Plenary Speech

Topic: Robot’s Social Intelligence for Human-Robot-Interactive Environment

Prof. Li-Chen Fu (傅立成)


  To enable intelligent robots to enter human living, those robots generally need to have the ability of generating essential skills autonomously, while simultaneously their behaviors need to depend on the social interaction with the human. Human-robot interaction (HRI) is an abundant field of research on interactions between humans and robots as well as is a multidisciplinary field. This talk will proceed around artificial intelligence (AI) and relevant social science. We will initially introduce state-of-the-art researches about social human-robot interaction, and then talk about social intelligence which is applied to engage people or to initiate the interaction. The challenge is how well the robots behave after boosting by AI and social science. These researches show that intelligent robots can interact with human friendly and socially. Finally, we will lightly touch upon deep reinforcement learning to reveal point out its importance for developing robot’s perception and action capabilities.

Prof. Li-Chen Fu

Intelligent Robots and Automation Lab.

National Taiwan University


  Li-Chen Fu received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. Since 1987, he joined National Taiwan University, and was awarded Lifetime Distinguished Professorship and Irving T. Ho Chair-professorship in 2007. He has also served as the university Secretary General from 2005 to 2008. His areas of research interest include Robotics, Visual Detection and Tracking, and Control Theory & Applications.

  Dr. Fu has been extremely active and highly regarded in his technical field. He has served as the Program Chair of 「2004 IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA)」. In terms of the editorial work, he has served as Associate Editor of the prestigious control journal, called Automatica from 1996 to 1999. Starting from 1999, he started a new international control journal, called Asian Journal of Control, and became an Editor-in-Chief of the journal till now. Due to his profound academic reputation, he was appointed as Vice-President for Publication of Asian Control Association (ACA) since 2006, and then was elected as President of ACA during 2012–2013. Due to his active role in international control community, he was elected as BoG member of IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) from 2014 to 2016.

  Dr. Fu has received numerous recognitions for his outstanding performance in research and education during his twenty eight year technical career. Domestically, he has received multiple Distinguished Research Awards from Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST) before 2000, Outstanding Youth Medal in 1991, Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1999, Outstanding Control Engineering Award from Chinese Automatic Control Society (CACS) in 2000, Industry-Academia Collaboration Award from Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2004, TECO Technology Award in 2005, Outstanding Research Award from Pan Wen Yuan Foundation in 2012, and Academic Award from MOE in 2015. Internationally, he was awarded IEEE Fellow in 2004, has been elected to be a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Control Systems Society from 2013~2015, and was awarded 「Wook Hyun Kwon Education Prize」from Asian Control Association in 2015.