Principal investigators

Masayuki Hirata

Brain-machine interfaces

Main Lab Location:

Osaka Univ. (Suita Campus)

Other Affiliations:

Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics
Osaka University

Departmeny of Neurosurgery
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine





Mailing Address:

2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 Japan



My research focuses on the brain machine interfaces (BMIs). With this technique, the “thought” of a man can be translated into action. The brain signals obtained with intracranial electrodes are decoded in real-time in order to control robots or computers only by thinking, without using his/her own motor system. Our goal is the clinical application of BMI which support the communication and movements of people with severe motor disabilities such as with tetraplegia or locked-in symdrome.

Selected Publications:

Sugata H, Hirata M, Yanagisawa T, et al (2016) Common neural correlates of real and imagined movements contributing to the performance of brain–machine interfaces. Sci Rep 6: 24663

Shayne M, Hirata M, Sugata H, et al (2015) Patient specific cortical electrodes for sulcal and gyral implantation. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 62(4):1034-41

Kageyama Y, Hirata M, Yanagisawa T, et al (2014) Severely affected ALS patients have broad and high expectations for brain-machine interfaces. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener 15(7-8):513-9

Yanagisawa T, Yamashita O, Hirata M, et al (2012) Regulation of motor representation by phase-amplitude coupling in the sensorimotor cortex. J Neurosci 32:15467-15475.

Yanagisawa T, Hirata M, Saitoh Y, et al (2012) Electrocorticographic control of a prosthetic arm in paralyzed patients. Ann Neurol 71:353-361.

Hirata M, Matsushita K, Suzuki T, et al (2011) A fully-implantable wireless system for human brain-machine interfaces using brain surface electrodes: W-HERBS. IEICE Trans Commun E94-B:2448-2453.

Short Biography:

<Academic appointments>
Sept. 2003-Sept.2009
Assistant professor, Division of Functional Diagnostic Science, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Oct, 2009-Mar, 2016
Associate professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka University Medical School
April, 2016 -
Endowed Division Professor, Endowed Division of Clinical Neuroengineering, Global Center for Medical Engineering and Information, Osaka University
2000 Certification of a Neurosurgeon from The Japan Neurosurgical Society
2004 Certification of a Neuroendovascular Surgeon from The Japanese Society for Neuroendovascular Treatment
2006 Certification of a Clinical Neurophysiologist from Japanese Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
2015 Certification of a Clinical Epileptologist from Japan Epilepsy Society
2012     Mimics Innovation Awards 2012
2013     Osaka University 2nd Presidential Awards for Achievement
2014     Osaka University 3rd Presidential Awards for Achievement

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Lab Members:

Toshiki Yoshimine
・Fumiaki Yoshida
Seiji Kameda
Takufumi Yanagisawa
・Masashi Mihara
・Hisashi Suematsu
・Abdelkader N Belkacem
・Hiroaki Hashimoto
・Xin He
・Namhon Kim

・Izumi Kawaguchi
・Masami Ito
・Yoshiko Takeuchi
・Yuko Ishitobi