Frontier Robotics - Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP)

Frontier Robotics

Research Areas

Human physical augmentation via scalable autonomy on concurrent multiple robots

"Robots helping humans expand their life's potential"

One of HRI's new global research initiatives, Frontier Robotics, is exploring the development of an Intelligent Cyber Physical Society (ICPS) in which robots support and enhance humans' activities.
The ICPS concept envisions a variety of robots that are connected to high-speed networks at home and in public spaces working together to perform activities that save time, empower humans to expand their goals, and provide empathetic support. Through the creation of avatars and autonomous intelligent entities, HRI's Frontier Robotics program is positioning robots to work alongside humans in collaborative, scalable networks aimed at extending human capabilities in the physical world while recognizing human intentions and emotions. Working with and learning from humans, robots have the capability of earning human trust, thus becoming more helpful.

By supporting human's physical, mental, and emotional activities, HRI believes these intelligent and collaborative robots can improve humans' quality of life, allowing friends, families, and communities to spend more time together in life-affirming activities.

  • Empower

    Reach remote goals with
    physical augmentation

  • Experience

    Spend more time in direct
    & valuable activities

  • Empathy

    Mental support
    by physical presence

Robots Working in Proximity to Humans

Capable of coping with unexpected situations

When working with humans in the real world, robots will need to cope with unexpected situations.

Pliable robot capable of robustly coming in contact with humans and environments

Robots might be damaged or damage an environment or might fall over and end up injuring humans if they unexpectedly come in contact with humans and the environment around them.
HRI is advancing researches on new control systems with elastic hardware.

Selecting a suitable motion through a split-second situational judgment

Humans are capable of taking suitable actions in unexpected situations to try to respond instantaneously to what is going on, based on a variety of past experiences.
HRI is working on robots to make them be able to instantaneously generate a suitable responding motion by recognizing a change in situation, for example, if a robot is on the verge of falling over, it will grasp at something to stabilize itself. Recently, HRI is also accelerating the research by making use of motor learning with deep reinforcement learning.

Robots don't fall down even after being bumped.

Autonomous/Tele-operable Robot Recognizing Human's Intention

Assisting smooth tele-operation through the recognition of operator's intentions

It is very difficult for humans to smoothly tele-operate robots due to delayed and missing information.
HRI is working on research towards the realization of smooth tele-operation by autonomously compensating work by anticipating an operator's intentions.

Physically assisting humans through the recognition of human motions

Robots are required to smoothly assist and predict human movement, such as, helping humans stand up or walk.
HRI has already started research to give robots such functions.

Helping human's move

Helping human's move

Robots as research platform

Robots as research platform