Human Augmentation


  • 持丸 正明
    Visiting Professor
    MOCHIMARU Masaaki

    Born in Kanagawa in 1964. Obtained PhD from the Graduate School at Keio University. Currently, Director of the Human Augmentation Research Center at the AIST. My specialties are ergonomics, biomechanics, and service engineering. I have been conducting research on the measurement of human body and motion, to reproduce them digitally, and to utilize them to manufacturing and services. I will next conduct research on human augmentation based on these technologies.

  • 松本 吉央
    Visiting Professor
    MATSUMOTO Yoshio

    Born in Saitama in 1970. Obtained PhD from the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Worked at the Australian National University, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and Osaka University. Currently, Research Team Leader in the Human Augmentation Research Center at the AIST. I have been conducting research on assistive robotics, social robotics, and robot vision. My research aims to expand life functions through robot technologies.

  • 村井 昭彦
    Visiting Associate Professor
    MURAI Akihiko

    Born in Nara in 1980. Obtained PhD from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo. Currently, Senior Research Scientist of the Human Augmentation Research Center at the AIST. My specialties are robotics and biomechanics. I am conducting research to understand the mechanisms of human motion generation and control, and to expand human motor ability and sensibility based on kinetics and cognitive interventions.

Research on systems to be attached to human, in order to enhance and empower human functions

In this research field, we conduct development and research on systems that enhance human physical functions by approaching not only people whose functions have deteriorated due to aging and disorder, but also people who are living normally. We think that people can be more active after they feel that their body function is enhanced. Through this research, we aim for improved healthcare and nursing care services, and improved opportunities for working.
Systems enhancing human are composed of wearable sensors, robots, VR devices. For realizing systems that augment human functions, it is also important to conduct basic research to deeply understand human sensation, dynamics and psychological functions, and to represent them with a human model. We will undertake both basic researches to understand humans and to develop application system in order to realize human augmentation. The laboratory is located in the AIST Kashiwa Center in Kashiwa II Campus, and there will be collaborations with AIST researchers on sensors, robots, psychology, service engineering, and design. We place emphasis on the implementation of technologies, and we proceed with research based on projects collaborating with companies.

Sensing and enhancing human life functions by robotic devices for elderly care.
Motion Measurement by Markerless Mocap and Motor Skill Augmentation by Kinodynamic Intervention