TROVATO, Gabriele

写真a

Affiliation

Faculty of International Research and Education, School of International Liberal Studies

Job title

Assistant Professor(without tenure)

Homepage URL

http://rhye.civfanatics.net/gabu

Education 【 display / non-display

  • 2011.05
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    2014.03

    Waseda University   Ph.D. degree in Bio-robotics  

  • 2014
     
     

    Imperial College London   Visiting researcher  

  • 2014
     
     

    R. Archer IT Center (CTI)   Visiting researcher  

  • 2013
     
     

    Eindhoven University of Technology   Visiting researcher  

  • 2013
     
     

    Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)   Visiting researcher  

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Research Experience 【 display / non-display

  • 2017.09
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    Now

    Waseda University   SILS   Assistant Professor

  • 2017.04
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    2017.08

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru   Visiting Professor

  • 2017.01
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    2017.03

    Innopolis University   Visiting Professor

  • 2014.12
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    2016.11

    Waseda University   JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2014
     
     

    Waseda University   Research Associate

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Professional Memberships 【 display / non-display

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    European AI Alliance

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    IEEE

 

Research Areas 【 display / non-display

  • Intelligent robotics

Research Interests 【 display / non-display

  • Social robotics

  • Human-robot interaction

  • Procedural Content Generation

  • Machine learning

Papers 【 display / non-display

  • The Italy-Japan Workshop: A History of Bilateral Cooperation, Pushing the Boundaries of Robotics

    Gabriele Trovato, Leonardo Ricotti, Cecilia Laschi, Massimiliano Zecca, Sarah Cosentino, Luca Bartolomeo, Shuji Hashimoto, Atsuo Takanishi, Paolo Dario

    IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine    2021

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  • Pioneering Religion in Robotics: An Historical Perspective

    Gabriele Trovato

    Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications   335   592 - 595  2020.12

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    Religion and science are typically seen as far apart worlds. As a matter of fact, this is not true, as religion also has evolved thanks to new technologies, and robots in particular are objects that have been related to the sacred since ancient times. Recently, new interest is growing worldwide on this topic: However, even new creation of robots for the religious domain have to face the attitude of users of different cultures, which trace back to the mindset present in the background religions, and their concept of human.

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  • Communicating with SanTO - the first Catholic robot

    Gabriele Trovato, Franco Pariasca, Renzo Ramirez, Javier Cerna, Vadim Reutskiy, Laureano Rodriguez, Francisco Cuellar

    2019 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2019    2019.10  [Refereed]

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    In the 1560s Philip II of Spain commissioned the realisation of a 'mechanical monk', a small humanoid automaton with the ability to move and walk. Centuries later, we present a Catholic humanoid robot. With the appearance of a statue of a saint and some interactive features, it is designed for Christian Catholic users for a variety of purposes. Its creation offers new insights on the concept of sacredness applied to a robot and the role of automation in religion. In this paper we present its concept, its functioning, and a preliminary test. A dialogue system, integrated within the multimodal communication consisting of vision, touch, voice and lights, drives the interaction with the users. We collected the first responses, particularly focused on the impression of sacredness of the robot, during an experiment that took place in a church in Peru.

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  • Design and Development of a Security and Guidance Robot for Employment in a Mall

    Gabriele Trovato, Alexander Lopez, Renato Paredes, Diego Quiroz, Francisco Cuellar

    International Journal of Humanoid Robotics   16 ( 5 ) 1950027  2019.10  [Refereed]

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    Among the possible fields in human society in which robotics can be applied, the possibility of a robotic guard has been imagined since long time. Human guards usually perform a range of tasks in which a robot can provide help. Security personnel not only perform security tasks and patrolling services, but also have to interact with people, providing additional information about the area they safeguard. In this paper, we present the design, development and preliminary tests of RobotMan, an anthropomorphic robot commissioned by a security company that should serve in security roles, such as patrolling large indoor areas and acting as a telepresence platform for the human guards, and guidance roles such as welcoming visitors and providing information. In the preliminary experiment, the new robot and a human guard were employed the roles of security and guidance in a manufacturing center. The results of the experiment collected from 96 participants highlighted differences in participants' behavior when interacting with the robot rather than the human and a different perception of likeability and authority of the robot depending on subtle differences in its appearance and behavior. These results provide useful indication for the employment of robot guards in a real world situation.

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  • The creation of DarumaTo: A social companion robot for buddhist/shinto elderlies

    Gabriele Trovato, Tatsuhiro Kishi, Mao Kawai, Tingting Zhong, Jia Yeu Lin, Zixi Gu, Chiaki Oshiyama, Atsuo Takanishi

    IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM   2019-July   606 - 611  2019.07  [Refereed]

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    A growing need of socially assistive devices is now present in several countries affected by ageing societies. Robotics offers a solution to this problem, however the introduction of such devices is proving to be challenging because of users' acceptance. The cultural factor, blended with the background religion, may be critical in obtaining a positive impression. In order to achieve this goal, we introduce the use of skeuomorphism into robotics and present one first application: the development of DarumaTO social robot. DarumaTO is inspired to the traditional Buddhist and Shinto doll called Daruma, and it has has 2 degrees of freedom. It can communicate through visual tracking, voice and facial expression. The design results into a device that has a familiar appearance to a Buddhist or Shinto elderly person.

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Books and Other Publications 【 display / non-display

  • Editorial Introduction to Special Issue on Religion in Robotics

    Gabriele Trovato, Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Antonio Sgorbissa, Rainer Wieching( Part: Edit)

    2021

  • Handbook of Research on Synthesizing Human Emotion in Intelligent Systems and Robotics

    TROVATO Gabriele( Part: Joint author, 229–254)

    IGI Global  2015.05

Industrial Property Rights 【 display / non-display

  • “Agente Religioso” (Religious Agent)

    特許001860-2018/DIN

    TROVATO Gabriele

    Patent

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    Design rights registered to Indecopi (Peru) and extended to the European Union (application n. 005743507)

Works 【 display / non-display

  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV - Rhye's and Fall of Civilization

    TROVATO Gabriele  Software 

    2005
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    2008

Other 【 display / non-display

  • Interview on wired.com

    2018.10
     
     

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    https://www.wired.com/story/robot-gender-stereotypes/

  • Interview on 'Vida Nueva' magazine

    2018.08
     
     

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    http://www.vidanuevadigital.com/2018/07/28/el-santo-primer-robot-catolico-contemporaneo/

  • Interview on 'Il Messaggero' newspaper

    2018.07
     
     

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    http://rhye.civfanatics.net/gabu/messaggeroPDF2.jpg

  • Interview on IEEE Spectrum

    2018.06
     
     

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    https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/can-a-robot-be-divine

  • Interview on 'Striscia la Notizia' TV program

    2018.06
     
     

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    http://www.striscialanotizia.mediaset.it/video/occhio-al-futuro-robot_36511.shtml

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Awards 【 display / non-display

  • 2nd prize

    2019   IET Intelligent Sensing Summer School CORSMAL Challenge  

    Winner: TROVATO Gabriele

  • 2nd classified for the innovation in the robot design contest

    2017   International Conference on Social Robotics  

    Winner: TROVATO Gabriele

  • Best Paper Finalist Award

    2016   International Conference on Social Robotics  

    Winner: TROVATO Gabriele

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers

    2014   Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)  

    Winner: TROVATO Gabriele

  • Best Poster Award

    2014   International Conference on Social Robotics  

    Winner: TROVATO Gabriele

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Research Projects 【 display / non-display

  • e-ViTA

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    2021.01
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    2024.03
     

    Authorship: Principal investigator

  • Development of a social robot for immigrants integration

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    2019
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    2020
     

    TROVATO Gabriele

    Authorship: Principal investigator

  • Development of small social robots inspired to culture and religion for elderly people

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    2018
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    2019
     

    TROVATO Gabriele

    Authorship: Principal investigator

  • Design and customisation of acceptable robots for employment in societies

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    2014.12
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    2016.11
     

    TROVATO Gabriele

    Authorship: Principal investigator

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • Keynote speech at the Fourth International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, Brussels, Belgium

    TROVATO Gabriele  [Invited]

    Presentation date: 2019.07

  • TEDx, Livorno, Italy

    TROVATO Gabriele  [Invited]

    Presentation date: 2019.04

  • Workshop on Design-centered HRI and Governance

     [Invited]

    RO-MAN 2021 

    Presentation date: 2021.08

  • Panel discussion at "Leggermente"

    Presentation date: 2021.07

  • CHArt Lab

     [Invited]

    Presentation date: 2021.06

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Specific Research 【 display / non-display

  • Creation of smart personal devices for social robots

    2020  

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    The existing two robots SanTO and DarumaTO-2 have limited functionalities in terms of hardware and software.The most critical part is the communication with the user, as Daruma-TO2 is not sensing the user, and SanTO, while it has a camera to recognise user's position, does not have any knowledge to understand the context.The development in FY2021 took place in two directions. Hardware of Daruma-TO was improved and touch sensors were integrated, making it capable of moving left/right and following simple vocal commands. SanTO external appearance was revised and the candle that will become a separate "personal device" was also separated from the whole robot base and re-sketched. In the future work, it will be 3D printed.Software was also developed in collaboration with researchers from Peru, who took part in the previous development of SanTO. A particular effort was made to ensure a safe protocol of communication between the user interface and the contents of the robot. In the future work, this communication code will be integrated with the 3D printed device.

  • Development of small social robots inspired to culture and religion for elderly people

    2019  

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    This research is about the two robot prototypes inspired to Shinto/Buddhism (DarumaTO) and to Christianity (SanTO).In the ageing societies of Japan and Europe, there is a growing need of socially assistive devices. For this purpose, the proposer made prototypes of robots inspired by religious objects, which are commonly familiar to elderly people, as they typically do not feel comfortable in using technological devices. Religion is a very important theme, as studies reported the association between religion and physical and mental health. During the last part of the year, covered by this grant, I brought the robot SanTO with me in UK and Italy, and managed to have a hearing with Mons. Ruiz, secretary of the Vatican. Based on that hearing, I decided the direction to take for the following developments.The latest results were presented in RO-MAN conference in New Delhi, India, in October 2019, where I am also associate editor, session chair and jury member.Back in Waseda, the robot DarumaTO was used by students of Science and Engineering to improve the dialogue system for the application in nursery homes.

  • Development of a social robot for immigrants integration

    2019  

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    This research was centred on the development of a social robot for immigrant integration, which starting taking place in 2019. It took place as the creation of a robotic Islamic mosque with minaret.It is thought for Muslim families of immigrants in other countries. These immigrants typically struggle in their integration, while being concerned about the loss of their children of study of Arabic and of the Quran. The robotic mosque has a minaret that calls at the time of the prayer and interactively teaches Arabic and the Quran, joining also teachings regarding the religion of the host country (that is, Japan, or a European country), effectively helping integration in an indirect way to the whole immigrant family.I travelled to Europe to coordinate the work at Siegen University in July 2019. after stopping by Bruxelles to give a keynote speech on the same topic at the LSR2019 congress. In August I also visited the London East Mosque and had the opportunity to have a hearing with Shaykh Mahmoud, imam.In Novemeber and December 2019 an Iranian student from Germany, Mehrbod Manavi, came as a visiting student and developed the hardware and part of the software of the mosque. The next step will be to complete the software and the contents, through another student.

  • Development of small social rrobots inspired to culture and religion for elderly people

    2018   Francisco Cuellar

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    As planned in the application to this project, the two robots SanTO and DarumaTO were developed in terms of hardware and software. In particular, the robot SanTO was revised with a new lighting system, new speakers and several parts of the external cover replaced by new 3D prints.Software was improved for both robots, with the registration to the Google Cloud speech recognition service and to VocalWare service of text-to-speech. Thanks to this, a dialogue system was developed. A fully working SanTO was then tested with users in Peru during March 2019.Previously, the intellectual property of SanTO was protected through the application for the design rights, during Spring 2018. In total, 1 journal papers and 2 conference papers were produced. The robot was displayed in events in Japan and Germany.The robot SanTO gained increasing attention from the press, and was featured in Italian TV, in Spanish magazines and even in prestigious news magazines like IEEE Spectrum, and prestigious newspapers (the Wall Street Journal). This research topic was also presented in the form of invited talks in several locations, such as Tohoku University, and the worldwide notorious TEDx event.Overall, we can state that the achieved results are superior to the initial goals submitted one year ago.

 

Syllabus 【 display / non-display

Teaching Experience 【 display / non-display

  • Advanced Computer Programming

    Waseda University  

  • Introduction to Information Society and Science

    Waseda University  

  • Computerized Society

    Waseda University  

  • Introduction to Computer Programming

    Waseda University  

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Waseda University  

 

Committee Memberships 【 display / non-display

  • 2016
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    International Conference on Social Robotics  Publicity co-chair; Associate Editor

  • 2016
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    IEEE RO-MAN  Associate Editor

  • 2011
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    Italy-Japan Workshop  Co-chair of the local organising committee

  • 2019
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    2020

    IEEE RO-MAN Fundraising Chair