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Ph.D. Takanori SHIBATA Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba

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1991 M.S. in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan 1992 Ph.D. in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan 1993-1998 Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST 1995-1998 Research Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Lab., Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT 1996 Visiting Research Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Lab., University of Zurich, Switzerland since 1998 Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST 2009-2010 Deputy Director, Information and Communication Technology Policy, Bureau of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan His research interests include human-robot interaction, robot therapy, and humanitarian de-mining. He was certified as the inventor of a seal robot named Paro, the World's Most Therapeutic Robot, by Guinness World Records in 2002.

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