Department of Intelligence Science and Engineering

Intelligent Mechanical Engineering Division

Department of Intelligence Science and Engineering


Adding an innovative spirit with expertise to basic educational research, the Intelligent Mechanical Engineering Division is working with the following: robotics that realize relationships in harmony with human beings; human-machine interfaces based on ergonomics; computer-assisted intelligent production systems; information networking; intelligent mechatronics that contribute to medical science and human welfare; environmentally-friendly, energy-conserving systems; and highly efficient energy controls. Through design, education, and research of coexistence with rapport between humans and intelligent machines, we educate and conduct research to foster creative engineers who can produce original and flexible ideas.

Laboratory introduction

For faculty member details, please see the staff introductions.

Laboratory Measurement controls, robotics
Faculty members Professor ITO Satoshi
Assistant professor MORITA Ryosuke
Research details Our laboratory aims to understand the intelligent movements of human beings and other organisms, clarify the control principles of systems that adaptively generate functions in response to their environment, and realize the application of these operations in robotics and mechanical systems.
Laboratory Intelligent controls, measurement, and analyses of robots and humans
Faculty members Professor SASAKI Minoru
Associate professor MATSUSHITA Kojiro
Research details Our laboratory aims to understand the principles behind intelligent movements of human beings and other organisms, as well as to actualize high-performance robotic and mechatronic systems by applying these same principles. We conduct research of robots that are closely related to the daily life humans, such as robotics for well-being care, manufacturing support, and soft robotics.
Laboratory Aerospace engineering, hydrogen energy systems
Faculty members Professor MIYASAKA Takeshi
Assistant professor ASAHARA Makoto
Research details In the capacity of research and development of next-generation aerospace vehicles, our laboratory advances the study of electric-propulsion rockets toward the era of full-scale space exploration utilizing systems such as ion engines and Hall-effect thruster technologies, and studies detonation engines and scramjet engines in order to realize hypersonic transport. Furthermore, we conduct research of hydrogen production and combustion for the realization of hydrogen-based energy for society.
Laboratory Advanced intelligence in manufacturing utilizing machines and robotics
Faculty members Professor YAMADA Takayoshi
Associate professor ITO Kazuaki
Assistant professor SATO Junya
Research details Our laboratory studies robotics and automation technologies for manufacturing that replicate human dexterity. For example, we focus on the dexterous gripping and control of multi-fingered robotic hands, identification of contact states using force sensors, robot-assisted automated assembly, high-speed/high-precision positioning controls, high-precision force controls, and image sensing for manufacturing robots among other technologies.
Laboratory Control engineering and mechatronics, human support systems, virtual reality
Faculty members Professor YAMADA Hironao
Associate professor KAWAMURA Takuya
Assistant professor IKEDA Takahiro
Research details Our laboratory engages in the following research: visual perception systems using fovea lenses that simulate human visual characteristics; research of wheelchair simulations for barrier-free accessibility evaluations and wheelchair training; development of power-assisted, worker-support devices; study of the prevention of traveler's thrombosis ("economy class" syndrome) caused by long periods of being seated; and study of business task support robots for stores. Furthermore, we are working to develop construction robots that are useful for restoration work at disaster sites and able to provide the feeling of actual presence via remote control. Our research themes also include work support systems using drones.
Laboratory Electrophysiology, soft actuators
Faculty members Associate professor TAMAGAWA Hirohisa
Research details Research themes: (1) to re-examine the validity of "membrane theory" as a concept of electrophysiology using an extremely simple, artificial cell modeling experimentation system and very basic mathematics with concepts of thermodynamics; and, (2) to develop electrical stimulation-driven materials using polymers as the base materials.
Laboratory Computational engineering
Faculty members Associate professor NAGAI Gakuji
Research details In the era of digital engineering, the role of computer-aided engineering (CAE) has been increasing. In particular, our laboratory conducts various activities from the viewpoints of verification and validation, including experimental analyses of stresses involving electromagnetism.
Laboratory Robots, virtual reality
Faculty members Associate professor MOURI Tetsuya
Research details With the main focus on robotics and virtual reality, our laboratory studies intelligent machine systems and interface robots that are as dexterous as are humans and capable of performing autonomous tasks. We conduct research of robotic hands for industrial applications with over 150N of fingertip force, remote control of robotic hands using a multi-fingered haptic interface, and other themes.