Assistive Technology

Practice and scientific approach of practical society useful for society

This field captures human life from the point of view of quality in life and quality of life that vary in accordance with the social change such as aging, individualization, high-technologization, and globalization.

Faculty Members

Assistive Technology Laboratory aims to contribute to the advancement of science and society through the development of new assistive devices and construction of social systems by integrating the knowledge of life science and understanding the transition of human life affected by social changes such as aging, individualization, advancement in technology, and globalization.
With the basics of mechanical engineering, robotics, and human engineering, we research “Assistive Technology,” which aims to build a safe and secure society as the interface between people and things. Specifically, we aim to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable life by analyzing human physiological, psychological, and behavioral characteristics and life support technologies when people travel and use things. Our work will investigate the mechanisms of humans' adaptation to their living environment, leading to research on methodologies that contribute to the design of assistive devices, mobility of older people, design of the comfortable environment, and universal design.

Intelligent powered wheelchair (Stair climbing function/ autonomous function)

The main research fields of this laboratory are human and life support engineering and accessible design, with a focus on assistive technologies and their evaluation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with dementia. We are researching the development and integration of technologies for the product and environmental design of assistive devices tailored to physical, cognitive, and physiological characteristics, system development for institutional and home care, development of effective assistive devices and evaluation methods, and social acceptability of assistive devices and mobility. In collaboration with researchers in the social sciences, we are investigating the utilization of assistive devices by longevity in local fields. In international joint research, we are studying “care literacy.” Our goal is to clarify the relationship between people and assistive devices in their daily lives, which change with social changes. We also aim to develop valuable devices and support systems by extending the engineering framework to examine life and living from various perspectives, including cognitive science, social science, nursing, and medicine.

New Assistive Technologies based on Science and Technology