Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

System conguration of Robotic Wear curara®Walking and standing-up motion assist using curara®Gait analysis calculates the joint angles, muscular tension, and joint torque based on the data measured by motion capture system.BioengineeringAtsushi TsukaharaAssistant ProfessorAssistive Technology for Activities of Daily Living in our new lifestyleDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsIn our country with a super-ageing society, the locomotive syndrome is a social issue that decreases the independence of the patients with paralyzed lower limbs and increasing the need of nursing-care. In order to resolve these problems, we have been working in research and development on an assistive technology for activity of daily living (ADL). In particular, we aim to create human assistive robots/devices for the patients which are intuitively easy to use.After receiving the PhD degrees in engineering from University of Tsukuba, he was a PhD researcher at the university, and an Associate Program Manager of ImPACT program at JST. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Shinshu University.The goal of our assistive technology is to decrease the risk of injuries to nursing-care of elderly people and patients, and to improve their ADL and QOL. Consequently, the ndings of our study are expected to lead to the practical improvements in elds of daily life.Outlook for researchIn order to develop innovative technology, we have to collaborate closely across multiple specialized elds. Therefore, the goal of education in this lab is to cultivate the pioneering human resources that can empower students to know what to do and how to behave for the benet of all human beings in our society.Outlook for students after graduation28We use a pressure board̶a pressure measurement sensor array with a resolution of 5 mm and 200 Hz̶to investigate mechanical characteristics of walking behavior of humans and animals.Foot problems cause over 50% of all deaths among elephants living in zoos.The pattern of pressure on people's feet is unique and can be used for individual identication.BioengineeringTodd PatakyAssociate ProfessorUtilizing dynamic loading in applications ranging from elephant developmental health assessment to biometric identificationDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsMy lab is developing techniques for statistically analyzing complex patterns of dynamic loading, especially with regard to gait and posture applications. Through a variety of research collaborations we are applying these techniques to real-world problems. Current research collaborations include: in-shoe and wearable sensor development (Nike Inc., USA), elephant and other large-animal developmental assessments (Royal Veterinary College, London), and biometric identification via dynamic foot loading patterns (University of Münster, Germany).After earning his Ph.D. in kinesiology and mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Associate Professor Pataky pursued postdoctoral opportunities at ATR International (Kyoto, Japan) and the University of Liverpool before coming to Shinshu University in 2009. His elds of specialization include biomechanics and statistics.Since we interact constantly with the physical world, a deeper understanding of dynamic human body loading will lead to improvements in designs of shoes, clothing, wheelchairs, and prosthetics. Through dynamic loading research I hope to create more comfortable, reduced-risk environments for all.Outlook for researchGraduates can pursue opportunities in a wide range of applications, including sports and rehabilitation science, biofeedback, and shoe development and design.Outlook for students after graduation


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