Augmented Human ’14
The 5th Augmented Human International Conference

Keynote1: Robot Suit and Cybernics for the Future

Yoshiyuki Sankai


Yoshiyuki Sankai acquired a Ph.D. in engineering from University of Tsukuba, Japan in 1987. His career proceeds from an Assistant Professor, toward an Associate Professor and finally a Professor at the Institute of Systems & Engineering, University of Tsukuba. He is also a Visiting Professor of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, the United States. Currently, he is a Professor of Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, the Director of Center for Cybernics Research, University of Tsukuba, and the President and CEO of CYBERDYNE Inc.
He is a fellow of the International Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) (2012) , as well as the Japanese Society for Musculoskeletal Medicine (2012-2017). He also server as a Chairman (2005) and an executive board member (2004-2005) of Advanced Robotics, one of the executive board members (2000-2012), a congress head (2003) and a fellow (2005) of Japan Society of Embolus Detection & Treatment.


Dr. Sankai is an accomplished inventor, creator and a driving force behind the advanced robotics, Robot Suit HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb®) and various Cybernics, medical, care and welfare technologies. In 2006 and 2009, he was invited to provide direction to Japan’s future science & technology policies by the Council for Science and Technology Policy advising the prime minister, other Japanese ministers and senior government officials.
Some of his major awards include: World Technology Award (2005), Good Design Gold Award (2006), Japan Innovator Award (2006), Best Paper Award (International Journal of Advanced Robotics) (2006), Award from American Society for Artificial Organs, Award from International Society for Artificial Organs, Award from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (2007), Award from National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (2007), NIKKEI Top – Quality / Service Award (2008), Award from IEEE / IR, Invention & Entrepreneurship Award (2009), the 21st century Invention Award from Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (2009) , NIKKEI Changemakers of the year 2010 (2010) , Entrepreneur Of The Year Japan (2010), NetExplorateurs of the Year(2011), InnoRobo Capek Award (2012).


In 2007, he was appointed as a leader of the Global COE (Centre of Excellence) program for Cybernics, by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan). He has also obtained the significant grants for several different projects from NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) as well as the “Grants for Health Science” from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research” from MEXT. In September 2009, he was selected as one of the top 30 Japanese scientists and his research plan/project obtained financial support from the “Funding Program for World Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology” initiated by the Cabinet Office of Japan. He continues to promote the application of Cybernics technology for the benefit of the aged, physically challenged and the patient groups with the specific diseases.

Keynote2: From Augmented Human to Augmented Society

Paul Lukowicz


As humans get more and more “augmented” devices with complex sensing and reasoning abilities allowing them to perceive and react to the environment and the users activity are becoming peoples main ICT “hubs”. Such devices are redefining the concept of personal computing: away from traditional computing tasks towards monitoring and controlling all aspects of our digital, physical, and social lives. As a consequence, today there is virtually no human activity any more that could go on without involving networked ICT elements and leaving a thick digital trail. This is fundamentally changing the way people act, communicate, or even think. In essence the actions of humans and electronics artifacts are increasingly interweaved over different spatial, temporal, and social scales and can not be fully modeled, planned or managed when considered in separation only. This means that “augmented humans” must be seen in the context of an “augmented society” with the human social structure co-evolving with the ICT system. In the talk the key concepts behind such society-ICT co-evolution will be outlined and initial examples of systems sensing and influencing social systems presented.

Paul Lukowicz is a Professor for Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern Germany and Scientific Director for Embedded Intelligence and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He has a MSc. In Computer Science, a MSc in Physics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science all from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) in Germany. Before coming to Kaiserslautern Paul Lukowicz has been a Post Doc at ETH Zurich where he was in charge of building the up the Wearable Computing Laboratory, Professor for Computer Engineering at the University of Health Informatics and Technology (UMIT) in Hall in Tirol Austria, and Professor for Embedded Systems at the University of Passau in Germany. Paul Lukowicz’s research interests are wearable systems, ubiquitous and crowd sourced sensing, activity and context recognition, socio-technical systems, and self organization. The research is strongly connected to applications in particular in health, well being, production and civil protection. Paul Lukowicz has been Associate Editor in Chief of the IEEE Pervasive Magazine, is currently member of the editorial board of the Hindawi Advances in Human Computer Interaction and IEEE IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He is a co-founder SIS software (, a EU SOCIONICAL project spin-off company dedicated to crowd sensing based civil protection solutions.