Masayoshi Wada

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A reconfigurable mechanism for varying the footprint of a four-wheeled omnidirectional vehicle is developed and applied to wheelchairs. The variable footprint mechanism consists of a pair of beams intersecting at a pivotal point in the middle. Two pairs of ball wheels at the diagonal positions of the vehicle chassis are mounted, respectively, on the two(More)
Operon-like arrangements of genes occur in eukaryotes ranging from yeasts and filamentous fungi to nematodes, plants, and mammals. In plants, several examples of operon-like gene clusters involved in metabolic pathways have recently been characterized, e.g. the cyclic hydroxamic acid pathways in maize, the avenacin biosynthesis gene clusters in oat, the(More)
This paper presents mechanism and control of a Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) robotic platform for wheelchairs. The 4WD mechanism equips four wheels, two omni-wheels in front and two normal tires in rear. The normal wheel and the omni-wheel, mounted on the same side of the base, are interconnected by a synchro-drive transmission to rotate in unison with a drive(More)
This paper presents a new type of omnidirectional and holonomic mobile platform with a four-wheel-drive (4WD) mechanism for improving traction of electric wheelchairs on slippery surfaces and enhancing mobility on rough terrain. The 4WD mechanism includes a pair of normal wheels on the rear and a pair of omniwheels on the front. The normal wheel in rear and(More)
Gene co-expression analysis has been widely used in recent years for predicting unknown gene function and its regulatory mechanisms. The predictive accuracy depends on the quality and the diversity of data set used. In this report, we applied singular value decomposition (SVD) to array experiments in public databases to find that co-expression linkage could(More)
A new reconfigurable mechanism for varying the footprint of a four-wheeled omnidirectional vehicle is presented. A chair is mounted on a moving pla@orm with four ball wheels allowing holonomic, omnidirectional motion. Two pairs of ball wheels at the diagonal positions of the chassis are mounted, respectively, on two beams that intersect at a pivotal point(More)