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Introduction of our tenure-track faculties


Affiliation Institute of Engineering
Division Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering
Research field Robotics and Mechatronics
Keyword(S) Space Robotics, Mechanics and Mechatronics, Guidance Control Navigation and Dynamics, Terramechanics
Research experience

・Apr.2015 – Mar.2016:Nagoya University, Graduate School of Engineering, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Researcher
・Apr. 2016 – Mar. 2020:Chuo University, Faculty of Science and Engineering Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering, Assistant Professor
・Apr. 2020 – Aug. 2021:Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Institute of Space and Astronautics Science
・Sep. 2021 -Present:Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology,
Associate Professor

Educational background

・Mar. 2010:B. S. (Eng.) Osaka Prefecture University
・Mar. 2012:M. S. (Eng.) Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
・Mar. 2015:PhD, (Eng.) Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo


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(At Apr. 2022)
・Dec. 2017:SICE System Integration Division, Best Presentation Award
・Feb. 2018:SICE System Integration Division, Young Scientist Award
・Oct. 2018:62nd Space Science and Technology Conference, Young Scientist Award

Selected papers and publications

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(At Apr. 2022)
・Takao Maeda, Masatsugu Otsuki, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Susumu Hara, Attitude Stabilization for Lunar and Planetary Lander with Variable Damper, Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics 39(8) 1790-1804 2016
・Takao Maeda, Masatsugu Otsuki, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Protection against overturning of a lunar-planetary lander using a controlled landing gear, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering (2) 438-456 2017
・Takao Maeda, Masatsugu Otsuki, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Design of Landing Gear Footpad based on the Resistive Force Generated by Celestial Soil, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 56(1) 104-116 2019

Research Description

My research interests are the exploration technology of the moon, Mars, and asteroid’s surface and sub-surface. Using robot technology, we would like to access the extreme environment on the planetary body, where there is not yet been unveiled. For robotic exploration, robotics and mechatronics under the vacuum and microgravity environment become important. We are using a drop tower and the parabolic flight to test such an environment before launch. We also discuss the application of space robotics to commercial service robots, dual-use robots such as defense systems, agricultural robots, etc.

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About TUAT's tenure-track program

We can get a start-up fund from the university. A large area of experiment space is also prepared. The support desk of the university provides good support for paperwork. They also help us for getting a research grant. We can discuss getting the research grant from not only JSPS but also private companies. Excellently, they never shut the door in my face, even if we would like to discuss getting the grant from the defense division.

Future aspirations

Planetary exploration will provide answers to the origin of life. It has an enormous impact on the view of science. Robotic exploration has a big chance to approach the answer. This also expands the area of human.