東京工業大学 Tokyo Institute of Technology
工学院機械系 Graduate School of Engineering, Depatrment of Mechanical Engineering
ライフエンジニアリングコース Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering Graduate Major

八木研究室 Yagi Laboratory

八木 透 Tohru Yagi
教授・博士(工学)
Professor, Ph.D

医用生体工学, 神経インタフェース, Biomedical Engineering, Neural Interface

東京工業大学
工学院機械系ライフエンジニアリングコース
東京都目黒区大岡山2-12-1-石3-20
Tokyo Institute of Technology
12-2-1-I3-20 O-okayama, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 152-8552, JAPAN
E-mail: yagi.t.ab(at)m.titech.ac.jp
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Curriculum Vitae
業績リスト Publication List
プレスリリース Press Release


1994年日本学術振興会特別研究員(DC2)。1996年名古屋大学大学院工学研究科電子機械工学専攻博士課程修了,同年理化学研究所基礎科学特別研究員。1998年名古屋大学大学院工学研究科計算理工学専攻助手。2001年株式会社ニデック人工視覚研究所所長(新エネルギー・産業技術総合開発機構(NEDO)「人工視覚システム」プロジェクト)。2004年東京大学先端科学技術研究センター客員研究員,独立行政法人理化学研究所研究員。2005年9月東京工業大学大学院情報理工学研究科助教授。2007年4月同准教授,独立法人理化学研究所客員研究員併任。2012年9月~2013年7月米国マサチューセッツ工科大学(MIT)Dept. of Mechanical Engineeringフルブライト客員研究員。2022年4月東京工業大学工学院機械系ライフエンジニアリングコース教授。人工眼(人工視覚),視線入力インタフェース,ブレインコンピュータインタフェース,生体模倣型ロボットビジョンなど,脳や視覚を中心とした医用生体工学,神経工学,生体情報工学,ロボット・システム工学に関する基礎・応用研究に従事(工学博士)。近年はJICA(国際協力機構)の専門員としてカンボジア(2014~),ラオス(2019~)の高等教育を支援。2020年日本工学教育協会工学教育賞,同年JSEE AWARD(Japanese Society for Engineering Education AWARD)を受賞。IEEE-EMBS,日本生体医工学会,電気学会,計測自動制御学会,日本工学教育協会,各会員。 近著に, ブレイン-マシン・インタフェース最前線―脳と機械をむすぶ革新技術(共著)ニュートン別冊 感覚―驚異のしくみ(監修) がある。

Biomedical engineering and vision is the main focus of Dr. Yagi's research. He has conducted research on a visual prosthesis, which is an artificial organ to restore the sight of blind patients with electrical stimulation to the visual nervous system. A second focus is human interface using biological signals such as EOG (electrooculogram) or EEG (electroencephalogram) for communicating better between a human and a computer. A third focus is a bio-mimetic robot vision system. A more complete list of publications can be obtained in his curriculum vitae.

Dr. Yagi earned his Ph.D. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan, in 1996 before beginning a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), also in Japan. His career took him to Nagoya University from 1998 to 2001, where he served as an assistant professor. During this period, he partnered with SeaStar Corporation to commercialize an eye-gaze interface, which successfully entered the market in 2002. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Yagi was invited by NIDEK Co., Ltd. in 2001 to lead a national research project on visual prosthesis under the support of Japan's governmental agency, NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). By 2004, he had completed the first prototype of the visual prosthesis. Transitioning to RIKEN, Dr. Yagi served as a research scientist and concurrently held a visiting research scientist position at the University of Tokyo's Research Center fo Advanced Science and Technology from April 2004 to March 2005. Since September 2005, he has been a faculty member at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Additionally, he maintained an appointment as a visiting research scientist at RIKEN until 2014.

In recognition of his contributions to education and research, Dr. Yagi was awarded the Fulbright visiting scholarship in 2012 and 2013, during which time he served as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. Continuing his commitment to international education, he has been involved in supporting higher education in Cambodia (2014-) and Laos (2019-) as a JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) specialist. Dr. Yagi's dedication to advancing engineering education has been acknowledged through prestigious awards. In 2020, he received the Engineering Education Award from the Japan Society for Engineering Education (JSEE) and the JSEE AWARD in the same year. Since April 2022, Dr. Yagi has held the position of professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.