Medical Care-Welfare Engineering

The research and education in our department concerns the welfare of human beings in their various environments. While our industrialized society brings us high-performance technology and modern comforts, often there are inefficiencies and collisions between the interfaces of humans and mechanical systems with undesirable and possibly detrimental results. Our role is to achieve the level of operations between humans and mechanical systems so that they perform as one, resulting in a society that will be comfortable for human life, and able to supply safe and reliable industrial products.

The Department of Medical Care-Welfare Engineering was founded in 1992 to contribute to the care-welfare engineering field serving an increasingly aged society. The program for the Master’s degree was first established, and in 1995 the course for the Doctoral degree was added. In those earlier times of the program, most candidates worked simultaneously as professional physical therapists, occupational therapists, clinical laboratory technologists, and radiological technicians. Now most candidates enter the program directly after earning their bachelor’s degree. The program is designed to provide candidates with the best education for enriching the safety and quality of human life within their environments.

The program are taught by professors from a wide range of specialties, including ergonomic health engineering, welfare engineering, mechanical engineering, measurement and instrument engineering, and safety engineering. Their outstanding research activities have gained worldwide recognition.
Our classes and laboratories cover diverse fields, but contain small numbers of students to ensure easy discussions with professors.

Our research is interdisciplinary, integrating research from both medicine and engineering, especially that which concerns human life, safety, and the environment. Students are divided into small groups according to their specialties. Under the guidance of their professors, students find solutions for technical problems under given conditions, with their results being presented at both national and international conferences. After earning their degrees, students will not only be ready to be hired in engineering positions at leading companies, but will also be ready to contribute to an environmentally safe society.