Yukie Nagai, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Visiting Professor, Bielefeld University
Guest Associate Professor, Osaka University
Email: yukie [AT] nict.go.jp / yukie [AT] ieee.org

Dr. Yukie Nagai has been investigating underlying mechanisms for social cognitive development by means of constructive approach. She designs computational neural network models for robots to learn to acquire cognitive abilities such as self-other cognition, estimation of others’ intention and emotion, altruism and so on based on her theory of predictive learning of sensorimotor signals. The simulator reproducing atypical perception in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which has been developed by her group, greatly impacts on the society as it enables people with and without ASD to better understand potential causes for social difficulties.
She is the research director of JST CREST Cognitive Mirroring since December 2016.

Curriculum Vitae | Career | Awards | Scientific Activities | Research Funds

Career

Career Experience

April 2018 – present Guest Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
May 2017 – present Senior Researcher, Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
January 2017 – present Visiting Professor, Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), Bielefeld University
October 2009 – April 2017 Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
October 2009 – December 2016 Visiting Researcher, Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), Bielefeld University
April 2015 – September 2015 Part-time Lecturer, Kyoto Institute of Technology
February 2008 – September 2009 Postdoc Researcher, Graduate School of Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics, Bielefeld University
April 2006 – January 2008 Postdoc Researcher, Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University
April 2004 – March 2006 Postdoc Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
December 2003 – March 2004 Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Technology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
November 2002 – March 2004 Research Associate, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Education

March 2004 Ph.D. in Engineering, Osaka University
March 1999 Master of Engineering, Aoyama Gakuin University
March 1997 Bachelor of Engineering, Aoyama Gakuin University

Awards

  • Best Student Paper Award of the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (October 2017)
  • JSAI Annual Conference Award of the 30th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (May 2017)
  • Babybot Challenge 1st Place Award of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (August 2015)
  • AI Award of the RoboCup Japan Open (May 2015)
  • Best Presentation Award of the 31st Annual Conference of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society (November 2014)
  • Presidential Award for Achievement of Osaka University (July 2014)
  • Best Paper Research Award of the RAAD Workshop: Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (September 2013)
  • Presidential Award for Achievement of Osaka University (August 2013)
  • Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence SIG Research Award (June 2013)
  • Research Award of the RoboCup Japan Open (May 2013)
  • Best Paper Award Finalist of the 16th Annual RoboCup International Symposium (June 2012)
  • Best Poster Presentation Award of the 12th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Baby Science (June 2012)
  • AI Award of the RoboCup Japan Open (May 2012)
  • Best Paper Award Finalist of the 16th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (August 2008)
  • Best Presentation Award of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society (July 2005)

Scientific Activities

Organizing Committee of Conferences

  • General Co-Chair of the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (2017)
  • Publicity Co-Chair of the 7th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2017)
  • Advisory Board of the 4th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (2016)
  • General Co-Chair of the 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (2016)
  • Workshops and Tutorials Co-Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2015)
  • Special Program Co-Chair of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (2014)
  • Publication Co-Chair of the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (2014)
  • General Chair of the 3rd Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2013)
  • Program Chair of the 2nd Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2012)
  • Publicity Chair of the 1st Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2011)
  • Registration Chair of the 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (2010)
  • Communication Chair of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (2005)
  • General Chair of the 6th Symposium of Japanese Society of Developmental Neuroscience (2017)

Program Committee of Conferences

  • Program Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2011-2018)
  • Program Committee of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (2011-2018)
  • Program Committee of the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (2012-2016)
  • Program Committee of the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (2016-2018)
  • Program Committee of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2017)
  • Program Committee of the HRI Pioneers Workshop (2012-2016)
  • Program Committee of the RO-MAN2015-WS “Emotion for Social Robotics” (2015)
  • Program Committee of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (2015)
  • Program Committee of the 1st International Workshop on Emotion for Sociable Agents (2014)
  • Program Committee of the International Joint Workshop on Advanced Sensing / Visual Attention and Interaction ­(2013)
  • Program Committee of the IROS2012-WS “Human Behavior Understanding” (2012)
  • Program Committee of the WCCI2012 Special Session “Bio-Inspired Developmental Mechanisms” (2012)
  • Program Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (2006-2010)
  • Program Committee of the International Conference/Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics (2005-2010)
  • Program Committee of the HAI (Human-Agent Interaction) Symposium (2011-2012)
  • Program Committee of the International Workshop on Gaze Sensing and Interactions (2010)
  • Program Committee of the 3rd International Conference on Human System Interaction (2010)
  • Program Committee of the International Workshop on Robotics for Young Researchers (2009)
  • Program Committee of the 4th International Symposium on Imitation in Animals and Artifacts (2007)
  • Program Committee of the 2006 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (2006)

Miscellaneous

  • Special Issues Editor for ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (2017-now)
  • Vice Chair of Autonomous Mental Development Technical Committee, Computational Intelligence Society of IEEE (2012-now)
  • IEEE CIS Technical Committee on Autonomous Mental Development (2011-now)
  • IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics (2014-now)
  • Steering Committee of Human-Robot Interaction (2014-now)
  • Steering Committee of Human-Agent Interaction (2016-2018)
  • Review Editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics (2011-now)
  • Review Editor of Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Humanoid Robotics (2014-now)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee and Local Organizing Committee of ISSA Summer School (2017)
  • Scientific and Usage Advisory Board for EARS (Embodied Audition for RobotS) project (2014-now)
  • Organizer of the HAI2017 Workshop on “Representation learning for human and robot cognition” (2017)
  • Organizer of the IROS2016 Workshop on “Bio-inspired Social Robot Learning in Home Scenarios” (2016)
  • Organizer of the ICAR2015 Workshop on “Robot Learning: Bottom-up and top-down development of robot skills” (2015)
  • Organizer of the HRI2015 Workshop on “Cognition: A Bridge between Robotics and Interaction” (2015)
  • Organizer of the HRI2014 Workshop on “HRI: a bridge between Robotics and Neuroscience” (2014)
  • Organizer of the IJCNN2014 Special Session “Cognition and Development” (2014)
  • Organizer of the ICDL-EpiRob2013 Special Session “Constructive Developmental Science: Two Endeavors toward Understanding Human Development” (2013)
  • Organizer of the Humanoids2012 Workshop on “Can developmental robotics yield human-like cognitive abilities?” (2012)
  • Organizer of the Workshop on Robot Anthropology (2012)
  • Organizer of the IROS Workshop on “Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics” (2011-2013)
  • Organizer of the Bielefeld-Osaka Workshop on Cognition and Robotics (2011)
  • Organizer of the ICDL-EpiRob2011 Special Session “How can human scaffolding support robots learning?” (2011)
  • Organizer of the HRI2011 Workshop on “The role of expectations in intuitive human-robot interaction” (2011)
  • Organizer of the Bielefeld-Osaka Workshop (2010)
  • Trustee of Japanese Society of Developmental Neuroscience (2017-now)
  • Committee of Mechanism of Brain and Mind (2017-now)
  • Organizer of the RSJ Developed Session “GCOE: Human-Friendly Robotics Based on Cognitive Neuroscience” (2010-2013)
  • Organizer of the RSJ Developed Session “Constructive Developmental Science: Revealing the Principles of Development from Fetal Period and Systematic Understanding of Developmental Disorders” (2013)
  • Organizer of the JSBS “New Direction of Constructive Developmental Science” (2013)

Research Funds

Competitive Funds

2018.4-2022.3 Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
“Corrective and Assistive Frameworks for Visual Perception using Head-Mounted Display” (Research project number: 18H04116)
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Kiyoshi Kiyokawa), Budget: JPY8,600,000
[KAKEN]
2016.12-2022.3 JST CREST
“Cognitive Mirroring: Assisting people with developmental disorders by means of self-understanding and social sharing of cognitive processes” (Grant Number: JPMJCR16E2)
Role: Project leader, Budget: JPY139,600,000 (Total: JPY300,000,000)
[CREST] [HP]
2014.4-2022.3 COI STREAM (Satellite)
“Healthy development of children’s mind exploiting the characteristic of their brains: Paradigm shift from atypicality to speciality”
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Yoshio Minabe), Budget: JPY12,308,000
[HP]
2013.4-2016.3 Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A)
“Development of theory of mind from self-other cognition facilitated by maturational constraints: A constructive approach” (Research project number: 25700027)
Role: Project leader, Budget: JPY18,800,000 (Total: JPY18,800,000)
[KAKEN]
2012.6-2017.3 Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a proposed research area)
“Constructive Developmental Science: Revealing the Principles of Development from Fetal Period and Systematic Understanding of Developmental Disorders” (Research project number: 24119001)
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Yasuo Kuniyoshi), Budget: JPY3,460,000
[KAKEN] [HP]
2012.6-2017.3 Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a proposed research area)
“Modeling of social cognitive development and designing of assistance systems for developmental disorders” (Research project number: 24119003)
Role: Project leader, Budget: JPY85,300,000 (Total: JPY191,700,000)
[KAKEN] [HP]
2012.5-2017.3 Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research
“Constructive Developmental Science Based on Understanding the Process from Neuro-Dynamics to Social Interaction” (Research project number: 24000012)
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Minoru Asada), Budget: JPY8,500,000
[KAKEN] [HP]
2012.4-2014.3 Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research
“Emotion Recognition from Multimodal Information Based on Synesthesia” (Research project number: 24650083)
Role: Project leader, Budget: JPY3,000,000 (Total: JPY3,000,000)
[KAKEN]
2012.4-2017.3 JSPS Core-to-Core Program
“Competitive Partnership on Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics”
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Minoru Asada), Budget: JPY5,000,000
[HP]
2011.4-2016.3 Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
“The brain mechanisms of working memory under the unconscious processes: comparison between conscious and anesthetized conscious condition” (Research project number: 23240036)
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Mariko Osaka), Budget: JPY1,200,000
[KAKEN]
2010.4-2015.3 Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S)
“Understanding and construction of developmental process from body-babbling to sociality acquisition” (Research project number: 22220002)
Role: Principal investigator (Project leader: Minoru Asada), Budget: JPY16,450,000
[KAKEN]
2008-2011 Research Grant provided by Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics, Bielefeld University
“Designing Human-Robot Interaction based on / toward Understanding Parent-Infant Interaction”
Role: Project Leader, Budget: EUR39,300 (Total: EUR39,300)
[HP]

Other Funds

2014.11-2015.3 International Joint Research Promotion Program, Osaka University
“Use of speech and motion cues for bootstrapping complex action learning in iCub”
Role: Project leader
2010.8-2015.3 Exciting Leading-Edge Research Projects, Osaka University
“The Future of the Human Beings in the Age of Biosciences”
Role: Investigator (Project leader: Tatsuya Higaki)
[HP]
2007-2012 Cluster of Excellence
“Cognitive Interaction Technology”
Role: Responsible Investigator (Coordinator: Helge Ritter)
[HP]
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