The winners of the 36th Leave a Nest Research Fund Nippon Foundation Submarine Exploration Water Depth Special Award, which was solicited from March to April 2017, have been decided as follows.
Mr. Yo Tanaka, Unit Leader, Integrated Biodevice Research Unit, RIKEN QBiC Research Center
Theme: “Seafloor exploration agent using landing bioenergy”
Mr. Tadami Tadami, Chuo University Graduate School of Science and Engineering Department of Precision Engineering 1st year Master's degree
Theme: “Development of a buried excavation robot based on the peristaltic movement of earthworms that enables wide-area deep-sea exploration”
Toshihiro Maki, Associate Professor , Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
Theme: “Possibilities of low-cost, high-speed, low-altitude follow-up AUV”
Hirokazu Sonobe, 2nd year master's student, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Theme: “Development of SONOVY 300, a cheap deep-sea explorer for individuals, and creation of seafloor maps”
Researcher, Graduate School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Okayama University Theme: “Development research of analysis and management methods with time-dependent changes in topography in narrow water areas”
Kiyoshi Ito, Representative Director, Environmental Simulation Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Theme: “Development of a seafloor topography data detailing system utilizing AI (artificial intelligence)”