University of Tsukuba, Japan
Fumihide Tanaka is an associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. After he obtained a Ph.D. from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2003, he joined Sony Corporation and worked for the research and development of entertainment robots. He then started the research of human-robot interaction (HRI) during the time he stayed in the University of California in San Diego between 2004 and 2007. A long-term field study conducted in a nursery school in that period has been regarded as a classic study of child-robot interaction, having been reported in major news media such as CNN, Nature, and Science. He moved to academia in 2008, and since then he has been working for robotics for education in the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba. He supervised the development of an educational application for Pepper robot during the time he worked for SoftBank Corp. as a consultant. Currently he serves as a director for foreign affairs in the Robotics Society of Japan.