Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

25The stiness of this n, whose design is based on the exible movement of the tails of sh, is altered in real time in an attempt to increase propulsive performance.This robot, which can swim in all directions, was developed by studying the swimming motion of the ragworm.A model experiment and numerical computation of atherosclerosisExploring the biomimetics of aquatic life and medical engineering using biofluid mechanicsDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am studying the swimming behavior of various forms of aquatic life in order to create a new robot based on the adroit swimming ability of living creatures. I am also studying blood flow in order to examine mechanical vulnerability to atherosclerotic plaque through model experiments using artificial diseased arteries and numerical computations.Professor Kobayashi took his current position in 2009 after serving in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University as a senior assistant professor and associate professor. He began his research on blood ow in 1996 and 1997 while working as a visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently continues to carry out international joint research.I believe that it is possible to implement a robot capable of working in mud or in ocean settings where there is a great deal of seaweed or detritus. In the area of blood ow research, my goal is to create a diagnostic system that can instantly assess the risk of atherosclerotic plaque based on patient-specic medical imaging, for example by means of MRI.Outlook for researchGraduates have gone on to work in such elds as medical devices, precision machinery, automobiles, electronics, and information and communications. Some have even pursued careers as public ocials or researchers in educational research organizations.Outlook for students after graduationBioengineeringShunichi KobayashiProfessorComputer analysis of sensor data allows nger motion to be recreated accurately on a computer.Articial muscles that move in the same way as human beings are one basic technology for robotic hands.This approach makes it possible to implement dicult movements such as gripping something gently.Striving to achieve flexibility and subtlety while working to recreate the movement of the human hand, which is challenging for robotsDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am attempting to recreate the flexible movement of the human hand using machines. My lab is pursuing research to develop a robot that can approach the adroit and subtle behavior of the human hand by coordinating countless artificial muscles that contract using air pressure. Through this research, we believe it will be possible to develop artificial arms that more closely imitate the capabilities of the human hand and use them as robots in nursing applications.Professor Nishikawa took his current position in 2010 after working as an assistant professor at the Osaka University School of Engineering Science and as an associate professor at the Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Science. His interests include the unied areas of biology, medicine, mechanical engineering, and robotics, for example as applied to the development of musculoskeletal robots.This research will enable future applications previously thought dicult, for example the use of robots to operate endoscopes in support of medical operations or treatment of patients in their homes by doctors in remote locations. My theme is the question of how closely mechanical devices can approximate human movement.Outlook for researchGraduates have numerous paths available to them, including employment by manufacturers involved in product design and production or IT-related companies involved in programming.Outlook for students after graduationBioengineeringAtsushi NishikawaProfessor


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