Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University


Akio Ishiguro,Professor

Takeshi Kano,Associate Professor

Akira Fukuhara,Assistant Professor

Akio Ishiguro, Akira Fukuhara, Takeshi Kano


Research Activities

Our laboratory aims to understand essential mechanisms underlying various natural and social systems from the viewpoint of autonomous decentralized control,* and to establish design principles of artificial agents.
* Autonomous decentralized control: Control scheme in which non-trivial macroscopic functionalities emerge from interactions among individual components.

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Real-World Computing (Prof. Ishiguro)

Living organisms exhibit surprisingly adaptive and versatile behaviors in real time under unpredictable and unstructured real world constraints. Clarifying these remarkable abilities enable us to understand life-like complex adaptive systems as well as to construct truly intelligent artificial systems. We study the design principles of autonomous decentralized systems that exhibit life-like resilient behaviors from the viewpoints of robotics, biology, mathematics, nonlinear science, and physics.

Research topics

  • Control of soft-bodied robots with large degrees of bodily freedom
  • Optimization algorithm and its application to VLSI design methodology
  • Dynamical system approach to understand versatility behavioral and its application to robotics.

Real-World Mathematical Modeling (Assoc. Prof. Kano)

Our research group aims to understand mechanisms underlying collective behavior in multi-body systems such as traffic flow and flocking of animals and to develop control schemes for such systems. In multi-body systems, non-trivial collective behaviors emerge from local interaction among individuals. We seek for the core principle underlying collective behaviors by constructing a simple mathematical model, and then develop “reasonable” control schemes on this basis.

Research topics

  • Study on autonomous decentralized control of traffic systems
  • Study on swarm formation mechanism and its application to swarm robotic systems

Fig.1 Autonomous decentralized control of a snake-like robot that exhibits highly adaptive properties.
Fig.2 Quadruped robot driven by a fully decentralized control.
Fig.3 Ophiuroid robot that can immediately adapt to physical damage.