Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Course, School of Engineering
We are trying to understand the advanced motor intelligence of living things, such as human, theoretically and mechanically, and to apply such intelligence to robotic devices as engineering applications. For instance, human hands are extremely versatile, but robots that can realize their functions does not appear yet. We are analyzing how a human can grasp and manipulate it, and developing a theoretical framework to realize it in robotics. In addition, human muscles are sometimes powerful, sometimes soft, and generate sophisticated motions by changing their characteristics freely. In order to realize such functions with robots, we are working on developing artificial muscle actuators or continuously variable transmission mechanisms.
Assoc.Prof. Kenji Tahara