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Dr. Gowrishankar Ganesh,

Senior Researcher (CR1),

CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory,

Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono,

Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 JAPAN
g.ganesh AT aist . go . jp

            gans_gs AT hotmail . com

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How should rehabilitation, biomedical and social robots behave such that an interacting human is comfortable with them, feels safe with them and is willing to coexist and learn from them? The answer to this questions is not trivial because human interactions, both with their environment and other humans, have complex dynamics that change not only with an interacting individual’s physiology, age and pathology, but also emotional factors like fear and anxiety, and cognitive factors like the Theory of Mind. The reason we can intuitively interact with a fellow human is because we understand his/her behaviour in all these aspects and respond accordingly, and correspondingly he/she does the same. My research aims to endow machines and robots with similar capabilities to understand humans through the development of Human Centric Robotics....read more 


My research interests include human sensori-motor control and learning, robot control, social neuroscience and robot-human interactions. I have recently joined as a CR1 researcher at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS), and am currently located at the CNRS-AIST joint robotics lab in the Intelligent Systems and Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan.  I am a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Centre for Information and Neural Networks (CINET) in Osaka, Advanced Telecommunication Research (ATR) in Kyoto and the Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) in Montpellier.  

Recent Events/ Press  (updated January 2018)



June 2018: upcoming: new report in CNRS news of our Science Advances paper.


May 2018: 他者をどうみるか」が鍵!NICT press release of our elife paper detailing the discovering of prediction error induced contagions


May 2018:100ミリ秒以内に脳波から運動意図を高精度に推定する方法を考案   AIST press release of our new BCI system published in Science advances


March 2017: CNRS News on our new paper on human –robot interaction in Nature Human Behavior


Aug 2016 : Look out for the poster on our work in the Paris subway during the Olympics


July 2015: A report of our work in Scientific American magazine


April 2015: New Kakenhi Challenge funding from JSPS with Dr. Yoichi Miyawaki  


Jan 2015: Dr. Tsuyoshi Ikegami’s interview on Japan’s TBS radio about our work.


23rd Jan 2015: PKの失敗、なぜ伝染する? 他人の動き無意識に予測、失敗も伝染” (why penalty kick failure can be contagious? People implicitly predict movements and failures they observe”)  Yahoo Japans’ take on our experiment.


22nd Jan 2015: 下手な人のプレー見ると自分に伝染する? ダーツで実験” (Is bad performance contagious? Darts experiment) Article in Japan’s leading newspaper Asahi Shinbun and Asahi Shinbun web news


Dec 2014: Sport : être mauvais est-il contagieux?  Article in the CNRS magazine.


Nov 2014: tv report on TBS television ‘Asachan’ on our darts study, 17th November 2014.


Nov 2014: hebo no darts miru na-’‘Mainichi Shinbun’ article on 12th November on our darts study.


Nov 2014: Press release by NICT Japan on the article ‘Watching novice degrades expert motor performance: causation between action production and outcome prediction of observed actions by humans’ published in Nature Scientific Reports.


Dec. 2013: Two is better than one: Press release in Japan on the mutual benefits observed during human-human physical interactions (Ganesh et al. 2014)... details


24th Dec 2013: Practise makes perfect if you have a partner’s touch: Press release in London on the mutual benefits observed during human-human physical interactions (Ganesh et al. 2014)... details


Human Centric Robotics

developing robots that understand the neuroscience and control underlying human behaviours