IEEE-RAS/RSJ International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2004)

Workshop on
Building Humanoid Heads

Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 2pm


Objectives Program Organizer Contact


The term humanoid is commonly associated with the idea of robots whose physical appearance is similar to that of the human body. Beyond a physical resemblance, humanoid robots should also resemble humans in their ways of acting in the world and in particular in their way of interacting with other humans. Reaching this goal involves both the development of physical humanoid heads as well as the development of algorithms aiming for human-like perceptive, cognitive and social capabilities. The main objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on the various areas related to the development of such humanoid robot heads. Topics addressed in the workshop include:

  • Design and control of human-like heads
  • Active vision systems for humanoid robots
  • Perceptual algorithms and models of attention
  • Perception of humans, including articulated body tracking
  • Interpretation of human actions and behaviour
  • Natural multimodal human-humanoid interfaces
  • Models of cognition and cognitive development

Program (Preliminary)
14.00 Welcome and overview
Rüdiger Dillmann, Institute for Industrial Applications of Informatics and Microsystems, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
14.10 Active object recognition under gaze control
Jan Olof Eklundh, The Computational Vision and Active Perception Laboratory, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
14.40 Emotional control of emotion expression humanoid robot WE-4RII
Atsuo Takanishi and Hiroyasu Miwaakanishi, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
15:10 Foveated vision and object recognition on humanoid robots
Ales Ude, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, ICORP Computational Brain Project, Japan
15:40 Coffee Break

Gaze control and manipulation
Giulio Sandini, Giorgio Metta, Lorenzo Natale, Francesco Orabona, LIRA-Lab, University of Genova
, Italy


MERTZ: Toward a Robust Sociable Humanoid Head Robot
Aryananda Lijin and Jeff Weber, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Towards Natural Human-Robot Interaction: Audio-visual perception of humans and their communication modalities
Rainer Stiefelhagen, Interactive Systems Laboratories, University of Karlsruhe, Germany


Rüdiger Dillmann, Rainer Stiefelhagen and Tamim Asfour
University of Karlsruhe
Computer Science Faculty

Email: {dillmann, stiefel, asfour}



Tamim Asfour
University of Karlsruhe
Computer Science Faculty
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 7
76131 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 (0)721 608 7379
Fax: +49 (0)721 608 8270

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