Our main research area at the Yamamoto Laboratory is the development of robotics systems comprising multiple robots that operate in concert to accomplish a given task. Typically these are mobile robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and humanoid robots. We are also working on an energy harvester with magnetostriction materials that convert mechanical energy to electric energy.
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I still remember the excitement I felt when I received an acceptance letter from Tokai University. From my childhood, I wanted to study robotics and do research in Japan. I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to be a part of a robotics research team. At Yamamoto Laboratory I have been working on a special type of robot that combines a serial manipulator with a parallel manipulator. I designed most of the parts myself and fabricated them on a 3D printer. The robot will be used to perform tasks that are considered dangerous for human workers. In conclusion, Tokai University and Yamamoto Laboratory have given me much more than education and knowledge, namely: the experience of working as part of a team; a variety of useful career skills; an appreciation of Japanese tradition and customs; and finally, long-lasting friendships.
There are many interesting research activities going on at Yamamoto Laboratory. My research is on the topic of a wheeled mobile robot in an outdoor environment. My main objective is to develop software to control and navigate a mobile robot with laser ranging sensors that can be used for high-precision mapping of unknown outdoor environments. I enjoy my research very much because it gives me valuable experience as well as the opportunity to make use of state-of-the-art robotics technologies. I also appreciate the friendly environment at the laboratory, which has a large number of international students and visitors from other countries.