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  • Div. of Biofunctional Restoration
  • Div. of Medical
  • Div. of Biomolecular
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K. Kawashima Prof
T. Kanno Assist Prof
T. Miyazaki Assist Prof
T. Kawase Assist Prof

Research Theme

  1. Surgical robot system
    Propose the control method for the surgical robot system with force display and evaluate its performace with in vitro and in vivo experiments.
  2. Haptic device using biological and visual information
    We proposed a hatic device using biological signals and visual information
  3. Forceps manipulator for minimally invasive surgery
    We have developed a pneumatically-driven forceps manipulator with a simple flexible joint for the distal dexterity.
  4. Development of power assist devices using pneumatic actuators
    A grip amplified glove and a jumping assist robot using bi-articular mechanism using pneumatic artificial rubber muscles were developed.


  1. Takashi Takizawa, Takahiro Kanno, Ryoken Miyazaki, Kotaro Tadano, Kenji Kawashima: Grasping force estimation in robotic forceps using a soft pneumatic actuator with a built-in sensor, Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, Vol.271, pp.124-130 (2018)
  2. Kengo Watanabe, Takahiro Kanno, Kazuhisa Ito, Kenji Kawashima: Single Master Dual Slave Surgical Robot with Automated Relay of Suture Needle, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol.65, Issue 8, pp.6343-6351 (2018)
  3. Hongbing Li, Kenji Kawashima: Bilateral teleoperation with delayed force feedback using time domain passivity controller, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Vol.37, pp.188-196 (2016)
  4. Daisuke Haraguchi, Takahiro Kanno, Kotaro Tadano, Kenji Kawashima: A Pneumatically-Driven Surgical Manipulator with a Flexible Distal Joint Capable of Force Sensing, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol.20, No.6, pp.2950-2961 (2015)
  5. Kotaro Tadano, Kenji Kawashima: A Pneumatic Laparoscope Holder controlled by Head Movement, The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, Vol.11, No.3, pp.331-340 (2015)
  6. Takahiro Kanno, Daisuke Haraguchi, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Kotaro Tadano, Kenji Kawashima: A Forceps Manipulator with Flexible 4-DOF Mechanism for Laparoscopic Surgery, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (TMECH), Vol.20, No.3, pp.1170-1178 (2015)