HSR : Human Support Robot to assist people in daily life

Dr. Takahiro Nakayama

Assistant Manager, Partner Robot Div.

Toyota Motor Corporation



中山 貴裕 氏





Toyota has been developing human-assisting partner robots which will be able to assist with human activities in applications such as assistance, elderly care, manufacturing, and mobility in the future. 

Human Support Robot (HSR) is being developed to assist people in their everyday activities. The HSR has several features: (1) compact body and smooth omni-directional movement, (2) integrated control of multi-DOF arm and omni-directional base, (3) large workspace achieved with telescoping body, (4) multiple sensors for environment recognition and object detection, and (5) ROS based system and development environment. In the near future, the HSR will coexist with family members in the home, providing support to improve living conditions and the overall quality of life.




Takahiro Nakayama received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electronic engineering, from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1998, 2000, and 2003, respectively. From 2003 to 2007, he served as a Research Associate in New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, where he researched algorithms, circuits, and systems for image compression, transmission, and recognition. In 2007, he joined Toyota Motor Corporation, Aichi, Japan. He is currently engaged in research and development of functional safety system, tactile sensor system, and inertial sensor system for robot application. His research interests include functional safety technology for electronic/programmable electronic related system, sensor device and sensing method, and intelligent sensor network system. Dr. Nakayama is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.


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