Founder

Katsu Yamane, Ph.D.

Professional Bio

I have been at the forefront of research & development for over 20 years in both academia and industry. My expertise spans a wide range of areas related to robotics and biomechanics including human-robot interaction, dynamics and control, human motion analysis, machine learning, and computer animation. I have published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and hold more than 20 patents in these areas. I am the author of the book Simulating and Generating Motions of Human Figures, and have also contributed to in Springer Handbook of Robotics, Humanoid Robotics: A Reference, Encyclopedia of Robotics, and Encyclopedia of Systems and Control. Please check out the portfolio page for a list of my professional work.

I am well connected to the network of leading researchers in robotics through involvement in academic societies, journals and conferences including IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Humanoid Robots, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

  • Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tokyo (2002)
  • Work
  • Awards
    • Finalist, Best Paper Award, Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS) 2017.
    • Best Technical Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2016.
    • Young Scientist Award, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, 2005.
    • Early Academic Career Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, 2004.
    • Technical Innovations Special Award, International 3D Awards, May 2003.
    • King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 2001.

More information: LinkedIn, GitHub, Google Scholar, personal website

Musical Bio

I am also a part-time musician trained in classical music performance with focus on instrumental conducting and oboe.

As an oboist, I have worked with such distinguished conductors as James Lockhart, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Kazuki Sawa, and Kazuki Yamada. I am a member of South Bay Philharmonic and have played with Cambrian Symphony and Winchester Orchestra.

I studied conducting with Maestros Peter Fender, Martin Akerwall, Frans Rasmussen, Diane Wittry, Christoph Rehli, Kevin Suetterlin and Lior Shambadal, and have conducted the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Saint-Petersburg (Russia), South London Sinfonietta (UK), Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), State Philharmonic Orchestra “Banat”, Timisoara (Romania), and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic). In July 2018, I conducted the Russian premier of Ballata Sinfonica by Akira Ifukube with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg.

While my repertoire spans from classical to modern, I have special interest in American, British and Russian instrumental music from the romantic and early 20th century periods.