FacultyMajor in Engineering and Design

Design Field

Kozo Sato

Kozo Sato

Research Field:
Industrial Design

Product design is realized by an intelligent thought process that includes sensibility and thinking. Things and events cannot exist by themselves. Everything and every event have their own meanings or values based on their relationship with surrounding things or events. Furthermore, in the process of human evolution, the relationship between humans and things or events has changed with time. Today, the concept of values is constantly undergoing changes. In order to create a new relationship between humans and things/events, we will study various solutions that are required by the new era from the viewpoint of product design by visualizing hypotheses to generate new "beauty," new "technology/material," and "quality and value" of the new society.

Masato Tsuchiya

Masato Tsuchiya

Research Field:
Interface Design

Interactions between humans and products have been playing an important role in Information-Technology society. Especially in today's digital equipment that involves multi-functionality and networks, a product's interface has become much more important for the creation of each product's value. We are studying next-generation human interfaces with the goal of reducing the physical or cognitive load related to operations and to realize advanced values of sensibility such as the "fun" of an interface's operation.

Shin Azumi

Shin Azumi

Research Field:
Industrial Design

The rapid development of today’s technologies is changing our social framework and sense of value. Under the circumstances, we have to think carefully what is really necessary for our life, and whether the current world around us has made us happier. Design is a methodology to question the current systems and the social phenomena, and to present viable, alternative solutions and inventive ideas.
We also have to be aware of the cultural diversities and the viewpoints of people with different backgrounds in implementing the creative procedure. We will analyse the social context and the cultural history of human being, and develop the design that brings the real value for our life.

Engineering Field

Masami Iwatsuki

Masami Iwatsuki

Research Field:
Robotics and Computer Vision

Humans can not only understand three-dimensional spaces around them using their eyesight, but they canalso grasp objects, avoid obstacles, and so on. In order to make robots performsuch human behaviors, we have developed a system to estimate distances to anobject by analyzing images using computers and then reconstructing a three-dimensionalstructure of the object. The system can also be utilized as a tool forimporting the real world into virtual CG objects.

Hisato Kobayashi

Hisato Kobayashi

Research Field:
Robotics and Mechatronics

Our research goal is to find a systematicmethodology for developing human-friendly mechatronic systems. The term "human-friendly" means that the system can be easily modified to a specifieduser for a specified purpose, because it is almost impossible to developversatile systems for all kinds of users. This concept is the true originalmeaning of "universal design." Thanks to recent advances in technology, we aredeveloping intelligent mechatronic systems, such as robots that can be easilyadjusted for an individual purpose.

Norio Takeuchi

Norio Takeuchi

Research Field:
Computational Engineering and Science

In our laboratory, we research and develop newsimulation techniques to design user/eco-friendly, safe "products" or "socialinfrastructure systems." The main research themes are listed below:
 1) Simulation of the failure mechanism of the "product" and the "structure"
 2) Simulation of the optimum "structure and configuration" design
 3) Simulation of evacuation in case of the disaster
 4) Simulation of biomechanics

Yutaka Tanaka

Yutaka Tanaka

Research Field:
Mechatronics and Robotics

Mechatronics is the most important career forengineers in a variety of fields, including industrial machines, manufacturingfacilities, automobiles, airplanes, construction machines, amusementfacilities, medical welfare, micro-machines, etc. Our laboratory is studyingadvanced mechatronic designs for realizing high performance and high quality.New actuators and interfaces that connect humans and products are also being studiedin order to design next-generation mechatronics with high functionality andenvironmental compatibility.

Management Field

Yasuyuki Nishioka

Yasuyuki Nishioka

Research Field:
Knowledge Engineering, Information Engineering and Industrial Engineering

In the field of product manufacturing, variousideas are shaped into products or manufacturing systems. The knowledge andtechnology have been visualized and retained as hardware. Our laboratory isstudying technology for visualizing these elements as software, which willbecome possible through expertise from a wide range of fields: knowledgeengineering, industrial engineering, and management engineering, in addition totraditional software engineering. Specifically, we are focusing on modelingtechniques (product modeling, process modeling and business modeling), ontologyengineering, standardized technology, visualized information technology usingcomputing machinery, etc. We are also studying APS (Advanced Planning andScheduling), where manufacturing planning, product design, and scheduling areintegrated, as an important technology for competitiveness in the manufacturingindustry.

Yoshiro Fukuda

Yoshiro Fukuda

Research Field:
Manufacturing System Engineering and Manufacturing System Simulation

Our laboratory studies a new manufacturing systemfor realizing high performance, high quality, and high flexibility. We aredeveloping design/operation methods for manufacturing and information systemsin order to develop new manufacturing and verify the feasibility of thosesystems through simulation and field work. Recently, we have begun research oneco-manufacturing and eco-logistics.

Koji Nonobe

Koji Nonobe

Research Field:
Operations Research and Combinatorial Optimization

Optimization is a useful approach for problemsolving and decision making in various fields. For this approach to be successful,it is important to develop an appropriate optimization model and to be able to solveit efficiently. For this purpose, human experience and intuition may benecessary, but not always sufficient, particularlyif the problem is large and complicated. In our laboratory, we are studying computer-basedmathematical optimization techniques, as well as their applications toreal-world problems.

Major in Engineering and Design