Vice Dean and Professor of Hokkaido University
Noboru Noguchi, Professor of Hokkaido University, has made many contributions to both industries and universities in the area of applications of advanced technologies to agricultural systems. He is highly recognized internationally for his contributions in robotic applications on off-road equipment.
Noguchi used to be an adjunct associate professor in the University of Illinois to develop the field robot by collaborating with U.S. industries. He was the first researcher who developed a fully autonomous field robot in the world in 1997 with National Research Institute of Agricultural Machinery in Japan. Lately, he is devoting to develop multi-robot comprising small multiple machines. And, he is also developing an intelligent machine vision for an agricultural mobile robot. Because he is internationally recognized for his expertise in robotics and information technologies in agricultural field, Noguchi has been frequently selected to serve government agencies such as the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Science Council of Japan (SCJ).
Currently, he is working for Cabinet Office, Government of Japan as a Program Director, Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) “Technologies for Creating Next-Generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”. This R&D program aims to make Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries into a growth field using Big Data, IoT, AI and robot.