Robotics History: Narratives and Networks Oral Histories: Norihiro Hagita

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Norihiro Hagita was born in 1954. He attended Keio University where he received a B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1976, 1978, and 1986, respectively. In 1978 he joined the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (now NTT) where he worked until 2001. From 1996 to 2001 he served as the executive manager of the NTT Communication Science Labs. . In 2001 he moved to the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), where he launched the Media Information Science Lab in October 2001 and the Intelligent Robotics and Communication (IRC) lab in October 2002. He currently serves as director for both groups, as well as Board Director of ATR, an ATR fellow, and chair of ATR Creative.

In this interview, Hagita discusses his work in robotics, with a focus on human-robot interaction, agent systems and networked robots, visual perception, and pattern recognition and learning. He recounts his robotics work at various research laboratories, such as Steven Palmer's lab at UC Berkeley, and his time and contributions at NTT and ATR. He reflects on the influences and successes of his career, his involvement in creating the IRC and Media Information Lab at ATR, and the collaborations on various projects (such as Robovie and RFID tags). Additionally he comments on the evolution and difficulties of robotics, and provides advice to young people interested in the field.

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  • March 25, 2020

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