KAWAHARA Universal Information Network

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Research Director: Yoshihiro KAWAHARA
(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
Research Term: Oct 2015 - Mar 2020
Grant Number: JPMJER1501



Internet of Things (IoT) and Big data are expected to open up new vista in various scenes. However computers used to constitute IoT infrastructures are inherently delicate and powerless in harsh natural environments because they assume existence of interactive users as caregivers.

In this project, we aim at creating universal information network in which sensor network and IoT devices act as more autonomous and active artifacts and forms a symbiotic relation with natural objects. Research challenges include low-cost and rapid digital fabrication technology to produce smart IoT devices such as sensors, robots, and wearable devices, energy harvesting and wireless power transmission technology for sustainable operation of the IoT devices, and design of an autonomous system architecture that harnesses such energy sources. In addition, we foster vertical integration of a new interaction technologies dealing with human-to-object and object-to-object relations in the new material systems enabled by our technology.




Research Groups

・ Interactive Matter & Digital Fabrication
・ Untethered Power Platform
・ Real World Systems
・ Application Design


Project Headquarters

ERATO Kawahara Project, 10F, Fuji Soft Akihabara Bld., 3,
Kandaneribeichou, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0022, JAPAN

TEL:+81(0)70 4038 4478

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