Associate Prof. Hiroaki Wagatsuma (Dept. Human Intelligence Systems, LSSE) have actively engaged studies of biomechanics of Paralympians under the cooperation with Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences, University of Tsukuba and Japan Wheelchair Basketball Federation (JWBF) in the aim of contributions for the concept of "Normalization principle", which makes available to all people with disabilities patterns of life and conditions of everyday living which are as close as possible to the regular circumstances and ways of life or society.
The NHK TV program broadcasted on August 7 focused on the Patrick Anderson, who is a prominent athlete significantly contributed for consecutive gold medals of the Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Team, and highlighted the world's first EEG measurement done by Prof. Wagatsuma and a graduate school student in his laboratory. For the EEG measurement, he newly introduced a signal decomposition method to analyze the brain activity even in vigorous exercise (Balbir & Wagatsuma, Comput. Math. Methods in Med. 2017), based on the sparse modeling theory.
The biomedical analysis of the simultaneous recording of EEG, eye-tracking and motion-capture systems revealed why Patrick is the prominent athlete and unique in performance, by using cutting-edge methods provided at Kyutech.