Our research focuses on designing intuitive and user-friendly interfaces for controlling mechanical systems such as robots. Human-machine interfaces are used to operate a range of machines, from familiar machinery such as cars and airplanes, power-assisted nursing care machines and robot-assisted production systems, to the machinery of the future. Human beings have the ability to modify our characteristics adaptively in line with the characteristics of the machine being controlled. Our lab looks at ways to incorporate this into the human-machine interface in order to improve the overall stability of the system, while making it easier to control. We are also exploring new human-machine interface paradigms using physiological signals such as myoelectricity generated at the skin's surface, as well as three-dimensional displays and devices driven by force sensors.
This seminar course brings together students with an interest in robot hardware and computer software, with a core emphasis on manufacturing. Student projects are exhibited at academic conferences and the Tokai University festival as well as local robotics events, where they attract widespread interest from young and old alike.
My research looks at the use of electromyography (EMG) controllers for power-assisted devices that are designed to help elderly frail people perform daily tasks, as well as allowing able-bodied people to perform labor-intensive tasks such as carrying heavy objects. In particular I am exploring a surface EMG device called an MYO armband.
During the Seminar, Professor Inaba and my colleagues have helped me to write simulation programs using programming languages. We have also worked together on ideas and experiments using the MYO armband with power-assisted devices.
My research focuses on designing user-friendly interfaces for power-assisted systems. Every person is different and applies force in a slightly different way. I am interested in how we can tailor machines to suit the characteristics of different individuals. My Seminar involves many people and is always interesting and varied. We have some very animated and lively discussions but we also study hard. We also host short-term international students on a regular basis, which brings us into contact with different cultures and different ideas. It's hard work but is also very rewarding, especially the special events such as social occasions and off-site brainstorming sessions.