We perform many seemingly simple tasks in our daily lives, from manipulating everyday objects to processing many thoughts, often at the same time. These are things most of us are able to manage without any great difficulties. However, the development of such skills has actually been built on an enormous amount of knowledge that has been stored unconsciously throughout our lives. These skills become second nature to us, but when it comes to trying to replicate these in mechanical objects – robots – it becomes clear that the development of these abilities is not simple at all. Professor Kensuke Harada, from the Graduate School of Engineering Science, at Osaka University, is focused on looking at the issues of motion planning, gripper design, human motion and machine learning. His ultimate goal is to realise a robot that can manipulate an object just like a human can.