The project has started a small research group by Hiroshi G. Okuno and Kazuhiro Nakadai in Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (In September 2003, Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project finished because it was a five-year project started in October 1998). In 2002, a research group of Kyoto University joined the project. In May 2003, Kazuhiro Nakadai moved to Honda Research Institute Japan, Co., Ltd. which was established for basic research such as computer science, material science and biology in January 2003. Therefore, "Robot Audition Project" is currently a collaboration project of Kyoto University and Honda Research Institute Japan, Co., Ltd.