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An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in Mechanical Engineering.

Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2016 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2017 academic year.

Composite Materials Laboratory

Kazunori ASANO
Professor

Foundry Engineering, Composite Materials Engineering
We are actively involved in research on heat-resistant and wear-resistant composite materials in which metals are reinforced using ceramic particles or fibers. We are also doing R&D on environmentally benign melting and solidification technologies aimed at saving energy, conserving resources, and recycling.
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Robotics Laboratory

Kiyoshi IOI
Professor

Robotics, Mechatronics, Motion and Vibration Control
We conduct research on new robots and intelligent machines. We study a variety of bots, including robots that run in place, robots that travel on wall surfaces, and flying robots. We are also doing research on practical small Braille devices and on ultra-low-vibration wheels.
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Micro-Energy Laboratory

Tamio IDA
Professor

Renewable Energy, Microcombustion Science, Scale Modeling Engineering, Coating/Drying Engineering
We do research and education in multiple domains, while, with a focus on areas such as biofuel, hyperthermia for treating brain cancer, and microcombustion science, fostering industry-government-academia tie-ups, collaborating with other faculties and departments, and doing joint research in other fields—in Japan and internationally.
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Control Engineering Laboratory

Manabu KOSAKA
Professor

Control Engineering, System Identification, Sensorless Drives
Control engineering enables air conditioners to work automatically to keep room temperature constant. We study to establish controllers that bring out ultimated performances of the control objects.
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Computational Processing Laboratory

Sei-ichiro SAKATA
Professor

Development of Computational Methods for Composite Materials, Development of Methodologies for Structural Design Optimization
How do we create better products using advanced materials and new structures? We are working on development of new simulation techniques and methodologies to solve a whole range of problems—from product evaluation and design to processing and production.
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Thermal Energy System Lab.

Toru SAWAI
Professor

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Power Transmission System Laboratory

Yasuyoshi TOZAKI
Professor

Mechanical Elements, Tribology, Machine Dynamics
We develop systems to make it possible to control motive power using new mechanisms that replace gears and to monitor operating status. We also do research aimed at their application to a wide range of machinery such as micromachines and large-scale wind power generation systems.
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Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory

Kazuaki NISHIYABU
Professor

Machining, Composites Manufacturing, Micro/Nano Fabrication, Metal Powder Injection Molding
How do we effectively utilize advanced materials to boost the capabilities, performance, and environmental adaptability of components used in products such as aircraft and automobiles? We research processing methods that form the essential foundations of manufacturing.
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Precision Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Takashi HARADA
Professor

Parallel Mechanisms, Precision Machinery, Machine Kinematics, Mechanics
Ichiro Suzuki, the Major League player who continues to smash hits even though his circumstances have changed, is the precision machinery of the baseball world. We conduct research, aiming to achieve machinery like Ichiro—machines that do the job reliably even when operating environments and circumstances change.
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Thermal Engineering Laboratory

Manabu FUCHIHATA
Professor

Combustion Engineering
We give thought to fuels and combustion technologies that minimize emissions of hazardous substances and carbon dioxide. We research small-scale, high-efficiency, and low-pollution technologies to burn various fuels that can be produced from plant-derived biomass.
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Fracture Mechanics Laboratory

Yoshitaka WADA
Professor

Computational Mechanics (Automatic Model Generation, Finite Element Simulation), Fracture Mechanics, Crack Propagation Analysis, Non-Contact Strain Measurement
We assume that a cell phone will be dropped. Defects exist in structures. But…neither break immediately. To measure and simulate structural strength and damage caused by crack growth, and to develop and do research on evaluation techniques—these are our themes.
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Molecular Simulation Engineering Laboratory

Noriyoshi ARAI
Associate Professor

Molecular Simulation, Self-Assembly of Soft Matter, Statistical Thermodynamics
We are engaged in broad-based research related to soft matter (self-assembly of surfactants and proteins, mechanisms of movement in molecular motors, dynamics of biomembranes, etc.) under the theme of molecular simulation for engineering.
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Mechanical Dynamics Laboratory

Tomohiko Ise
Associate Professor

Dynamics of Machinery, Design of Machine Elements, Tribology
We are conducting research on rotary machines that can reduce vibration and stably operating at high speed and develop industrial machines using vibration. We aim to solve problems and improve performance from both aspects of numerical analysis and experiments.
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Mechatronics Laboratory

Yoshikazu OHTSUBO
Associate Professor

Mechatronics, Robotics, Rescue Engineering
We have developed rescue robots to search for victims in underground shopping centers in the event of a disaster. We integrate a number of conventional robots having various features in order to develop a group robot system that can be remotely manipulated.
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Mechanical Functional Design Laboratory

Shinji KAJIWARA
Associate Professor

Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Design
We conduct research into improving the safety, comfort, and driving environment of cars by using a driving simulator and computer analysis to measure a number of factors of the car driver.
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Environmental Fluid Engineering Laboratory

Naoya SUZUKI
Associate Professor

Environmental Fluid Engineering, Physical Oceanography, Environmental Remote Sensing
The interdependence of the oceans and the atmosphere is related to fluctuations and changes in the global environment. We elucidate these basic mechanisms on the basis of both experimental and numerical models.
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Industrial Management Engineering

Yasuhiko TAKEMOTO
Associate Professor

Industrial Management Engineering, Quality Management, Operational Research, Applied Statistics
Industrial Management is a activity of achieving efficiency, rationalization, and optimization in production systems. This laboratory researches and develops methods of Industrial Management based on data science and ICT.
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Masa-aki NAKAI
Associate Professor

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Fluid Engineering Laboratory

Takenobu MICHIOKA
Associate Professor

Fluid Engineering, Turbulent Flows, Material and Thermal Diffusion
We are working to elucidate and model the detailed behavior of flows, heat, and materials, such as inside mechanical equipment like chemical reactors and in flow fields in the environment. We also do research to develop practical numerical models helpful to industry.
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Laboratory for Advanced Machining Processes

Junji MURATA
Associate Professor

Precision Machining, Surface Engineering, Crystal Engineering
We develop innovative processing techniques based on nano-scale physico-chemical phenomena occurring on the surfaces of materials. We achieve high levels of accuracy, functionality, and productivity that have been difficult to achieve using conventional techniques, and create processing methods to improve product performance to the utmost.
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CAE Analysis and Design Laboratory

Tomohisa HASHIMOTO
Lecturer

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Engineering, Computer-Aided Engineering
We study on the computer simulations of the flow, which is called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and especially develop the software for analyzing the flow and heat conduction related to the filling, packing and cooling stages in the plastic injection molding..
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