Masahiro Shiomi

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This paper reports on a field trial with interactive humanoid robots at a science museum where visitors are supposed to study and develop an interest in science. In the trial, each visitor wore an RFID tag while looking around the museum's exhibits. Information obtained from the RFID tags was used to direct the robots' interaction with the visitors. The(More)
This paper reports an initial field trial with a prototype of a semiautonomous communication robot at a train station. We developed an operator-requesting mechanism to achieve semiautonomous operation for a communication robot functioning in real environments. The operator-requesting mechanism autonomously detects situations that the robot cannot handle by(More)
This paper reports a method that uses humanoid robots as a communication medium. There are many interactive robots under development, but due to their limited perception, their interactivity is still far poorer than that of humans. Our approach in this paper is to limit robots' purpose to a non-interactive medium and to look for a way to attract people's(More)
To explore possible robot tasks in daily life, we developed a guide robot for a shopping mall and conducted a field trial with it. The robot was designed to interact naturally with customers and to affectively provide shopping information. It was also designed to repeatedly interact with people to build a rapport; since a shopping mall is a place people(More)
This paper reports a study that estimated visitor positions, visiting patterns, and inter-human relationships at a science museum using information from RFID readers. In the science museum, we exhibited humanoid robots. Visitors were invited to wear RFID tags to interact with the robots. Visitor behavior was simultaneously observed using 20 RFID readers,(More)
This paper reports the challenges of developing multiple social robots that operate in a shopping mall. We developed a networked robot system that coordinates multiple social robots and sensors to provide efficient service to customers. It directs the tasks of robots based on their positions and people's walking behavior, manages the paths of robots, and(More)
This study addresses a method to predict pedestrians' long term behavior in order to enable a robot to provide them services. In order to do that we want to be able to predict their final goal and the trajectory they will follow to reach it. We attain this task borrowing from human science studies the concept of sub-goals, defined as points and landmarks of(More)
A communication robot must recognize a referred-to object to support us in daily life. However, using our wide human vocabulary, we often refer to objects in terms that are incomprehensible to the robot. This paper focuses on lexical entrainment to solve this problem. Lexical entrainment is the phenomenon of people tending to adopt the terms of their(More)
This paper reports our development of a communication robot for use in a shopping mall to provide shopping information, offer route guidance, and build rapport. In the development, the major difficulties included sensing human behaviors, conversation in a noisy daily environment, and the needs of unexpected miscellaneous knowledge in the conversation. We(More)
For a robot providing services to people in a public space such as a train station or a shopping mall, it is important to distinguish potential customers, such as window-shoppers, from other people, such as busy commuters. In this paper, we present a series of techniques for anticipating people's behavior in a public space, mainly based on the analysis of(More)