Tsukuba in the News
Yoshiyuki Sankai is a professor of engineering at Tsukuba University in Ibaraki Prefecture and a front-runner in the field of “cybernics,” which combines robotics with a wide array of academic disciplines, including neurology, information technology, behavioral science and psychology. Now aged 48, he is most famous for developing HAL, a “robot suit” that moves with its wearer by detecting the subtle electrical changes in muscles as they move. HAL, which stands for “hybrid assistive limb,” can help wearers to perform tasks they would not normally be capable of, such as lifting 180 kg on a leg-press machine, or assist those with disabilities in numerous ways.
In cooperation with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture-based research institute that examines accidents involving children, medical and engineering researchers will analyze children’s physiology and behavioral tendencies to determine how accidents occur and then propose preventive measures to the government.