Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

26This wearable robotic suit learns from the rhythmic movement of living things.This communications robot provides comfort by reading people's emotions.My lab is working to create articial muscles using polymer gels and cell cultivation technology.BioengineeringTransitioning from robots that learn from life to robots that combine with lifeDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am working to implement technology for making products that are easy on humans by combining robots with life at numerous levels. Specifically, I am pursuing projects involving the development of a wearable robotic suit that learns from the systems responsible for rhythmic movement in living organisms, a communications robot that provides comfort by reading people’s emotions, and artificial muscles using polymer gels and cell cultivation technology.Minoru HashimotoProfessorProfessor Hashimoto took his current position in 1999 after working as an assistant professor at the University of Electro-Communications and as an associate professor at Kagoshima University. His principal area of research is biorobotics. A cohort of unique students keeps every day is fun and exciting.I believe that it will be possible to realize a society in which everyone, from children to the elderly, can live happily by using robotic technology, which will assist the elderly as their bodily functions decline and they experience an emotional sense of loneliness.Outlook for researchI help train researchers and engineers so that they will be able to pursue active careers in a wide range of elds, from medicine and welfare to automobiles, machinery, and electricity.Outlook for students after graduationPVC gel artificial musclePortable biosensor of human stress levels by using salivary biomarker. Lotus leaf and superhydrophobicity expressed by nano-periodic structure on a solid surface. Human information networks and noninvasive biosensingDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsOur laboratory has been exploring a new research field: biological measurement by analyzing salivary samples with “human”, “noninvasive”, and “biosensor” as research key words. Noninvasive biological measurement, using a variety of information obtained painlessly from the human body, is a technology to maintain human health and is used for medical diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, our lab is also researching other technologies that can physically control wettability of material surfaces as a biomimetic technology.Professor Yamaguchi took his current position in 2015 after working as an assistant professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and technology, an associate professor at Toyama University, and a professor at Iwate University. By applying engineering solutions to the medical eld, I have been investigating a measurement system to obtain biological information that is useful for diagnosis and to assist daily lives. Focusing on a salivary protein, which can be an eective index of sympathetic nerves activity, a quick, easy-to-use analytical method as a portable device was proposed.Outlook for researchGraduates work at manufactures such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, automobile and other industries. The human science and assistive technology might contribute to an aging society.Outlook for students after graduationBioengineeringMasaki YamaguchiProfessor


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