Takashi Maeno was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, on January 19, 1962.
He received his B. S. and M. S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 and 1986, respectively. From 1986 to 1995, he worked for Canon, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan.
He was a Visiting Industrial Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1990 to 1992. He received his Ph. D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1993. From 1995 to 2008, he was with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Keio University, Yokohama, Japan. He was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2001. Since 2008, he has been with the graduate school of System Design and Management, Keio University as a Professor. Since 2011, he has been a dean of the graduate school of System Design and Management. His research interests are on design of technological, social and human systems including robot systems, human-machine interface systems, philosophy of mind, ethics, community systems and happiness (well-being) of mind.