We are dynamically developing “Cybernics” by collaborating and cooperating with several diﬀerent departments within the University of Tsukuba, as well as with other domestic and overseas universities and various private industries such as CYBERDYNE INC.We propose a “Techno-Peer Support”, which is mutually supported by both humans and technology, and challenge to accomplish our mission creating “Society 5.0/5.1” by our comprehensive organization, ‘Center for Cybernics Research’.
Executive Research DirectorYoshiyuki Sankai
Professor of the Faculty of Engineering,
Information and Systems,
Executive Research Director at the Center for Cybernics Research,
Director at the R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology, University of Tsukuba
President and CEO of CYBERDYNE, Inc.
Yoshiyuki Sankai earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tsukuba in Japan in 1987.
He has progressed from being a research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (“JSPS”) to assistant professor, associate professor, and then professor at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba.
Dr. Sankai is also a visiting professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in the United States.
Currently, he is a professor, Executive Research Director at the Center for Cybernics Research and Director at the R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology, University of Tsukuba; and the President and CEO of CYBERDYNE, INC..
He was appointed as a leader of the Global COE (Centre of Excellence) program for Cybernics, by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of
He was selected as one of the top 30 Japanese scientists and his research plan/project obtained financial support from the “Funding Program for World Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology”(2009-2014), and he was a Program Manager of the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies (“ImPACT”) program (2014-2018), initiated by the Cabinet Office of Japan, and he was Director of Center for Cybernics Research (2011-2017).
He is a fellow of the Robotics Society of Japan (“RSJ”) , the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (“SICE”), and an Executive Board Member of the Japan Society of Embolus Detection and Treatment.
He is also a member of Global Agenda Council on Robotics & Smart Devices of World Economic Forum (2011-2014).
Now he is a Center Partner of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2017-) , a member of Global Future Council of Production (2018-) , a member of Global Precision Medicine Council (2019-) of World Economic Forum and Business producer of Program for Building Regional Innovation Ecosystem by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (“MEXT”)
Dr.Sankai led the intellectual property strategy and international standard setting by ISO and IEC as an expert member of the committee on the medical robotics field and personal-care robotics field.
He has pioneered innovative cyborg-type robot technology in a new academic field, “Cybernics: the fusion and combination of humans, robots and information systems,” and established a social problem-solving venture company “CYBERDYNE, Inc.” in 2004.
In March 2014, the company was listed in the “Mothers” section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, as the first company to issue class shares in Japan.
In addition, due to its distinctive advanced technology and growth probability, the company was awarded FY2013’s ”IPO of the Year” and FY2014’s “Innovative Equity Deal of the Year” by Thomson Reuters Market,
becoming the first company ever to receive an award two years in a row.
Now, Dr. Sankai is acting as a core member of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Smart City Project/Tsukuba Promotion Council, as well as a founding core member of the Tsukuba Conference.
He has received numerous awards, including: The 2005 World Technology Award (2005), Good Design Gold Award (2006), Award from the Minister of Economy(2007), the 21st century Invention Award from Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (2009) , Gold Prize of 2014 Edison Awards, DealWatch Awards 2013 IPO of the Year (Thomson Reuters) (2014), DealWatch Awards 2014 Innovative Equity Deal of the Year (Thomson Reuters) (2015), the 7th Robot Award (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare award) (2016), the Prime Minister’s Award (the third Nippon Venture Awards) (2017) , MEXT Award in the 7th Technology Management and Innovation Awards(2019), Ichimura Prize in Industry for Distinguished Achievement(2019), The Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon(2019), Intellectual Property Achievement Awards, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Awards(2020) and many more.
Director of CenterKenji Suzuki
Professor of the Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems,
Director of Center for Cybernics Research,
Principle Investigator of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory,
University of Tsukuba.
He is currently a Professor of the Faculty of Engineering,
Information and Systems, Director of Center for Cybernics Research and also Principle Investigator of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Tsukuba.
He received the B.S. in Physics, M.E. and Dr. Eng. in Pure and Applied Physics from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively.
He was awarded a research fellowship by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science. Prior to joining the University of Tsukuba in 2005, he was a Research Associate with the Dept. of Applied Physics, Waseda University, Tokyo from 2003 to 2005.
From 1997 to 1999, he was a visiting researcher at the Laboratory of Musical Information, University of Genoa, Italy, where he was engaged in a project of Human-robot interaction, Theatrical Museal Machine.
In 2009, he was a visiting researcher at LPPA, Laboratory of Physiology of Perception and Action, at the College de France, Paris.
He is now a director of the Center for Cybernics Research, and an active member of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Research at the University of Tsukuba.
He is served as an elected administrative committee member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Societysince 2019.
His primary research interests include artificial intelligence, Cybernics, wearable robotics and devices,
affective computing, social robotics and assistive robotics with a particular emphasis on machine learning, pattern classification and dynamical modeling approaches.
A special emphasis is laid on the design of empowering people, particularly for elderly, adults and children with special needs.
He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and presented a number of invited talks and contributions at conferences in these areas.
He also leads several funded research projects, including JST PRESTO and CREST project, which is recognized as a significant early career contribution.
He is currently a member of IEEE and ACM.