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ソムロア・ソフォン(博士)

He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering from the King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand in 2008, his Master of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 2011, and his Doctor of Engineering in Modern Mechanical Engineering at Sugano Lab, Waseda University, Japan in 2016.

His research at Waseda is to develop a novel capacitive-based 3-axis tactile sensors starting from 2012. Since then he has been developing tactile sensors until now. He has experience in hardware design, mold making, electronics design, and microcontroller programming. He also has experience in testing sensor’s characteristics and reliability.

He has published 22 papers. One of his academic journal papers on tactile sensor development received an award from FA Foundation in 2017. The team and he won the 2nd place of Soft Material Robot Challenge (Soft Components Challenge) at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2017), Singapore, 2017. He has received 2 JSPS Kakenhi Grants, 1 若手研究(B) and 1 若手研究. Each grant is approximately 4 million JPY.

Additionally, his bachelor’s thesis was to develop a 6-DOF articulated robot arm with his colleagues to perform several pick and place tasks (including pouring water from a plastic bottle). He was responsible for GUI and PLC programming and kinematic calculations. His master's thesis was about developing a single-legged hopping robot using tendon driven system, spring-loaded leg and electromagnetic clutch.