Shigeki Sugano

Waseda University, Tokyo Japan Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Control Design & Engineering, Human-computer Interaction, Machine Intelligence, Robots Interview Synopsis In this interview, Sugano discusses his career in the field of robotics. He outlines his time at Waseda University and his involvement with several robotics projects, including the WABOT-2 and TWENDY-ONE systems. Commenting on…

Yoshiaki Shirai

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo Japan Research Areas Robots Interview Synopsis In this interview, Shirai discusses his education and training as a mechanical engineer and his career in robotics and artificial intelligence. Biography Yoshiaki Shirai, a Japanese mechanical engineer and university professor, was born on 3 August 1941 in Toyota, Japan and is the son…

Kazuhiro Kosuge

Tohoku University, Sendai Japan Research Areas Robots Biography Kazuhiro Kosuge is a professor in the department of Robotics at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He received his collegiate education from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, leaving with his Ph.D in control engineering in 1988. During his education, Kosuge worked in research, first with Denso Corporation,…

Makoto Kaneko

Osaka University, Osaka Japan Research Areas Mechatronics, Robot Programming, Robots, Sensors, Sensors systems and applications Biography Makoto Kaneko was born on January 18th, 1954 in Hagi, Japan. He studied undergraduate Mechanical Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology before attending Tokyo University, where he received MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and 1981,…

Norihiro Hagita

Norihiro Hagita ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communicatuon Laboratories Japan Research Areas Humanoid Robots, Robots Biography Norihiro Hagita was born in 1954. He attended Keio University where he received a B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1976, 1978, and 1986, respectively. In 1978 he joined the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (now NTT) where…

Tatsuo Arai

Osaka University, Osaka Japan Research Areas Robots Biography Tatsuo Arai was born in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1975, 1977, and 1986, respectively. In 1977 he joined the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, AIST of MITI (now METI) where he was involved in the…