I am a Specially-appointed Assistant Professor at the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory, Kyoto University. My research focuses on data-driven imitation learning methods for human-robot interaction. More specifically, I research how robots can learn interactive social behaviors automatically from data using machine learning, with minimal input from human designers or expensive manual annotation. More generally, I am interested in artificial intelligence, robotics, and linguistics.
In the past I was a research intern at Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan and a research assistant at the Language and Interaction Research group at Michigan State University, USA. I graduated with a BS in computer science and BA in linguistics / Japanese language from MSU in 2013, an MS in computer science from MSU in 2015, and a PhD in human-robot interaction from Osaka University in 2019.