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Mizuuchi Ikuo

Affiliation Institute of Engineering
Division Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering
Research field Musculoskeletal Humanoid and Broad Aspects of Robotics Research
Keyword(S) Robotics, Musculoskeletal Humanoid, Home Robotics, Robot Dynamics, Manipulation
Research experience

・2000-2001: JSPS Research Fellow
・2002-2006: Project Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo
・2006-2009: Fulltime Lecturer, University of Tokyo
・2009-2014: Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
・2014-2020: Associate Professor(Tenured), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
・2020-Present: Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Educational background

・Waseda University, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
・University of Tokyo, Master of Engineering (Mechano-Informatics)
・University of Tokyo, Doctor of Engineering (Mechano-Informatics)


* The latest information is shown at the member's website.
(At 2013)
・Young Investigator Excellence Award, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering(2013)
・IEEE Tokyo Young Researchers Workshop WIE Best Award(2012)
・IEEE Tokyo Young Researchers Workshop Co-creation Award(2012)
・IEEE Tokyo Young Researchers Workshop Gurunavi Award(2012)
・Outstanding Poster Presentation Award (advisee)(2010)
・Young Investigator Excellence Award, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering(2010)
・Best Presentation Award, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Mechatronics Division(2006)
・Best Session Award,The Society of Instrument and Control Engineering, System Integration Division(2004)
・Best Paper Award, The Robotics Society of Japan(2004)
・Best Conference Paper Award Finalist, 2003 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2003)(2003)
・Young Investigation Excellence Award of the Robotics Society of Japan(2001)

Selected papers and publications

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(At 2011)
・Enhanced Mother Environment with Humanoid Specialization in IRT Robot Systems, ROBOTICS RESEARCH Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, pp.379--396, 2011
・Analysis of the 1-Joint Spring-Motor Coupling System and Optimization Criteria Focusing on the Velocity Increasing Effect, Journal of Robotics Society of Japan, Vol.29, No.8, pp.675--682, 2011
・Development of Bilateral Wearable Device "Kento" for Control Robots using Muscle Actuator Modules, Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.22, No.3, pp.308--314, 2010
・Improvement of Performance for Musculoskeletal Robots by Mountable Actuator Unit, Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.22, No.3, pp.391-401, 2010
・An Advanced Musculoskeletal Humanoid Kojiro, Proceedings of IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, pp.294--299, 2007 (DOI: 10.1109/ICHR.2007.4813883)
・A Musculoskeletal Flexible-Spine Humanoid Kotaro Aiming at the Future in 15 years' time, Mobile Robots -Towards New Applications, pp.45--56, 2006
・Development of Musculoskeletal Humanoid Kotaro, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp.82--87, 2006. (DOI: 10.1109/ROBOT.2006.1641165)
・The Development and Control of the Flexible-Spine of a Human-Form Robot, Advanced Robotics, Vol.17, No.2, pp.179--196, 2003. (DOI: 10.1163/156855303321165123)
・The Design and Control of the Flexible Spine of a Fully Tendon-Driven Humanoid "Kenta", in Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp.2527—2532, 2002.
・Adaptive Pick-and-Place Behaviors in a Whole-Body Humanoid Robot With an Autonomous Layer Based on Parallel Sensor-Motor Modules, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol.28, No.2, pp.99—113, 1999.

Research Description

  • Musculoskeletal Humanoids: design, implementation, control, human development, artificial intelligence, etc.
  • Pneumatic Muscle Driven Robot System: compressor-embedded musculoskeletal humanoid, etc.
  • Dynamic Motions by Dexterous Distribution of Elastic, Inertial, and Gravitational Energy: instantaneous high performance, dynamic motions, etc.
  • Domestic Tasks by Small Humanoid: climbing a stool, vision-based carrying of dishes, etc.
  • Kitchen Assistant Robot: integration of tactile, proximity, force sensing and vision, manipulation of unknown dishes
  • Autonomous Home Robot: object carrying during cleaning, entrance arranging robot, etc.
  • Object Manipulation based on Magnitude and Direction of Contact Force: utilization of friction, larger objects than the hand, slip sensor, etc.
  • Learning of Dynamic Motions: any kinds of control targets, generic evaluation function for dynamic motion learning, etc.
  • Plants and Robots: robotized plants, blueberry harvesting robot, apple tree-structure analysys, etc.
  • Robot Intelligent Software: EusLisp, OpenRTM, ROS, OpenCV, etc.

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Future aspirations

I would like to promote my research with long term visions. As I had started my own laboratory, I wished I could seed several kinds of research, not only continuing research on 'musculoskeletal humanoid', which I had originally named the subject. At present, some of the seeds including robot technologies in agriculture are beginning to bud, I feel. I would like to grow them up to solid trees, and I would be happy to see they come into bearing fruits.