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Research paper : New research trends in artifactology (J. OTA et al.)−207−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.7 No.4 (2015) AuthorsJun OTAReceived B.E., M.E. and Ph.D degrees from the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1987, 1989 and 1994 respectively. From 1989 to 1991, joined Nippon Steel Cooperation. Became Research Associate (1991), Lecturer (1994), Associate Professor (1996), the University of Tokyo. From April 2009, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. From June 2009, Professor, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE), the University of Tokyo. From 1996 to 1997, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University. His research interests are multi-agent robot systems, design support for large-scale production/material handling systems, mobiligence, human behavior analysis and support. 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