IEEE ICMA2006 Conference

Plenary Talk

Hyper Human Technology Opens a New World

- Let us see the world that exceeds human capability -

Makoto Kaneko, Ph.D.


Department of Industrial Engineering

Hiroshima University , Japan


The Center Of Excellence (COE) program of Hyper Human Technologies has started with two seed technologies at Hiroshima University : One is the high speed vision with the frame rate of 1kHz and the other one is the high speed actuation with a maximum acceleration of 100G, where G is the gravitational acceleration. We are going to explore the field using two different approaches: One is to pursue a further progress in each fundamental technology and to apply various fields, such as robotics, bio-mining, circuit diagnosis, and human health care. It should be noted that we have recently succeeded in developing the high speed vision with the frame rate of 10kHz. The other is to combine the knowledge in the fields of high speed vision and high speed actuation to develop a high speed dynamic sensing system, and apply it to both robotics and biomedical engineering. As an example, we could develop a sensor system which can obtain eye stiffness of human eye within 40msec. Recent results will be shown with video tape demonstration.

Makoto Kaneko received BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1976, and MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University in 1978 and 1981, respectively. From 1981 to 1990 he was a researcher at the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (MEL), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Tsukuba Science City . From 1988 to 1989, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, where he joined a space robotics project. From 1990 to 1993, he was an Associate Professor with Computer Science and System Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology. Since October 1993, he has been a Professor of Industrial Engineering Department at Hiroshima University . His research interests include active sensing, manipulation, and medical application. Dr. Kaneko is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.  During 2004-2005, he was a Vice President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Since 2004, he has been the Project Leader of COE program of Hyper Human Technology toward the 21st Century Industrial Revolution.