Meet the researchers Graduate School of Engineering

June 18, 2020

Meet researchers from the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering.
Step inside their labs and explore the ways in which engineering greatly benefits society.

Meet Mikio Sakai — Exploring physics through computers

Mikio Sakai is an associate professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management and runs the Sakai Lab. There he and his students explore ways to simulate complex engineering problems using computers. His research can help other engineers improve their designs to make machines more effective and efficient.

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Meet Akiko Kumada — Researching the future of power

Professor Akiko Kumada is interested in the future of electricity. The Kumada-Fujii Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering researches various phenomena relating to high-voltage networks. Through her research she intends to help make the electricity grid better able to incorporate more renewable sources of energy.

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Meet Yuki Yamada — Building better batteries

Batteries are very important in modern life. You use them every day in your devices. Lecturer Yuki Yamada aims to improve the way batteries work and to make them safer as well.

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Meet Kanako Harada — Making robotic surgeons

As a child Kanako Harada wished to be a surgeon, but she was put off by the thought of blood. So she found another way to contribute to the field of medicine - inventing surgical robots. Her creations are highly precise and could one day perform delicate surgery on the eyes and more. She also researchers how virtual reality can help train surgeons in the use of assistive robotic systems.

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Meet Horacio Cabral — Developing lifesaving nanomedicine

Associate Professor Horacio Cabral explores the emerging field of nanomedicine - carefully crafted drugs that can access places in the body ordinary medicines cannot. These specially engineered therapeutic materials can treat various diseases like pancreatic cancer and could one day save lives.

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Meet Asuka Hatano — Modeling the heart with simulations

Asuka Hatano is a lecturer and researcher for the Izumi-Hatano Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She studies computational simulations of biological systems, primarily the heart. She hopes her research will help improve drug development and reduce the need for animal testing.

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Meet Yuji Matsuda — Reducing barriers with architecture

Associate Professor Yuji Matsuda runs the Matsuda Lab in the Department of Architecture. He researches ways that architecture can improve the lives of people with physical and mental disabilities.

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Meet Shuntaro Takeda — Creating quantum computers

Shuntaro Takeda is an associate professor at the Department of Applied Physics. In his lab hundreds of small optical and electronic devices cover a large worktable. He arranges these in certain ways to make beams of laser light behave like information in a computer. But his creations can do things ordinary computers cannot. He is creating what is known as a quantum computer, a device which could have big implications for the future.

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Meet Tatsuya Okubo — The School of Engineering

Tatsuya Okubo was Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo from 2016 to 2020. The School consists of 18 departments and has over 500 faculty members. Around 2,000 master's degree students and about 1,000 doctoral degree students study engineering and conduct research. Find out how this historic institution continually innovates and is a great benefit to society.

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Meet Sunghoon Lee — Don't go breaking my heart

For the first time, engineers have demonstrated an electronic device to closely monitor beating heart cells without affecting their behavior. A collaboration between the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Women's Medical University and RIKEN in Japan produced a functional sample of heart cells with a soft nanomesh sensor in direct contact with the tissue. This device could aid study of other cells, organs and medicines. It also paves the way for future embedded medical devices.

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