Neuro-Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory

Elucidating the motion control mechanism of humans and its application in medical welfare

As humans, we tend to not fall easily, as we unconsciously respond to uneven ground and obstacles while walking. This ability can be attributed to the effective functioning of our complicated motion control system, which machines cannot imitate. However, it is difficult for the elderly and handicapped to appropriately use this system and, thus, they are unable to prevent a fall. Our laboratory is currently attempting elucidate how humans’ nervous and muscle systems are controlled, the results of which will be used to develop and evaluate equipment that is used to assist and train the elderly and handicapped.

Affiliation Bioscience and Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Cource
Faculty Name YAMAMOTO, Shinichiro
Academic Society IEEE
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering
Keyword Medical biotechnology, Handicapped, Barrier-free, Medical care, Motion control, Aging society, Regenerative medicine, Livelihood support, Biological information

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It is known that non-weight bearing walking training can change the functions of the neural network in the spinal cord after an injury, improving patients’ autonomous walking. Such training is expected to be conducted in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities in Japan in the near future.

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