Faculty Members

RUI Fukui/Associate Professor/Division of Environmental Sciences

Department of Human and Engineered Environment Studies//Robotics

Career Summary

2002: Graduated from Department of Mechano-Informatics, The University of Tokyo.
2004: Received Master's degree from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.
2004--2006: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD.
2009: Received Ph.D. from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo.
2009: (Project) Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo.
2013: Project Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.
2016: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo.

Educational Activities

Graduate School: System Planning
Graduate School of Engineering: System Planning, Design and Production Field Work

Research Activities

Home-use robotic storage system (2006--2009):
Storage containers are robotized as intelligent containers (i-Containers).
They play an intermediary role between humans and robots.
These i-Containers cooperate with multiple types of robots and optimize storage condition in the home. (Reference 1) RuiFukui_1.png Home-use robotic storage system

Wearable wrist contour measurement device for hand gesture recognition (2008--):
To realize a future sophisticated interface, we are developing a watch-type wearable device. This device measures the wrist contour using arrays of photo-reflectors and converts the wrist contour data to hand gestures label using machine learning techniques. (Reference 2)
RuiFukui_2.png Wearable wrist contour measurement device for hand gesture recognition

Automatic construction system of modularized rail structure (2011--):
The objective of this system is decommissioning operation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (TEPCO), where humans cannot enter or work inside.
This system can construct a rail structure platform that enables other robots to move easily in three dimensional space. (Reference 3)
RuiFukui_3.png Automatic construction system of modularized rail structure


1) Rui Fukui, Taketoshi Mori, and Tomomasa Sato. Home-use object transfer/storage robot system with compliant strategy and mechanism (Commodities management and its extended application of daily life support for the elderly). Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 532--543, 2011.
2) Rui Fukui, Masahiko Watanabe, Masamichi Shimosaka, and Tomomasa Sato. Hand shape classification with a wrist contour sensor. Analyses of feature types, resemblance between subjects, and data variation with pronation angle. The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 658--671, 2014.
3) Rui Fukui, Yuta Kato, Ryo Takahashi, Weiwei Wan, and Masayuki Nakao. Automated construction system of robot locomotion and operation platform for hazardous environments - Basic system design and feasibility study of module transferring and connecting motions -. Journal of Field Robotics, 2016.

Other Activities

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Robotics and Automation Society
Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
Robotics Society of Japan
Society of Instrument and Control Engineers
Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity

Future Plan

The discovery and establishment of basic knowledge and technologies are important tasks.
My intention is to deploy such knowledge and technologies in real industrial and service applications, so, I welcome collaboration with various private companies.

Messages to Students

I think the shape of objects is important.
I am always pursuing ways of designing beautiful yet functional shapes.
I want to share the pleasure of designing and developing novel objects (robots, devices and so on) with many students.