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Researchers / Kenji Hashimoto

Kenji Hashimoto

  • Doctor of Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

Research Topics

“Legged Robot beyond Human Locomotion Capability”

I aim at creating a novel sports coaching program through developing a biped robot mimicking human running motion. I also try to develop a disaster response robot having high accessibility in extreme environments.

Education and Academic Employment

2008.4-2009.3 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Research Fellow DC-2)
2009.3 Received the Degree of Doctor of Engineering from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan
2009.4-2010.3 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Research Fellow PD)
2010.4-2011.6 Research Associate, Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan
2011.7-2013.3 Junior Researcher (Assistant Professor), Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan
2012.10-2013.9 French Government Scholarships (PostDoctoral Researcher), LPPA, Collège de France, France
2013.10-2015.3 Junior Researcher (Assistant Professor), Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan
2015.4- Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Japan

Research Fields of Interest

  • Robotics
  • Biped robot
  • Humanoid robot
  • Disaster response robot

Academic Publications

  1. Takuya Otani, Kenji Hashimoto, Takaya Isomichi, Masanori Sakaguchi, Yasuo Kawakami, Hun-Ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Joint Mechanism That Mimics Elastic Characteristics in Human Running,” Machines, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Article 5, January, 2016.
  2. Martim Brandao, Ricardo Ferreira, Kenji Hashimoto, Atsuo Takanishi and Jose Santos-Victor, “On Stereo Confidence Measures for Global Methods: Evaluation, New Model and Integration into Occupancy Grids,” IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 116-128, January, 2016.
  3. Aiman Omer, Reza Ghorbani, Kenji Hashimoto, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “A Novel Design for Adjustable Stiffness Artificial Tendon for the Ankle Joint of a Bipedal Robot: Modeling & Simulation,” Machines, Vol. 4, Issue 1, December, 2015.
  4. Takuya Otani, Kenji Hashimoto, Masaaki Yahara, Shunsuke Miyamae, Takaya Isomichi, Shintaro Hanawa, Masanori Sakaguchi, Yasuo Kawakami, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Utilization of Human-Like Pelvic Rotation for Running Robot,” Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Vol. 2, Article 17, 9 pages, July, 2015.
  5. Kenji Hashimoto and Atsuo Takanishi, “Biped Robot Research at Waseda University”, Journal of Robotics, Networking and Artificial Life, Vol. 1, Issue 4, pp. 261-264, February, 2015.

  6. Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Yusuke Sugahara, Kenji Hashimoto and Atsuo Takanishi, “Intersection of “Tokku” Special Zone, Robots, and the Law: A Case Study on Legal Impacts to Humanoid Robots,” International Journal of Social Robotics, February, 2015.

  7. Matthieu Destephe, Martim Brandao, Tatsuhiro Kishi, Massimiliano Zecca, Kenji Hashimoto and Atsuo Takanishi, “Walking in the Uncanny Valley: Importance of the Attractiveness on the Acceptance of a Robot as a Working Partner,” Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 6, No. 204, February, 2015.

  8. Aiman Omer, Kenji Hashimoto, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Study of Bipedal Robot Walking Motion in Low Gravity: Investigation and Analysis,” International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 11:139, 14 pages, September, 2014.

  9. Lorenzo Jamone, Martim Brandao, Lorenzo Natale, Kenji Hashimoto, Giulio Sandini and Atsuo Takanishi, “Autonomous online generation of a motor representation of the workspace for intelligent whole-body reaching,” Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 62, Issue 4, pp. 556-567, April, 2014.

  10. Kenji Hashimoto, Kentaro Hattori, Takuya Otani, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Foot Placement Modification for a Biped Humanoid Robot with Narrow Feet,” The Scientific World Journal, Vol. 2014, Article ID 259570, 9 pages, January, 2014.

  11. Gabriele Trovato, Massimiliano Zecca, Salvatore Sessa, Lorenzo Jamone, Jaap Ham, Kenji Hashimoto and Atsuo Takanishi, “Cross-cultural study on human-robot greeting interaction: acceptance and discomfort by Egyptians and Japanese,” Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pp. 83-93, December, 2013.

  12. Gabriele Trovato, Tatsuhiro Kishi, Nobutsuna Endo, Massimiliano Zecca, Kenji Hashimoto and Atsuo Takanishi, “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Emotion Expressive Humanoid Head: Recognition of Facial Expressions and Symbols,” International Journal of Social Robotics, Vol. 5, Issue 4, pp. 515-527, November, 2013.

  13. Tatsuhiro Kishi, Nobutsuna Endo, Takuya Otani, Przemyslaw Kryczka, Kenji Hashimoto, Kei Nakata and Atsuo Takanishi, “Development of a Head for Bipedal Humanoid Robot Capable of High Facial Expression Ability with Big Range of Movement of Facial Region and Facial Color,” Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 106-116, May, 2013.

  14. Gabriele Trovato, Massimiliano Zecca, Tatsuhiro Kishi, Nobutsuna Endo, Kenji Hashimoto and Atsuo Takanishi, “Generation of Humanoid Robot's Facial Expressions for Context-Aware Communication,” International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, Vol. 10, No. 1, 23 pages, March, 2013.

  15. Kenji Hashimoto, Yuki Takezaki, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Walking Stabilization Based on Gait Analysis for Biped Humanoid Robot,” Advanced Robotics, Vol. 27, No. 7, pp. 541-551, March, 2013.

  16. Giovanni G. Muscolo, Kenji Hashimoto, Paolo Dario and Atsuo Takanishi, “A Comparison between Two Force-Position Controllers with Gravity Compensation Simulated on a Humanoid Arm,” Journal of Robotics, Vol. 2013, Article ID 256364, 14 pages, 2013.

  17. Giovanni G. Muscolo, Carmine T. Recchiuto, Kenji Hashimoto, Paolo Dario and Atsuo Takanishi, “Towards an Improvement of the SABIAN Humanoid Robot: from Design to Optimisation,” Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 80-84, July, 2012.

  18. Kenji Hashimoto, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Disturbance Compensation Control for Biped Vehicle,” Advanced Robotics, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 407-426, February, 2011.

  19. Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Biped Landing Pattern Modification Method and Walking Experiments in Outdoor Environment,” Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 20, No. 5, pp. 775-784, October, 2008.

  20. Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Swizzle Movement for Biped Walking Robot Having Passive Wheels,” Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 413-419, June, 2008.

  21. Yusuke Sugahara, Kenji Hashimoto, Masamiki Kawase, Terumasa Sawato, Akihiro Ohta, Chiaki Tanaka, Akihiro Hayashi, Nobutsuna Endo, Hun-Ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Walking Pattern Generation of Biped Walking Vehicle in Consideration of Passenger’s Passive Dynamic Model,” Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 842-850, September, 2007.

  22. Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Masamiki Kawase, Akihiro Hayashi, Chiaki Tanaka, Akihiro Ohta, Terumasa Sawato, Nobutsuna Endo, Hun-Ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Realization of Outdoor Human-carrying Biped Walking by Landing Pattern Modification Method,” Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 851-859, September, 2007.

  23. Yusuke Sugahara, Giuseppe Carbone, Kenji Hashimoto, Marco Ceccarelli, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “Experimental Stiffness Measurement of WL-16RII Biped Walking Vehicle during Walking Operation,” Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 272-280, June, 2007.

  24. Kenji Hashimoto, Yusuke Sugahara, Hun-ok Lim and Atsuo Takanishi, “New Biped Foot System Adaptable to Uneven Terrain,” Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 271-277, June, 2006.

Other Interests

Traveling
Cooking
Playing and watching sports

Membership of Academic Organization

The Robotics Society of Japan
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers
Japanese Council of IFToMM
IEEE

Honors

2006 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Japan Chapter Young Award (IEEE/RSJ IROS 2006)
2008 JSME Fellow Award for Outstanding Young Engineers (ROBOMEC 2007)
2008 Finalist for Best Student Paper at the IEEE/RAS-EMBS BIOROB 2008
2008 Finalist for Best Conference Paper at the IEEE/RAS-EMBS BIOROB 2008
2012 Finalist for Best Conference Paper at the IEEE ICIES 2012
2012 Excellent Presentation Award at the 13th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference (SI2012)
2013 Highly Commented Paper Award at the IFToMM ISRM 2013
2015 Research Encouragement Award, the Robotics Society of Japan

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