Intelligent systems draw on a number of disciplines, including information engineering, image engineering, discrete mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, IT engineering, radio wave systems, medical bio-electronics, analog electronic circuits, integrated circuit engineering and semiconductor circuit engineering. Our task is to research and develop human-like intelligent systems.
Basic research on intelligent systems for medical applications
Here, we are mainly engaged in research in the following five areas.
○ Bio-information sensing and healthcare
Research on sensing for bio-interfaces, and so on, and extracting various
bio-information for healthcare.
○ Radio wave communication systems for wearable IT devices
We are researching and developing PAN (Personal Area Network) wireless communication systems using UWB (Ultra Wideband) for wearable (body-attached) IT devices. We are also clarifying the electro-magnetic wave transmission properties of body surfaces and conducting R&D on UWB compatible antennas. Beyond these, we will produce various bio-information via networks using these systems for provision to healthcare.
○ Energy supply systems for embedded systems and data transmission systems
Research on energy supply techniques for embedded systems e.g. embedded artificial hearts or capsule endoscopes and also data transmission systems and circuits.
○ Cancer diagnosis and therapy using a microwave
○ Wireless energy supply system for embedded systems and wearable IT devices
Research on space crafts with autonomy
Higher level intelligence and making to autonomy are requested from control systems of space crafts as the mission that they should accomplish variously becomes complex. Since there are strong requirements in weight and capacity in the equipment in the space unlike one on the earth, higher performance devices are strongly required for space crafts. Therefore, main purpose of this research is how to reduce the size and weight of the control computers and sensor systems in a space craft keeping their performance.
Research on downsizing of systems, and high-frequency and low power circuits
For medical and space applications of an intelligent system, downsizing and the low power consumption of the system are strongly required. And also the higher frequency operation is required of the circuits for high-volume data transmission and high-speed operation. Here, we are mainly engaged in research in the following three areas.
○ Research on high-frequency analog circuits
In the intelligent systems of the future, it will be essential for systems to communicate and exchange vast amounts of information with each other. To this end, we are conducting R&D on GHz-band high-frequency front ends, including high frequency circuits, low noise amplifiers and mixers for wireless LANs, and so on.
○ Low-voltage, low-power circuits
As the scale of intelligent systems increases in future, so the range of applications is expected to broaden. Since battery operation and power-saving operation will be essential, we are also researching and developing circuits that operate at 1.5V or less.
○ Integrated circuits
All the circuits necessary for the system are integrated for making of the system micro, and the techniques to achieve it with one integrated circuit are researched.
By pursuing the research efforts outlined above, we will be able to construct systems with enhanced performance and turn all terminals into advanced information terminals. Moreover, by integrating all of these circuits, we will also be able to achieve ultra-compactness. (see Fig. 1)
○ Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs) and Digital to Analog Converters (DACs).
For our intelligent systems novel high performance ADCs and DACs have been studied and developed.
Fig. 1 Microphotograph of the proposed Integrated circuits (5mm×5mm)
Research on communication method and network where an intelligent system is supported
Due to send and receive data efficiently, we are studying antennas, transmission lines, signal processing circuits and also communication protocols.
Research on energy systems where an intelligent system is supported
The focus is addressed to life and the energy system in the region, and the evaluation model of the decentralized energy system and the ideal way of a regional traffic system as Global warming measures are researched.
We think these techniques can adjust to the system from which energy-saving is demanded when medical applications such as the embedded devices are applied.
Research of software and theory to make hardware systems work more flexibly and autonomous
Due to make hardware of intelligent systems work more efficiently, the software, the programming language, and the information theory, and so on, are researched to support theoretically for the systems.
Future Development Goals
To research and develop even more intelligent, more human-like, safer and more advanced intelligent systems with autonomy for medical and space applications.
This division reorganized in April 2016, and has been starting to aim at the medical and space applications. In this Division, we will tackle research and development of humanlike and human-friendly intelligent systems with autonomy for medical and space applications using a lot of valuable research results which are improved and united further more by our talented group of research personnel and excellent equipment.