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Kenji Nagaoka

Professional Experience

2011.4-2019.3 Assistant Professor, Tohoku University, JAPAN (The Space Robotics Laboratory)

2019.4-2023.9 Associate Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology, JAPAN

2020.4-Present The Center for Socio-Robotic Synthesis, Kyushu Institute of Technology, JAPAN

2023.10-Present Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology, JAPAN


2002.4-2006.3 B.E., Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, JAPAN

2006.4-2011.3 Ph.D. (Eng.), The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), JAPAN


FY2020-present Advanced Space Robotics: M/D (SEIC/RSM)


Publication List

Previous Publication List until 2018 (Kenji Nagaoka)

Scopus (Kenji Nagaoka)

Google Scholar Citations (Kenji Nagaoka)


Principal Investigator

JCN/JST Moonshot Research and Development Program (Goal 3)
Collaborative AI Robots for Adaptation of Diverse Environments and Innovation of Infrastructure Construction (PM: Keiji Nagatani, Project Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Research and Development of Robot System with Mission Resilience for Construction of Infrastructure on the Moon (FY2021-FY2025)

JKA Research Grant
Development of Wave Drilling Robot Buried into Subsurface (FY2021)

JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Research and Development of Spiderman-Type Robot with Innovative Locomotion (FY2020-FY2022)

Casio Science Promotion Foundation, Research Grant
Development of Subsurface Drilling Mechanism Utilizing Mechanical Peristalsis (FY2019-FY2020)

FAIS Research Grant
Development of Bionic Gripper with Bio-Inspired Mechanism and Technique (FY2019)

JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists
Autonomous Gait Principe for a Free-Climbing Robot with Mechanical Anisotropy and Uncertainty (FY2018-FY2019)

JKA Research Grant
Development of a Extreme Exploration Robot Equipped with Cross-modal and Intelligent Wheels (FY2017-FY2018)
Development of Intelligent Wheel (FY2016)

JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
Analysis on Dynamics of Ciliary Micro-Hopping Mechanism by an Eccentric Motor in a Micro-Gravity (FY2012-FY2014)


JAXA Space Exploration Innovation Hub
(JST Support Program for starting up Innovation Hub on the National Research and Development Agency)
Prototype Development of an Insect-like Robot for Walking/Jumping Exploration (Ideas Incubating Research )
(Collaboration with JAXA, ispace, inc., and Tohoku University: FY2016)

JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
Robot Control for Lunar, Planetary and Asteroid Exploration with Understanding of Geometry and Physical Characteristics of the Environment (FY2012)


Third Prize
Author: Warley F.R. Riveiro, Kentaro Uno, Kazuya Yoshida, Kenji Nagaoka
Paper Title: Dynamic Equilibrium of Climbing Robots Based on Stability Polyhedron for Gravito-Inertial Acceleration
Publisher: The 23rd International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR 2020); August, 2020

Best Paper Silver Award
Author: Shoya Higa, Kazumasa Sawada, Kenji Nagaoka, Kazuya Yoshida
Paper Title: Three-Dimensional Stress Distribution on a Rigid Wheel Surface for a Lightweight Vehicle
Publisher: ISTVS, The 13th European Conference of the International Society For Terrain-Vehicle Systems; October, 2015

JAXA Space Education Center, NASA Academy 2008 at Goddard Space Flight Center; May-August, 2008



Space Robotics Lab. (Nagaoka Lab.)

Space Robotics Lab. (Nagaoka Lab.)