Dr. Yoshihiro Sakamoto
Yoshihiro has been involved in the robotics and positioning (indoor and outdoor navigation) fields for over 15 years. He has worked as a researcher in Waseda University and as a freelance engineer. He has acquired a wide range of skills and knowledge throughout his career: robotics, satellite navigation, machine learning, embedded system, RF circuit design, FPGA coding, Windows application development, web system development, and server management. He received his Ph.D. from Waseda University in 2013 on the theme of indoor positioning with GPS-compatible signals. He is now interested in constructing a business based on robotics technologies. He likes studying history.
While completing his Masters' course at Waseda University, Yuki started his career as a robot developer and mechanical designer. He developed prototypes for universities and companies on a contract basis. As part of his Bachelor and Masters' studies, he also developed a gravity compensation arm and a tree-cutting robot. After two years' experience at Toyota Motor Corporation, he cofounded Tokyo Robotics with Yoshihiro and developed the Torobo series from scratch. Now he focuses on constructing a force control system while managing over all the company's technologies as the CTO. His hobbies are customizing his car and exploring ramen restaurants.
Hiroyuki had worked at Canon Inc. for over 10 years in the field of image processing for printers. During his tenure at the company, he helped Tokyo Robotics develop vision systems and robotic applications. After he moved to Tokyo Robotics, he mainly develops high-level (close-to-application) software such as image recognition, machine learning, telexistence (master-slave control), ROS, and Widows applications. His hobbies include playing badminton and Shogi
Takashi started his career as a roboticist when he joined in the Waseda university's micromouse club. In the Master's course, he studied a method to apply machine learning to the control of a robotic hand with multiple fingers. After he worked for Canon Inc. for two years, he joined in Tokyo Robotics. He is developing both low- and high-level software such as embedded firmware, communication architecture, and Windows / Linux (ROS) applications. Since university, he has participated the Tsukuba Challenge, which is an event for outdoor robot navigation, every year.
Takamitsu helped Yoshihiro and Yuki to launch Tokyo Robotics when he was a university student. For his Bachelor's and Master's studies, he also conducted the researches about an accurate omnidirectional mobile robot and a hydraulic bilateral actuator by collaborating with Tokyo Robotics. Since then, he has designed electronic circuits and PCB patterns of Torobo series as a person in charge of electronics development. His hobbies are home aquarium and traveling.
Mechanical Designer, Production
Shiro was a member of the R.U.R Robot Club in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and won the Top 4 and the idea prize at the NHK Student Robot Contest as its team leader. While in school, he started working for Tokyo Robotics and developed a mobile robot and a robotic hand. After he graduated the university, he joined in Tokyo Robotics, and now he is designing and manufacturing the mechanical components. His hobby is playing baseball.
Kenta is interested in developing autonomous robots. He studied a machine learning based optimization method for control parameters of a robot and received M.S. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University, in 2016. He has participated in the RoboCup Japan Open Rescue League and the Amazon Robotics Challenge. His main job role in Tokyo Robotics is developing high-level (close-to-application) software such as ROS, machine learning, and master-slave control.
Dr. Ryosuke Kawanishi
Software development manager
Ryosuke is interested in image processing and picking robot systems. He received his Ph.D. from Shizuoka University in 2012 on the theme of structure from motion by using an omnidirectional camera. He had worked at Advanced Technology R&D Center, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. for 8 years. He developed image sensing systems for factory automation, object recognition for industrial robot, picking robot systems, etc. He joined in Tokyo Robotics as a software development manager and engineer. His hobbies are work out and Igo.
Motoki is a specialist in the fields of image recognition and machine learning. After he studied the image analysis for satellite and aerial photographs in his Masters' course in the University of Tokyo, he joind in a super-small-satellite startup and then DENSO Corporation where he improved his skill. In Tokyo Robotics, he is doing the research on machine learning for picking robots. His hobbies are DIY and astronomical observations.
Mechanical Designer (part-time)
Yohei likes creating mechanical systems. As a university student, he fabricated an automatic pumping wheel for bicycles that won the grand prize at the Waseda Make Program. While in school, he designed the mechanical system of Precise Omni and the Torobo Arm's torque sensors as an intern in Tokyo Robotics. After graduation, he joined Sony Corporation for some time before returning to Tokyo Robotics. He quit Tokyo Robotics in 2020, and started his own comapny, Coromech Inc.. He likes watching movies during his free time.