To Prospective Students

This page contains information which we hope will be useful for prospective students at Hori-Fujimoto laboratory. Here we will be briefly introducing our researches and some of our routines. We will also explain about the skill you may obtain by spending time in the lab, and study sessions we hold for newcomers. At the end, the place our graduates are employed are listed.

If you would like to visit and see our Lab, please check this page.

Hori-Fujimoto Lab at a Glance

★ About Our Lab

Hori Lab (from the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo) and Fujimoto Lab (from Yokohama National University) were combined into Hori-Fujimoto Lab in April 2011. Therefore, there will be no difference whatsoever in being assigned as a Hori Lab member or a Fujimoto Lab member.

★ What researches are we doing?

The fields of research we are handling are as follows: control theory and its practical use, digital control, motion control, robotics, electric vehicles, wireless power transfer, power electronics, and electric airplanes. Control theory is being applied in robots, motors and actuators, NC machine tools, magnetic and photonic disc drives, motion controls of vehicles and aircrafts, rolling mills, plants, etc., as an essencial tool for broad applications. It is now a common practice to pre-load control algorithms into computers or controllers, but development of more high function and complex algorithms are still in serious need. Hori-Fujimoto Laboratory is actively developing new control theories for different applications. Please refer to the "Research" page for more details.

★ Our Lab's Principle

The lab is of course for students members of the lab. We always aim to make this a lab which students are active and in great spirit. We are doing our best to support students with high motivations while letting them experience the fun of research at the same time. Visits of prospective students are greatly encouraged, and we recommend attending the lab tour held in May and October, where you can see and discuss in detail about our lab. Lab tour information will be updated in "what's new" section in the top page.

★ How do we proceed our researches?

You will be joining study sessions few times a week during the first semester. At the same time you will have discussions regarding your topic of interest in individual meetings, lab meetings, and team meetings. When you get results, you can present it in domestic and international conferences. We have relationships with several electronic manufacturers, automobile manufacturers and academic institutes. It may even be possible to visit or stay at different institutes for a few weeks to conduct experiments as a part of cooperative research projects. We strongly believe that experience at the forefront research scene (such as at experience at top companies) can make student a spectacular researcher. We expect energetic students who are willing to face new challenges. We will always provide the greatest support to those with the greatest motivation and effort.

★ Who consists the lab?

In April 2016, there are 8 doctoral course students, 24 master's course students, 2 senior-year undergraduates, and 1 research student. Many students come from other universties and technical colleges.

★ For those with interest in control engineering

Control engineeering is a very broad study. You will learn from mathmatics which will be the basis, to classical and modern/advanced control theory, from software to hardware. Because it is a study that goes across so many different applications, it is said that control engineers will always be able to get a job anywhere, so we highly recommend this field of study to students who want to take parts in mutidisciplinary career. Although the goal is simply to "move something", you will have to learn thoroughly from basic theory to implementation techniques.

★ For students who wish to enter Master's or Doctoral Course

To enter our lab, it is possible to take entrance exam of either Department of Advanced Energy (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Kashiwa Campus) or Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems (Graduate School of Engineering, Hongo Campus). Please contact Prof. Hori or Prof. Fujimoto in advance.

Study Sessions

In our laboratory, there will be study sessions every year for every research topic. Typical topics of studies include "Control Theory", "Power Electronics", "Chopper", "Robotics" and "Electric Vehicles(EVs)".

- Control Theory Study Session -

 ・ Learning from classical control theory to modern control theory
 ・ Conducted mainly by graduate students in lecture style
 ・ Weekly homework/problem set including simulation using Matlab or C language
 ・ For those who wish, for working on hands-on experiment of control circuit design

- Power Electronics Study Session -

 ・ Lecture by graduate students on fundamental power electronics (from circuit to control principle)

- Chopper Study Session -

 ・ Making Chopper (DC/DC Converter)
 ・ Testing chopper by connecting to DC motor
 ・ Evaluate performance (by motor's revolution, soldering skill)。
 ・ Learning some basics of protection circuit for controlling power supply unit

- Robotics Study Session -

 ・ Studying basic principle of robotics. Conducted in lecture style.

- EV Study Session -

 ・ Basic study of Electric Vehicles (EV)
 ・ Topics includes vehicle dynamics and motion control
 ・ Create some basic simulations

Typical Day for Student

A sample schedule of one student's typical day.

 10:00 : Morning e-mail check, start researching.
 12:50 : Lunch with professor and other students in the cafeteria.
 13:30 : Back to lab. Continue with research while fighting sleepiness.
 18:30 : Dinner time(usually at school cafeteria)。
 19:30 : Continue with research again
 21:00 : Done for the day!

Typical Weekly Schedule

A typical weekly schedule of one 1st year Master's course student.

 Mon : Class & Research
 Tue : Lab meeting(every member has to give conference-style present once every 2 months)
 Wed : Individual meeting with professor
 Thu : Research & Research
 Fri : Class & Research → Partying in Edogawadai
 Sat : Day off
 Sun : Another day off?

 ※ There are also team meetings, and separate study sessions.

General One-Year Schedule

Event Undergraduate Graduate Conference
APR Welcome Party
Sakura viewing
Study Session

Survey for
research theme
Study Session

Survey for
research theme
JUL Shokibarai Party
AUG A lot of party Study for entrance exam Research JIASC,
SICE Annual Conf.
SEP Power Electronic Seminar Research NSS
OCT Newcomers welcome party,
Kashiwa Open Campus
Midterm Presentation INTELEC
NOV Research IECON
DEC New Year Party
JAN Ski Trip SPC
FEB Writing Thesis
MAR Farewell Party Conference Conference IIC,SICE,AMC


 ★2015 Graduates

   Bachelor's : The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,Enter Master's course at the University of Tokyo
   Master's : Yokogawa Electric Corporation,Nippon Steel Corporation,Toshiba Elevator and Building System Corporation,Honda,Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency,Enter Doctor's course at the University of Tokyo

 ★2014 Graduates

   Bachelor's : Enter Master's course at the University of Tokyo
   Master's : Shikoku Electric Power Company,Nissan,Honda,IHI,Enter Doctor's course at the University of Tokyo
   Doctor's : Nidec Corporation,LG Electronics,The University of Tokyo,The University of Kyusyu

 ★2013 Graduates

   Bachelor's : Enter Master's course at the University of Tokyo
   Master's : Ministry of Defense, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, NSK, Komatsu, Yamaha, Enter Doctor's course at the University of Tokyo
   Doctor's : Daikin, The University of Tokyo

 ★2012 Graduates

   Bachelor's : Enter Master's course at the University of Tokyo
   Master's : Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, Fuji Heavy Industries, Nissan, Enter Doctor's course at the University of Tokyo
   Doctor's : The University of Tokyo

 ★2011 Graduates

   Bachelor's : Japan Patent Office,Enter Master's course at the University of Tokyo
   Master's : GE,Yamaha,Hitachi,Hokuriku Electric Power,Denso,Toyota Motors,IHI,Enter Doctor's course at the University of Tokyo
   Doctor's : Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology,The University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

 ★2010 Graduates

   Bachelor's : Enter Master's course at the University of Tokyo
   Master's : Denso,Hitachi GST,Toshiba Group,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,JR East,Enter Doctor's course at the University of Tokyo
   Doctor's : Nikon

Past careers are here.