Field introduction:Biomedical Information Systems

The Biomedical Information Systems Course provides research and educa-tion concerning medical applications of biological information processing. We teach the following fields.

Bio-inspired Robotics

Understanding Biological Systems by Building Robots

Professor Akio Ishiguro Professor
Akio Ishiguro

Living organisms exhibit surprisingly adaptive and versatile behavior in real time under unpredictable and unstructured real world constraints. Such behaviors are achieved via spatiotemporal coordination of a significantly large number of bodily degrees of freedom. Clarifying these remarkable abilities enable us to understand life-like complex adaptive systems as well as to construct truly intelligent artificial systems. We study the design principle of autonomous decentralized systems that exhibit life-like resilient behaviors from the viewpoints of robotics, mathematics, nonlinear science, and physics.

  1. Real-time adaptive control of legged robots via distributed neural system
  2. Autonomous decentralized control of soft-bodied robots (e.g. snake robot)
  3. Understanding the behavioral versatility of true slime mold and its application to robotics
Laboratory site
Quadruped robot driven by a fully decentralized neural network-based control.

Quadruped robot driven by a fully decentralized neural network-based control.

Micro Magnetic Devices for Medical Engineering

Move and Measure by Magnetics

Professor Kazushi Ishiyama Professor
Kazushi Ishiyama

For realizing good communication with human body, and for realizing the properties of the human body as a information system, we have to realize the function of the human body as information. We are working on the technology for sensing the information from the human body and for approaching action to the human body. High-frequency carrier-type magnetic field sensor is studied for sensing system for bio-information. As one of the approaching system for human body, wireless actuators and manipulators are investigated. A part of this technology is applied for a motion system for a capsule endoscope working in the colon tube.

  1. Magnetic sensing system
  2. Micro magnetic actuators
  3. New medical equipments using magnetic
Laboratory site
Actuator for Capsule Endoscope

Actuator for Capsule Endoscope

Nano-Biomedical Engineering

New biosensor fields based on nanotechnology

Associate Professor Ayumi Hirano Professor
Ayumi Hirano

This group is developing novel nano-biomedical devices through the reconstitution of biological functions on small chips based on the combination of nanotechnology and biological materials. Attention is mainly focused on construction of artificial cell membranes and artificial neuronal networks, and their application to medical devices. This research field is a fusion of various fields, including nanotechnology, nano-structures, semiconductor devices and biological sciences.

  1. Artificial cell-membrane devices and their medical application
  2. Construction of electronic/ionic devices based on biological two-dimensional materials
  3. Artificial neuronal networks using cultured neuronal cells
Laboratory site
An artificial device that mimics biological cell membranes

An artificial device that mimics biological cell membranes

Reconstruction of neuronal circuits using living cells

Reconstruction of neuronal circuits using living cells