Malcolm-150x150I 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.


You can see the list of my publications at Google Scholar.

Curriculum Vitae

You can download my CV here.


Demo Video: “Curiosity did not kill the robot: A curiosity-based learning system for a shopkeeper robot” (paper)


Demo Video: “Modeling interaction structure for robot imitation learning of human social behavior” (paper)


“Robot’s Delight” wins Best Video Award at HRI 2017

Our music video “Robot’s Delight” won the Best Video award at the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2017).


Appearance in “The rise of social robots,” TechKnow, 2017

I make an appearance talking about some of my PhD research in the English language science program broadcast on Al Jazeera English.


Appearance in “Daishin Judo,” WhyNotJapan, 2017

I started practicing Judo for fun in 2017. Recently there was a short documentary shot about the dojo I practice at, called Daishin Judo Club, in Osaka, Japan.