• About ME

    1st Year Ph.D. Student at Keio University, Japan

    Thank you for visiting my website. I am Masafumi Endo, a 1st year Ph.D. student at Keio University, under the supervision of Prof. Genya Ishigami.

    I have been interested in both fundamental and applicational robotic theories for autonomous mobile robots, particularly predictive perception, path/motion planning, and localization for extraterrestrial surface robots, or rovers. My research objective is to create agile mobile robots that have robustness, high efficiency, and adaptability to accomplish autonomous operations even in challenging, unknown environments.

  • Research Interests

    Establish autonomous mobility for wheeled rovers to explore the uncertain planetary surface with aggressiveness and efficiency.

    Keywords: sequential decision making, information gathering, motion planning, localization, machine learning, wheeled robots, terramechanics

  • Education

    Keio University, Japan

    Sep. 2021 - Present

    Ph.D. in Engineering

    Supervisor: Prof. Genya Ishigami

    Research Area: Robotics, Sequential Decision Making, Motion Planning, Machine Learning, Terramechanics

    Oregon State University, The United States

    Sep. 2019 - Aug. 2021

    M.S. in Robotics

    Supervisor: Prof. Burak Sencer

    Research Area: Robotics, Trajectory Generation, Machine Learning, Path Planning

    Tohoku University, Japan

    Apr. 2017 - Mar. 2019

    M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering

    Supervisor: Prof. Kazuya Yoshida and Prof. Kenji Nagaoka

    Research Area: Robotics, Mobility Prediction, Machine Learning, Terramechanics

    Kobe University, Japan

    Apr. 2013 - Mar. 2017

    B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering

    Supervisor: Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawanami

    Research Area: Thermal Engineering, Phase Change Material

  • PROFESSIONAL Experience

    Graduate Research Assistant - Keio University, Japan

    Oct. 2021 - Present

    Work on the development of a wheeled rover testbed with special mechanisms for next-generation space exploration.

    Graduate Research Assistant - OSU, The United States

    Sep. 2019 - Aug. 2021

    Work on a research project that aims to present a new cycle-time prediction strategy based on machine learning for industrial manipulators.

    Engineering Intern - Google Lunar XPRIZE, Team HAKUTO, Japan

    Oct. 2017 - Mar. 2018

    Built experiment equipment using 3D CAD to verify our noise reduction method for the time-of-flight camera attached on the rover under the lunar sunlight illuminated condition.

  • TEACHING Experience

    Teaching Assistant - OSU, The United States

    Spring 2020

    ME 413: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • Skills

    Programming: Python, MATLAB and Simulink, C, C++, Julia

    Machine Learning: scikit-learn, TensorFlow

    Computer Vision: OpenCV, Point Cloud Library, OpenNI

    Robotics: ROS, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, SpaceDyn

    Other Software: SolidWorks, LaTeX, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

    Operating Systems: Ubuntu, Mac OS, Windows

    Language: English, Japanese

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