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Dr Tatsuto Suzuki
Person Environment Activitiy Research Laboratory (PEARL)
Yew Tree Avenue, Dagenham
RM10 7FN
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  • Technician
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Tatsuto Suzuki is a research technician of the Person Environment Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL, UCL), which is a successor of the Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA, UCL). His research interests are directed towards understanding task-oriented person's multi-sensorial activities (vision, hearing, and tactile) and locomotion of people in aged and/or with various disabilities, and improving environments and assistive devices for quality of life, health and safety.

As a member of UCL Accessibility Research Group and Centre for Transport Studies, Dr Tatsuto Suzuki is working in PEARL with Professor Nick Tyler, to conduct research testing person-environment interactions from neurological, physiological, orthopaedic and multisensorial perspectives, with academics and students from UCL and international research institutions.

Dr Tatsuto Suzuki would like to have new multidisciplinary connections and ideas for international accessibility research for all.

Before joining to UCL, Dr Tatsuto Suzuki worked as an associate professor at the National Institute of Technology, Maizuru College in Japan, for education about mechanical engineering and research about assistive technologies, especially development of control system for hybrid(Human and machine) powered attendant propelled wheelchairs.

Research Summary

Healthy aging brings well-being in older people. New medical methodologies contribute longer life expectancy, however, most of older people are likely to have health problems, especially in musculoskeletal system, vision and brain functions, over a certain age because of lots of complicated factors like lifestyles, food digestions, and genes. It could worse for people living with disabilities. To have older life with health problems better for all in any situations, Dr Tatsuto Suzuki mainly focuses on investigating what people living with disability can comfortably do in their daily life at home and public transport, and if not how difficult it is. He also focuses on how make the life of people living with disability better, with adapting environment and assistive technology to individual capabilities.

Dr Tatsuto Suzuki conducts his research at the Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL, UCL) started in 2021. PEARL is a unique facility to explore the ways in which people interact with their environment, and can change the profile, type and material of the physical environment, including the ground, simulate lighting of any colour and intensity (PEARL is the only facility in the world that can match environmental lighting to the sensitivity of the human eye in both intensity and colour), create and manipulate ambient and specific sounds, include controlled olfaction sensations, and set up any type of real size life environments. PEARL enables us to study in detail how people actually interact with the environment and each other, by enabling us to test detailed differences in the environment, so that we can obtain rich data for use in the design of real environments for individual cases.

Dr Tatsuto Suzuki's research interests are;

- Investigation of basic behaviour and comfort of daily activities for people in aged or living with disability

- Improvement and development of environment and assistive technology for individual capability.

- Evaluation and improvement of wheelchairs and other personal mobilities.

- Locomotion with multisensorial activities

- Biomechanics

- Control and measurement systems

- Mechanism

- Health and safety

Previous researches which Dr Tatsuto Suzuki involved are;

- Evaluation of pushing load of wheelchairs on soft pedestrian surfaces (2022)

- Legibility of bus blind systems (2022)

- Thermal comfort in bus trip (2021 -)

- Pedestrian and e-scooter interaction (2020 -)

- Pedestrian's crossing behaviour in car traffic (2019)

- Development of bus acceleration indicator (2018)

- Evaluation of walking style on soft pedestrian surfaces (2017)

- Assessment of tripping hazard by a single step from pedestrian feet movements and eye behaviours (2017)

- Evaluation of audio guide system for visually impaired people (2017)

- Monitoring patient's comfort in hospital (2018 - 2020)

- Development of bus acceleration indicator (2018)

- Development of fuel cell powered wheelchair (2016 - 2017)

- Individual accessibility at home for people living with dementia (2014 - 2018)

- Development of micro load cell for sensing pushing forces of manual wheelchairs (2014 - 2015)

- Development of powered assist chair for sit-to-stand (2013 - 2018)

- Evaluation of manual wheelchair with different settings (2011 - 2012)

- Evaluation of powered attendant-propelled wheelchair with assist-as-needed control (2011 - 2012)

- Modelling attendant and attendant-propelled wheelchair in straight pushing for optimising assistive control (2008 - 2010)

- Investigation of mechanical power in hand cranking (2007 - 2011)

- Evaluation of required capability of attendant pushing a wheelchair (2004 - 2009)

- Evaluation of road noise from an automotive tire rolling on porous concrete road surface (1998 - 2001) 

Teaching Summary

Department of Civil, Environment, and Geomatic Engineering, UCL (2019 - ) 

I currently teach on the following topics as part of Professor Nick Tyler's Msc T19 lecture.

- Human motion, assistive technology and accessibility

- Research method and measurement systems in PEARL

Department of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, UCL (2018)

I taught on the following topic as part of Dr Ian McCarthy's Msc lecture.

- Assistive devices and environments in research of Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA).

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Maizuru College, Japan (1994 - 2013)

- Control Engineering

- Mechanical Design with CAD systems

- Electrical Engineering

- Kinetics

- Applied Physics

01-MAY-2021 PEARL technician - Specialist lead (Programming) Civil, Environment and Geomatic Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2018 Visiting Faculty Member Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine Osaka University, Japan
20-JAN-2014 – 30-APR-2021 PAMELA Research Technician Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 – 30-SEP-2012 Research Fellow Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2008 – 30-SEP-2013 Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering National Institution of Technology, Maizuru College, Japan
01-APR-1994 – 31-DEC-2007 Research Assistant Mechanical Engineering National Institute of Technology, Maizuru College, Japan
01-APR-1994 – 31-DEC-2013 Research Fellow Mechanical Engineering Kansai University, Japan
Academic Background
  MSc Master of Mechanical Engineering  
  Dr Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)  
  BSc Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering  
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