• About ME

    Robotics Ph.D. Student/Graduate Research Assistant at Oregon State University, the United States

    Thank you for visiting my website. I am Masafumi Endo, a Robotics Ph.D. 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 control to follow planned paths.

    My research objective is to create agile mobile robots that have robustness, high efficiency, and adaptability to accomplish long-term operations even in challenging, unknown environments.

  • Research Interests

    • Path planning under uncertainty to enable aggressive traveling with guaranteeing safety.
    • Perception for information gathering on behalf of decision making in unknown environments.
    • Optimal control to accelerate extraterrestrial exploration considering terrain-wheel interaction.
  • Education

    Oregon State University, The United States

    Sep. 2019 - Present

    Ph.D. in Robotics, Graduate Research Assistant

    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