Research Themes

Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering

Themes

Understanding and Creating Natural Intelligence

The Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering is a world-class laboratory focusing on the theme of “Understanding and Creating Natural Intelligence”.  We embody the message “Research, enjoy and relax thoroughly!”

We focus not only on algorithms for artificial intelligence, but on the flexible, adaptable intellgence that life exhibits.  Our research seeks to realize this kind of intelligence, using both scientific and engineering approaches.  We are interested in natural phenomena including the adaptable biological activity of living things, group behavior of swarms, strategic thinking and cognition in humans, and human-human and human-robot interactions.  Our techniques include computer simulations and cognition experiments, AI, optimization, learning and evolution, neural networks, self-organization, artificial life, mathematics of complex systems, virtual reality, and techniques for measuring brains.

Fundamentally, what is the difference between humans and machines?  What is the difference between life and non-life?  If our world consists of particular physical laws, we should be able to create intelligent life inside a computer by using those laws.  Research on artificial life and complex systems arises naturally from such questions but there are not yet satisfying answers.  Given various issues including the question of how to measure such phenomena, it is not clear that satisfying answers are even possible.  However, constantly seeking to understand these questions changes our understanding of natural and robotic intelligence and methods for realizing it.  The Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering focuses on understanding these kinds of natural phenemona and applying them to robots.  Specific research topics are introduced on our homepage.  We study anything that we find interesting.

Faculty

Masahito Yamamoto
Masahito Yamamoto
Position
Professor
Specialized field
Complex networks, optimization, meta-heuristics, artificial life, evolutionary robotics
Hobby
Golf, backgammon, gourmet

Hiroyuki Iizuka
Hiroyuki Iizuka
Position
Associate Professor
Specialized field
Artificial life, complex systems, VR
Hobby
Driving