ASAMA Hajime - Tokyo College
Project Professor

ASAMA Hajime

Other Affiliations Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo Research Field Service Robotics, Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, Embodied Brain Science Website
01 Description of Research

I’m an engineering scientist, working on robotics to solve social problems such as aging, safety and security, and to create new social values. In concrete, I’m conducting research and education on service robotics, distributed autonomous robotic systems, embodied brain science, human interface, and their application and social dissemination in decommissioning of Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, disaster response, inspection of social infrastructure, nursing care, rehabilitation, etc. I have also been engaged in activities of Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework, which is restoration program of the damaged area in Fukushima.

02 Short Biography

Work Experience

2024- Project Professor, Tokyo College, the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
2009-2024 Professor, School of Engineering, the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
2019-2023 Director, Research into Artifact, Center for Engineering (RACE), School of Engineering, the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan

Professor, Research into Artifact, Center for Engineering (RACE), the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan


Research Associate, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Senior Scientist, RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Japan


1982.3 B. S., Dept. Precision Machinery Eng., Faculty of Eng., the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
1984.3 M. S., Dept. Precision Machinery Eng., School of Eng., the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
1989.9 Dr. Eng., Dept. Precision Machinery Eng, School of Eng., the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Book Chapters (Select):

Asama. et. al.: ‘Information Infrastructure for Rescue Systems’ in S. Tadokoro ed., “Rescue Robotics”, Springer, London (2009).

Asama: ‘How do robots communicate with each other?’, in T. Nagata ed., “Robotic systems aiming for autonomous decentralization”, Ohmsha, Tokyo, pp. 31-55 (1995). (in Japanese)

Asama and T. Fujii: ‘Information is in the environment’, in K. Ito ed., “Emergence of Knowledge”, NTT Publishing, Tokyo, pp. 71-86 (2000). (in Japanese)

Asama, et al.: ‘Mobiligence – Mechanism of Adaptive Behavior Generation’ (Mobiligence Series vol. 1), Ohmsha, Tokyo, pp. 1-5, 15-19, 37-45, 223-229 (2010). (in Japanese)

Asama: ’6.1.2 Robot technology required for medical care, nursing care, and welfare in case of emergency’, ‘7.3.4 Diverse robot technologies’, in School of Eng. in Univ. of Tokyo ed., “What is the goal of post-disaster engineering?”, Uchida Rokakuho, Tokyo, pp. 284-291, pp. 349-351 (2012). (in Japanese)

Asama: ‘5.2 Service Robotics’, in T. Fujita and J. Ota eds., “Introduction to Artifacts Engineering”, the University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, pp. 128-146 (2015). (in Japanese)

Asama: ‘13-b Robots in Nuclear Power Plants’, ‘13-13 Physicality and Environment’,in the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence ed., “Encyclopedia of Artificial Engineering”, Kyoritsu Shuppan, Tokyo, p. 1028, pp. 1042-1044, (2017). (in Japanese)

Asama: ‘6.1 Characterization and systematization of education service of skills’, in T. Murakami, T. Arai, and JST RISTEX eds., “Invitation to Serviceology”, the University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, pp. 117-122, (2017). (in Japanese)

Asama: ‘Chap. 30 Disaster Response Assist’, in F. Matsuno, K. Osuka, H. Matssubara, I. Noda, and M. Inami eds., “Robot Control Handbook”, Kindai kagaku sha, Tokyo, pp. 907-927, (2017). (in Japanese)

Saito, H. Asama, T. Irie: ‘Can robots replace humans? What we saw from the sites of nursing care and decommissioning’, in J. Kawaguchi ed., “AI, Robotics, Life, Space… What the front runners in science and technology are challenging now”, Shuwa System, Tokyo, pp. 67-94, (2017). (in Japanese)

Asama: ‘1.1 Systems Science of Body Cognition’, in T. Kondo, H. Imamizu, and S. Morioka eds., “2 Body Cognition” of “Science of embodied system and rehabilitation” the University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, pp. 3-16, (2018). (in Japanese)

Book Editing:

Asama, T. Fukuda, T. Arai, I. Endo Eds.: “Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems”, Springer-Verlag, Tokyo (1994).

Asama, T. Fukuda, T. Arai, I. Endo Eds.: “Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 2”, Springer-Verlag, Tokyo (1996).

Asama, T. Arai, T. Fukuda, T. Hasegawa Eds.: “Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 5”, Springer-Verlag, Tokyo (2002).

Yuta, H. Asama, S. Thrun, E, Prassler, T. Tsubouchi eds.: “Field and Service Robotics: Recent Advances in Research and Applications”, Springer, (2006).

Alami, R. Chatila, H. Asama eds.: “Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 6”, Springer, (2007).

Asama, Y. Kunii, and T. Kubota eds. (Supervised by the Robotics Society of Japan): “Message from Robotics Researchers” Ohmsha, Tokyo, (2007). (in Japanese)

Asama, H. Kurokawa, J. Ota, K. Sekiyama eds.: “Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 8”, Springer, (2009).

Asama, et al.: “Mobiligence” (Series vol. 1-4), Ohmsha, Tokyo (2010). (in Japanese)

Marcelo H. Ang Jr, Hajime Asama, Wei Lin. Shaohui Foong eds.: “Intelligent Autonomous Systems 16 -Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems 412- (Proceedings of the 16th International Conference IAS-16)”, Springer, (2022).

Papers (Select):

Asama, T. Fujii, H. Kaetsu, I. Endo, T. Fujita; “Distributed Task Processing by a multiple Autonomous Robot System Using an Intelligent Data Carrier System”, Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, An International Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 215-224, (2000).

Ikemoto, Y. Ishikawa, T. Miura, H. Asama: “A Mathematical Model for Caste Differentiation in Termite Colonies (Isoptera) by Hormonal and Pheromonal Regulations”, Sociobiology, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 841-859 (2009).

Shiro Yano, Yusuke Ikemoto, Hitoshi Aonuma, Hajime Asama: “Forgetting curve of cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus, derived by using serotonin hypothesis,” Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 722-728 (2012).

Wen, A. Yamashita and H. Asama: “The Sense of Agency during Continuous Action: Performance is More Important than Action-Feedback Association”, PLoS ONE, Vol. 10, No. 4, e0125226, pp. 1-16 (2015).

Renato Miyagusuku, Atsushi Yamashita and Hajime Asama: “Precise and Accurate Wireless Signal Strength Mappings Using Gaussian Processes and Path Loss Models”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 103, pp. 134-150 (2018).

Hanwool Woo, Hirokazu Madokoro, Kazuhito Sato, Yusuke Tamura, Atsushi Yamashita and Hajime Asama: “Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control Based on Operation Characteristic Estimation and Trajectory Prediction”, Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 22, 4875, pp. 1-18, November 2019.

Ren Komatsu, Hiromitsu Fujii, Yusuke Tamura, Atsushi Yamashita and Hajime Asama: “Octave Deep Plane-sweeping Network: Reducing Spatial Redundancy for Learning-based Plane-sweeping Stereo”, IEEE Access, Vol. 7, pp. 150306-150317, December 2019.

Jun Younes Louhi Kasahara, Atsushi Yamashita and Hajime Asama: “Acoustic Inspection of Concrete Structures Using Active Weak Supervision and Visual Information”, Sensors, Vol. 20, No. 3, 629, pp. 1-15, January 2020.

04 Honors and Awards

Awards (Select)

Hajime Asama: Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), Robotics and Mechatronics Academic Achievement Award, June 9, 2001

Hajime Asama: JSME, Fellow, Mar. 24, 2004

Hajime Asama: Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), Fellow, Sep. 2008

Hajime Asama: JSME, Robotics and Mechatronics Award,May 25, 2009

Hajime Asama: The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), System Integration Division Academic Achievement Award, Dec. 24, 2010

Hajime Asama: RSJ, Distinguished Service Award, Sep. 5, 2013

Hajime Asama: International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Outstanding Service Award, July 8, 2017

Hajime Asama: JSME, 120th Anniversary Distinguished Service Award, Nov. 17, 2017

Hajime Asama: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow, Jan. 1, 2018

Hajime Asama: JSME Medal for Distinguished Engineers, “Service Robotics and Its Applications for Societal Dissemination”, Apr. 19, 2018

Hajime Asama: The University of Tokyo, Dean’s Award (Special Section), Mar. 2022

Hajime Asama: SICE, Fellow, Sep. 8, 2023