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Hi, I'm Tung.

I'm an assistant professor at Chiba Laboratory, the Department of Creative Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.

My works are at the intersection of Digital Fabrication, Soft Robotics, and Human-Computer Interaction.

I like reading, programming, fixing things, DIY, and history.

I spend time with my wife and my daughter when not playing with my 3D printers and electronic stuff. We read, travel, and cook.

Latest Works


Tung D. Ta is an assistant professor in the Department of Creative Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. His research interests are in the fields of digital fabrication, flexible electronic circuits and soft-bodied robotics. He received his Ph.D. in Information Communication Engineering - The University of Tokyo in 2019, M.E. in 2016, and B.E. from the department of Software Engineering - FPT University in 2012. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, IEICE, IPSJ, and SICE.


2023-2026: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (23H01376) A Platform for Hierarchical Data-Driven Design, Fabrication, and Control of Modular Soft Robots with Slender Beams for Locomotion and Manipulation

2020-2023: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Early-Career Scientists (20K14690) Multimode Frictional Anisotropic Skin for Supporting Locomotion of A Snake-like Soft-bodied Robot on Various Frictional Ground Surfaces



C. Caremel, M. Ishige, T. D. Ta, Y. Kawahara, “Echo States Network for Soft Actuator Control,” Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Special Issue on Science of Soft Robots, Vol.34, No.2, pp. 413-421, Apr. 2022. DOI:

T. D. Ta, T. Umedachi, M. Suzuki, and Y. Kawahara, “A Printable Soft-bodied Wriggle Robot with Frictional 2D-Anisotropy Surface,” Journal of Information Processing (JIP), Vol.30, pp.201-208, Mar. 2022. DOI:

T. D. Ta, F. Okuya, Y. Kawahara, Traveling Salesman Problem Based Auto-router for Designing LEDs Applications with Conductive Inkjet Printing, The SICE Journal of Control, Measurement, and System Integration, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 292-301, DOI:, Jul. 2018.

T. Cheng, K. Narumi, Y. Do, Y. Zhang, T. D. Ta, T. Sasatani, E. Markvicka, Y. Kawahara, L. Yao, G. D. Abowd, and H. Oh. 2020. “Silver Tape: Inkjet-Printed Circuits Peeled-and-Transferred on Versatile Substrates,” Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Vol.4, Issue 1, Article 6 (March 2020), 17 pages. DOI:

International Conferences (Peer-reviewed)

T. D. Ta and Y. Kawahara, “Printable Bistable Structures for Programmable Frictional Skins of Soft-Bodied Robots,” 2023 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2023, To Appear.

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