Human Robotics

Research Staff

  • Prof. Tsukasa Ogasawara

    Takahiro WADA

  • Affiliate Prof. Jun Takamatsu

    Affiliate Prof.

  • Assist.Prof. Gustavo GARCIA

    Affiliate Assoc.Prof.
    Gustavo GARCIA

  • Assist.Prof. Yuki SATO

    Yuki SATO

  • Assist.Prof. Sung-Gwi Cho

    Sung-Gwi CHO

  • Assist.Prof. Takuya KIYOKAWA

    Takuya KIYOKAWA

  • Assist.Prof. Hailong LIU

    Hailong LIU

E-mail { t.wada, j-taka, garcia-g. yuki, cho, kiyokawa.takuya, liu.hailong }[at]

Research Areas

The human robotics laboratory conducts research studies on fundamental research on the intellectualization of mechanical systems, understanding human skillful motion and intelligent/natural behaviors, and human machine systems / human robot collaboration. We aim to build methodologies for designing comfortable and useful robots and human machine systems through these studies.


We conduct fundamental research on hardware & software of intelligent mechanical systems as well as industrial-oriented research.

Robot manipulation, manipulation of soft deformable objects

Soft robotics

Underwater robots.

Human modeling

We research to understand skillful human sensory information processing & motion control from system science viewpoints through experiments & computational modeling. We focus on understanding the characteristics of humans who operate or interact with machines/tools.

Computational model of motion perception & motion sickness

Modeling machine operator’s control behaviors such as car-driver

Analysis of dynamics of multi-link systems toward understanding skillful human motion

Human Machine Systems/ Human Robot Collaboration

We aim to realize human machine systems with high comfort & easy-to-use by integrating research on robotics and human modeling.

Haptic shared control to increase the quality of operational feeling for a variety of domains including automobile, underwater robots.

Rehabilitation robotics such as prosthesis and forearm rehabilitation systems

Non-verbal communication with android robots

Application to automotive domain

Various researches related to automotive domain are conducted as an example of human machine systems.

Comfortable automated driving systems, which includes a smooth transition to manual driving, vehicle control or human machine interface to mitigate motion sickness

Systematic understanding of driver skill in vehicle control

Simultaneous achievement of driver assistance and skill development

Key Features

The human robotics lab. is a new laboratory established in April 2021. Regardless of academic backgrounds, students motivated to create intelligent robots, understand human behaviors, and achieve comfortable human machine systems are always welcome.

Fig.1: Examples of robotics research

Fig.1: Examples of robotics research

Fig.2: Examples of human modeling research

Fig.2: Examples of human modeling research

Fig.3: Examples of Human machine systems / human robot collaboration

Fig.3: Examples of Human machine systems / human robot collaboration