On Sep 4th 2015, Prof. Tomohiro Shibata received a 2015 JNNS Best Paper Award. JNNS (Japanese Neural Network Society) is a leading society of neuroscience and engineering in Japan along with the Japan Neuroscience Society and the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry. Every year, two papers are selected from all of the papers published by JNNS members in the previous year.
This paper suggests that a robotic trainer can facilitate novices’ motor skill learning for dart-throwing with a user-adaptive assistance employing the assist-as-needed principle in order to prevent reliance on the assistance. The proposed framework could be applied not only for sports training but also rehabilitation.

■The award-winning paper
Authors: Chihiro Obayashi, Tomoya Tamei, Tomohiro Shibata
Title: Assist-as-needed robotic trainer based on reinforcement learning and its application to dart-throwing
Journal: Neural Networks, Vol.53, pp.52-60, 2014


In the award ceremony

In the award ceremony

In the award ceremony

In the award ceremony


The award certificate

The award certificate

  • Introduction Movie
  • Joint Graduate School in Intelligent Car & Robotics Course
  • Joint Graduate School Car Electronics Course

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