Keynote Speakers

The organizing committee is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers:




Hiroshi Ishiguro

Constructive Approach for Interactive Robots and the Fundamental Issues

Hiroshi Ishiguro (M’) received a D.Eng. in systems engineering from Osaka University, Japan in 1991.

He is currently Professor of Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-), Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (2013-) and visiting Director (2014-) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow.

His research interests include distributed sensor systems, interactive robotics, and android science. He has published more than 300 papers in major journals and conferences, such as Robotics Research and IEEE PAMI. On the other hand, he has developed many humanoids and androids, called Robovie, Repliee, Geminoid, Telenoid, and Elfoid. These robots have been reported many times by major media, such as Discovery channel, NHK, and BBC. He has also received the best humanoid award four times in RoboCup. In 2011, he won the Osaka Cultural Award presented by the Osaka Prefectural Government and the Osaka City Government for his great contribution to the advancement of culture in Osaka. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category) by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

He was also awarded the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in Dubai in 2015. Tateisi Award in 2020.

Left to right: Perry Klebahn, Stanford University Design School; CBA Social Robot; Dr Benjamin Johnston, Mary-Anne Williams and Jeremy Utley, Stanford University Design School.

Mary-Anne Williams

Designing Human-Robot Interaction with Social Intelligence

Mary-Anne Williams is the Michael J Crouch Chair for Innovation at the University of New South Wales. Previously she was Distinguished Research Professor and Founding Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab (The Magic Lab) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) from 2002. Mary- Anne has a PhD in Computer Science (University of Sydney) and LLM Master of Laws (University of Edinburgh). She is a Fellow at Stanford University, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Australian Computer Society. Mary-Anne is a leading authority on AI with transdisciplinary strengths in Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Disruptive Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Law. In 2019 Mary-Anne won a Google Faculty Award in Machine Learning and the Australasian Distinguished Artificial Intelligence Contribution Award. She also led the UTS Social Robotics team to win the 2019 RoboCup World Championship in Social Robotics where robots face increasingly complex decision- making challenges aimed at helping humans in a home environment. Mary-Anne chaired the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of research in Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012. She is a non-executive director of the US-based Scientific Foundation KR Inc., Conference Chair for the 2021 Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal and the International Journal of Social Robotics. Previously Conference Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2014, the first Australian based researcher invited to be Review Editor Artificial Intelligence Journal and the first to be invited to serve on the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.

Mark Billinghurst

Empathic Computing and Human Robot Interaction

Mark Billinghurst is Director of the Empathic Computing Laboratory, and Professor at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, and also a Professor at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.

He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and conducts research on how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 550 papers on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, remote collaboration, Empathic Computing, and related topics. In 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2019 was given the ISMAR Career Impact Award in recognition for lifetime contribution to AR research and commercialization.