Site: Nagoya University
Furo-Cho, Chikusa-Ku
Nagoya 464-01
Japan
Date Visited: 30 May 1997
Host: Toshio Fukuda, Professor
Head, Micro System Control Laboratory
Department of Micro System Engineering
Department of Mechano-Informatics and Systems
Building of Engineering No.3, Room #209
Tel: 81 52 789 4478 (FAX: 81 52 789 3909, 3115)
e-mail: fukuda@mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp

BACKGROUND

The city of Nagoya has many electro-mechanical companies located around it and is a center of robotics, machinery, automobile, and aerospace industries in Japan. The Micro System Control Laboratory is part of the Micro System Engineering Department of Nagoya University. That laboratory was established in the 1950s and was taken over by the current faculty about six years ago.

Since then it has grown rapidly. At the time of this WTEC visit it had three faculty members, one engineer, eight PhD students, 12 Masters students, 11 undergraduate students, and visiting research fellows from industry. Between 1990 and the date of this visit, the laboratory had 26 PhD students completing their dissertations.

The main characteristic of the laboratory is strong interactions with industry, something that is relatively unusual in Japan. Additionally, the laboratory participates in national large-scale projects, such as MITI's Micro-Machine Technologies and the Intelligent Manufacturing System (IMS) programs. The laboratory, and Professor Fukuda personally, have been driving forces in stimulating research in mechatronics. It was partly responsible for the inauguration of the IEEE/ASME journal Mechatronics, started in March 1996.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The laboratory has many publications, averaging about 100 articles published mostly in English in refereed journals. There are currently 26 major research projects; each project is associated with a Masters or PhD student. A list is provided below with a short summary for a selected few:


Published: September 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian