Hiromichi Nakashima

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— In aging societies, there is a strong demand for robotics to tackle problems caused by the aging population. Patient transfer, such as lifting and moving a bedridden patient from a bed to a wheelchair and back, is one of the most physically challenging tasks in nursing care, the burden of which should be reduced by the introduction of robot technologies.(More)
— In aging societies, there is a strong demand for robotics to tackle problems resulting from the aging population. We have developed a prototype nursing-care assistant robot, RIBA, which was designed to come in direct contact with patients and conduct physically challenging tasks. RIBA interacts with its object, typically a human, through multiple and(More)
— In aging societies, there is a strong demand for robotics to tackle problems resulting from the aging population. Patient transfer, such as lifting and moving a bedridden patient from a bed to a wheelchair and back, is one of the most physically challenging tasks in nursing care. We have developed a prototype nursing-care assistant robot, RIBA, that can(More)
Nowadays serving robots are more and more popular in human society. However, most of them are designed for the special people or for the special scenario. There is little robot designed to apply appropriate interface for different people that can accommodate age-related and body-related in physical interaction. We propose that user-centered design should be(More)
The estimation and interpretation of human motion from video are key enabling technologies for myriad applications. But despite more than a decade of focused research, the general problem in natural environments, from monocular observations, remains challenging. I will outline the nature of the problem, and describe some recent advances in modeling human(More)
In the present study, we propose a technique for estimating the vertical and horizontal directions of sound sources using a robot head incorporating two microphones. The microphones have reflectors that work as human's pinnae. We previously proposed a localization method that uses the reflectors to estimate the 3D direction of a single sound source. The(More)
During laparoscopic surgeries, changing forceps is a relatively simple procedure that requires a nurse or another surgeon; however, most hospitals lack a scrub nurse in the operating room. Therefore, we have developed an assisting robot for laparoscopic surgery that is able to pass or receive forceps under the voice control of the surgeon. This robot system(More)
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