Atsuo Kawamura was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, in 1953. He received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1981, respectively.
In 1981 he joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a postdoctoral fellow, and was an assistant professor there from 1983 through 1986. In 1986 he joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan as an associate professor, and became a professor in 1996. He was the department head from 1997 to 1998, and was a vice-head from 1998 to 2000.
His interests are in power electronics, digital control, electric vehicles, Shinkansen traction control, biped walking robotics, and so on. He is a recipient of IEEE IAS Transactions Prize Paper Award in 1988, IEE of Japan Transactions Prize Paper Award in 1996, and IEEE IES Transactions Best papaer Awards in 20001 and 2002, and also IEEE Fellow in 2002. He was the conference chairperson of IEEE/IAS and IEEJ/IAS joint Power Conversion Conference (PCC-Yokohama) in 1993. He was an associate editor of IEEE Power Electronics transactions from 1995 to 2001. He served as the technical program chairman of Power Electronics Specialist Conference in 1998 (PESC'98) and also of Advanced Motion Control in 2000 ( AMC2000). He is intensively working in the area of "Motion Electronics".
Dr. Kawamura is a member of the IEE of Japan, IEEE(Fellow), Robotics Society of Japan, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the Society of Instrument and Control Engineering.
** Professor Kawamura at his office **