Tender Care

"Humanitude": Tender care for dementia

We are participating in JST CREST "Humanitude Project" from 2017 to 2022. In this project, we are developing a wearable tactile sensor which can measure the position and the pressure applied on a patient body for quantifying care skills in the care technique called "Humanitude". Humanitude has been attracting much attention as a gentle and effective care technique for a dementia patient in recent years. The developed wearable tactile sensor aims to quantify the "touch" skill among the four representative skills in Humanitude, which are gaze, touch, talk, and stand up. In addition, we are developing a learning system of Humanitude using AR technology and a real object, which realizes the interaction between a care-giver and a patient by overlaying a face and eyes of a patient on a real doll using AR technology.

Humanitude AR Training System, HEARTS 2 (French) Humanitude AR Training System, HEARTS 2 (English)
Weareable touch sensor AR training system
Humanituide AR Training System, HEARTS 3: Preparation for meeting Humanituide AR Training System, HEARTS 3: Preparation for care
Humanituide AR Training System, HEARTS 3: Connecting perception Humanituide AR Training System, HEARTS 3: Emotional connection and promise to meet again


  • Lifelogging caption generation via fourth-person vision in a human-robot symbiotic environment
    Kazuto Nakashima, Yumi Iwashita, and Ryo Kurazume
    ROBOMECH Journal, Vol., No., pp., 2020, DOI:
  • Development of dementia care training system based on augmented reality and whole body wearable tactile sensor
    Tomoki Hiramatsu, Masaya Kamei, Daiji Inoue, Akihiro Kawamura, Ryo Kurazume, 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020), Las Vegas, USA, 2020.10.25-29, pp., 2020
  • First-person video analysis for evaluating skill level in the Humanitude tender-care technique
    Atsushi Nakazawa, Yuki Mitsuzumi, Yuki Watanabe, Ryo Kurazume, Sakiko Yoshikawa, Miwako Honda, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, Vol.98, No.1, pp.103-118, 2019, DOI:10.1007/s10846-019-01052-8
  • Computational Tender-Care Science: Computational and Cognitive Neuroscientific Approaches for Understanding the Tender Care
    Atsushi Nakazawa, Ryo Kurazume, Miwako Honda, Sato Wataru, Shogo Ishikawa, Sakiko Yoshikawa, Mio Ito, Workshop on Elderly Care Robotics - Technology and Ethics (WELCARO) in ICRA2018, Brisbane, Australia, 2018.5.21
  • Development of AR care training system
    Tomoki Hiramatsu, Akihiro Kawamura, Ryo Kurazume, Proc. The 15th Joint Workshop on Machine Perception and Robotics (MPR19), P2-17, Shiga, 2019.11.21-22