Human Robotics

Research Staff

  • Professor Takahiro WADA

    Professor
    Takahiro WADA

  • Affiliate Associate Professor Gustavo GARCIA

    Affiliate Associate Professor
    Gustavo GARCIA

  • Assistant Professor Yuki SATO

    Assistant Professor
    Yuki SATO

  • Assistant Professor Yasuaki ORITA

    Assistant Professor
    Yasuaki ORITA

  • Assistant Professor Hailong LIU

    Assistant Professor
    Hailong LIU

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor Sung-Gwi CHO

    Affiliate Assistant Professor
    Sung-Gwi CHO

Research Areas

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

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.

Robotics

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.