Yutaka Kanayama, Ph.D.

Email: info@motionlab.com
MotionLab LLC, CEO
Monterey, California, U.S.A.


BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan


1975-1977: The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan,
Associate professor in the Department of Computer Science; started research and development in wheeled-vehicle robotics.

1977-1984: The University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba City, Japan,
Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Director of the “Yamabico” robot project, which developed custom-made sonar-based autonomous wheeled vehicles.
Joined the Robotics Society of Japan as one of the founding directors in 1983. He holds the membership number 000001.

1984-1987: Stanford University, California, U.S.A.
Visiting Professor at the Robotics Institute. Worked with Mobi omnidirectional vehicle.

1987-1989: The University of California at Santa Barbara.
Adjunct Professor at the Robotics Institute. Constructed the sonar-based Yamabico-11 vehicle supported by Professor Shin-ichi Yuta at the University of Tsukuba and Sogo Security Services Co., Ltd. Director of the Yamabico research group.

1989-1999: the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Started developing Atomic Motions in Yamabico-11 and began formalizing Symmetric Geometry.
He has been a member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society since 1994.

A “Circle Train” (n = 4) motion
by the Yamabico-11 robot in 1996

The Yamabico robot is a custom-made
68040-based, sonar-based wheeled robot.

Science Robot and the Swan robot
execute the identical motion as shown on
 Circle-Tracking Atomic Motion. Thus, an identical Atomic Motion runs
three different hardware vehicles.

1996: Designed an omnidirectional vehicle Shepherd for unexploded ordnance detection and processing. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kobe, Japan, constructed the four-wheeled omnidirectional vehicle Shepherd for us. Because each of the four wheels drives and steers, the Shepherd has a full 3-Degrees-of-Freedom motion capability. Therefore, the vehicle has stronger traction on a slope or the sand and better negotiates with natural terrains.

An Omnidirectional Vehicle Shepherd
performs a Tornado motion (1998)

Shepherd has a motion capacity of three-degrees-of-freedom, (v, ψ, ω), where v is translational velocity, ψ translation motion’s local direction, and ω rotational velocity.

A linear translation and a rotation are superimposing in this movement,
which an automobile cannot embody.

1999-2012: After retiring from the Naval Postgraduate School, Dr. Kanayama constructed a custom-made sonar-based wheeled vehicle Swan. He incrementally installed Atomic Motions on the Swan robot, and also incrementally formulated Symmetric Geometry in this period. The Java language implemented the Atomic Motions. The Swan robot was fully functional during the 13-year period. Dr. Kanayama worked alone for more than 20,000 hours to install and invent Atomic Motions and other novel motions. MotionLab’s YouTube channel uploaded more than 60 video demonstrations of the Swan robot: https://www.youtube.com/user/motionlabLLC/videos.

August 2016 – January 2017: Dr. Kanayama constructed the Science Robot Mac app, a software simulator for vehicle motions. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/science-robot/id1172024774?mt=12

August 2018: Dr. Kanayama updated www.motionlab.com as a part of the marketing activities for MotionLab’s unique concepts and algorithms for driverless cars.


MotionLab LLC is an independent, self-funded firm. All of the motions presented in this website and the YouTube channel are invented solely by the founder. He solely possesses all of the related intellectual properties.