Hiroaki Wagatsuma

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Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Kyushu Institute of Technology
Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering(Master's and Doctoral Programs) Brain Science and Engineering
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Associate Professor
Doctor of Science
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Dr. Hiroaki Wagatsuma is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology. He is also a visiting scientist at RIKEN Brain Science Institute. He is also a Cross-Appointment Fellow, Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
His areas of specialization are Nonlinear Dynamics, Emergent Intelligence, Episodic Memory and Emotion, Societal Robot, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroinformatics, Sport Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Support. His current research areas are Bio-medical Signal Processing and Sparse Coding, Sport Dynamics and Synergy analysis, Computational Neuroscience and Brain-Inspired Robotics, Neuroinformatics. In addition to being actively involved in interdisciplinary research to develop assistive devices to physically challenged people, he has authored books on Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robots, and a chapter of the Information Extraction from the Internet.

Professor Wagatsuma has published more than ninety papers in the international journals and proceedings as original research and review articles. He is a recipient of best paper award the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS) in 2009 and the best review paper award the 4th selection of the Japan Society for Software Science and Technology (JSSST) in 2013. He has developed strong international collaborations with Bulgaria, Slovakia, Malaysia and India. His international collaboration proposal was accepted and awarded as the JSPS Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan under the cooperation with Institute of Systems Engineering and Robotics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2015. He contributed to organizations of the international symposium, workshops and special issues of journals to be a keynote speaker, program committee member, session organizer/chair and editorial board member of more than twenty five, which includes Symposium on Emergent Technologies in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (SETINAIR 2013), Slovakia, the 4th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA 2015), Korea, and IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Systems for Collaborative Robotics (ISyCoR 2016), Czech Republic, at least in the recent record. In 2016, his proposal was accepted as a Sakura fellowship programme supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) under the cooperation with Prof. Bhattacharya, which offered the special workshop and training course of the brain-inspired robotics for graduate school students of IIT Kanpur, held at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. From 2012 until now, he has been the chairperson of the Dynamic Brain Platform committee (DB-PF), the Japan Node of International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), which encourages and supports the neuroscience databasing, tool development, and modeling of the nervous system, in the international collaborating framework with EU, Sweden, Norway, Australia, USA, UK, Australia, Malaysia and so on.
Professor Wagatsuma has completed guidance of four PhD theses and further more joined six PhD committees as a board member in Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. He has also guided 15 Master thesis and 6 Bachelor thesis. He has been reviewer of several archival journals at the International level. Neural Networks, Neurocomputing, Neural Computing and Applications, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Cognitive Neurodynamics, Behavioural Brain Research, International Journal of Neuroscience, Neural Processing Letters, Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, Advanced Robotics, Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development. He is in the editorial board of Frontiers in Neurorobotics as a Review Editor.
Among other activities, he is the Director in the Intelligent Robot Education & Research Section in the MEXT Selected Program for Promoting Inter-University Collaborative Education in FY2012, “Joint Graduate School in Intelligent Car & Robotics Course” from 2012 until now. He is now coordinating the Automatic driving and Safety driving support Research Center (ASReC) organized in the Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology (FAIS) for promoting the industry-university cooperation between automobile manufacturers and auto parts suppliers and the university consortium in Kitakyushu including Kyushu Institute of Technology, Waseda University (Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems) and University of Kitakyushu (Graduate School of Environmental Engineering) as a steering committee member and the Center for Socio-Robotic Synthesis, Kyushu Institute of Technology as an acting member. He is active in contributing multiple national research projects funded by the Japanese government, such as the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) “Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence: (3) Base Technology for Next-Generation AI” (Automated Driving Task) and the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, “Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP), Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation, and Management” (Automated Concrete Damage Inspection by Multicopter).

Academic & Professional Experience

Mar 2016
Cross-Appointment Fellow, Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AIRC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Jan 2012
Visiting Scientist, Neuroinformatics Japan Center, RIKEN BSI
Oct 2009
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Oct 2009
Mar 2012
Apr 2003
Sep 2009
Research Scientist, RIKEN BSI

Published Papers

Komoda Kazuma, Wagatsuma Hiroaki
MULTIBODY SYSTEM DYNAMICS   40(2) 123-153   Jun 2017   [Refereed]
Balbir Singh,Hiroaki Wagatsum
Comp. Math. Methods in Medicine   2017 1861645:1-1861645:17   2017   [Refereed]
Maya Dimitrova,Hiroaki Wagatsuma,Gyanendra Nath Tripathi,Guangyi Ai
2015 International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, June 11-13, 2015   1-6   2015   [Refereed]
Tripathi Gyanendra Nath, Wagatsuma Hiroaki, Dimitrova Maya, Vircikova Maria, Sincak Peter
Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Access to Interaction, Pt II   9176 561-569   2015   [Refereed]
Lihua Zhao,Naoya Arakawa,Hiroaki Wagatsuma,Ryutaro Ichise
Proceedings of the ISWC 2016 Posters & Demonstrations Track co-located with 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2016), Kobe, Japan, October 19, 2016.      2016   [Refereed]
Singh Balbir, Ai Guangyi, Wagatsuma Hiroaki
Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Access to Interaction, Pt II   9176 528-537   2015   [Refereed]
Gyanendra Nath Tripathi,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
I. J. Humanoid Robotics   13(2) 1-21   2016   [Refereed]
Guangyi Ai,Kenta Shoji,Hiroaki Wagatsuma,Midori Yasukawa
Advanced Intelligent Systems   189-196   2014   [Refereed]
Daniel Lorencik,Jaroslav Ondo,Peter Sincak,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications 3 - Results from the 3rd International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications, RiTA 2014, Beijing, China, November 6-8, 2014   785-796   2014   [Refereed]
Gyanendra Nath Tripathi,David Chik,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Neural Information Processing - 20th International Conference, ICONIP 2013, Daegu, Korea, November 3-7, 2013. Proceedings, Part I   528-536   2013   [Refereed]
David Chik,Gyanendra Nath Tripathi,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Neural Information Processing - 20th International Conference, ICONIP 2013, Daegu, Korea, November 3-7, 2013. Proceedings, Part III   33-40   2013   [Refereed]
Harris Frederick C. Jr., Krichmar Jeffrey L., Siegelmann Hava T., Wagatsuma Hiroaki
Hiroaki Wagatsuma
The 6th International Conference on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems (SCIS), and The 13th International Symposium on Advanced Intelligence Systems (ISIS), Kobe, Japan, November 20-24, 2012   332-335   2012   [Refereed]
Frederick C. Harris Jr.,Jeffrey L. Krichmar,Hava T. Siegelmann,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
IEEE Trans. Autonomous Mental Development   4(3) 190-191   2012   [Refereed]
Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Computer Software   28(1) 2-20   Jan 2011   [Refereed]
In computer science, parallel and distributed processing has long been investigated and developed for its applications to social infrastructures. Nowadays, it enhances growing rate of Internet access around the world, which makes a shared knowledg...
Hiroaki Wagatsuma,Yousuke Tomonaga
The 2011 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2011, San Jose, California, USA, July 31 - August 5, 2011   2670-2675   2011   [Refereed]
Jeffrey L. Krichmar,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2011 - Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of the BICA Society, Arlington, Virginia, USA, November 4-6, 2011   209-214   2011   [Refereed]
Tomonaga Y, Wagatsuma H
ICIC Express Letters   5(9B) 3477-3482   2011   [Refereed]
Biologically-inspired robots have been investigated to reproduce biological intelligent behaviors and interest in this topic extends to the reconstruction of a central controller that is similar to the brain. However the brain is a complex system ...
Ono K, Wagatsuma H
ICIC Express Letters   5(10) 3907-3912   2011   [Refereed]
Biological adaptive behavior provides a good model for the design of intelligent autonomous transporters. Recently, car companies have been working to develop a collision-avoidance system. This system uses sensors that send and receive signals fro...
The Brain & Neural Networks   16(4) 184-189   Dec 2009   [Refereed]
A Noise-Induced Stability in the Real-time Robotic System for Object Handling
Wagatsuma H, Yamaguchi Y
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   5506 857-864   2009   [Refereed]
The brain is capable of parallel processing of different types of information in different brain regions. However, for higher cognitive functions such as decision-making, such regionally distributed information must interact together in the proper...
Wagatsuma H
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   5506 119-126   2009   [Refereed]
One of most important concepts in robotics and artificial intelligence is the embodied approach, focusing on the importance of having a body that functionally connects to the external world. This setup suggests that the intelligence develops throu...
Wagatsuma H
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   5506 1082-1089   2009   [Refereed]
In biological systems, internal microorganisms adaptively survive but often serve necessary functions to the host, such as energy production by mitochondria as symbiosis. On the other hand, malignant germs have a parasitic relationship with the ho...
Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Advances in Neuro-Information Processing, 15th International Conference, ICONIP 2008, Auckland, New Zealand, November 25-28, 2008, Revised Selected Papers, Part I   1087-1094   2008   [Refereed]
Hiroaki Wagatsuma,Yoko Yamaguchi
Advances in Neuro-Information Processing, 15th International Conference, ICONIP 2008, Auckland, New Zealand, November 25-28, 2008, Revised Selected Papers, Part I   859-866   2008   [Refereed]
Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Advances in Neuro-Information Processing, 15th International Conference, ICONIP 2008, Auckland, New Zealand, November 25-28, 2008, Revised Selected Papers, Part I   119-126   2008   [Refereed]
Yamaguchi Y, Molter C, Wu Z, Agashe HA, Wagatsuma H
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   4984 151-159   2008   [Refereed]
This paper proposes a computational model of spatio-temporal property formation in the entorhinal neurons recently known as “grid cells”. The model consists of module structures for local path integration, multiple sensory integration and for thet...
Colliaux D, Yamaguchi Y, Molter C, Wagatsuma H
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   4984 160-169   2008   [Refereed]
A phenomenological model is developed where complex dynamics are the correlate of spatio-temporal memories. If resting is not a classical fixed point attractor but a Milnor attractor, multiple oscillations appear in the dynamics of a coupled syste...
Wagatsuma H, Yamaguchi Y
Cognitive neurodynamics   1(2) 119-141   Jun 2007   [Refereed]
The rodent hippocampus has been thought to represent the spatial environment as a cognitive map. In the classical theory, the cognitive map has been explained as a consequence of the fact that different spatial regions are assigned to different ce...
Wagatsuma H, Yamaguchi Y
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   4985 177-184   2008   [Refereed]
The real world changes in space over time. Our brains need real-time interaction with the external world and will update various internal representations even when events happen only one-time. Such one-time experiences are evaluated in relation to...
Yamaguchi Y, Sato N, Wagatsuma H, Wu Z, Molter C, Aota Y
Current opinion in neurobiology   17(2) 197-204   Apr 2007   [Refereed]
The discovery of theta-rhythm-dependent firing of rodent hippocampal neurons highlighted the functional significance of temporal encoding in hippocampal memory. However, earlier theoretical studies on this topic seem divergent and experimental imp...
David Colliaux,Yoko Yamaguchi,Colin Molter,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Neural Information Processing, 14th International Conference, ICONIP 2007, Kitakyushu, Japan, November 13-16, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, Part I   160-169   2007   [Refereed]
Yoko Yamaguchi,Colin Molter,Zhihua Wu,Harshavardhan A. Agashe,Hiroaki Wagatsuma
Neural Information Processing, 14th International Conference, ICONIP 2007, Kitakyushu, Japan, November 13-16, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, Part I   151-159   2007   [Refereed]
Maya Dimitrova,Hiroaki Wagatsuma,Yoko Yamaguchi
Communications of the Eleventh East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems, Varna, Bulgaria, September 29 - October 3, 2007      2007   [Refereed]
Wagatsuma H, Yamaguchi Y
Neurocomputing   69(10-12) 1228-1232   Jun 2006   [Refereed]
It is an open question whether the hippocampal cognitive map is useful for navigation with ambiguity in space representation. The hippocampus might need to assign different contexts to cell populations in the same place, according to the tradition...
The Brain & Neural Networks   12(1) 17-31   Mar 2005   [Refereed]
In spatial alternation tasks, the same place in different behavioral sequences is represented by different neurons in the rat hippocampus. This indicates that associative memory in the brain solves the memory interference problem at each instance....
Wagatsuma H, Yamaguchi Y
Neural computation   16(12) 2665-2697   Dec 2004   [Refereed]
The rodent hippocampus has been thought to represent the spatial environment as a cognitive map. The associative connections in the hippocampus imply that a neural entity represents the map as a geometrical network of hippocampal cells in terms of...
Yamaguchi Y, Aota Y, Sato N, Wagatsuma H, Wu Z
Journal of integrative neuroscience   3 143-157   Jun 2004   [Refereed]
Rat hippocampal cells exhibit characteristic phase-dependent firings when oscillation in frequency range around 8Hz is present. Based on the hypothesis that theta phase coding is generated by synchronization of neural activities, an autoassociativ...
Browne W, Kawamura K, Krichmar J, Harwin W, Wagatsuma H
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine   16(3) 17-18   2009   [Refereed]
Some articles in this special issue on cognitive robotics focus on replicating human and animal behaviors in robots, while others look into using robotic analogs of the brain to provide insight into the neuroscience.


Journal of The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers   54(11) 808-815   2015
Daisuke Aikawa, Hiroaki Wagatsuma
IPSJ SIG Notes. ICS   2014(4) 1-5   Jul 2014
We have been proposed and demonstrated a tree structure to discriminate the right answer in the word-sentence English matching test, which is built as the network of "principal nouns" obtained from the tight link referring the English dictionary a...
Churchill Elizabeth F., Wagatsuma Hiroaki
Journal of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence   28(3) 439-443   May 2013
AI Guangyi, SHOJI Kenta, WAGATSUMA Hiroaki, YASUKAWA Midori
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   113(500) 329-334   Mar 2014
Horticultural therapy is a well-known and effective preventive healthcare method for depression, and therefore this discipline is expected to contribute to the social demands of our aging country. In this study, we focus on the spontaneous percept...
Yamakawa Hiroshi, Wagatsuma Hiroaki, Yoshida Michiko
Journal of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence   28(3) 424-426   May 2013
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   113(382) 43-48   Jan 2014
In this study, we investigated methods for steering systems with nonholonomic and environmental constraints based on the path tracking controller by using exact linearization technique and non-linear time scale transformation originally proposed b...
URATA Tatsuyuki, WAGATSUMA Hiroaki
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   113(382) 55-60   Jan 2014
Wheels are used for transporting objects and people in a wide range of areas. In principle, wheels require a well-prepared road surface for preventing a slipping, and basically it is not suitable for climbing slope with a high gradient. Crawler ve...
Katsuki Yuya, Wagatsuma Hiroaki
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   113(382) 89-94   Jan 2014
We have investigated a possibility of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) when applying to muscular power supports in the standing up motion. Recently, robotic mechanical systems with electronic actuators are popular in the welfare-engineering ...
INOUE Kyosuke, KOMODA Kazuma, WAGATSUMA Hiroaki, TACHIBANA Kaori, KOBAYASHI Yasuto, FUJII Norihisa, AE Michiyoshi
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   113(382) 95-100   Jan 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate characteristics of the shooting motion for wheel-chair basketball players, in conditions of the free throw (FT) and three-point (3p) shots. The ground reaction forces and three-dimensional kinematics of...
栗島 一博, 我妻 広明, 金子 宗司
教育システム情報学会誌   29(4) 180-189   2012
ONO Kosuke, WAGATSUMA Hiroaki
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   111(241) 41-46   Oct 2011
Many of the vehicle robots using the sensors, they drive avoid collision with obstacle to get outside information on real-time. However, they are considering the information ahead of present location when the majority of drivers drive a car. Becau...
我妻 広明
人工知能学会誌   28(1)    Jan 2013
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   111(241) 59-64   Oct 2011
In this study, to develop a support equipment for rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy. Incorporating the concept of cognitive exercise that focus on brain plasticity, to associate the movement and perception. Fusing the knowledge of bra...
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   112(227) 115-120   Oct 2012
The displacement calculation is necessary for detail analyses of movements of planar manipulators, and the Jacobian matrix is conventionally used for the calculation of position, angular and torque displacements. We have been investigated the pote...
SONE Masafumi, WAGATSUMA Hiroaki
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   111(241) 71-76   Oct 2011
Flexibility and quickness of biological muscles is of interest in recent robotics. We attempt to reproduce an artificial muscle based on elastic-plastic materials and investigate rebound characteristics in a S-shaped structure. Experimental result...
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   111(241) 77-82   Oct 2011
Since ancient times the wheels have been used to transport heavy loads. In addition, Crawler has been used in rough terrain. On the other hand, organisms are often moved by the feet and repeat the basic dynamics of muscle contraction. Leg's moveme...
IEICE technical report. Neurocomputing   111(241) 143-148   Oct 2011
Biologically-inspired robots have been studied on biological intelligence that provides complex behaviors. Humanoid robot is a trend to investigate how the human body works such as bipedal walking, but we focus on on-demand planning and rescheduli...

Books etc

Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robot
Krichmar J, Wagatsuma H (Part:Editor)
Cambridge University Press   Sep 2011   ISBN:0521768780
Neuromorphic and brain-based robotics have enormous potential for furthering our understanding of the brain. By embodying models of the brain on robotic platforms, researchers can investigate the roots of biological intelligence and work towards t...
Information Extraction from the Internet
Nan Tang (Part:Joint Work, Chap. 3: Web Agent Design Based on Computational Memory and Brain Research / Maya Dimitrova & Hiroaki Wagatsuma)
iConcept Press Ltd.   Aug 2011   ISBN:1463743998
As the Internet continues to become part of our lives, there now exists an overabundance of reliable information sources on this medium. The temporal and cognitive resources of human beings, however, do not change. "Information Extraction from the...

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Project Year: Dec 2012 - Jul 2012    Investigator(s): Hiroaki Wagatsuma