Kiyoshi TOKO

都甲 潔 (Kiyoshi TOKO)

University Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University

Specialized Fields :
Development of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Development of Taste Sensor (E-tongue) and E-nose

Message

Japan – the place where the fifth basic taste “Umami” was discovered, where “Washoku” (a traditional dietary culture of Japan) was registered as a UNESCO intangible world heritage, and where attentive hospitality is well known. This is also where a taste sensor has been developed. Because of this invention, now we can “see” the tastes. Japan is also taking the lead in developing a device to detect smell and odor. Globalization has expanded through the development of international transportation and the widespread use of the internet. This has also influenced the food world. In order to have a global strategy, it is important to have in mind regional cultures, traditions and preferences. So these sensors and devices are expected to greatly contribute to a globalized society.

It goes without saying that the mission of a University is to educate and train young stars to be successful on a global scale. The mission of the Institute for Advanced Study is, especially, to train young researchers who will support the next generation. Life has been passed on from generation to generation through genetic information during a history of 3.8 billion years. Education is meant to polish genetic information, to deepen and evolve, to enrich our lives and to make us happier. I’m not sure how much my experience in studying the sense of taste and smell with a cross-cutting approach will be useful, but I am determined to make every effort to train young researchers, and to share the outstanding results both inside and outside the University.

Academic Background

March 1975

Department of Electronics of School of Engineering, Kyushu University

March 1977

Master’s Program in Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University

January 1983

PhD in Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University

Occupation Background

April 1980

Assistant Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University

July 1990

Associate Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University

May 1996

Associate Professor of Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University

April 1997

Professor of Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University (Promotion)

April 2000

Dean of Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University

April 2003

Teaching staff of Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences, Kyushu University

April 2005

Dean of Kyushu University Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University

April 2008

Kyushu University Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering Vice Dean

October 2008

Dean of Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University

April 2009

Member of Management Council, Kyushu University

May 2009

Distinguished Professor of Kyushu University

November 2013

Director of Research and Development Center for Taste and Odor Sensing, Kyushu University

April 2018

University Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University

Academic Awards・Awards

F.Y.2006

Education Minister’s award and the Science and Technology award

F.Y.2010

The Tateishi Award

F.Y.2013

The Medal with Purple Ribbon

F.Y.2017

JSAP Outstanding Achievement Award

Publication List

  • Editor, Toko, K. Biochemical Sensors: Mimicking Gustatory and Olfactory Senses”. Pan Stanford Publishing (2013).
  • More twenty publications.