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Masatoshi Ishikawa


Masatoshi Ishikawa is a professor at the University of Tokyo, where he is developing high-speed vision, visually controlled high-speed robots, high-speed book scanner, high- speed target tracking, dynamic projection mapping, immersive gesture interface, among other projects. He received the B.E., M.E., and Dr. Eng. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1977, 1979, and 1988, respectively. After he worked at Industrial Products Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan, he moved to the University of Tokyo in 1989. He was an executive adviser to the president, a vice-president and an executive vice-president of University of Tokyo, from 2004 to 2005, from 2004 to 2005, and from 2005 to 2006, respectively.

We have developed a visually controlled bipedal running robot named ACHIRES: Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System. This robot has a leg length of 14cm and 6 degrees of freedom, and can run in the sagittal plane at 4.2 km/h . Its key technologies are high-speed vision for recognizing the posture of the robot at 600 fps, and high-speed actuation for realizing high speed motion. The combination of these technologies plays an important role in the robot’s ability to run stably at high speeds.