He received the PhD degree from University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 1998. From 1998 to 2001, he was a research associate at Nagoya University. From 2001 to 2008, he was a lecturer at Osaka Institute of Technology. In 2008, he joined Shibaura Institute of Technology, where he is currently a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests include field robotics. He is a member of IEEE.
We develop the semi-auto multi-copter for infrastructure inspection, which is supported by Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP), (Funding agency : JST). There are other research groups that carried out experiments using a multi-copter with camera for building inspection for years. It is hard to inspect infrastructure as the multi-copter did not stay at a fix position, which leads to distortion of images or videos taken by multi-copter. On the contrary, our semi-auto multi-copter can be control manually and autonomously equips with novel flexible electrostatic absorption devices. With flexible electrostatic absorption devices attached to this semi-auto multi-copter, proposed algorithm would be the best for close-range inspection using multi-copter as it ensure a fix position during infrastructure inspection. Thus it can improve close-range inspection.
Field robotics, mobile robot, micro chemical device