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A 7-DOF manipulator controlled by 16 pneumatic artificial muscles. Due to its softness, it can be used in assisting people through direct mechanical contact.
A system with multiple pan-tilt cameras, each of which can control its viewing direction, observes moving objects such as walking/dancing/exercising people. Each camera is connected to a computer through a high-speed network, enabling synchronization and capturing while controlling the viewing direction. A non-optical motion capture system is also integrated into this system, which is employed for accurately measuring 3D shapes and motions of people and their clothing.
A wire-driven robot-arm with the same DOF as a human being and a robot hand with 3 fingers. The arm, without gears, provides the smooth and fast motion of a human arm. Torque control enables safe interaction with people. The mechanism that links movements of two fingers allows easy handling of various tasks. This equipment can be used in research in the development of human-like motor skills and object grasping.
Given the complexities of human-machine coexistence, this equipment is a platform for real world-oriented AI research. Cameras and microphones enable capturing images and sound and create a link between humans and robots through voice and gestures. A wireless LAN allows information exchange between robots. These features allow cooperation between humans and different types of robots, enabling performance of novel tasks by robots.
Satellite or wireless communication can connect remote graphics workstations. This is done for research in communication systems and image processing, enabling remote medical diagnostics using VR and videoconference systems. The system comprises an MPEG-2 video image encoder / decoder device, an image processing workstation to generate the VR image, and high-speed communication and mobile communication systems.
A vehicle with omnidirectional sensors to obtain three-dimensional shape and image information of outdoor environment is equipped with a wireless internet connector, a laser range finder, an omnidirectional camera, RTK-GPS and a PC. Data is transmitted to the internet in real time. This vehicle enables automatic generation of a three-dimensional map of outdoor environments and data collection for automatic construction of virtual reality environments.
A display to provide a virtual reality experience in a virtual environment based on real-world images. It is composed of three large screens, a stereo high resolution projector and equipment that allows the user to walk in any direction. A measuring device changes the virtual reality environment according to the user’s walking movements. The equipment has been used to control remote robots and in research on high-resolution tele-presence systems.
This equipment presents a high resolution image in a wide viewing angle. It consists of a large 4m diameter spherical display and a high-resolution wide-angle projector. The high-resolution video image from an outdoor environment is taken by a high-resolution omnidirectional camera. The equipment has been used to navigate in remote areas and to experience virtual reality.
CYLINDRA, used for VR research, is composed of 6 high-resolution projectors and a cylindrical screen with 3m height, 6m diameter and a field of vision of 330 degrees. Being a world standard large immersive presentation system, it is installed as a subsystem of the MANDARA system, with a high power video image processing engine and able to project high quality 3D images.
A system for experiments in stereophonic sound reproduction and virtual reality sounds. It provides three-dimensional sound reproduction with 112-channel speakers and a high-speed processing PC cluster server. It is used for large-scale sound experiments.
This system consists of a speech dialogue agent system developed as a research platform for voice interface to be used in a real environment. It has 2 PCs and it is able to adapt answers to the user by using a high-precision question and answer database and a large vocabulary voice recognition system. It is also able to identify a user as an adult or child, and it can distinguish between noise in the environment and user laughter, being robust in answering unspecified users. The system has been in use in the North Community Center in Ikoma, collecting around 400 spoken words daily. Many local people are familiar with it as a unique interactive voice system.
The Service Robot system offers services based on human intelligent interaction. The system is based on a dialogue system in which dialogue interactively triggers various modules developed so far at NAIST including modules of gaze direction recognition, facial image recognition, autonomous movement function, voice recognition, and natural language processing. Currently, technologies to provide additional services for disabled people are being developed.
Coexistence of autonomous robots and humans in the same environment presents the challenge of how to achieve new ways of interaction between them. This system enables many sensors to be used to capture human and robot behavior, and real-time recognition can create or initiate interaction. This system consists of a 158-cm high robot with 31 degrees of freedom, multiple cameras and a motion capture system.
An inverted optical microscope used for Nanobiology research. It is an imaging device that uses incident laser light on a sample under a microscope and measures biomolecular fluorescence or Raman scattering light.
This equipment is used to measure a single molecule of a biomolecular structure. It uses the evanescent field produced during the total reflection of a laser beam. It then excites the existent fluorescence molecule in the substrate within a distance of 200nm. By using a CCD camera which is highly sensitive to refrigeration, it is possible to detect and produce the image of a single molecule. In addition, when combined with optical tweezers, the camera enables measuring the interaction forces between molecules of a weak Femto-Newton order.
This equipment is used for checking intracellular biomolecules. It agglomerates a laser light energy to 10-13 seconds and collects it into the microscope to produce light with more than 1TW/cm2 of high density energy. This system can spectroscopically measure photon-absorbed luminous biomolecules and fluorescent molecules, and can also cut cellular membranes.
This is a cluster system for processing a large amount of genomic information at high speed. It is a high performance and user-friendly system with 128 CPUs, which has a storage capacity of 1 terabyte in the main memory and a parallel file system developed in an earth simulator. This system allows study on a distributed XML database, various simulations, and genome analysis using Parallel BLAST.
This system builds a virtual wide area high-speed network environment capable of analyzing the behavior of various web-applications and verifying newly developed network protocols. It is possible to transfer data of up to 10Gbps and perform various large scale experiments on operations, application technologies, and network technologies related to new generations of network systems.
An imaging system with four times the resolution of high vision images. It is capable of sending / receiving 4K images and displaying realistic images. This system has been used in research on new generation multimedia systems, combining image processing and network technologies, to transmit bulk data regardless of the distance from the remote end through the internal and external information superhighway.
An airship that can collect different types of information from the sky and deliver it using the internet. The airship is 9m in length and is capable of carrying approximately 6kg of equipment with its movement controlled from the ground. It can distribute aerial images in real-time when mounted with a compact PC, a camera and other communication tools. It can also be used as a relay station for a wireless network.
A collaborative research project which combines the machinery and knowhow of human-body measurement systems of the Graduate School of Information Science and other laboratories and universities. A researcher can operate a digital motion capture system to obtain 3D information with a maximum sampling frequency of 10 KHz, simultaneous experiment using an Electroencephalograph, which simultaneously records more than 32 channels with a sampling frequency of 1 KHz, ground reaction force measurement, and various sensors. The obtained information can be transmitted through a network in real time and used for collaborative work between humans and robots. The body measurement center also includes a full-body muscle-skeletal simulator, which can estimate the skeleton motion and muscle activity of the measured biometric data.
An autonomous robot placed at Gakken-Kita-Ikoma Station (Keihanna line) to guide people around the station and the neighborhood. This robot was developed based on the technology for another guidance system, Takemaru. It was set at the railway station to verify its outdoor use as a practical usefulness in a community, and its use for man-machine communication and navigation. Apart from research, the robot also cooperates in such local events as the “police-chief-for-a-day” and summer festivals. It is considered to be a regional cooperation symbol.
A robot conveying information in a way that humans do. It was developed to realize a society where information can be accessed easily by anyone, anywhere. Kitarobo is a hands-free speech recognition robot using a microphone array, able to recognize human speech in noisy surroundings. The robot has been tested in a sound field reproduction environment in the laboratory to be able to function in noisy environments such as railway stations and exhibitions.
A device that records accurately eye movement at 500Hz. It can be used for research related to computational neuroscience, biomedical engineering, user interface, etc.
A bipedal walking robot with a high power-weight ratio, cylinder pneumatic actuators (right) and artificial muscle-type pneumatic actuators (left). It has been applied to research on controlling and learning of stable, energy efficient, and natural bipedal walking.
An FPGA board with LSI sockets which can respectively test LSIs manufactured with 240nm (Fujitsu), 180nm (Rohm), and 65nm (Fujitsu) technologies. By utilizing an on-board large-scale associative memory of 8 MOSAID-DC18288s (18Mbit content-addressable memory with mask) or a very large-capacity SRAM, the FPGA board can be used to perform validations which are usually not easy to conduct on commercial FPGA boards or PCs. The FPGA board is mounted on a workstation to make up the test platform for microarchitecture designs. Research is carried out by designing computer architecture ideas into LSIs or FPGAs and the test platform can largely accelerate the idea validation by providing an environment to run practical programs on the developed LSIs or FPGAs. To facilitate very large scaled microarchitecture tests, this platform can be extended to include 8 XC5V330T (Xilinx) boards at most.
Simulation servers, each equipped with a Core(TM) i7-975 and Geforce GTX295 GPGPU. The servers are used for RTL hardware model simulation, architecture simulation and analog circuit simulation.
Equipment to extract knowledge from large text data by tagging language information such as lexical category, dependency parsing, case structure, named entity, reputation or modality information. The system is useful for developing the technology to search text out of the tagged information fast and flexibly.
A high-availability service platform. It is the first such system in western Japan and consists of 8 HP Blade servers equipped with VMWare + Vmotion system-ware and 4 HP Blade servers with high-capacity disks. The system provides a service in a "cloud", concealing the actual hardware, when conducting required analyses, including analyses for experiments in a ubiquitous system and analyses of software development processes. Introducing a Vmotion enables moving to another Blade without stopping the conducting operations of various service systems, and enables choosing a lower load Blade server automatically to start the virtual machine for a new service.
A large 130-inch display which consists of 4 liquid crystal full height 65-inch vision monitors. This extra-large display with high-resolution enables presenting vast amounts of information, such as the results of data analysis and result of data visualization, simultaneously.
A system composed of different panels with 5 SXGA Plus projectors, 3 high definition plasma display (50 inches), 2 vertical touch panels (42 inches), 1 moving projector system, the world's largest touch interface (270 inches) and a UMU SCREEN. Using a hetero display system that consists of these display devices, we are working on a study which improves meetings and human communications.