Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Our research aims at new medical applications based on Robotic technology. Robotic technology includes many elements – mechanism, sensor, control, system integration and etc. We study about these elements to realize further effective medical applications.
In recent years, medical robots were found to be effective, namely, in Surgery and Rehabilitation [Trinh2012, Mehrholz2015, Kwakkel2008]. We further study about robotic technology to extend the medical applications. One of our research topics is about surgical robot. We recently presented a surgical manipulator with 2 mm in diameter, realizing 4 degree-of-freedom at the tip. The manipulator was implemented by using largely deformable elements that greatly contributed to the compact and sterilizable structure [Arata2019]. Our hand rehabilitation robot is currently in clinical trials under the collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, a manufacturing company and a start-up company [Mukae2019].
The lab is collaborating with many external experts, including medical doctors, therapists, engineers, public organizations and companies to pursue new medical applications based on Robotic Technology.
Hand exoskeleton device - SMOVE provides a robotic hand rehabilitation for post-stroke patients within a compact, lightweight and affordable robot that actively support five fingers by a single motor. The device is under development by having collaborations with medical companies, and currently tested in clinics.
Robotic forceps with 4 degree-of-freedom for Minimally Invasive Surgery composed by elastic structure that greatly contributed to the miniaturization of the manipulator. The diameter of the manipulator is 3.5 mm. This work was funded by ImPACT Program of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan).