Yoshiyuki Sankai
Innovative Cybernic System for a ZERO Intensive Nursing‐care Society
Program Manager
Yoshiyuki Sankai
  • Program Official HP
1987 received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Univ. of Tsukuba
1998 Visiting Professor, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (U.S.)
2003 Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, Univ. of Tsukuba
2011 Director, Center for Cybernics Research, Univ. of Tsukuba 2014 ImPACT Program Manager (Cross appointment between Univ. of Tsukuba and JST; Effort: 80%)
Pioneered leading-edge technology in a new field called innovative Cyborgtype robot, and established a venture company. Led the intellectual property strategy, and international standard setting by ISO. Robot Suit HAL acquired CE marking certification for medical devices and realized the application to the public worker’s compensation insurance in Germany. Displayed a high capacity for international business management, leading an IPO and international expansion. Achieved results as a principal researcher in the FIRST program (2009-2014) organized by the government Cabinet Office. Has been a council member on the global agenda of the World Economic Forum. Received numerous awards for his achievement.

What's New


Intensive nursing-care is a common and serious social problem in advanced countries with high longevity. In this program, an innovative cybernic system that fuses and combines the brain-nerve-muscular system, robots and other devices, improves/extends/amplifies/assists the residual functions of human beings. PM’s challenges are to promote the creation of new industries using the innovative human support technologies, to realize a “ZERO Intensive Nursing-care Society,” to realize a paradigm shift from the conventional consumption economy to the social problem-solving economy, and to realize industrial and social innovations, by implementing the proposed technology in society as a life-support infrastructure.

Disruptive Innovation

Keys to breakthrough  

  • Innovative Cybenic technologies to process and treat the information of the brainnerve-muscular system for fusing/combining human and robot in order to realize a ZERO intensive nursing-care society - CEJ(Cybernics Excellence Japan) with straight-through process as Multidisciplinary Innovation Platform to create a social problem-solving industry - Demonstration of CEJ mechanism to create the innovation and the business startups on Cybernic technology.

The Challenges for the PM and the Impact of Success

Overview and background

  • Intensive nursing-care in developed countries with longevity is a serious unresolved common social problem placing a heavy burden on families and society. PM’s challenges are to research and develop assistive technology, Innovative Cybernic System, realizing fusion/combination of human and robot, and to realize "a ZERO intensive nursing-care society" through constructing the lifesupport infrastructure and promoting social implementation of proposed innovative technology.

Impact on industry and society in the event of achievement

  • Creation of innovative human assistive technology and industry fusing/combining human and robot, Paradigm shift from a conventional consumption economy to a social problem-solving economy, and Realization of industrial and social transformation through social business innovation.

Scenario for Success and Achievement Targets

Method of resolution for success (Approach)

  • Research and development of the innovative technologies (Cybernic Interface/Device/System) in order to improve the patient’s independence and to reduce the caregiver’s burden dramatically.

Achievement targets

  • To realize the partial or easy nursing-care by the proposed innovative technologies for the patients/caregivers in the movement/excretion/physiological management.
  • To develop the Cybernic Interface/Device/System with international standards (ISO13482/13485).
  • To demonstrate and validate a zero intensive nursing-care in some local community fields.
  • To create/establish the CEJ (Cybernics Excellence Japan) in cooperation with partner organizations for the Industrial/Social innovation as the Multidisciplinary Innovation Platform.
  • To become possible to adapt the proposed technologies to the industrial/disaster response fields as dual-use technology.

Management strategies

  • Flexible management through the establishment of the ImPACT R&D promotion core and the on-demand competition corresponding to the requirement of R&D elements through the feedback of the progress. Management constructing partner organizations for the creation of the new industry toward a social problem-solving economy, and industrial and social transformations.


  • Dramatical reduction of intensive nursing-care in developed countries with longevity.
  • Social acceptance of transformation from conventional consumption economy to social problem-solving economy.

Overall R&D Program Structure Created by the PM

Implementation Structure as Assembled by the PM

Keys of the implementation structure

  • The ImPACT research and development core conducts competitions on a daily, on demand basis concerning the elements of individual issues or each issue, managing research and development contractors and providing appropriate feedback. In certain cases, have organizations that are expected to achieve the goal simultaneously and concurrently participate as needed, and while hedging risk and ensuring effectiveness, manage the whole program based on speed of implementation.

Approach to selection of institutions

  • The Univ. of Tsukuba Center for Cybernics Research is the global leader in the field of human support technologies. It is an innovative center closely integrating humans, technology and society that makes its research findings available for commercialization and social applications through personnel development and collaboration between industry, government, and academia. In addition, it is a leading center in the cybernics field.
  • The Assisted Living Robot Safety Test Center is an organization for testing safety, the only organization in the world with a safety standard compatibility evaluation method in this field. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is its parent organization.
  • Cyberdyne Inc is world-class organization with the experience of achieving the social implementation of devices and systems that meet the international standards (ISO) required by this program, right from basic research and development (including obtaining CE mark certification as a medical device, stock listing, and international business development).


The Cabinet Office
ImPACT: Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program
ImPACT Program Manager
Yoshiyuki Sankai
Associate Program Manager
Tomio Shindo