Hirai, Shinichi

Shinichi Hirai is head of the Hirai Laboratory for Integrated Machine Intelligence, Ritsumeikan University, Biwako-Kusatsu Campus, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan. The lab was founded in 1996.

Hirai researches tensegrity as a new paradigm for robotic movement. The robots in Hirai''s lab consist of rigid elements connected by tensional members. Changing the tension, hence the length, of the tensional members yields locomotion over terrain.

Tensegrity robot achieving locomotion by changing the tension of its tensile network. By Hirai Lab.

Links and References

Tensegrity robotics web page: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/se/~hirai/research/tensegrity-e.html
Department website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/se/~hirai/index-frame-e.html

Portal to Robotics
A series on robotics.
Robots: 6 strut, Biot, Robotics, Morphological Computation, Super Ball Bot
People: Agogino, Behzadipour, Hirai, Shai, Sterk, SunSpiral , Tensegriteam
Organizations: UC Berkeley
Software: Nasa's NTRT