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Tomohiro Kawahara (PI: Principal Investigator)

川原知洋

Vitae

Positions
2016 – Present Associate Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology
2018 – 2018 Visiting Scientist, University of Southern California (Prof. Scott Fraser) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles(Prof. Rusty Lansford)
2012 – 2016 Associate Professor (tenure-track), Kyushu Institute of Technology
2012 – 2013 Visiting Scientist, Koch Institute (Prof. Robert Lnager), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2010 – 2011 Assistant Professor, Nagoya University (Prof. Fumihito Arai)
2010 – 2010 Assistant Professor, Tohoku University (Prof. Fumihito Arai)
2006 – 2009 Postdoctoral fellow, Hiroshima University Hospital (Prof. M.D. Masazumi Okajima)
2006 – 2007 Visiting Researcher, Applied AI Systems Canada, Inc. (Pres. Takashi Gomi)

Education
B.S. Control and Information Engineering, Kumamoto National College of Technology (Prof. Hirofumi Ohtsuka), 2002
M.S. Sensing and Control Engineering, Hiroshima University (Prof. Makoto Kaneko), 2004
Ph.D. Sensing and Control Engineering, Hiroshima University (Prof. Makoto Kaneko), 2006

Selected Awards and Honors
2018 Young Scientist Prize, MEXT (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan)
2014 Best Journal Paper Award, Journal of Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)
2013 Best Journal Paper Award, FA Foundation
2013 Best Journal Paper Award, Journal of Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
2012 Best Journal Paper Award, Journal of Japan Society of Computer Aided Surgery (JSCAS)
2012 Best Conference Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
2011 Best Video Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
2009 HITACHI Medical Award (Gold Prize)
2007 Best Journal Paper Award, Journal of Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)
2006 – 2009 Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researcher, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2005 Best Conference Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Information Acquisition (ICIA)
2005 Hiroshima University Best Student Research Award
2004 – 2006 Research Fellowship for Doctoral Student, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Concept

SMART Integration:
Integration of BioScience, Medical, and Agriculture by Robot Technology

As is well known, the biomedical field is strongly demanded to investigate a single cell and determine the functions and properties of cells. Nowadays, in terms of tissue engineering, this approach has been applied to restructure artificial tissue, organs, and body parts by assembling cells. For such purpose, combination of many technologies is quite important to build and control cells in vitro environment. In order to establish an effective method for assembling a cell, our research group focuses on development of high-speed and accurate mechanical system for handling and measuring wet objects with multiple scales based on micro-nano mechatronics, medical robotics, MEMS, and micro fluidics technologies. As integrity and innovation of these technologies, our team is highly motivated to contribute to discovery in mechanism of living organisms and development of novel actuators and sensors.

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