Ichiro Sakuma
University of Tokyo, Japan

Ichiro Sakuma received the B.S., the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in precision engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1982, 1984, and 1989, respectively. He was Research Associate at the Department of Precision Machinery Engineering in Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo from 1985 to 1987. He was an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan, from 1991 to 1999. He was research instructor at Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas from 1990 to 1991. He was an Associate Professor and a Professor at the Institute of Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, from 1999 to 2001 and from 2001 to 2006 respectively. He is currently a Professor at Department of Bioengineering and Department of Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He is currently serving as the director, Medical Device Development and Regulation Research Center in School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo that was established in April 2012. He has been also serving as the Deputy Director for Medical Devices, Center for Product Evaluation, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) since June 2012.

His research interests include computer aided Surgery, medical robotics and medical devise for minimally invasive therapy, visualization and analysis of arrhythmia, and regulatory sciences for medical device development.

He published more than 160 peer reviewed scientific papers. He received several awards including The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Funai Award (2006), The Japan Society of Computer Aided Surgery, Best Paper Award (2006, 2009), and Robotic Society of Japan, Best Paper Award (2010, 2015). His groups work was selected as Optics in 2014, one of the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research in Ultrafast Optics by The Optical Society.

He served as the President, Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (from June 2014 to June 2016). He has been serving as the Chair of Asia Pacific Working Group of IFMBE (international Society for Medical and Biological Engineering).