Kawamura Laboratory
Kawamura Laboratory is under the direction of Professor Atsuo Kawamura. This laboratory aims for the fusion of the electrical energy and mechanical motion by electronic tools. The fundamentals are power electronics, robotics, actuator, and digital control.
Human Resources
Kawamura Laboratory is set up and directed by Professor Kawamura. The laboratory has 12 to 16 graduate students performing research in support of their Ph.D. and Master's degree. The laboratory also has 5 to 7 undergraduates working on their Bachelor’s theses. In addition, the laboratory has 1 research associate and 1 technical assistant supporting laboratory's research and affairs, 1 to 2 working on specific research projects, and sometimes 1 research student from industry. In Japan the laboratory is named after the professor of the laboratory.
Computer Resources
The research of the Kawamura Laboratory focuses on the development of different power electronic systems and biped robotic walkings and runnings based on the integration of an understanding the fundamental physics of these systems with advanced computation methodologies. To meet this end, projects usually require extensive theoretic analysis, simulations, and experimental studies. The laboratory has extensive computer equipment for analysis and simulations and a wide range of commercial analysis, modeling, and simulation software. In addition, the laboratory has developed software (ROCOS - RObot COtrol Simulator) for modeling, simulation, and control of the walking, running, and jump of biped robots, which are not found in commercial software systems.
In Kawamura laboratory, besides the computers for experiments, each graduate student has 1 high performance desktop or laptop computer for research on his/her desk.
Experimental Resources
For experimental studies the laboratory has five different but high quality experimental sites. The first one (mainly for EV and bullet train) is on the first floor of the ECE Bldg., the second (Robo-beya, mainly for active filter and UPS) is on the fourth floor of the Fundamental Research Bldg., the third (Shin-Robo-beya, mainly for basic experiments) is located on the second floor of the ECE Bldg., the fourth (mainly for motor control) is in the University-Industry-Joint Research Bldg., and the last (mainly for biped robots) is on the second floor of Eco-Technology Laboratory.
The laboratory has many experimental sets including one set for train adhesive control, one EV (electrical vehicle), one set for active filter, one set for UPS control, many different sets for different motor (stepping motor, anti-direction motor, etc) control, two biped robots, different manipulators, different sensors, tools, and devices.
Power Electronics Research
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Robotics Research
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