Short Bio

I am a Principal Research Scientist at Path Robotics, working in motion planning and control. My other research interests include humanoid robot control and motion synthesis, physical human-robot interaction, character animation, and human motion simulation.
Prior to joining Path, I held research scientist positions at Bosch Research North America, Honda Research Institute USA, and Disney Research, Pittsburgh. I received my B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, 1999, and 2002 respectively from the University of Tokyo, Japan. After receiving my PhD, I worked in academia for several years as an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. I received King-Sun Fu Best Transactions Paper Award and Early Academic Career Award from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and Young Scientist Award from Ministry of Education, Japan. Please see my Google Scholar page and LinkedIn profile for more information on my work.
Outside of robotics, I enjoy traveling around the world and conducting an orchestra.