ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project

This project's aim is to develop autonomous robots that naturally interact with multiple humans of all ages in a range of social contexts. It involves developing skin-like materials for safe interaction with humans, speech recognition technology, and autonomous communicative functions that are context- and task-sensitive. The project's long-term goal is for intelligent robots to occupy supportive roles in elderly care, public facilities, public transportation, and education. In August 2015, the project unveiled its first ERato Intelligent Conversational Android (ERICA), a mostly autonomous robot.

Source: http://www.jst.go.jp/erato/ishiguro/en/index.html