About BioInMech Lab

We think that students in our laboratory must be energetic self-starters. When beginning a research project, you must consider the project’s novelty, its theoretical practicality, and its likely impact on society. In the laboratory, probable movements can be simulated with the computer, and we can build actual robots if an idea looks promising. The laboratory concentrates on hands-on teaching and learning. You are expected to present papers in school and to academic societies, and you will gain the real-world knowledge and skills researchers and engineers need. Also, the laboratory expects you to have an active intellectual curiosity. We want you constantly to ask ‘Why?’. You should think up your own research objectives, and thereby grow and learn the necessary skills to take part in decision-making in a corporate or research institution setting.

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As well, we encourage you to go on to the graduate school because one year will not be enough to conduct a series of studies. We require you to participate as many conferences as possible until graduation. Opportunities for presentations are mostly,

Annual Conference of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)

Robotics and Mechatronics Conference (JSME: Japan Society Mechanical Engineering)

Especially, graduate school students,.

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Naturally, you must accomplish certain research results enough to present in conferences. To do this, you need to usually advance your own research.

We believe that days in the laboratory for active people who are interested in your research topic and have intention to develop yourself will be delightful and meaningful. On the other hand, for people who want to get a university degree in an effortless way, it will be a waste of time. Spacing out at your desk never bring good results. We welcome students who have an active intellectual curiosity and a growth willingness.

Research activities is so hard. However, the event of our lab is not only thing about the research. End of the semester, after the graduation ceremony and when new members joining, a small party is often organized. In early summer or fall, we enjoy a barbecue. We may sometimes go to somewhere trip. "Play hard when you play" and "Relax hard when you relax" are also our laboratory policies

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Seminars

We have six seminars per week. All staffs in our lab must participate 1, 2, and 4. In addition to them, doctoral course students must attend 5 and 6. Japanese students must attend 3. Alternatively, International students must attend 6.

1: Research Progress Report (Kenkyu-zemi)

Once/Semester

Oral presentations to report your research progress. Presenters are provided a large screen with a small table to place a laptop. You must present once per one semester.

2: Joint Seminar with Other Laboratories (In-zemi)

Once/Semester

Oral presentations similar to Kenkyu-zemi to present your research to us and those in other laboratories. You must present once per one semester.

Paper Seminar for Japanese (Ronbun-zemi)

Once/Semester

Oral presentations to introduce papers and journals. This is to provide and discuss knowledge, technology, and new idea, obtained by them. You must present once per one semester. The main language is Japanese. International students can replace it as English paper seminar (Ei ron-zemi).

Group Discussion Meeting (Group-zemi)

Three times/Semester

Our work are grouped by categories. Discussion meetings are set up to discuss your research progress sitting around a table, in the small group. You must join the discussion about once per month.

5: Seminar for Doctoral Course Students (Dr. zemi)

Every three weeks

Oral presentations for only Doctoral Course Students to report their recent progress. You must present once per every second or third week. The main language is English because most doctoral course students come from other countries.

6: English Paper Seminar (Ei ron-zemi)

Once/Month

This seminar follows the same pattern as Paper Seminar (Ronbun-zemi). Only difference is that main language is English. You must present at least once or twice per one semester.

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