Minoru Kamata / Professor / Division of Environmental Studies
Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies / / Assistive Technology

Career Summary
1982: Graduated from Faculty of Engineering (University of Tokyo)
1987: Received engineering doctorate from University of Tokyo
1987: Researcher (RI, Class NK)
1990: Lecturer (University of Tokyo)
1991: Associate Professor (University of Tokyo)
2002: Professor (University of Tokyo)
2009-2013: Director, Institute of Gerontology (University of Tokyo)
2013: Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (University of Tokyo)
Educational Activities
Graduate School:Mechanical Noise and Vibration
Undergraduate School:Automotive Engineering, Assistive Technology
Research Activities
This field captures human life from the point of view of quality in life and quality of life that vary in accordance with the social change such as aging, individualization, high-technologization, and globalization. Our aim is to promote the progress of science and contribute to society by integrating knowledge on all academic related to human life by making policy proposals, building social systems and developing new assistive technology.
[Assistive technology and System/ Design]
- Development of product to suit human behavior, motility, physiological, cognitive characteristics and psychological characteristics
- Assessment in automobiles, electric powered wheelchair simulator
- Development of assistive information technology using robotics technology for patients with dementia
- Product design in assistive devices
- Evaluation and development methodology adopt clinical evaluation and outcome measurement
- Human interaction and interfaces

[Social Participation/ Mobility]
- Mobility design for the elderly to enable greater social acceptance
- Education methodology and feature extracting of elderly driver
- Comprehensive systems in community-based care field
- A new urban development strategies of the knowledge in interdisciplinary
- Proposition in on-demand system tailored to local needs

Automobile Safety
Automobile Safety

Assitive Devices
Assitive Devices


1) M.Nihei, M.Kamata, A Survey of the Elderly in Regional Cities on their Attitudes toward Driving and Giving up Driving, J. of Mechanical Systems for Transportation and Logistics, 5-1, 98-109(2012)

2) M.Shino, M.Kamata, et al, Analysis on driver behavior accompanying traffic circumstance based on forward collision near-miss incident data in car following situation, JSAE Review, 31-1, 85-90(2010)
3) T.Inoue, M.Nihei, M.Shino, M.Kamata, et al, Field-based Development of an Informaiotn Support Robot for Persons with Dementia, J. on Technology and Disability, 24-4, 263-271(2012)

Other Activities
Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE)
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
Human Interface Society (HISJ)
Japanese Society for Wellbeing Science and Assistive Technology (JSWSAT)
Future Plan
We cover a wide range of research on assistive technology, from design theory, analysis/ modeling, equipment development, assistive product design to implementation in society. Though collaboration with national projects, user groups, consortium research organizations for aging society and enterprises we subject core research activities in the field of assistive technology.
We also have international research exchange with research institutions deploying Geron technology and Assistive technology.
Messages to Students
I would like to create hopefull super-aged-society with you.