Basic Information

Robot Engineering Laboratory, Division of Information System
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Courses - Undergraduate
Robotics and automatic control, Introduction to Computer Systems, Programming C++, Image processing
Courses - Graduate
Modern Control Theory, Advanced Robotics, Theory of Evolving Networks


Educational Background, Biography
1995: Received Ph. D (Engineering) from Graduate school of Hokkaido University, Japan 1995-98: Post-doctoral research associate at New Jersey Institute of Technology, U.S.A. 1998-2004: Assistant professor at Graduate school of Hokkaido University. 2004-2013: Associate professor at University of Aizu. 2013-Current: Senior associate professor
Current Research Theme
Swarm robots and its application to agricultural robotic systems (Robo-ducky), and interface system for disaster response robots
Key Topic
swarm robotics, remote robots
Affiliated Academic Society
IEEE (Robotics), Robotic Society of Japan, Society of Instrument and Control Engineering, Japan Society of Precision Engineering


School days' Dream
To be a psychohistorian, which combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people. Actually, it does not exist. It is a fictional science appeared in Isaac Asimov's Foundation
Current Dream
Promotion of Fukushima area and Japan through development of robotics
You can change the world if you start to change yourself
Favorite Books
Douglas Hofstadter, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid"
Messages for Students
If you spend a thousand hours for a single field, you can have a black belt in the field. For example, it will take almost three months if you work on it 10 hours a day. Furthermore, if you spend ten thousand hours for it, you can be a master. So, it is a long and long way to go.
Publications other than one's areas of specialization

Main research

Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2

Many members from the University of Aizu, in particular faculty members from CAIST/ARC-Space, have been involved with Hayabusa 2, the asteroid explorer launched by JAXA in 2014. Our University's members have been conducting research in connection with this project in anticipation of Hayabusa 2's arrival at the asteroid 162173 Ryugu in 2018, to be followed by its return to Earth in 2020. Specifically teams at the University have been engaged in developing observation instruments, which include the near infrared spectrometer installed on Hayabusa 2, and in developing analytic software that will model the shape of the asteroid based on data captured by the probe's observation instruments.

JAXA Hayabusa 2 project website

*Material from JAXA's digital archives has been used for the banner images, etc.

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