RSJ Tutorial on Robot Audition Open Source Software HARK in IEEE/RSJ IROS 2018 (Jun. 26, 2018)

RSJ Tutorial on Robot Audition Open Source Software HARK in IEEE/RSJ IROS 2018

Date & Time: 9:00 ? 13:30, Oct. 5, 2018 (Half-day)
Room: TBA
Web page:
Registration: visit IEEE/RSJ IROS web site (


Auditory processing is essential for a robot to communicate with people. However, most studies in robotics used a head set microphone attached close to the mouth. Robot audition, thus, proposed to solve such a problem in 2000 and was registered as a keyword in IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) in 2014. We have developed a lot of robots to solve such as ambient noise, speech noise, ego-noise, reverberation, and so on, and published papers mainly in robotics conferences such as IROS, ICRA, and Humanoids. The methods in those publications are collected as open source software called HARK (HRI-JP Audition for Robots with Kyoto University) [some demos]. HARK was released in 2008 aiming to become an audio-equivalent to OpenCV, and the total number of downloads has exceeded 12,000 as of December 2017. HARK has been applied to various fields such as human-robot verbal
interaction, drones, ICT and IVI systems, ecological and ethological research areas, etc. This tutorial will consist of lectures, practices, introduction of case studies, and live demonstrations, and thus it will provide participants with its basic concepts as well as practical knowledge on HARK. We are happy if this tutorial will be a good opportunity to lower the barrier for researcher of robot audition, to increase the awareness of HARK, and to expand to more applications of HARK into various fields to realize its full potential. For more information, please visit

RSJ Tutorial on Robot Audition Open Source Software HARK

[Equipment to bring]

Each participant should bring the following items to attend this tutorial:
* A laptop computer. Requirements are as follows:
– CPU: Core i5 / i7 series
– 4 GB of RAM
– Bootable with a USB device
– Two USB ports: one USB 3.0 port for a bootable USB device, and
another USB port to connect with a microphone array
– Headphone jack
* Headphones (to practice listening to sounds)
* A microphone array. We will provide a microphone array (Tamago) to
each participant. We will only have 50 microphone arrays available.

Kazuhiro Nakadai (Honda Research Institute Japan/Tokyo Institute of
Hiroshi G. Okuno (Waseda University)
Makoto Kumon (Kumamoto University)
Reiji Suzuki (Nagoya University)
Gokhan Ince (Istanbul Technical University)
Osamu Sugiyama (Kyoto University)
Katsuhisa Itoyama (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Ryosuke Kojima (Kyoto University)
Kotaro Hoshiba (Kanagawa Univesity)



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