward a higher level only if the learning function is properly incorporated.


Zeungnam “Zenn” Bien (S’72-M’75-SM’91-F’07) received the BS degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1969, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, U.S.A., in 1972 and 1975, respectively. During 1976-1977, he was an assistant visiting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Iowa. Since August 1 of 1977, he had been with Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea until February, 2009. As of March 1, 2009, he has joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology, Korea as a Chaired Professor. He had visited several educational institutes during his Sabbatical years as a visiting scholar, including Dep’t of EE, University of Iowa, CASE Center of Syracuse University, New York, Department of Control Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Handicom Lab of INT, France and HAM Center of Tokyo Denki University of Japan.

His current research interests include intelligent automation and learning control methods, soft computing techniques with emphasis on fuzzy logic, service/rehabilitation robotics and smart home/smart life systems. He is a fellow of IEEE and also a fellow of IFSA. He was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society during 2004-2005. He served as the president of IFSA during 2003-2005. He had been the Director of the Human-Friendly Welfare Robot System Engineering Research Center, KAIST during 1999-2008. In recognition of his life=long contribution by research activities and results of human-robot interaction in assistive robotics, he was awarded the 21st Sudang Prize in applied sciences from the Sudang Foundation on May2, 2012. Dr. Bien has 23 patents registered as well as has published more than 450 international journal/proceeding papers. He also has authored 2 technical books and has co-edited 6 volumes of books.

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