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chairman , director , professor , professor of Graduate School

Susumu Tachi, Japanese robotics educator. Achievements include invention of a guide dog robot and tele-existence; patents in field. Recipient Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Paper award, 1983, Ministry International Trade and Industry award, Japan, 1988.


Tachi, Susumu was born on January 1, 1946 in Tokyo.


Bachelor in Mathematics Engineering and Information Physics, University Tokyo, 1968. Master of Science in Mathematics Engineering and Information Physics, University Tokyo, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Engineering and Information Physics, University Tokyo, 1973.


He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in 1973, and in 1975 moved to the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tsukuba Science City, Japan, where he served as the Director of the Biorobotics Division. In 1989 he rejoined the University of Tokyo. His present research covers Telexistence, Real-time Remote Robotics (R-Cubed) and Virtual Reality.

Prof. Tachi is also a founding director of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), a Fellow of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) and is the Founding President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ). See also his work on cloaking technology.(link to video on YouTube).


  • From 1979 to 1980, Dr. Tachi was a Japanese Government Award Senior Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, and in 1988 he serves as Chairman of the IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) Technical Committee on Measurement in Robotics. His scientific achievements includes intelligent mobile robot systems for the blind called Guide Dog Robot (1976–1983) and National Large Scale Project on Advanced Robotics, especially advanced human robot systems with a real-time sensation of presence known as Telexistence (Tele-Existence) (1983–1990).


Fellow: Japan Society Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Society Japan (founding director, Technical award 1991), Society Instrumentation and Control Engineers. Member: Virtual Reality Society Japan (founding president), International Measurements Confederation (chairman 1987, president 1996, International Measurement Confederation Distinguished Service award 1997).


Married Mayumi Yamamura, March 20, 1973. 3 children.

Mayumi Yamamura