ME Professor Yoram Koren has been elected to receive the 2004 Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award at the 2004 Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation to be held July 19-21, 2004 at Denver, Colorado.
The Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation has been held every other year since it was initiated in 1986. Starting in 2000, one outstanding investigator has been honored biennially from those who have made significant contribution(s) in the field of flexible automation, including technical or scientific publications, theses, patents, inventions, or combinations of the above in the field of automation. The first recipient was Dr. Hideo Kanafusa, Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University, a senior distinguished leader and scholar in the field, whom the award has been named after. The immediate past recipient was Professor Masayoshi Tomizuka, the Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr., Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prof. Koren, the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering and ERC/RMS Director, and current recipient of the Hideo Kanafusa Award, truly personifies its purpose. He has been an exemplary contributor in the field of flexible automation throughout his distinguished career.