As Japan’s leading comprehensive research university and core of Tsukuba Science city with its concentration of scientific research institutes, The University of Tsukuba actively conducts cutting-edge research projects for social innovation.
International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIIS) is a world-class institute for sleep medicine, aiming to solve the mechanism of sleep/wakefulness by conducting basic to clinical research.
The IIIS is one of nine institutes selected as The World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), a huge national research project in Japan, to build research centers with a very high research standard and outstanding research environment that attract top researchers from around the world.
Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai is the pioneer of a new science called ‘Cybernics’. This is an interdisciplinary academic field of human assistive technology, i.e., the fusion of humans, machines and information systems.
HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb), the world’s first cyborg-type robot, has been created with this technology. When a person wants to move his or her body, the brain translates electrical signals into motion intention. HAL detects these bio-electrical signals from the surface of the skin derived from the brain. Based on this principal, HAL can assist and enhance human motion in conjunction with the intention.
HAL provides functional improvement and functional regeneration for patients with the brain-nerve-muscular disorders. HAL has already obtained a medical device certificate across the European Union.
In 2014, Prof. Sankai was selected a program manager of the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT ) as one of Japan's twelve top innovators. This project is one of the Japan’s huge R&D project for the purpose of creation the disruptive innovation that will bring about major changes in the state of industry and society.
On his project, Prof. Sankai aims for the realization of ZERO Intensive Nursing-care Society through improvement in the independence of nursing-care recipient and reducing burden of caregiver with this innovative technology.
The University of Tsukuba (Center for Cybernics Research) is the only research center in the world that develops and leads this this whole new research field.
The University of Tsukuba, in collaboration with Tsukuba City and Ibaraki Prefecture, helped designate the entire Tsukuba city and several other affiliated areas within the prefecture as an International Strategic Zone. By fully utilizing scientific technologies clustered in Tsukuba Science City, it aims to continuously promote pioneering research projects and facilitate the creation of new industries and businesses.
Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano) is a global open innovation hub set up by integrating world-class nanotechnology research initiatives that have been undertaken in the Tsukuba area. It’s led by the University of Tsukuba and National research institutes around Tsukuba in cooperation with industry.
The University of Tsukuba Hospital is promoting highly advanced medical technology and is a pioneer in proton therapy. In addition, the hospital engages in clinical research on the next-generation cancer treatment, the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) .
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