Contact us:University of Tsukuba Tennodai, Tsukuba 305-8573 / Administrative Office Cybernics Program (Global COE)

posterICRA2009 Workshop (WW-H8)
Wednesday, May 13 2009
9:00-12:00, Half-day Workshop

Kobe International Conference Center
Kobe, Japan


Workshop Title

Cybernics: fusion of human, machine and information systems


Yoshiyuki Sankai (University of Tsukuba)
Fumihide Tanaka (University of Tsukuba)
Kenji Suzuki (University of Tsukuba)

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Workshop Overview

This half-day workshop containing research presentations and open discussions for Cybernics. Cybernics is a new interdisciplinary field for studying technologies that enhances, strengthens, and supports physical and cognitive functions of humans, based on the methodology of functional, organic, and sociological fusion of human, machine and information systems. Firstly, several keynotes are addressed by world-leading professionals from both academia and industry specialized in assistive technology and rehabilitation robotics. Then, there will be ample discussion slots where participants can share their opinions with speakers. Furthermore, we plan to invite some of industrial partners, for example, a venture firm, Cyberdyne who prepares for putting a robot suit HAL into the market. They will provide the workshop unique and valuable perspective with the reliable and up-to-date knowledge from industry.

One of several important perspectives in Cybernics is the design of a seamless interface for interaction between the inside and outside of the human body. Thus the study of human-robot interaction in diverse aspects such as physical, neuro-physiological, and cognitive levels is a central theme. We believe that Cybernics will play a significant role to cope with aging society on state-of-the-art technologies. However, considering the final goal to contribute to people and society, we have to get down to wide range of issues besides technological aspects. Therefore, it is very important to promote inter-relations between medicine, engineering and humanity, and thus we incorporate broad expertise such as ethics, legislation, security and human society.

In March 2008, we held an international workshop for Cybernics at Amsterdam. We will also have the second workshop meeting in this November. The inter-relations among different fields and approaches have been discussed so far in a series of workshops for Cybernics. This time at ICRA2009, we will put emphasis on the technological aspect in the field of assistive and rehabilitation robotics. We will provide crucial issues and problems for broader participants based on the experience and accumulation of the past two events. The goal of the workshop is to explore new ideas based on sharing common knowledge and realistic issues with broad ICRA participants across different application domains. We consider this opportunity invaluable since the workshop will lead to the main conference whose theme we see as Robotics and IRT for Livable Societies.

Scientific Programme


Opening & Special talk
The grand challenge of Cybernics
Yoshiyuki Sankai (University of Tsukuba, Japan)


Invited Talk I
Modular robotics in rehabilitation
Henrik Hautop Lund (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)


Invited Talk II
Structurally embodied intelligence for human-robot interaction
Dino Accoto and Eugenio Guglielmelli (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy)


(Coffee Break)


Invited Talk III
Medical robotics in theory and practice
Stefano Stramigioli (University of Twente, The Netherlands)


Industrial session
Business models for assistive robotics in global market
Philip J. Wijers (Cyberdyne Europe, The Netherlands)


Panel and wrap-up meeting (All presenters and organizers)



Cyborg studies, Rehabilitation Robotics (life support, assistive technology, human support, wearable robots), Human machine interface, Assistive Technology, Neuroscience/Brain machine interface, Vital sensing technology, Life support technology for elderly people, Physical/Cognitive Human-Robot interaction.

Intended audience

The workshop is designed to attract scientists and students having background in robotics or computer science and interests in assistive technology and rehabilitation robotics, such as wearable or exoskeleton robots for the purpose of rehabilitation and medical welfare. In addition, the scope of workshop is also of interest to clinicians or physical therapists having some experience in assistive technology.


This workshop is supported in part by the Global Centers of Excellence for Cybernics Program funded by MEXT, Japan (Ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology, Japan), with the support of the University of Tsukuba.