2022 Lab trial program for lower grades


We held Ma Lab Trial Program for first grade students on July 27th and three students joined the program. We introduced our lab’s research, seminars, activities and information on job hunting. Then we explained the structures and movements of snake robots and manipulated them.

Below is a comment from a student who joined the program:

I learned how important mathematics and physics are!!  One small change in numerical data could change the robots’ movement which taught me that you need to examine over and over again in order to find the best value. I also found out that when one part of the snake robot is broken, all you need to do is replace that part and it will manipulate properly. I realized that there are different types of robots that play an important role in society. I hope that one day I can make a robot that would support our lives.

This program is held every year in summer. If you are interested please check Ritsumeikan Robotics webpage for details.





Ma Laboratory’s research on piping measurement is featured on the cover of a journal

A paper from Assistant Professor Yang Tian entitled “Automatic feature type selection in digital photogrammetry of piping” has been featured on the cover of the journal “Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering”. This  journal ranked No1 in “ENGINEERING CIVIL” and “CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING TECHNOLOGY” division of JCR2020 with an IF of  11.775.


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ROBOMECH2022 in Sapporo

Hello,  I am Chihiro Hirose an M1 student in Ma lab.

ROBOMECH2022 was held in Sapporo Convention Center in Hokkaido from June1st to June 4th .  Four M1 students from our lab participated.

Hokkaido in June was still very cold that one of us had to buy a jacket. This was my first visit to Hokkaido. We ate so many delicious food like jingiskan(lamb meat), Sapporo ramen and lots of seafood.

The theme of the conference was “Path to the New Normal Era for Robotics and Mechatronics”. It was a poster session where each of us stood in front of the poster and gave presentation. For all four of us this was our first poster presentation.

What I learned from this experience is the importance of summarizing the points. It was an hour and a half session but time passed so fast because I had to explain to so many people. It was a great opportunity to experience different type of presentation from what we usually do. Moreover we communicated with other university students and broadened our minds.

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Baka Seminar

Hello everyone !

We had Baka seminar last month on May 28th.

In Baka (which means silly or foolish) seminar, you do a research on something you care about in your daily life that has nothing to do with your study and give presentation.  Before Covid19 we would have BBQ and stay overnight but this year we held it hybrid both at school and online.

The best presentation was Mr.Murata(M1)’s “electronic board name card” ! He made an electronic board name card and programmed it so that you can see a pot pouring coffee (appears in LED light) in a cup ! (He actually works at a coffee shop)

There were other really interesting researches that students prepared in a short period of time. Thanks to a graduate student who participated via zoom and gave us comments.

Hopefully we will be able to visit somewhere next year and have more time to communicate with each other!!


Multi-legged robot is featured on the cover of a journal “Biomimetic Intelligence and Robotics”

Former Malab graduate student Yongchen Tang (completed doctoral course in 2019)’s paper was published in a journal “Biomimetic Intelligence and Robotics”.

Undulatory gait planning method of multi-legged robot with passive-spine

Yongchen Tang, Guoteng Zhang, Dingxin Ge, Chao Ren, Shugen Ma

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Professor Ma interviewed by “Beijing Research Center for Science of Science”

In December, Professor Ma was interviewed by Wechat official account “Beijing Research Center for Science of Science” in China. His interview is now published on the internet.

“In the transformation of scientific and technological achievements, researchers should focus more on cutting-edge technology research”


Yuefeng Lin won the “YOKOI” Award for ASTER poster presentation !

I am very honored to receive the YOKOI MANUFACTURING LTD.award. I would like to thank Prof. Ma, Prof. Tian and members of MaLab. At the online award ceremony, CEO Mr.Yokoi gave me advice on working for a Japanese company. I will keep them in my mind and do my best as a new member of the company.

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