Shugen MA was born in China in 1963. He received the B.Eng degree (first class hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Hebei Institute of Technology (Tianjin, China) in 1984. He then went on to receive his M.Eng and Dr.Eng degrees in Mechanical Engineering Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan) in 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 to 1992 he was a Research Engineer with Komatsu Ltd. From 1992 to 1993 he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Riverside. He joined the Department of Systems Engineering, Ibaraki University, Japan, as an Assistant Professor in July 1993. In October 2005, he joined to Ritsumeikan University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Robotics. He is also holding Professor position at Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, is an Adjunct Professor of the Harbin Institute of Technology, and a " Ziqiang " Professor of Shanghai University. His current research interests include the design and control theory of new types of robots, rescue robotics, and Biorobotics.

He was awarded the outstanding paper prize from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers of Japan in 1992, the T. J. Tarn best paper award in robotics at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, the outstanding paper award of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) in 2007, and the best paper award of the Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering in 2007. He was also awarded the " Hundred Talent Program" of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001, the "Pioneer Researcher" of the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005, the "Excellent Ph.D. Supervisor Award" of the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007, the medal of the IEEE Kansai section in 2011, and the Fellow of the Japan Scociwty of Mechnical Engineers (JSME) in 2011. He was also nominated the finalist for C. H. Ho best paper in biomimetics at 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, best conference paper finalist at 2007, 2009 and 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Toshio Fukuda best paper award finalist in mechatronics at 2009 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, and finalist of best paper award in automation at 2010 and 2011 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation.

He is a senior member of the IEEE, a fellow of the JSME, and a member of the SICE and the Robotics Society of Japan. He was an associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics from December 2003 to November 2007, an Editor of Advanced Robotics from April 2007, and serves many societiesand conferences including the general chair of ROBIO2004 and ROBIO 2010.


Department of Robotics
Ritsumeikan University, Faculty of Science and Engineering
1-1-1 Noji-Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, JAPAN
Phone: +81-77-561-5121
FAX: +81-77-561-2665
Email: Shugen.Ma(at)ieee.org