Katsu Yamane, Ph.D.
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)
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (2002-2003)
- Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo (2003-2008)
- Senior Research Scientist, Disney Research Pittsburgh (2008-2017)
- Senior and Lead Scientist, Honda Research Institute USA (2018-)
- 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.
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.