Mathematical Neuroinformatics Group

  • Leader Shotaro Akaho, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 2

This figure shows the research concept of Mathematical Neuroinformatics Group. The theoretical tools such as information geometry etc. goes through the theoretical analysis and developments of machine learning and pattern recognition algorithms, and is connected to the applications such as data-driven science.

Neural networks in the brain can perform complex information processing tasks such as pattern recognition and learning more flexibly than existent technologies. This group aims at mathematical studies of the principles underlying information processing in the brain through elucidating how information is represented, what types of learning and adaptation algorithms are used, and why neuronal architecture is useful for information processing.

Physical Fitness Technology Group

  • Leader Hiroshi Endou, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 6

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We are studying various types of quality-of-life technologies based on human physiology, psychophysics, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering to support the daily life and rehabilitation of people with disabilities and elderly people. Research areas include assistive eating and mobility technologies for elderly and blind people, respectively, prevention of disuse syndrome and diabetes, neuro-rehabilitation techniques and surgical skills training, augmented reality for care food, and sensing and actuation devices.

Human Environment Interaction Research Group

  • Leader Tatsu Kobayakawa, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 6

This figure shows the research concept of Human Environment Interaction Research Group. This research contributes human and environment through the studies of healthcare community and five senses.

Ultimate goal of our group is bringing smile to individuals and communities in daily life. Our mission is to visualize human performance of various kinds of activities in daily life such as walking, sleeping, and perception and sensation of information from ears, eyes, skins and whole body. Our group is also challenging to develop local healthy community and healthcare environment with IoT (Internet of Things) technologies.

Sensory and Perceptual Information Design Research Group

  • Leader Nana Itoh, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 6

This figure shows the research concept of Sensory and Perceptual Information Design Research Group. Understanding sensory and perceptual systems contributes to the information design for older persons and persons with disabilities.

Various information given through products and environments are processed through multiple human senses, and are selectively perceived for thinking and action. We aim first to conduct basic researches on human-centered design technology that is adapted to human sensory and perceptual systems. Then, we further aim to practice ergonomics considering the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities and to establish audio-visual environments that are both convenient and considered to well reduce undesirable biomedical effects.

Neurotechnology Research Group

  • Leader Ryohei P. Hasegawa, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 1

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We research and develop new technologies to improve QOL of patients, using knowledge in neuroscience. Our current projects are as follows; 1) EEG-based BMI for communication aid (Neurocommunicator), 2) therapeutic animal robot (Paro), 3) display system for visually impaired person, 4) artificial intelligence to simulate brain functions, 5) affective communication, 6) real-time neuromarketing, and so on. We welcome collaboration with companies, researchers and physicians!

Systems Neuroscience Group

  • Leader Aya Takemura, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 2

This figure shows the research concept of Systems Neuroscience Group. This figure shows the brain activity change that occurs during rehabilitation training-induced recovery.

We study the neural information processing underlying human cognition and behavior in physiological, molecular biological and anatomical aspects using animal models. We focus on neural mechanisms underlying perceptual confidence, visual perception, recognition of social stimuli including faces, integration and segregation of information, working memory, motor control and learning in eye movement, and functional recovery after brain injury. We are also developing new systems for neurorehabilitation and for measuring eye position.

Neurorehabilitation Research Group

  • Leader Noriyuki Higo, Ph.D.

Site : Tsukuba Central 2

This figure shows the research concept of Neurorehabilitation Research Group. The circulation of animal model, evaluation technology, and intervention technology contributes to the clinical applications.

Neurorehabilitation, which takes into account evidence of the brain's capacity for reorganization, has received attention to ensure maximal functional recovery from brain damage caused by stroke. We are developing innovative neurorehabilitation technologies on the basis of scientific evidences mainly obtained from animal studies. Our project has three main components: study of brain reorganization that underlies functional recovery after stroke, and development of devices to monitor brain activity during rehabilitative training, and development of intervention methods to promote brain reorganization.