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"Sensing engineering" is the research field that creates new technologies through measurements using sensing systems and devices. "High precision sensing" enables the establishment of high-performance machines (e.g., ultra-low fuel consumption cars, long-lived satellites, etc.). "Micro-Nano Sensing" enables the intelligence of mechanical systems (e.g., robots, automatic driving, etc.). "Intelligent sensing" enables the further development of machines (e.g., Ultra-high precision systems using artificial intelligence, etc.).
Our goal is to become a pioneer of a new research field of sensing engineering, aiming at technological innovation for "High precision sensing," "Micro-Nano Sensing", and "Intelligent sensing". We collaborate with the Graduate School of Informatics (Ohka Lab. and Zhang Lab.) to apply information technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to sensing engineering. Our research has a wide range of applications, including "high-precision mechanical systems" (e.g., smartphone memories and hard disk drives, etc.), "mechanical mobility systems" (e.g., automobile engines, etc.), "medical and bio-applied systems" (e.g., artificial joints and DNA analysis chips, etc.), and "micro-nano machines" Our research has attracted the attention of companies.



Nagoya University

Department of Miro-Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering

Sensing Engineering Laboratory


Kenji Fukuzawa

Associate Professor

Shintaro Itoh

Assistant professor

Naoki Azuma

Number of students

Doctor course students:2

Master course students:14

Bachelor students:8

Research students:2

contact address

(mail to Prof. Shintaro Itoh)


Nagoya University, Higashiyama Campus

Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya Aichi, Japan


Nano-sensing engineering 

Nano-sensing engineering is the research field that plays an essential role in improving the accuracy and functionality of mechanical systems. We develop novel high-precision sensing systems and devices to clarify unique phenomena and dynamics in the nanoscale and realize high-performance machines. We also attempt to break down the limitations of measurement using information technology such as AI and deep learning.
・Development of high-sensitive nanomechanical sensing system with force sensitivity of 0.1 nN
・Micromechanical probes for surface analysis and manipulation in nanoscale
・Ellipsometric microscopy for visualization of nanoscale dynamics of fluid phenomena

Bio-sensing engineering

High-precision and high-speed sensing for biomolecules (such as DNA and protein) is essential for developing medicine and biotechnology. We develop microfluidic devices to analyze biomolecules at a single molecule level using nanostructures formed in a microchannel. We also develop new bio-sensing systems using information technology such as super-resolution imaging.
・Development of microfluidic devices for high-precision, high-speed DNA analyses
・Single-molecule DNA sensing using super-resolution imaging in microfluidic devices
・Analysis of flow properties with biocompatible polymers for medical devices and artificial joints


We challenge to create lubrication systems with ultra-low friction, high durability at the molecular level using our unique nano-sensing systems. Our research results improve the fuel efficiency of automobile engines, increase the memory capacity of smartphones, next-generation hard disk drives, and develop long-life artificial joints.
・Development of advanced tribology systems for next-generation information recording devices
・Lubrication technology for ultra-low fuel consumption engine
・Nanofabrication technologies such as nanomachines and nanoimprint lithography

Molecular dynamics simulation

Analyzing the dynamics of a single molecule is required to clarify phenomena in the nanoscale. In collaboration with Zhang Lab. in the Graduate School of Informatics, we study the dynamics of molecules using molecular dynamics simulation. We also attempt to analyze chemical reactions between molecules by applying information technologies such as machine learning to molecular dynamics simulations.
・Mechanical analysis of machine elements at atomic and molecular levels using super-computer
・Analysis of molecular dynamics and chemical reactions using molecular dynamics simulation with machine learning

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