Intelligent robots with the human abilities of "judgment" and "learning" currently exist. Human support robots providing backup in dangerous and difficult work environments are machines that realize symbiosis between humans and machines. In the Mechatronics laboratory, we aim to develop human-centric robot-control technologies that achieve human-machine cooperation, as well as to create machine systems and intelligent robots that can contribute to society. Our research ranges from basic to practical studies. Basic studies include development of human-machine interfaces using biological signals and haptic systems that improve the force-sensing and touch-sensing abilities of humans. We also develop medical and welfare robots to enable the self-support and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Practical studies include personal mobility robots to assist with farming and daily activities to support an aging society. We study optimization in Sokeizai production processes for auto parts and human support robots in the field of medical services and welfare by forming collaborative project teams with companies.
We focus particular effort on industry-academia collaborative research. In future, we plan further focus on: development of medical service and welfare robot technologies to overcome the challenges of the super aging society that we will soon face; and, development of support technologies that provide world-class quality and performance. To achieve the goal of creating new industries, we will be especially focused on expanding our original technologies for the optimization of fluid behavior into the fields of life and medical sciences, such as regenerative medicine and drug discovery processes, as well as into the field of design optimization of molds and products, which are the core of manufacturing technology.