Sense and Movement Assistive RT for Rehabilitation

Perception Empathy Wearable Devices to Assist Walking Rehabilitation for Patients with Foot Paralysis

We are developing perception empathy wearable devices that provide perception biofeedback of the sole pressure for hemiplegia patients with paralysis in one foot. This information is shared with the patient as well as his or her physical therapist, improving the effectiveness of rehabilitation.

Attention-Induced System for Unilateral Spatial Neglect Treatment

Unilateral spatial neglect (USN) is a sequela of a cerebrovascular disease where a patient ignores all stimuli from one hemisphere. In this project, we are developing a system to assist patients in rehabilitation and treatment of USN by simultaneously encouraging the disengagement of attention from the non-ignored hemisphere and engagement of the ignored hemisphere.

Perception Assistance System for Balance Training

Hemiplegic patients have an impaired balancing ability while standing. We are developing a RT that provides vibratory biofeedback on the tilt of patient’s body to his/her pelvic girdle so that he or she can adjust accordingly.

Artificial Muscle-driven High-dorsiflexion Support RT for Walking Rehabilitation

Hemiplegia patients exhibit equinovarus foot, which is a symptom where one cannot raise their toes when walking. Because equinovarus foot prevents patients from walking normally, we are developing a high-dorsiflexion support RT that enables control of foot joints by artificial muscles and realizes efficient walking.

Gaming RT for Dementia Patients to Establish Self-efficacy

Dementia patients have a low self-efficacy (the feeling that they have completed a necessary action successfully) due to anxiety that they are losing their cognitive ability. We are developing a gaming system, which can be used in a daily life, where a dementia patient operates a robot to prevent a decrease in self-efficacy.

Medical Care Assistive RT

Portable Ultrasound Diagnostic RT for Emergency Response

A quick ultrasound diagnostic tool is essential in emergency response for patients who may have internal bleeding due to acute injuries (e.g., from a traffic accident). To meet this need, we are developing an ultrasound diagnostic device, FASTele, which can be remotely operated by a doctor to examine whether a patient in an ambulance has internal bleeding.

Ultrasound Diagnosis Support Robot System for Prenatal Care

We are developing a RT system that allows an experienced obstetrician to diagnose a pregnant woman remotely. A robot, which is designed for safety, assists a doctor’s diagnosis, reducing diagnosis time.

Needle Insertion RT to Support Next-generation Cancer Treatment

Cancer vaccine therapy is a novel treatment method, which uses a thin needle to deliver a tumor-specific vaccine directly into a tumor. However, the procedure is very difficult to perform because the thin needle (~0.5 mm diameter) is easily deflected. To alleviate this difficulty, we are developing RT to realize needle insertion with reduced deflections.

Assistive RT Learning in Sports

Intelligent Construction Robot

Joint Research with the Sugano Lab, Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering
Assistive RT to Learn the Free Throw Technique in Basketball

Although many sports assistive mechatronic devices have been proposed, the methodology to improve the learning curve has yet to be well established. We are researching an auditory biofeedback system to help achieve the correct free throw form for basketball, a sport that many people play.

Remote Control Interface for Construction Machinery

Operating construction machines can be very challenging, especially in disaster-stricken areas. Thus, remotely controlling construction machines may be extremely useful. In this project, we are working on remote imaging and information presentation to control construction machinery efficiently and safely.