1987, PhD, Engineering, Univ. of Tsukuba. Former Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Institute of Systems & Engineering, Univ. of Tsukuba, and Visiting Professor, Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, Univ. of Tsukuba; concurrently, Director, Center for Cybernics Research and President and CEO, CYBERDYNE. Former or current: President, Japan Society of Embolus Detection and Treatment; Member, Exec. Board and Councillor, Int'l Journal, and Chairman and Member, Awards Committee, Robotics Society of Japan; Chairman, Advanced Robotics; Executive Editor, Vascular Lab. Inventor, creator and driving force behind advanced robotics, Robot Suit HAL® and various Cybernics, medical, care and welfare tech. Former Leader: Global Centre of Excellence, Cybernics; funding programme, Center for Cybernics Advanced Research. Recipient of numerous awards, including: NIKKEI Change Makers of the Year 2010; Entrepreneur of the Year Japan (2010); Netexplorateurs of the Year (2011); InnoRobo Capek Award (2012).