Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

Satoshi SuzukiTenure-track Assistant ProfessorMoving, thinking, and working autonomously: Implementing an autonomous robotDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am engaged in research from the standpoint of control engineering and robotics with the goal of implementing an autonomous robot that can think, move, and work on its own. My lab has developed numerous small aerial and terrestrial robots as well as motion control systems, external environment sensing systems, and robot cooperative behavior control systems.This autonomous, small-scale unmanned helicopter, one of our aerial robots, can y without human operation using autonomous control technology.After completing the second-semester doctoral course at Chiba University, Satoshi Suzuki worked as a researcher at the university before taking his current position in 2009. He is currently working on autonomous robots such as an autonomous, unmanned helicopter. His principal areas of research include control engineering, robotics, and control applications.My goal is to create robots that can replace human work in dangerous areas and extreme environments such as disaster response and rescue activities and to develop robot systems that can work under all terrain and environmental conditions through the collaboration of multiple types of robots.Outlook for researchGraduates are able to go to work immediately in many elds since they not only study mechanical engineering, but also master many other skills, including electricity and electronic circuits, control engineering, and programming.Outlook for students after graduationMy rst goal is to achieve collaboration between aerial and terrestrial robots.The devices used to control the robots are developed entirely from scratch.Functional Machinery and Mechanics23Functional Machinery and MechanicsAn extraordinary new material: Carbon nanotubesCreating and analyzing high-functionality nano-composite materialsDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am working to explain the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNT), for example elasticity, vibration, and buckling, and to use CNT to develop high-functionality composite materials. My lab leverages the unique properties of CNT, which cannot be achieved with other materials, to create lightweight and highly functional CNT-strengthened composite materials and to utilize them in numerous ways.Since experimental measurement is dicult, computers are used for logical analysis and evaluation of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes.Associate Professor Natsuki took his current position in 2006 after working as a researcher at Hitachi Chemical’s Tsukuba Research and Development Center, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. His principal areas of research include the creation of composite materials, composite material engineering, and computational science for the analysis and evaluation of their properties.Nano-composite materials made using CNT can be made suitable for use in aerospace and sports equipment applications by increasing their mechanical properties of attenuation and vibration control. Further research and development can be expected to lead to expanded use of CNT properties for numerous purposes.Outlook for researchGraduates are active in a wide array of domains, including at software companies and government agencies in addition to textile, appliance and electrical equipment, and automotive part manufacturers.Outlook for students after graduationA model of molecular structure is used to analyze the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes.The vibrational properties of carbon nanotubes are analyzed using the nite element method.Toshiaki NatsukiAssociate Professor


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