November 11

“Ionic soft actuators based on functional nanomaterials”

Il-Kwon Oh

KAIST, Korea


  1. Ph.D., KAIST, Mechanical Engineering, Aug. 2001
  2. LG Electronics Co.,LTD., Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Senior Researcher (Aug. 2001 – Feb. 2004),
  3. Chonnam National University, School of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Assistant Professor/Associate Professor (Apr. 2008 – Aug. 2010)
  4. KAIST, Professor (August 1 ~ Present), Department of Mechanical Engineering

November 12

“Soft robotics and material sciences: An adaptive way leading to a smart society and future”

Koichi Suzumori

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Koichi Suzumori received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Yokohama National University in 1990. He worked for Toshiba R&D Center from 1984 to 2001, and for Micromachine Center, Tokyo, from 1999 to 2001. He was then a Professor at Okayama University from 2001 to 2014. Since 2014, he has been a Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He established a start-up venture company, s-muscle Co., Ltd., in 2016, which puts his soft thin artificial muscles into practical uses. He is a project leader of the MEXT KAKENHI project on soft robots.