Copycat Hand for All 3D hand posture estimation SIGGRAPH 2006 human hand tracking
mimicking by dexterous robotic hand calligraphy pneumatic robot arm SIGGRAPH 2008
optical tactile sensor JoystickEverywhere handling at fingertips robot hand controlled with data glove

Welcome to Kiyoshi Hoshino Lab., University of Tsukuba

Contact:  Prof.Kiyoshi Hoshino
He received two doctor's degrees; one in Medical Science in 1993, and the other in Engineering in 1996, from the University of Tokyo respectively. From 1993 to 1995, he was an assistant professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University School of Medicine. From 1995 to 2002, he was an associate professor at University of the Ryukyus. From 2002, he was an associate professor at the Biological Cybernetics Lab of University of Tsukuba. He is now a professor. From 1998 to 2001, he was jointly appointed as a senior researcher of the PRESTO "Information and Human Activity" project of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). From 2002 to 2005, he was a project leader of a SORST project of JST.

Our focus:
Dexterity is manifested most in hand motions. Our goal is to understand the dexterity of the human hand and imitate that with robot hands. Our lab is now developing and implementing a robot hand system that can imitate the dexterous motions of humans by watching or mimicking them. As concrete research topics, for example, we are designing dexterous robot hands and arms, and carrying out control experiments; developing a high-speed estimation system of the human hand posture with high accuracy; and prototyping matrix pressure sensors which are as thin and soft as human skin.

What's New:
- Accepted at Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Programme (SCOPE) of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). (Aug. 2010)
- Accepted at SIGGRAPH 2010 Emerging Technologies. (May 2010)
- IJCAI-09 AI Video Awards. (Jul. 2009)
- K. Hoshino and W. Don Gayan K.: Actuator, PCT/JP2009/58619, 07/05/2009. (May 2009)
- Laval Virtual 2009 Awards. (Apr. 2009)
- K. Hoshino and M. Tomida: Device of hand posture estimation, method and program of hand tracking, PCT/JP2009/57851, 20/04/2009. (Apr. 2009)
- Accepted as "Invited" and "Welcome" classes at Laval Virtual ReVolution 2009. (Mar. 2009)

(updated in Sept. 2010.)
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