Funding for this research was provided by:
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (17KK0006)
Received: 9 December 2019
Accepted: 2 April 2020
First Online: 18 April 2020
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
: Shuro Nakajima is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University, Japan. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in information science from Tohoku University, Japan. He finished his Ph.D. work in two years. He was enrolled with the Graduate School, Tohoku University, in 1995, by grade skipping. He has been licensed to a Professional Engineer, Japan and registered as a APEC Engineer and an International Professional Engineer, Japan. He was with East Japan Railway Company from 1997 to 2003 and with the Department of Advanced Robotics, Chiba Institute of Technology, from 2005 to 2015. He was also a Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley, from 2013 to 2014. He is a Guest Professor at ETH Zurich in Switzerland from 2020 to 2021. His research interests include personal mobility vehicles, mobile robots, intelligent vehicles, and assistive technology. He was a recipient of the German Innovation Award 2017, IEEJ Technical Development Award 2017, JSME Kansai Academic Award 2018, the 2012 Best Paper Award of the Japan Society for Design Engineering and more. RT-Mover P-WA, his innovation, received the fourth place award in the powered wheelchair discipline at Cybathlon in 2016.