Masashi Aono

Masashi Aono

Associate Professor
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Graduate School of Media and Governance
Born1977
DegreesPh.D
Other Positions Currently HeldCEO, Amoeba Energy Co., Ltd. https://amoebaenergy.com
Short BiographyApr 1989-Mar 1992: Keio Chutobu Junior High School
Apr 1992-Mar 1995: Keio Senior High School
Apr 1995-Mar 1999: BA. Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan.
Apr 1999-Mar 2001: MA. Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kobe University, Japan.
Apr 2001-Mar 2004: PhD. Dept. of Information Media Science, Kobe University, Japan.
Apr 2004-Mar 2008: Research Scientist, Local Spatiotemporal Functions Lab., Frontier Research System, RIKEN, Japan.
Apr 2008-Mar 2013: Research Scientist, Flucto-Order Functions Research Team, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Japan.
Apr 2013-Oct 2013: Research Scientist, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Oct 2013-Mar 2017: PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Nov 2013-Mar 2017: Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Apr 2015-Mar 2017: Associate Principal Investigator, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Apr 2016: Young Scientists' Prize, Commendation for Science and Technology by Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (Innovative computers inspired by slime mold amoeba)
Apr 2017-present: Fellow, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Apr 2017-present: Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan
Jan 2018-present: CEO, Amoeba Energy, Co., Ltd.
Areas of ExpertiseComplex Systems, Natural Computing, Post-Silicon Computing, Origins of Life
Courses TaughtOPTIMIZATION THEORY [DS2](GIGA/GG/GI),COMPLEX SYSTEMS SCIENCE (GIGA/GI),CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK(CI),MASTER SEMINAR,SEMINAR´╝łComplex Systems and Natural Computing´╝ë,ACADEMIC PROJECT (Novel Computing: AI and Brain Science)
AffiliationsThe Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP), and The Biophysical Society of Japan
Selected PublicationsSelected Papers
1) N. Takeuchi, M. Aono, N. Yoshikawa, "Superconductor amoeba-inspired problem solvers for combinatorial optimization," Physical Review Applied 11, 044069 (2019).
2) A. H. Ngoc Nguyen, M. Aono, Y. Hara-Azumi, "FPGA-Based amoeba-inspired SAT solver for cyber-physical systems," ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), 316-317 (2019).
3) K. Hara, N. Takeuchi, M. Aono, Y. Hara-Azumi, "Amoeba-inspired stochastic hardware SAT solver," International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), (2019).
4) N. Takeuchi, M. Aono, Y. Hara-Azumi, C.L. Ayala, "A circuit-level amoeba-inspired SAT solver," arXiv:1812.11792 (2018).
5) L. Zhu, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, M. Aono, "Remarkable problem-solving ability of unicellular amoeboid organism and its mechanism," Royal Society Open Science 5: 180396 (2018).
6) K. Saito, N. Suefuji, S. Kasai, M. Aono, "Amoeba-inspired electronic computing system and its application to autonomous walking of a multi-legged robot," Journal of Applied Logics 5 (9), 1799-1814 (2018).
7) Z. R. Adam, A. C. Fahrenbach, B. Kacar, M. Aono, "Prebiotic geochemical automata at the intersection of radiolytic chemistry, physical complexity, and systems biology," Complexity, Volume 2018, Article ID 9376183 (2018).
8) Z. R. Adam, Y. Hongo, H. J. Cleaves, R. Yi, A. C. Fahrenbach, I. Yoda, M. Aono, "Estimating the capacity for production of formamide by radioactive minerals on the prebiotic Earth," Scientific Reports 8, 265 (2018).
9) R. Afrin, N. Ganbaatar, M. Aono, H. J. Cleaves, T. Yano, M. Hara, "Size-dependent affinity of glycine and its short oligomers to pyrite surface: A model for prebiotic accumulation of amino acid oligomers on a mineral surface," International Journal of Molecular Science 19(2), 365 (2018).
10) Z. R. Adam, D. Zubarev, M. Aono, H. J. Cleaves, "Subsumed complexity: abiogenesis as a by-product of complex energy transduction," Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A 375: 20160348 (2017).
11) B. Real, C. Cantillano, D. Lopez-Gonzalez, A. Szameit, M. Aono, M. Naruse, S.-J. Kim, K. Wang, R. A. Vicencio, "Flat-band light dynamics in Stub photonic lattices," Scientific Reports 7, 15085 (2017).
12) A. C. Fahrenbach, C. Giurgiu, C. P. Tam, L. Li, Y. Hongo, M. Aono, J. W. Szostak, "A common and potentially prebiotic origin for precursors of nucleotide synthesis and activation," Journal of American Chemical Society 39 (26), 8780-8783 (2017).
13) M. Naruse, S.-J. Kim, T. Takahashi, M. Aono, K. Akahane, M. D'Acunto, H. Hori, L. Thylen, M. Katori, M. Ohtsu, "Percolation of optical excitation mediated by near-field interactions," Physica A 471, 162-168 (2016).
14) S.-J. Kim, M. Naruse, M. Aono, H. Hori, T. Akimoto, "Random walk with chaotically driven bias," Scientific Reports 6, 38634 (2016).
15) S.-J. Kim, M. Naruse, M. Aono, "Harnessing the computational power of fluids for optimization of collective decision making," Philosophies 1(3), 245-260 (2016).
16) K. Chandru, A. Gilbert, C. Butch, M. Aono, H. J. Cleaves, "The abiotic chemistry of thiolated acetate derivatives and the origin of life," Scientific Reports 6, 29883 (2016).
17) G. Narangerel, N. Matsuzaki, Y. Nakazawa, R. Afrin, M. Aono, T. Yano, T. Hayashi, M. Hara, "Surface force analysis of pyrite: its reactivity to amino acid adsorption," Advances in Materials Physics and Chemistry 6, 167-176 (2016).
18) K. Iwayama, Y. Hirata, M. Aono, L. Zhu, M.Hara, K. Aihara, "Decision-making ability of Physarum polycephalum enhanced by its coordinated spatiotemporal oscillatory dynamics," Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 11, 036001 (2016).
19) S.-J. Kim, T. Tsuruoka, T. Hasegawa, M. Aono, K. Terabe, M. Aono, "Decision maker based on atomic switches," AIMS Materials Science 3(1), 245-259 (2016).
20) C. Scharf, N. Virgo, H. J. Cleaves, M. Aono, et al. (37 authors), "A strategy for origins of life research," Astrobiology 15(12), 1031-1042 (2015).
21) M. Naruse, M. Berthel, A. Drezet, S. Huant, M. Aono, H. Hori, S.-J. Kim, "Single-photon decision maker," Scientific Reports 5, 13253 (2015).
22) S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, E. Nameda, "Efficient decision-making by volume-conserving physical object," New Journal of Physics 17, 083023 (2015).
23) M. Aono, S. Kasai, S.-J. Kim, M. Wakabayashi, H. Miwa, M. Naruse, "Amoeba-inspired nanoarchitectonic computing implemented using electrical Brownian ratchets," Nanotechnology 26, 234001 (2015).
24) M. Aono, N. Kitadai, Y. Oono, "A principled approach to the origin problem," Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 45 (3), 327-338 (2015).
25) M. Aono, M. Wakabayashi, "Amoeba-inspired heuristic search dynamics for exploring chemical reaction paths," Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 45 (3), 339-345 (2015).
26) M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, S. Kasai, H. Miwa, M. Naruse, "Amoeba-inspired spatiotemporal dynamics for solving the satisfiability problem," In: Special Issue of Advances in Science, Technology and Environmentology Vol. B11, Waseda University, pp. 37-40 (2015.3).
27) S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, "Decision maker using coupled incompressible-fluid cylinders," In: Special Issue of Advances in Science, Technology and Environmentology Vol. B11, Waseda University, pp. 41-46 (2015.3).
28) M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, S. Kasai, H. Miwa, M. Naruse, "Amoeba-inspired heuristic search for NP-complete problem solution at the nanoscale," Proceedings of NOLTA 2014, Luzern, Switzerland, 499-502 (2014).
29) M. Naruse, W. Nomura, M. Aono, M. Ohtsu, Y. Sonnefraud, A. Drezet, S. Huant, S.-J. Kim, "Decision making based on optical excitation transfer via near-field interactions between quantum dots," Journal of Applied Physics 116, 154303 (2014).
30) M. Naruse, S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, H. Hori, and M. Ohtsu, "Chaotic oscillation and random-number generation based on nanoscale optical-energy transfer," Scientific Reports 4, 6039 (2014).
31) M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, T. Munakata, "Amoeba-inspired tug-of-war algorithms for exploration-exploitation dilemma in extended bandit problem," BioSystems 117, 1-9 (2014).
32) W. Nomura, M. Naruse, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, T. Kawazoe, T. Yatsui, M. Ohtsu, "Demonstration of controlling the spatiotemporal dynamics of optical near-field excitation transfer in Y-junction structure consisting of randomly distributed quantum dots," Advances in Optical Technologies, Vol. 2014, Article ID 569684 (2014).
33) S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, "Amoeba-inspired algorithm for cognitive medium access," Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications, IEICE, 5(2), 198-209 (2014).
34) S. Kasai, M. Aono, M. Naruse, "Amoeba-inspired computing architecture implemented using charge dynamics in parallel capacitance network," Applied Physics Letters 103, 163703 (2013).
35) M. Naruse, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, "Nanoscale photonic network for soluton searching and decision making problems," IEICE Transactions on Communications 1E96-B, 2724-2732 (2013).
36) S.-J. Kim, M. Naruse, M. Aono, M. Ohtsu, M. Hara, "Decision maker based on nanoscale photo-excitation transfer," Scientific Reports 3, 2370 (2013).
37) M. Aono, M. Naruse, S.-J. Kim, M. Wakabayashi, H. Hori, M. Ohtsu, M. Hara, "Amoeba-inspired nanoarchitectonic computing: Solving intractable computational problems using nanoscale photoexcitation transfer dynamics," Langmuir 29, 7557-7564 (2013).
38) M. Naruse, N. Tate, M. Aono, M. Ohtsu, "Information physics fundamentals of nanophotonics," Reports on Progress in Physics 76, 056401 (2013).
39) L. Zhu, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, "Amoeba-based computing for traveling salesman problem: Long-term correlations between spatially separated individual cells of Physarum polycephalum," BioSystems 112, 1-10 (2013).
40) M. Naruse, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, T. Kawazoe, W. Nomura, H. Hori, M. Hara, M. Ohtsu, "Spatiotemporal dynamics in optical energy transfer on the nanoscale and its application to constraint satisfaction problems," Physical Review B 86, 125407 (2012).
41) M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, L. Zhu, M. Naruse, M. Ohtsu, H. Hori, M. Hara, "Amoeba-inspired SAT Solver," Proceedings of NOLTA 2012, Majorca, Spain, 586-589 (2012).
42) S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, E. Nameda, M. Hara, "Tug-of-war Model for Competitive Multi-armed Bandit Problem: Amoeba-inspired Algorithm for Cognitive Medium Access," Proceedings of NOLTA 2012, Majorca, Spain, 590-593 (2012).
43) M. Aono, L. Zhu, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, "Performance enhancement of amoeba-based neurocomputer for 8-city traveling salesman problem," Proceedings of NOLTA 2011, Kobe, Japan, 104-107 (2011).
44) L. Zhu, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, "Problem-size scalability of amoeba-based neurocomputer for traveling salesman problem," Proceedings of NOLTA 2011, Kobe, Japan, 108-111 (2011).
45) S.-J. Kim, E. Nameda, M. Aono, M. Hara, "Adaptive tug-of-war model for two-armed bandit problem," Proceedings of NOLTA 2011, Kobe, Japan, 176-179 (2011).
46) M. Aono, L. Zhu, M. Hara, "Amoeba-based neurocomputing for 8-city traveling salesman problem," International Journal of Unconventional Computing 7, 463-480, (2011).
47) M. Aono, Y. Hirata, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "Greedy versus social: Resource-competing oscillator network as a model of amoeba-based neurocomputer," Natural Computing 10, 1219-1244 (2011).
48) S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, M. Hara, "Tug-of-war model for multi-armed bandit problem," Unconventional Computation 2010, LNCS 6079, Springer, 69-80 (2010).
49) S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, M. Hara, "Tug-of-war model for the two-bandit problem: Nonlocally-correlated parallel exploration via resource conservation," BioSystems 101, 29-36 (2010).
50) K. Ozasa, M. Aono, M. Maeda, M. Hara, "Simulation of neurocomputing based on the photophobic reactions of Euglena with optical feedback stimulation," BioSystems 100, 101-107 (2010).
51) Y. Hirata, M. Aono, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "Spontaneous mode switching in coupled oscillators competing for constant amounts of resources," Chaos 20, 013117 (2010).
52) M. Aono, Y. Hirata, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "A model of amoeba-based neurocomputer," Journal of Computer Chemistry, Japan 9 (3), 143-156 (2010).
53) M. Aono, M. Hara, K. Aihara, T. Munakata, "Amoeba-based emergent computing: Combinatorial optimization and autonomous meta-problem solving," International Journal of Unconventional Computing 6, 89-108 (2010).
54) M. Aono, Y. Hirata, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "Resource-competing oscillator network as a model of amoeba-based neurocomputer," Unconventional Computation 2009, LNCS 5715, Springer, 56-69 (2009).
55) K. Ozasa, M. Aono, M. Maeda, M. Hara, "Simulation of neurocomputing based on photophobic reactions of euglena: Toward microbe-based neural network computing," Unconventional Computation 2009, LNCS 5715, Springer, 209-218 (2009).
56) M. Aono, Y. Hirata, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "Amoeba-based chaotic neurocomputing: Combinatorial optimization by coupled biological oscillators," New Generation Computing 27, 129-157 (2009).
57) M. Aono, Y. Hirata, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "Combinatorial optimization by amoeba-based neurocomputer with chaotic dynamics," Natural Computing, PICT1, Springer, 1-15 (2008).
58) M. Aono, M. Hara, "Spontaneous deadlock breaking on amoeba-based neurocomputer," BioSystems 91, 83-93 (2008).
59) M. Aono, M. Hara, K. Aihara, "Amoeba-based neurocomputing with chaotic dynamics," Communications of the ACM 50(9), 69-72 (2007).
60) M. Aono, M. Hara, "Amoeba-based nonequilibrium neurocomputer utilizing fluctuations and instability," Unconventional Computation 2007, LNCS 4618, Springer, 41-54 (2007).
61) Y.-P. Gunji, K. Sasai, M. Aono, "Return map structure and entrainment in a time-state-scale re-entrant system," Physica D 234, 124-130 (2007).
62) M. Aono, M. Hara, "Dynamic transition among memories on neurocomputer composed of amoeboid cell with optical feedback," Proceedings of NOLTA 2006, Bologna, Italy, 763-766 (2006).
63) M. Aono, Y.-P. Gunji, "Material implementation of hyperincursive field on slime mold computer," CASYS 2003, AIP conference proceedings 718, 188-203 (2004).
64) M. Aono, Y.-P. Gunji, "Resolution of infinite-loop in hyperincursive and nonlocal cellular automata: Introduction to slime mold computing," CASYS 2003, AIP conference proceedings 718, 177-187 (2004).
65) Y.-P. Gunji, T. Takahashi, M. Aono, "Dynamical infomorphism: Form of endo-perspective," Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 22, 1077-1011 (2004).
66) S. Tsuda, M. Aono, Y.-P. Gunji, "Robust and emergent Physarum logical-computing," Biosystems 73, 45-55 (2004).
67) M. Aono, Y.-P. Gunji, "Beyond input-output computings: Error-driven emergence with parallel non-distributed slime mold computer," BioSystems 71, 257-287 (2003).
68) Y.-P. Gunji, Y. Kusunoki, M. Aono, "Interface of global and local semantics in a self-navigating system based on the concept lattice," Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 13, 261-284 (2002).
69) M. Aono, Y.-P. Gunji, "Local semantics for the part-whole problem: An alternative CA system based on unserializable parallel processing," CASYS 2002, AIP conference proceedings 627, 71-84 (2002).
70) M. Aono, Y.-P. Gunji, "Autonomous selection and indefinite goals: A system using Bezier curves as dynamically re-defined transition rules," CASYS 2001, AIP conference proceedings 573, 242-256 (2001).

Patents
1) Japanese Patent, Application No.2017-140272, N. Takeuchi, M. Aono, "Solution search device," Filed: Jul 19, 2017.
2) Japanese Patent, Application No.2017-063895, M. Aono, "Cross-bar structure and solution-searching system for optimization problems," Filed: Mar 28, 2017.
3) Japanese Patent, Application No.2016-008632, S.-J. Kim, T, Tsuruoka, T. Hasegawa, M. Aono, M. Aono, "Decision-making device," Filed: Jan 20, 2016.
4) Japanese Patent, Application No.2014-059133, M. Aono, M. Wakabayashi, "Material search system, method, and program," Filed: Mar 20, 2014.
5) Japanese Patent, Application No.2013-066768, S.-J. Kim, M. Aono, E. Nameda, M. Hara, "Solution search system, method, and program," Filed: Mar 27, 2013.
6) Japanese Patent, Application No. 2012-232402, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, M. Wakabayashi, "Solution search system, method, and program," Filed: October 19, 2012.
7) US13/898335; Japanese Patent, Application No. 2012-116725, M. Aono, S.-J. Kim, M. Hara, M. Naruse, T. Kawazoe, M. Ohtsu, "Solution search system using quantum dots," Filed: May 22, 2012.
8) Japanese Patent No. 4572745, Application No. 2005-164281, M. Aono, M. Hara, "Information processing system using cells that exhibit cooperative phenomena," Filed: Jun. 3, 2005, Registered: Aug. 27, 2010.
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