|Company Name：||Amoeba Energy Co., Ltd.|
|Location：||Room 201, SFC-IV, 4489-105, Endo, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa, 252-0816, Japan|
|Date of Establishment：||January 11th, 2018|
|Members：||10 (Including interns)|
President / CEO
Project Professor, Graduate School, Keio University
His central research interest has been the information processing mechanisms of biological systems that adapt to dynamic and versatile environments, ever since his undergraduate days in Keio University, Japan. After receiving his PhD from Kobe University in 2004, he has advanced his unique study on the development of amoeba-inspired computers, working consecutively as a researcher at RIKEN, Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and JST PRESTO. For this innovative work, he received the Young Scientists' Prize from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. He was appointed as a tenured associate professor at Keio University in 2017. His strong passion to create innovative products to cultivate the next-generation logistics systems with his own amoeba-inspired combinatorial optimization computing and soft-bodied robotics motivated him to establish Amoeba Energy Co., Ltd. in 2018. As of the end of fiscal 2020, he chose to leave the tenured position at Keio University to concentrate on his own research development and business in Amoeba Energy. From the beginning of fiscal 2020, he is appointed as a project professor (fixed term) of Graduate School of Media and Governance/Science and Technology, Keio University.
Co-Founder / CTO
Received the Master's degree from Keio University in 2018, where he studied soft robotics, cyber-physical systems, and human-machine interactions. In 2015, he was approved for an IPA's MITOU program as one of the next generation IT innovation leaders of Japan. Prof. Rolf Pfeifer’s vision on robotics, “intelligence requires bodies,” has encouraged him to create novel bio-inspired robots. Then he developed an amoeba-inspired robot that moves through deformation of its own body. This work received a high reputation when presented at IROS, a renowned international conference on robotics. In 2018, he met Aono, who shared common research interests in the dynamics of the amoeba, which motivated him to establish Amoeba Energy as a co-founder.
Co-Founder / Chief Engineer
He majored in control theory at Keio University. There he was inspired by the concept of “morphological computation”, which explores relations between the robust locomotion of animals and their morphologies. To follow his interest, he studied robotics and machine learning in Carnegie Mellon University. His work on the development of a spherical robot with his own amoeba-inspired control technique was featured by international science media including IEEE Spectrum and Gizmodo. After coming back to Japan, he met with Aono and co-founded Amoeba Energy with his desire to create soft robots having bio-inspired intelligence.
Insterested in short-distance wireless communication technology for managing transportation containers, he majored in information engineering at SFC, Keio University. Then he studied the traceability of IoT systems used in mobility systems of logistics environments. At VMware, Inc., he worked on engineering of hypervisor used in public cloud and on-premise environments. Having great sympathy for our vision to solve various social problems on mobility systems using soft robots, he joined Amoeba Energy for his new challenge to the robotics field.