Takashi MAENO

Takashi MAENO, Ph.D. Professor, Graduate School of SDM, Keio University

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"SDM fosters leaders who have both technological and social science skills to solve large-scale and complex issues of modern world."


Takashi Maeno has been a professor since 2008. From Apr. 2011 to Sep. 2019 he is the Dean of Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University.

He received a B.S. in 1984 and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. From 1986 to 1995, he worked for Canon, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan. He received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1993. From 1995 to 2008, he was with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University, Yokohama, Japan.

He was a visiting industrial fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1990 to 1992 and a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2001.

Research Interests

Takashi Maeno is interested in any research that is important to humankind, including well-being and peace, environmental problems, human-machine interface, system design management methodology, system design and management education, systems science, systems engineering, systems thinking, and systems philosophy.

Major Publications


He has written twenty books, including:

  • Illusional brain, Chikuma-shobo, 2007 (in Japanese)
  • Why can't we find "self" in the brain?, Gijutsu-hyoron-sha, 2007 (in Japanese)
  • Memories, Business-sha, 2009 (in Japanese)


More than 200 papers/conference papers including:

  • Kosuke Ishii, Olivier L. de Weck, Shinichiro Haruyama, Takashi Maeno, Sun K. Kim, and Whitfield Fowler, Active Learning Project Sequence: Capstone Experience for Multi-disciplinary System Design and Management Education, Proc. International Conference on Engineering Design, 2009<
  • Yusuke Hidaka, Yuta Shiokawa, Kaoru Tashiro,Takashi Maeno, Masashi Konyo and Takahiro Yamauchi, Development of an Elastic Tactile Sensor Emulating Human Fingers for Tele-Presentation Systems, Proc. IEEE SENSORS 2009 Conference, pp. 1919-1922
  • Yoshimune Nonomura, Yuichiro Arashi and Takashi Maeno, How Do We Recognize Water and Oil through Our Tactile Sense?, Colloids and Surface B: Biointerfaces, 2009, Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 80-83
  • Akira Saito, Yosuke Nakagawa and Takashi Maeno, Non-linear Dynamic Analysis of Traveling-Wave-Type Ultrasonic Motors, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2008, pp. 717-725


Eighteen awards including the following awards:

  • Advanced Achievement award of Robotics and Mechatronics Division, JSME, 2008
  • Advanced Achievement award of Machine Design and Tribology Division, JSME, 2008
  • Best Paper Award of VRSJ, 2007
  • Best Paper Award of RSJ, 2003
  • Best Paper Award of JSME, 1999 etc

Academic Affiliations

  • Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
  • Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
  • Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)
  • International Society of Systems Science (ISSS)
  • Japan Society for Laughter and Humor Studies (JSLHS)

Research Groups

  • Human System Design Laboratory
  • Agricultural Laboratory
  • Human Dynamics Laboratory
  • VERSTA Laboratory
  • Universal Design Laboratory
  • Architecting Laboratory
  • Strategic Social Education System Laboratory
  • Social Design Center
  • System Design Methodology Laboratory