Research Staff

  • Prof. Tsukasa Ogasawara

    Tsukasa Ogasawara

  • Assoc.Prof. Jun Takamatsu

    Jun Takamatsu

  • 助教:丁 明

    Ming Ding

  • Assist.Prof. Gustavo GARCIA

    Gustavo Garcia

E-mail { ogasawar, j-taka, ding, garcia-g }[at]

Research Area

A robot is an intelligent system that follows real-world dynamics while it interacts and communicates with human beings. Such a system requires sensing the real-world environment in real time (real-time sensing). In our laboratory, we develop real-time sensing technologies, such as robot vision and tactile sensing, and integrate them into intelligent systems.

Visual interfacing

Understanding the environment and generating robot motion play an important role in intelligent interaction among people, robots, and computers. We develop methods to recognize daily life environments so as to facilitate activities of people and robots.

Modeling of human/environment in space-time…(A-1)

A service robot and interface…(A-2)

Human-robot interaction…(A-3)

Control, motion generation and machine learning…(A-4)

Human modeling

We measure, analyze, and model human beings to understand human skills, as well as policy/strategy while carrying out various tasks. Our research topics include a human-sized robotic hand, evaluation of usability based on musculoskeletal models, power assistance, haptic devices, and the evaluation of surgical skills.

A musculoskeletal model and its application…(B-1)

Haptic perception modeling and haptic device…(B-2)

A functional electric prosthesis hand…(B-3)

A realistic electric prosthesis hand…(B-4)


We construct various robot systems for applications in real-world environments. Research outputs on visual interfaces and human modeling are fundamental components to construct such systems.

A humanoid robot: HRP-4…(C-1)

An upper body humanoid robot: HIRO…(C-2)

An android robot: Actroid…(C-3)

Mobile robots: Pioneer 3DX …(C-4)

Key Features

The members of the Robotics Laboratory have various backgrounds which enable us to deal with multiple technologies that intelligent robot systems require. By devoting our specialists to solve particular problems in the robotics field, we aim to transform our members' skills into improved intelligent robot technologies. Furthermore, a considerable number of students often have the opportunity to perform demonstrations of our robots in different places, including stays in other research facilities. We always welcome new students to join our laboratory, and it's cooperative and friendly environment.

Collaborators & Research Activities

AIST, Georgia Tech., CMU, KIT, Tokyo Univ. of Science, Nara Medical Univ., National Inst. of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, ATR, Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center, Robotics Society of Japan, etc.

Fig.1: Overview of our research

Fig.1: Overview of our research

Fig.2: Visual interface research areas

Fig.2: Visual interface research areas

Fig.3: Human modeling research areas

Fig.3: Human modeling research areas

Fig.4: Robots in the laboratory

Fig.4: Robots in the laboratory