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 Supervisor’s Policy on Call for Application, Selection, and Management of the Research Area

 Because of rapid progress of semiconductor and computer engineering in the last half century, Information Technology (IT) has been introduced into various social services and infrastructures in governments, finance, education, transportations and communications, and essentially changed our society. These technologies have been harmonized with each society, which has different culture and history, and caused innovation in the society. It is a great challenge by IT utilization to resolve various social problems such as aging societies, globalization, environmental problems, energy supply, food and water supply, and population explosion.
 In this research area, we aim to establish information infrastructure technology harmonized with society. We invite excellent proposals challenging social problem solving by IT. As well as scientific and technological contributions for IT, we request applicants to present a proposal including a discussion of how research results will be useful for solving an actual social problem. The applicants should have backgrounds of IT fields or fields of the target social problems.
 When the proposals are adopted, each researcher will recognize a social problem in real world by field working. Based on that, they will provide a solution by basic research and build a scenario acceptance of solution approach by society. Furthermore, we will provide opportunities to make discussions each other on design of future society by IT and to make presentations on the scenario to industrial leaders and policymakers. Through the activities in this research area, the researchers will have experiences of field works of social problem solving by IT and create human networks in academic, industrial and governmental worlds. We expect the researchers will be leaders of various projects to design and implement future social information infrastructure.

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)

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