Research and development of functional restoration of the brain using brain machine interfaces (BMIs)
Our research focus is to develop high performance BMIs that support seriously disabled people for motor and communication control using accurate electrical neural activity (electrocorticograms) recorded from an electrode sheet placed directly on the brain surface.
This method is superior to other methods regarding long term recording stability. A fully implantable wireless device enables high performance BMIs available for 24 hours / day and may be convenient and useful for severely disabled people.
Until now, using our BMIs, severely disable people successfully controlled a robot arm and used assistive communication devices.
Our next step is to start clinical research of BMIs using a fully implantable device.
- Dr. Hiroaki Hashimoto was chosen as the first place in The 77th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neurosurgical Society BRONZE Project 2018.10.15
- Dr. Abdelkader Nasreddine Belkacem won Innovators Under35 MENA for the year 2018, MIT Technology Review Arabia. 2018.09.24
- Dr. Hiroaki Hashimoto won the encouragement award at the 23th Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation 2018.09.20
- Dr. Masamichi Hayashi won the Young Scientists’ Award at 2nd Japanese Meeting for Human Brain Imaging 2018.08.31
- Professor Masayuki Hirata appeared on a TV program, BS Japan 7ch ‘Future of Japan’ 2018.08.11