Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016｜Shinshu Univ
22Takashi KawamuraAssociate ProfessorFunctional Machinery and MechanicsResearching robots based on mechanisms and bringing the skills of humans and living things to robotsDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am pursuing research into mechatronics robots based on mechanical engineering. The key word in this endeavor is “skills.” My lab focuses on observing the skills of living things nurtured through evolution and in daily life and analyzing them from an engineering standpoint to understand their nature and significance for building systems.Associate Professor Kawamura rst came to the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University as an assistant professor. After subsequently working as a senior assistant professor, he took his current position in 2003. In 1996, he served as a visiting researcher at the University of Illinois. His interests include mechatronics, intelligent control, robots capable of learning the skills of living things, kansei (sensitivity) robotics, and human dynamics.To develop mechatronics robots, it is necessary to design systems based on a wide range of engineering knowledge along with observation, understanding, and evaluation of motion. I aim to design easy-to-use, highly functional mechatronics systems.Outlook for researchMechatronics is a comprehensive technology combining machines, electronics, and information control. Graduates can be expected to nd jobs as mechatronics engineers, which are in high demand in the world today.Outlook for students after graduationI am working to develop robots capable of competing with human teams in the sport of curling. These robots sense minute changes in the surface of the ice and prepare strategies to play.Robotic mechanisms handle metal sheets (left), turn pages based on the same principles as the human hand (upper right), and ap wings based on a dragony (lower right).Ick Soo KimAssociate ProfessorFunctional Machinery and MechanicsPushing the envelope in fiber thinness and bringing abundance to the world with nanofiberDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsNanofiber is fiber with a diameter of several dozen to several hundred nanometers, and it has qualities that are completely different from existing fibers. Benefits that can be expected from minimizing the thinness of the fiber include filtering or purification of foreign objects in ways not previously possible, improving the performance of fuel cells by improving the efficiency of electrical response, and improving efficiency in medical areas such as high-speed cell cultivation.The world's rst successful device for mass-producing nanober (left) A nanober separator (upper right) and a high-performance mask capable of ltering out PM 2.5 particles (lower right)Associate Professor Kim took his current position in 2005 after working as a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the U.S. and as a research professor at Chonbuk National University. His principal areas of research are nanober and material design. He was the rst researcher to achieve mass-production of nanober, and he was a leading performer in the nanober industry in 2011.I have succeeded in developing numerous nano-scale products such as high-performance lters, moisture-permeable waterproof jackets, nano-wipers for clean rooms, separators, and masks, as well as in developing a mass-production plant. In the near future, nanobers will likely play a role in many familiar products.Outlook for researchGraduates are active not only in the ber industry, but also in the electronics, medicine, semiconductors, and machinery industries. Some students even hope to start their own business.Outlook for students after graduationThis moisture-permeable, waterproof jacket oers excellent breathability and waterproong.Nano-wipers for clean rooms catch even the most minuscule pieces of dirt.