Special Issue on Medical Science and Engineering Cooperation
Hideaki Takanobu and Taketoshi Mori
Intentions for health and well-being are increasing as associated technology has progressed. In 2011, the average life span of Japanese men was 79.44 years and that of women was 85.90 years. This situation has made cooperation in medical science and engineering an important issue in robotics and mechatronics research. In the same way, cooperation in medical science and engineering has come to include operations support, life support, informational intelligence, virtual reality, and so on. The following special issues in the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics have been related to medical science and engineering: – Special Issue on Service Technology for Health andWell-Being, Vol.20, No.6. – Special Issue on Human Modeling in Robotics, Vol.17, No.6. – Special Issue on Advanced Mechatronics Technology for Life Support and Human Welfare, Vol.4, No.4. This next special issue centers on the following keywords: wheelchair, rehabilitation support system, life pattern estimation, blood flow measurement, diagnostic probe, surgical navigation, children, blood pressure, safe actuator, gait rehabilitation, measurement, and children’s behavior. We thank all of the authors who have submitted their papers for this special issue and reviewers for their time and effort. We also thank the JRM Editorial Board for the opportunity to take part in this work.
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