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Kiyoshi Toko, special head professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study
Name
Kiyoshi Toko
Date of Birth
February 23rd, 1953 (Showa 28)
Occupancy
University Professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study

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
Kyushu University Department of Electrical Engineering
March, 1977
Master’s Degree in Faculty of Engineering from Kyushu University
January, 1983
PhD in Faculty of Engineering from Kyushu University
Occupation Background
April, 1980
Kyushu University Faculty of Engineering Assistant Professor
July, 1990
Kyushu University Faculty of Engineering Associate Professor
May, 1996
Kyushu University Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering Associate Professor
April,1997
Kyushu University Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering Professor (Promotion)
April, 2000
Kyushu University Department of Electrical Engineering Dean
April, 2003
Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences Kyushu University teaching staff
April, 2005
Kyushu University Department of Electrical Engineering Dean
April, 2008
Kyushu University Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering Vice Dean
October, 2008
Kyushu University Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering Dean
April, 2009
Member of Kyushu University management council
May, 2009
Kyushu University Distinguished Professor
November, 2013
Research and Development Center for Taste and Odor Sensing Director
April, 2018
Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study University Professor
Academic Awards・Awards
F.Y.2000
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
Major Thesis
  • “Multichannel taste sensor using lipid membranes”, Hayashi, K., Yamanaka, M., Toko, K., Yamafuji, K., Sensors and Actuators: B. Chemical, 2(3), pp.205-213 (1990)
  • “Taste sensor with global selectivity”, Toko, K. Materials Science and Engineering C, 4(2), pp.69-82 (1996)
  • “A taste sensor”, Toko, K., Measurement Science and Technology, 9(12), pp.1919-1936 (1998)
  • “Taste sensor”, Toko, K.,. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 64, pp.205-215 (2000)
  • “Advanced taste sensors based on artificial lipids with global selectivity to basic taste qualities and high correlation to sensory scores” Kobayashi, Y., Habara, M., Ikezazki, H., Chen, R., Naito, Y., Toko, K., Sensors, 10 (4), pp.3411-3443 (2010)
  • Other 730 volumes
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