Profile

Name

Yuji Kawai, Ph.D.

Affiliation

Assistant Professor in Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
(Emergent Robotics Laboratory, Department of Adaptive Machine Systems)

Contact

U1W-618, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
E-mail: kawai [AT] ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

Career

April 2017 – now: Assistant Professor in Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2017 – now: Member of Systems Intelligence Division in Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University
April 2016 – March 2017: Specially Appointed Assistant Professor in Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2016 – March 2017: Member of Division of Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics in Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University
April 2013 – March 2016: Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion Science (DC1)

Education

April 2013 – March 2016: Ph.D. course in Department of Adaptive Machine SystemsGraduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2011 – March 2013: Master course in Department of Adaptive Machine SystemsGraduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2009 – March 2011: Bachelor course in Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science, School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2004 – March 2009: Department of Control Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Matsue College

Awards

  • Babybot Challenge Participation Award of the 7th IEEE Joint International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2017)
  • The 1st place for RoboCup Japan Open 2017 Soccer SPL league, RoboCup Japan Committee (2017)
  • Best Presentation Award of the 31st Annual Conference of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society (2014)
  • JSAI Incentive Award (2013)
  • RoboCup Research Award of RoboCup Japan (2013)
  • Best Paper Award Finalist of the 16th Annual RoboCup International Symposium (2012)
  • AI Award of the 35th JSAI SIG Challenge (2012)
  • Microsoft Student Travel Award of the 1st Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (2011)
  • Hatakeyama Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (2008)

Research Funds

  • October 2017 – March 2023: [Co-Investigator] JST Strategic Basic Research Programs (CREST), An exploration of the principle of emerging interactions in spatiotemporal diversity, Project number: 17941861, Project leader: Ichiro Tsuda.
  • June 2017 – March 2020: [Co-Investigator] MIC, R&D for Computing Platform Inspired by Human Brain Cognition, Project number: 17936067, Project leader: Masayuki Murata.
  • April 2013 – March 2016: [Principal Investigator] Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, Mirror neuron system by sensorimotor abstraction based on reward, Project number: 25-756,Budget: JPY3,000,000.

Lectures

  • April 2017 – now: Fundamental PIER Program (Panasonic II), in Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
  • April 2016 – now: Advanced Programing (C) in Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science, School of Engineering, Osaka University
  • October 2016 – now: March 2017: Computer and Programming (Project Based Learning) in Division of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Science, School of Engineering, Osaka University