Hiroto Tanaka

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Hiroto Tanaka
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Mechano-Informatics(The University of Tokyo), MS in Mechano-Informatics(The University of Tokyo), BS in Mechanical Engineering(The University of Tokyo)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Nov 2015
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Oct 2011
Oct 2015
Research Assistant Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Chiba University International Cooperative Research Center, Chiba University
Apr 2009
Sep 2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard
Apr 2006
Mar 2009
Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1), Department of Mechano-Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.
Apr 2005
Sep 2005
Research Fellow, Department of Mechano-Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.

Awards & Honors

Jul 2013
General Biomechanics Best Poster 3rd Prize in SEB2013 Valencia
Jul 2008
Young Scientist Award 2nd Prize in SEB2008 Marseille
Jun 2008
Student Presentation Award in 40th Fluid Dynamics Conference/Aerospace Numerical Simulation Symposium (in Japanese)

Published Papers

Hiroto Tanaka, Hiroyuki Okada, Yosuke Shimasue, Hao Liu
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics   10 046005   Jun 2015   [Refereed]
Bioinspired Air Vehicle for Mars Exporation
Hao Liu, Hikaru Aono, Hiroto Tanaka
Acta Futura   (6) 81-95   2013   [Refereed][Invited]
H. Takahashi, H. Tanaka, K. Matsumoto, I. Shimoyama
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics   7(036020)    2012   [Refereed]
Tanaka H, Whitney J P and Wood R J
Integrative and Comparative Biology   51(1) 142-150   Jul 2011   [Refereed]
Takahashi H, Aoyama Y, Ohsawa K, Tanaka H, Iwase E, Matsumoto K, Shimoyama I
Bioinspiration & biomimetics   5 036005   Sep 2010   [Refereed]
Tanaka H, Shimoyama I
Bioinspiration & biomimetics   5 026003   Jun 2010   [Refereed]
Hawkes E, An B, Benbernou N M, Tanaka H, Kim S, Demaine E D, Rus D, Wood R J
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences   107(28) 12441-12445   2010   [Refereed]
Tanaka H, Wood R J
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering   20 075008   2010   [Refereed]
Tanaka H, Matsumoto K, Shimoyama I
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering   17(12) 2485-2490   2007   [Refereed]

Books etc

Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology
H. Tanaka, B.M. Finio, M. Karpelson, N. Perez-Arancibia, P.S. Sreetharan, J.P. Whitney, R.J. Wood (Part:Contributor, Insect Flight and Micro Air Vehicles)
Springer-Verlag   2012   ISBN:ISBN 978-90-481-9750-7
Insect Mimetics
Hiroto Tanaka, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Isao Shimoyama (Part:Contributor, Insect-based ornithopters for study of insect flight)
NTS, Tokyo   2008   

Conference Activities & Talks

Hydrodynamics and Energetics in Rapid Acceleration of a Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus Obliquidens
Hiroto Tanaka, Masashi Nakamura, Yusuke Uchida, Gen Li, Hao Liu
The 6th International Symposium on Aero-aqua Bio-Mechanisms (ISABMEC2014)   14 Nov 2014   
Lift and Efficiency of 1-DoF Hummingbird Wing Models
Hiroto Tanaka, Kensuke Suga, Ikuo Kitamura, Masateru Maeda, Hao Liu
7th World Congress of Biomechanics   9 Jul 2014   
Fabrication of Wrinkled Parylene Films for Wing Membranes of Small Aerial Robots [Invited]
Hiroto Tanaka, Hiroyuki Okada, Hao Liu
Joint international symposium on "Nature-inspired Technology (ISNIT) 2014" and "Engineering Neo-biomimetics V"   13 Feb 2014   
Passive wing deformation of hovering hummingbirds
Hiroto Tanaka, Kensuke Suga, Masateru Maeda, Ikuo Kitamura, Hao Liu
The Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Annual Main Meeting 2014 (SICB 2014)   7 Jan 2014   
Lift generation of hummingbird wing models with flexible loosened membranes
Hiroto Tanaka, Haruka Suzuki, Ikuo Kitamura, Masateru Maeda, Hao Liu
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2013)   5 Nov 2013   


Oct 2005
Sep 2008
PhD, Department of Mechano-Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2003
Mar 2005
MS, Department of Mechano-Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2001
Mar 2003
BS, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Selected media coverage

Jul 2013   BBC, "Slow motion footage reveals hummingbird wing secret"
Jun 2010   Elsevier Materials Today, “Artificial butterfly helps flight”
2010 Impact Factor: 6.265
Jun 2010   Nature news, "Origami that folds itself"
May 2010   IOP Institute of Physics, “Artificial butterfly in flight and filmed”
May 2010   BBC, “Artificial swallowtail butterfly reveals flight secrets”