Research Targets

Intelligent robots exist that have the human abilities of "judgment" and "learning". Human support robots provide backup in dangerous and difficult work environments with machine 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 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. Moreover, we develop medical and welfare robots that aim to enable self-support and rehabilitation for 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 producing processes of Sokeizai such as auto parts and human support robots in the field of medical services and welfare by forming collaborative project teams with companies. We especially focus our efforts on industry-academia collaborative research. In future, we will further focus our efforts on: in the medical field , development of medical service and welfare robot technologies to overcome the challenges of the aging society that we will soon face; in the field of production, development of support technologies that provide world-class quality and performance. To achieve the goal of creating new industry, we will particularly focus on expanding our original technologies for the optimization of fluid behavior into the field of life and medical sciences, such as regenerative medicine and the drug discovery process, as well as into the field of design optimization of molds and products, which are the core of manufacturing technology.