Deputy Director: Masahiro Tomono, Ph.D.
is engaged in research on environment recognition for autonomous robots. He seeks to enhance robot intelligence through real-world information technologies including object and place recognition, map building, and environment modeling. His R&D product includes mobile robot navigation using image-based object recognition, map building and global localization with laser scanners, integration of image-based 3D object modeling and recognition, and 3D map building with a stereo camera. He considers the close coordination between theory and experiment essential in real-world information processing studies and develops a large amount of computer software by himself.
Masahiro Tomono was born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1960. He received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1983 and 1985, respectively. He worked for NEC Corporation from 1985 to 1999. He received the D.E. degree in robotics from University of Tsukuba in 2002. He served as a researcher for a PRESTO project in Japan Science and Technology Agency from 2002 to 2006. He was an associate professor in Toyo University from 2006 to 2007. He is currently a Deputy Director of Future Robotics Technology Center in Chiba Institute of Technology.