Special Presentation: "Innovative Cybernics Technologies to Address Societal Challenges -- The Role of Cybernics to Create a Future 'Society 5.0'"

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles are co-hosting the presentation, “Innovative Cybernics Technologies to Address Societal Challenges -- The Role of Cybernics to Create a Future ‘Society 5.0,’” featuring University of Tsukuba professor and Cyberdyne Inc. founder Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai.


Cyberdyne Inc. Chief Executive Officer Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor at University of Tsukuba and Executive Research Director at the Center for Cybernics Research, has created innovative Cybernics Technologies to improve/treat/support/expand the function of the brain-nerve systems, physiological systems and physical systems of patients or elderly persons. He also has been promoting the social implementation of these Cybernics technologies in order to create a Future "Society 5.0."

Dr. Sankai will speak on the role of Cybernics, which fuses "Humans," "AI-Robots" and "Information Systems,” and introduce some innovative Cybernics technologies. The world’s first Wearable Cyborg HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limbs) is a representative example of Cybernics Technologies. HAL is called the world's first “Wearable Cyborg” because it functionally fuses with the human wearer using bioelectrical signals derived from the brain-nerve system. Wearing the HAL establishes an interactive BioFeedback (iBF) loop between the brain/body and HAL, strengthening and modulating synaptic connections between nerves and nerves, and between nerves and muscles. 
The lecture will cover the latest information on various innovative Cybernics Technologies such as those involved in the vital sensing of human physiology and those in labor support using AI-robots, that are actively being implemented in the medical, welfare, and living fields including the work environment.
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Doors Open & Refreshments
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Talk, Demonstration and Q&A
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Light Refreshments
Admission: Complimentary 
Place: JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, 5th Floor Salon
            At Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Access and parking: 
By Car: Parking garage at Hollywood & Highland can be entered from Highland Avenue or Orange Drive.
Free self-parking will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event with your RSVP. All others will receive validated parking at JAPAN HOUSE for 2 hours at a rate of $3; then $2 every 20 minutes or $6 per hour. $18 daily maximum. Please bring your parking ticket.
By Metro: The Metro Red Line, Hollywood/Highland station, is conveniently located directly below Hollywood & Highland. 
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About Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai

Yoshiyuki Sankai earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tsukuba in Japan in 1987. He is a professor at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba. Dr. Sankai is also a visiting professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in the United States, as well as Executive Research Director at the Center for Cybernics Research, University of Tsukuba.  In addition, he is the founder and President and CEO of CYBERDYNE, INC.
Other affiliations:
Robotics Society of Japan (“RSJ”) (Fellow, 2012)
Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (“SICE”) (Fellow, 2014)
Advanced Robotics (Chairman, 2005; Executive Board Member, 2004-2005
Japan Society of Embolus Detection and Treatment (Executive Board Member, 2000-2012; Congress Head, 2003; President, 2003)
Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies (“ImPACT”) program, which was initiated by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (“CSTI”) of the Cabinet Office in Japan (Program Manager, 2014-2018)
Global Agenda Council on Robotics & Smart Devices (Member, 2011-2014)
Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Center Partner, 2017-)
Global Future Council of Production of World Economic Forum (Member, 2018-)

Dr. Sankai has established and championed a new academic field, “Cybernics: the fusion and combination of humans, machines and information systems,” bringing together differing realms of academia in brain/neuroscience, behavioral science, robotic engineering, IT, artificial intelligence, system integration, biology, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law, and business. Equipped with Cybernics, he is addressing the social issues of a super-aging society with the development of innovative technologies, establishment of new industries, and cultivation of next-generation entrepreneurs, and pioneering the future through the promotion of a virtuous cycle of innovation. 
In an effort to use his research results for the benefit of society, in June 2004, Dr. Sankai founded CYBERDYNE, INC.; a company designed to pioneer the future by developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative Cybernic systems and services in the fields of medicine, welfare, labor, production, and life.  Dr. Sankai’s achievements include the development of HAL – the world’s first wearable cyborg-type robot that promotes functional improvement/regeneration of the brain, nerve, and physical systems – from basic research through real-world implementation. In addition to developing Medical HAL, which has acquired various clearances as a medical device and approvals for insurance coverage in the E.U., U.S. and Japan, Dr. Sankai continues to advance the development and application of various Cybernic systems (Vital Sensor, Precision Medicine, Human Big Data aggregation, AI analytics and statistical computing with super computers, other Cybernic robots) and is working toward the realization of social and industrial visions known as “ZERO Intensive Nursing-care Society” and “Society 5.0/5.1.” A platform for Cybernics treatment that promotes functional improvement/regeneration using Medical HAL is emerging internationally.  
【Main awards associated with Yoshiyuki Sankai】

2005  The 2005 World Technology Award (Grand Prize)
2006  Good Design Award (Gold Prize)
Japan Innovator Award (Award of Excellence)
2007  The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
2009  21st Century Invention Award at the National Invention Awards, “Development of Cyborg-type Robot Technology”
2011  NetExplorateurs of the Year 2011 at France UNESCO Headquarters
2012  The 2012 Capek Award at INNOROBO
2013  The 2014 Technology Pioneer at the Davos World Economic Forum
2014  2014 Edison Awards Gold Award 
DealWatch Awards 2013, IPO of the Year at Thomson Reuters
2015  Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, 
DealWatch Awards 2014, Innovative Equity Deal of the Year (Thomson Reuters), 
The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
Zaikai Business Leader of the Year Award
2016  DIA Japan Outstanding Contribution to Health Award 
Robot Award - Minister of Health Labour and Welfare Award
2017  Prime Ministers Award (The Nippon Venture Award)
2019  Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award (Technology Management and Innovation Award)
Ichimura Prize in Industry for Distinguished Achievement
The Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon
Photo Credit: Prof. Sankai, University of Tsukuba / CYBERDYNE Inc.