Human Support Device
1994: B. Eng., Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1996: M. Eng., Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1999: Dr. Eng., Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1999-2001: Post-doctoral researcher, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)
2001-2002: Post-doctoral researcher, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
2002-2005: Research associate, Tohoku University
2005-2018: Associate professor, The University of Tokyo
2018-present: Professor, The University of Tokyo
By innovative researches on novel actuators and sensors, we are devoted to making breakthroughs in human support systems such as walking assistive systems for elderly people, nursing robots, internal monitoring endoscopes and so on.
To realize a sustainable society in which everyone can enjoy a healthy, safe, and secure life, human support device laboratory is trying to contribute a super-aging society. In particular, we research on human related systems, such as a walking support system, a nursing robot, and an internal body monitoring endoscope, mainly for elderly people. For developing these systems, just combining conventional technologies is insufficient; instead, revolutionary researches on elemental devices for actuators and sensors are essential, which are based on the original and new ideas. That is to say, fundamental researches are indispensable, including materials engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and control engineering. Moreover, in addition to these elemental technologies and systemization, it is important to examine the cooperative relationship between developed systems and humans, and to confirm the effective operation to the human behaviors. From these points, the cross-cutting researches such as human interfaces and biological monitoring are also included in our research topics.