biography

Azumi Maekawa was born in 1992. He is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo, in Information Somatics Lab. His research interests are in the areas of Robotics, Machine Learning, Design, Digital Fabrication, and Human Robot Interaction. The focus of his current work is the motion with the physical bodies.

2018
Completed Master Course at the University of Tokyo

2016
Graduated from the University of Tokyo

works

Walk

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Walk

This project aims at creating bricolages of robots out of tree branches found at hand. Through the process in which natural objects learn how to walk by themselves, the artwork portrays the perspectives of objects. Unlike the top-down process where functions of mechanical systems are explicitly defined by designers, this project puts an emphasis on the emergence of functions, which is a bottom-up process where found objects seek for the function as a whole.

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  • Azumi Maekawa, Ayaka Kume, Hironori Yoshida, Jun Hatori, Jason Naradowsky, and Shunta Saito. "Improvised Robotic Design with Found Objects." Workshop at NeurIPS 2018

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Azumi Maekawa, Jun Hatori, Shunta Saito, Hironori Yoshida, Ayaka Kume

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Arial-Biped

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Arial-Biped

There has been a desire to create robots that are capable of life-like motions and behaviors since ancient times. As a life-like motion, we focus on the bipedal walking, which is one of the key features of a legged robot. Movement of the legged robot is highly restricted by gravity. When its body shape is defined, the possible walking gait is almost determined accordingly. Therefore, it is difficult to realize arbitrary body design and dynamic walking motion with light steps like living things in a legged robot. Aerial-Biped is a prototype for exploring a new experience with a physical biped robot. In this work, using a quadrotor, we aim to separate the body shape design and motion design. By releasing the biped robot from gravity, it can relax the limitation of the robot's physical motion. The motion of Aerial-Biped is created in real time according to the movement of the quadrotor by the motion generator learned using deep reinforcement learning. We can observe various gaits emerge based on the successively changing quadrotor's movements.

publication:

[paper]
  • Azumi Maekawa, Ryuma Niiyama, and Shunji Yamanaka. "Pseudo-Locomotion Design with a Quadrotor-Assisted Biped Robot." In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), pp. 2462-2466. IEEE, 2018.
  • [demo & workshop]
    • Azumi Maekawa, Ryuma Niiyama, and Shunji Yamanaka. "Aerial-biped: a new physical expression by the biped robot using a quadrotor." ACM SIGGRAPH 2018 Emerging Technologies. ACM, 2018.

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Still Warm

Still Warm

Still Warm

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exhibition:

  • iii Exhibition Extra 2017 “SUKIMANIAC”

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publication

paper

  • Azumi Maekawa, Shota Takahashi, MHD Yamen Saraiji, Sohei Wakisaka, Hiroyasu Iwata, and Masahiko Inami. "Naviarm: Augmenting the Learning of Motor Skills using a Backpack-type Robotic Arm System." In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019, p. 38. ACM, 2019.

  • Azumi Maekawa, Ryuma Niiyama, and Shunji Yamanaka. "Pseudo-Locomotion Design with a Quadrotor-Assisted Biped Robot." In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), pp. 2462-2466. IEEE, 2018.

demo & workshop

  • Azumi Maekawa, Seito Matsubara, Atsushi Hiyama, and Masahiko Inami. "PickHits: Hitting Experience Generation with Throwing Motion via a Handheld Mechanical Device." ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Emerging Technologies. ACM, 2019.

  • Azumi Maekawa, Shota Takahashi, M. H. D. Saraiji, Sohei Wakisaka, Hiroyasu Iwata, and Masahiko Inami. "Demonstrating Naviarm: Augmenting the Learning of Motor Skills using a Backpack-type Robotic Arm System." In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019, p. 48. ACM, 2019.

  • Azumi Maekawa, Ayaka Kume, Hironori Yoshida, Jun Hatori, Jason Naradowsky, and Shunta Saito. "Improvised Robotic Design with Found Objects." Workshop at NeurIPS 2018

  • Azumi Maekawa, Ryuma Niiyama, and Shunji Yamanaka. "Aerial-biped: a new physical expression by the biped robot using a quadrotor." ACM SIGGRAPH 2018 Emerging Technologies. ACM, 2018.

exhibition

  • Aerial-Biped

    Azumi Maekawa, Shunji Yamanakaa

    Ars Electronica, "Out of the Box. The Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution", 2019

  • Walk

    Azumi Maekawa, Jun Hatori, Shunta Saito, Hironori Yoshida, Ayaka Kume

    Parametric Move, UTokyo-IIS Prototyping & Design Laboratory, 2018

  • Aerial-Biped

    Azumi Maekawa, Shunji Yamanaka

    Parametric Move, UTokyo-IIS Prototyping & Design Laboratory, 2018

  • How to Walk Branches

    Azumi Maekawa, Jun Hatori, Shunta Saito, Hironori Yoshida, Ayaka Kume

    iii Exhibition 19 “WYSIWIG?” , 2017

  • Still Warm

    Azumi Maekawa

    iii Exhibition Extra 2017 “SUKIMANIAC”

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contact

  • azumimaekawa[at]gmail.com