The Department of Biocybernetics was established in 1998 in response to the rising public concern about Japan's aging population and advanced caregiving society and was given the mandate of formulating technology capable of assisting all people, regardless of age or physical ability, in leading full and vibrant lives. The Department's mission is to nurture researchers and engineers capable of bringing a user-centric focus and international perspective to design problems through training in electric, electronic, and computer technology alongside practical experience in technology connected to ergonomics, welfare, life-support, and medicine.
The overarching objective of the Department of Biocybernetics is to train technical professionals capable of technical development from the user's standpoint. This is why we offer courses in psychology and social welfare theory so our students can understand people and society from a humanities perspective in addition to courses in ergonomics and human-factors engineering that attempt to understand people from an engineering perspective. We also provide a variety of enhanced volunteer training and training in welfare information technology to give students opportunities to acquire practical experience with welfare technology and assistive technology.
Researchers at our department are tackling a diverse range of subjects including welfare, medicine, sports, and robotics. Joint research projects are undertaken with professors from the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Medicine as well as with numerous universities and corporations from Japan and abroad.
Graduates from the Department of Biocybernetics are able to proceed to the Graduate School Master's program where they can study advanced specialized knowledge, conduct more focused research, acquire more advanced skills than undergraduates, and, as a result, obtain a Master's degree. In recent years, more than 50 percent of undergraduates have gone on to Master's programs. Students may also proceed to a Doctoral program and earn a Doctor's degree en route to an academic career in their chosen field.