Design of Information Infrastructure Technologies Harmonized with Societies

Strategic Objects

“Development of intelligent information processing technology to realize creative collaboration between human and machines”

“Creation, advancement, and systematization of innovative information technologies and their underlying mathematical methodologies for obtaining new knowledge and insight from use of big data across different fields”

Research Supervisor

Hiroto Yasuura(Executive Vice President / Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University)


Information technology (IT) is, nowadays, an infrastructure of various social systems as a nervous system of each community, and provides the most important means of value creation and problem solving in modern society. A new IT system is accepted by a society and causes social innovation, when the system is harmonized with culture and social moral, which evolve under natural and historical restriction of each society.

This research area provides researchers a field of discussions and practical experiences unifying basic technologies, social systems, service mechanisms, and business models to be harmonized the technologies with societies. Each researcher assumes an actual social problem, and proposes a scenario of solution acceptable by the society, as well as technologies such as artificial intelligence, computer science, sensor technology, network technology, simulation, robotics, human-machine interface and so on to solve the social problem. The research project is done by a fieldwork style for each real social problem, such as environmental monitoring or disaster preventions for global scale and social problems in local regions or communities.

Collaboration of IT people with researchers in natural science, engineering, life science and social science are strongly recommended. Reversely, researchers in various fields are also welcome to participating in this area. The goal of this research area is to foster leading IT researchers, who lead fusions of different areas for implementing social information infrastructure. We are planning to provide the researchers with opportunities of interchange with industrial leaders and policymakers.

Research Area Advisors

・Noriko Arai
Research Organization of Information and Systems National Institute of Informatics

・Shuichi Inada
Project Professor, The University of Tokyo

・Masahiko Inami
Professor, The University of Tokyo

・Yasunori Kimura
Fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.

・Hideaki Shiroyama
Professor, The University of Tokyo

・Kumiyo Nakakoji
Professor, Kyoto University

・Susumu Hayashi
Professor, Kyoto University

・Hiroshi Maruyama
Executive Fellow., Preferred Networks, Inc.

・Shin-ichi Minato
Professor, Hokkaido University

・Keiji Yamada
Vice President, NEC Central Research Laboratories

Year Started : 2014

Representation and Reproduction of a “Ba of Learning” Using Massively Networked Interactions

Research Director:
Hiroaki Kawashima(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University)

Creation of Fundamental Technologies for Enhancing Low-cost Development of Order-made Sensor Networks

Research Director:
Yoshihiro Kawahara(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)

Information Processing Technology to Sense and Identificate Bio-Rheological Properties and its Medical Application

Research Director:
Yo Kobayashi(Associate Professor, Future Robotics Organization/Faculty of Science & Engineering, Waseda University)

WillingRing: A Motivation System using Gamified Pre-commitment based on Analysis of Users’ Behaviors from Various Sources

Research Director:
Kazunori Sakamoto(Assistant Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems)

Cloudization of space-time measurement, besed on the scattered clock network system

Research Director:
Nobuyasu Shiga(PI, Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT))

Reinventing the Built Environment through Integration of Innovative User Interface Technology

Research Director:
Yuichiro Takeuchi(Associate Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.)

Communication Assistive Technology for Skills and Feelings Based on Inner Characteristics of Haptic Perception

Research Director:
Yoshihiro Tanaka(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology)

Creation of innovative technologies for robust real-time spatial sensing based on biosonar system of bats

Research Director:
Shizuko Hiryu(Associate professor, Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences, Doshisha University)

Development of the tailor-made educational program using the biological information

Research Director:
Chihiro Hosoda(PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technoligy Agency (JST))

Development of big data integration environment and modeling methods for multi-sclae data sets incomplex social systems

Research Director:
Kenta Yamada(Assistant Professor, Graduate school of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Analyses of neural mechanism and algorithm of infant calming response

Research Director:
Sachine Yoshida(Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University)

Year Started : 2015

Spatio-Temporal Information Correction Mechanism for Wildlife-Wearable Sensors

Research Director:
Hiroki Kobayahshi(Senior Lecturer, Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo)

Adaptive communication support system for persons with articulation disorders resulting from cerebral palsy

Research Director:
Tetsuya Takiguchi(Associate Professor, Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, Kobe University)

Establishment and its popularization of the AR system that allows a housebound person to virtually go out by sharing their senses with robots or another person.

Research Director:
Emi Tamaki(Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University)

A Wearable System Platform to Establish the Psychological Informatics for Information Presentation

Research Director:
Tsutomu Terada(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University)

Creation of Energy-Harvesting-and-Sensing-Combined Integrated Biosensor Platform Enabling Non-Invasive, High-Time-Resolution Medical Big-Data Collection for Evidence-Based Medical Care

Research Director:
Kiichi Niitsu(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University)

Urban mechanism analysis based on activity, travel behavior and facility location data

Research Director:
Yusuke Hara(Assistant Professor, Graduate Scool of Information Sciences, Tohoku University)

Building Sensory Integration Model for Gait and Application to Walking Guidance Method

Research Director:
Masahiro Furukawa(Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University)

Construction of information technologies to achieve high-speed and energy-saving drug discovery by Eco-pharma

Research Director:
Yoshihiro Yamanishi(Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University)

Year Started : 2016

Interactive 3D Modeling and Supporting Construction Process for Handicraft

Yuki Igarashi (Senior Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University)

Elucidation of brain dysfunction dynamics using Boltzmann machine

Takahiro Ezaki (PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency )

Collective Open Eyewear- Glasses to Augment the Intelligence of Society

Kai Kunze (Associate professor, Graduate school of Media Design, Keio University)

Bilateral Adaptive Human-Robot System Leveraging Personality

Yuichi Kurita (Associate Professor, Institute of Engineering, Hiroshima University)

Midair imaging by ambient light in public space to induce human behaviour

Naoya Koizumi (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications)

Development and validation of social networking priciples for supporting diverge information folows and value creation

Kazutoshi Sasahara (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University)

Dveloping information technology for emotional reality that brings secure feeling and reduces the feeling of loneliness

Masashi Nakatani (PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency )

Development of information sharing promotion system for people and robots with blink as a clue

Tamami Nakano (Associate Professor, Graduate Schol of Frontiers Bioscience, Osaka University)

Optimization of Surgical Envirornment using Mesurement, Analysis, and Visualization Technologies for anatomy and procedure

Ryoichi Nakamura (Associate Professor, Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Chiba University)

Next-Generation Damage Estimate System to Unexperienced Disaster Phenomena from Various Information

Yu Hiroi (Associate Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Fundamental Technologies for Visualizing Body-in-Mind Based on Gaze Behavior and Supporting Body Optimization

Kazumichi Matsumiya (Associate Professor, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University)

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