Faculty of Engineering
Key Features and Field of Study
The Study of Mechatronics in the Context of Emerging Industries
Mechatronics is the academic area of focus at KUAS’s graduate school, specifically the study of mechatronics in the context of emerging industries. Conventional fields of mechatronics have included mechanical, electrical, and electronic engineering, which at KUAS are extended with chemical, materials, information, and knowledge engineering. Skills acquired in these disciplines can be applied in many industries, particularly in the fields of robotics, drones, and electric vehicles. Graduate students are affiliated with a research laboratory and learn in an “on-the-research training” environment under the supervision of globally-active professors from around the world. Along with cutting-edge research facilities, this environment is ideal to help students further the development of their specialized field.
More specifically, the study of mechatronics at the graduate school includes:
(1) mechanical engineering, for the development of actuators (such as motors), mechanical elements, sensors, and control equipment, as well as design, production, and information processes;
(2) electrical, electronic, and communications engineering, for the development of electromagnetic and communication circuits and devices;
(3) materials science and engineering, for developing new materials and their mechanical applications;
(4) computer science and information engineering, for information processing, machine learning, and big data analysis; and
(5) chemical engineering, for the development of batteries essential to electrical vehicles, autonomous systems, and the Internet of Things.
A New Style of Graduate ProgramThe program of the KUAS Graduate School of Engineering is based on the four fields of materials, energy, information and systems, with each research field correlating and overlapping with the others. Students can seek expert advice from specialists outside their own field, which can lead to new ideas. Students can learn how to innovate professionally while expanding their integrated knowledge beyond the boundaries of their major.
At KUAS, students are taught by experts in a wide range of fields. Please see the table below for details.
|Materials||Dr. Koichi Nakamura||Quantum Materials Science, Theory of Electronic States, Nanomaterials|
|Dr. Shigeru Horii||Materials Science, Solid State Physics, Superconductivity (Ceramics, Functional materials, magnetic alignment, physical properties)|
|Dr. Tadayuki Imai||Optoelectronic Devices, Optical Crystals, Dielectrics, Holography|
|Dr. Takahiro Namazu||Nanomechanics, Nanotechnology, Functional Materials|
|Dr. Ryosuke Matsumoto||Solid Mechanics, Computational Mechanics, Strength and Fracture of Materials, Atomic Simulationn|
|Energy||Dr. Alberto Castellazzi||Power Electronics, Power Semiconductor Devices, Packaging, Thermal Management|
|Dr. Ryo Takahashi||Electrical Engineering, Information and Communication Engineering, Statistical Physics|
|Dr. Ippei Kishida||Computational Materials Science, Battery Engineering, Ionics|
|Dr. Fuat Kucuk||Electrical Engineering, Electrical Machines, Power Electronic Circuits, Renewable Energy Conversion, Electric Vehicles|
|Information||Dr. Osamu Tabata||MEMS, NEMS, DNA Nanotechnology|
|Dr. Hiroshi Kawakami||System Design, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering|
|Dr. Ian Piumarta||Meta-programming, Reconfigurable Systems, Embedded and IoT Technologies|
|Dr. Zilu Liang||Pervasive Computing, Wearable Computing, Personal Informatics, Digital Health|
|Dr. Martin Sera||Mathematics, Complex Analysis, Complex Geometry|
|Dr. Masayuki Nishi||Inorganic Material Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Synthesis and Processing, Optical Materials, Glasses, Ceramics|
|Systems||Dr. Kazuo Oki||Remote Sensing, Drone Measurement, Sustainable Watershed Management|
|Dr. Hiroaki Fukushima||Control Engineering, Robotics|
|Dr. Salem Ibrahim Salem||Remote Sensing, Water Resources and Environment, Water Quality, Optical properties, Ocean, Coastal & inland waters, Machine Learning, Voice Recognition|
|Dr. Sajid Nisar||Robotics, Mechanism Design, Haptics, Flexible Manipulators|
|Dr. Yoshihiro Sato||Robotics, Computer Vision, VR/MR|