Masayuki Hirafuji (Japan, 1956), Ph.D. is head of Field Monitoring research team, NARC, NARO and professor of University of Tsukuba. After he graduated from a postgraduate course (Biological environmental control engineering) in University of Tokyo, he has been working as a research scientist in the Instate of MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).
His back ground is environmental science and computer science. And he has investigated various applications such as Field Server (Movie), computational modeling for biological/agricultural systems, neural networks and space agriculture. He published books and papers in fields of environment control engineering, field informatics, artificial intelligence, artificial ecosystems, sensor networks and conscious studies. He is interested in universal function in living systems as complex systems or self-organization systems.
He invented Field Server and currently he is developing sensor networks with Field Servers in order to monitor farms, ecosystems and the Earth in real-time. So far he has deployed the Field Servers in Japan, United States, China, Thailand, Korea, Nepal, India and so on.
His hobbies are to make hardware by himself (i.e. Make;), HAM, Anime, Sci-Fi and so on since 1970s, so he has been watching evolution of culture at specific cultural zones such as Akihabara, a famous cutting-edge town in Japan, and at similar places in other Asian counties. To create really comfortable environment space and exciting life (Movie), he is investigating them based on inter-disciplinal technologies.