Special Issue on Hyper Performance Robotics and Mechatronics
Hideaki Takanobu*, and Toshio Morita**
*Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Kogakuin University, 1-24-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-8677, Japan
**Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522, Japan
This special issue presents important research results in the field of robotics and mechatronics under the key concept of Hyper Performance – performance in which special techniques lead to performance that surpasses the conventional ones. Originality is indispensable to research. Generally, originality in robotics and mechatronics lies both in the research focus and in the quality of specifications and functions such as size, velocity, and power. In this line, this special issue views studies demonstrating excellent performance in terms of specifications and functions. This issue includes outlines of hyper performance robotics and mechatronics, and research on under-actuated system and medical applications. Each contribution has been highly evaluated on its own individual merits and provides insights on hyper performance. We feel certain that readers will find these articles both interesting and informative in defining hyper performance in specifications and functions. We thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Makoto Kaneko of Hiroshima University, the members of the editing committee, and the secretariat of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics for their invaluable efforts in editing this issue. We also thank the reviewers who took time out of their busy schedules to provide insightful comments. Without the support of all these people, this special issue would not have been possible.
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