Active Control of Structures:
Kazuto Seto was born in 1938. He graduated from a doctoral course in Engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1971 and received a Dr. Eng. degree from Tokyo Metropolitan University in the Same Year. He worked as an associate professor and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering,National Defense Academy from 1973 until 1993. From 1993, he worked as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nihon University. He retired in 2007 and is now president of Seto-Vibration Control Laboratory. He retired in 2007 and is now president of Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and a fellow of IE Australia. He was given JSME Awards for his research in 1984 and 1989, and the Dynamics, Measurement and Control Award from JSME in 1994 and 1996. His research interests in the areas of structural vibration control, system modeling and identification, motion and vibration control for multistructural systems with multi-controlled modes.
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