Human movements are generated by skeletal muscle contraction.
The muscle is not only a force generator like an actuator, but also a viscoelastic component like a spring and dumper set.
In our laboratory, we are measuring the mechanical characteristics of muscles and modeling them based on the engineering techniques.
The electric pulse is transmitted from brain to muscles through the nervous system when we intend to contract muscles.
At the same time, the muscle itself discharges micro electric current.
The recording of such electrical current in an active muscle is called an electromyogram (EMG).
Besides, a biological system generates other bioelectric signals, such as an electroencephalogram (EEG), an electrocardiogram (ECG), and so on.
In our laboratory, we are applying those bioelectric signals to the new input source of various man-machine interface systems.
Even animals, plants and microorganisms have the advanced capability to process information and control motion the same as human being.
In our laboratory, we are modeling a virtual life, focusing on the microorganism, on the basis of biological evidences.
Engineering technology is indispensable to medical development.
Medical Engineering (ME) refers to a field integrating both medical science and engineering, aiming to develop new technologies which are used for medical science.
Sometimes engineers and medical scientists join forces in researching and developing new products.
In our laboratory, we are developing new medical equipments using various engineering methodologies.