• About ME

    Robotics Graduate Student at Oregon State University, the United States

    Thank you for visiting my website. I am Masafumi Endo, a Robotics graduate student at Oregon State University, under the supervision of Prof. Burak Sencer. Currently, I am working on a learning-based cycle-time prediction for robotic manipulators.

    I previously completed my master's studies in The Space Robotics Lab., directed by Prof. Kazuya Yoshida at Tohoku University, Japan. My main research topic was the development of a planetary roving vehicle for the exploration of celestial surfaces such as the Moon and Mars.

    I have been interested in both fundamental and applicational robotic theories for autonomous mobile robots, particularly predictive perception, path/motion planning, and optimal control.

    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

    • Active perception that samples environmental information to reveal wheel-terrain interaction.
    • Motion planning under uncertainty to enable aggressive traveling with guaranteeing safety.
    • Computationally efficient localization while satisfying robustness against wheel slip.
  • Education

    Oregon State University, The United States

    Sep. 2019 - Present

    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 - OSU, The United States

    Sep. 2019 - Present

    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