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6-6-01 Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 Japan
Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
Phone:+81-22-795-7025  Fax: +81-22-795-7023
E-mail: konyo@rm.is.tohoku.ac.jp

Room 412, Research Building M.A.E - Mechanical Engineering, Tohoku University
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Short Biography

Masashi Konyo received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in engineering from Kobe University in 1999, 2001 and 2004, respectively. Since 2009, he has been an associate professor in the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University. His research interests include haptic interfaces, rescue robotics, and new actuators. He won many awards for his research including the Best Paper Award of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics in 2010, the Best Paper Award of Advanced Robotics in 2016, the Best Poster Award of the World Haptics Conference in 2007 and 2013, the Best Hands on Demo Award at the Euro-Haptics 2008 and Haptics Symposium 2014, and JSME ROBOMEC Award in 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012. He was honored with the Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT in 2015. He is a member of the IEEE.

Research Topics

  • Tactile displays
  • Tactile sensors
  • Haptic interfaces
  • New actuators

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Projects and Funding

The following funding has been acquired as PI:

ImPACT R&D Program on Tough Robotics Challenge (2014-2019), "Remote Operation Support using Haptic Feedback for Disaster Response Robots"
The objectives are to enhance human operation capability by transmitting tactile information on a remote controlled robot and develop tactile feedback technologies for multiple disaster response robot platforms.
MEXT, Grant-in-Aid for for Scientific Research (B) (#26289057) (2014-2016), "Investigation of Cutaneous Functions on the Whole Body During Dynamic Impedance Adjustments of the Body with Environments"
The objective is to investigate human tactile sensing mechanisms on adapting body impedance against environmental changes using haptic devices and vibrotactile feedback devices.
MEXT, Grant-in-Aid for Exploratory Research (#26630083) (2014-2015), "Investigation of Multipoint Cutaneous Activities on the Skin and Applications for Enhancing Technologies"
The objective is to investigate human tactile cues for tool manipulation and develop haptic augmentation technology for enhancing sensitivity during tool manipulation.
Funding Program for Next Generation World–Leading Researchers (NEXT Program) supported by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (2010–2013), "Studies on Motor Function Support Using Enhancement and Transfer of Cutaneous Sensation"
The objective was to reveal the influences and the mechanisms of cutaneous sensation toward the motor perception and develop sensory enhancement technologies and sensory transfer technologies for supporting motor functions.
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Programme (SCOPE) (2008–2010), "Development of Haptic Interaction Technologies through a Virtual Active Touch with a Fingertip"
The objective was to develop pseudo-haptic representation methods using vibrotactile stimuli on mobile interfaces.
MEXT, Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) (#21686024) (2009 – 2010), "Exploring New Aspects of Cutaneous Sensation: Investigation of Skin Stimulation to Induce Pseudo Kinesthetic Sensation and Its Applications"
The objective was to propose a new approach to produce pseudo motion sensation by cutaneous stimulations.
MEXT, Grant-in-Aid for Exploratory Research (#21656065) (2009–2010), "Supporting Grasping Tasks under Subconsciousness for Intuitive Haptic Interface"
The objective was to control a human subconscious grasping force reflection by presenting distributed skin stimuli and to investigate the basis of the reflection for novel intuitive interfaces.
MEXT, Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)(#18760179) (2006-2008), "Study on a Haptic Interface Based on a Force-like Illusion against Vibrotactile Stimuli"
The objective was to study haptic interface using illusions induced by vibrotactile stimuli based on characteristics of tactile receptors and skin deformation.