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Brain Science Inspired Life Support Research Center


The Brain Science Inspired Life Support Research Center was established to help people live peacefully and comfortably in our aging society by serving as a global base for the promotion of scientific and technological research and education that will contribute to life support.

Writing produced by a prosthetic hand developed by the center

Now that Japan's population aging rate has exceeded 21% and Japan is becoming a super-aged society, the maintenance of social vitality is a serious issue facing the country. To realize a society in which people can be healthy in both mind and body and lead lives full of happiness, we cannot simply rely on developments in medicine and medical care. Instead, it is imperative that we develop a comprehensive welfare and medical care support system that incorporates knowledge from fields of science and engineering that have experienced significant development in recent years, such as neuroscience, computer science, and robotics.
To that end, researchers from a variety of areas of expertise must gather and work in close collaboration to reveal practical health and welfare needs, research and develop necessary support technology, and train creative, practical engineers who are skilled in interdisciplinary collaboration.

At the University of Electro-Communications, researchers from a broad range of science and engineering fields that includes information engineering, biological engineering, ergonomics, robotics, and optics are actively engaged in research on a daily basis. Recently, researchers at the university have also been actively engaged in research into neuroscience, neuroinformatics, and engineering applications of these fields. Therefore, the social mission of the Brain Science Inspired Life Support Research Center is to engage in combined medical and engineering research—which is based on the comprehensive communications sciences philosophy of the university and aims to develop the innovative science and technology that is necessary for people to live peaceful, comfortable lives—and to provide education that trains researchers to pursue this research and contribute to society.