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Creation of Human-Harmonized Information Technology for Convivial Society

Research Supervisor
Yoh'ichi Tohkura
Professor / Deputy Director General, National Institute of Informatics
Year Started


This research area aims for the establishment of fundamental technologies to achieve harmony between human beings and the information environment by integrating element technologies such as real-space communication, human interfaces, and media processing.

Specifically, this research area promotes trans-disciplinary approach among following research scopes to establish Human-Harmonized Information Technology.
・Recognition and comprehension of human behavior and real-space context by utilizing sensor networks and ubiquitous computing
・Technologies for facilitating man-machine communication by utilizing robots and ubiquitous networks
・Contents technologies related analysis, mining, integrating and structuring of a variety of different types of media, including text, voice, music, and picture images
Furthermore, this research area also promotes researches that create the breakthrough technologies for the harmonious interaction of human and information environments, and trans-disciplinary researches on cognition processes in the perspective of creating human harmonized information technologies.

Strategic Sector

Creation of Basic Technology that Enables an Information Environment that is in Harmony with People

Research Projects

Year Started : 2011
Research DirectorAffiliationResearch Project
Masataka Goto Prime Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Building a Similarity-aware Information Environment for a Content-Symbiotic Society
Kazuo Hiraki Professor, The University of Tokyo Pedagogical Machine: Developmental cognitive science approach to create teaching/teachable machines
Keiichi Tokuda Professor, Nagoya Institute of Technology User Generated Dialogue Systems: uDialogue
Takeshi Naemura Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo Harmonized Inter-Personal Display Based on Position and Direction Control
Year Started : 2010
Research DirectorAffiliationResearch Project
Hiroshi Ishiguro Visiting group leader, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International Studies on cellphone-type teleoperated androids transmitting human presence
Shiro Ise Associate Professor, Kyoto University Development of a sound field sharing system for creating and exchanging music
Takayuki Kanda Senior Research Scientist, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International Enabling a mobile social robot to adapt to a public space in a city.
Koichi Kise Professor, Osaka Prefecture University Development of Fundamental Technologies for Innovative Use of Character/Document Media and Their Application to Creating Human Harmonized Information Environment
Yasushi Yagi Professor, Osaka University Behavior Understanding based on Intention-Gait Model
Year Started : 2009
Research DirectorAffiliationResearch Project
Kiyoharu Aizawa Professor, The University of Tokyo Life Log Infrastructure for Food
Masatoshi Ishikawa Professor, The University of Tokyo Dynamic Information Space based on High-speed Sensor Technology
Makio Kashino Group Leader, NTT Corporation Developing a communication environment by decoding and controlling implicit interpersonal information
Tatsuya Kawahara Professor, Kyoto University Smart seminar room baesd on multi-modal recognition of verbal and non-verbal information
Yasuharu Koike Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology Elucidation of perceptual illusion and development of secse-centered human interface
Yoichi Sato Professor, The University of Tokyo Sensing and controlling human gaze in daily living space for human-harmonized information environments
Kazuya Takeda Professor, Nagoya University Modeling and detecting overtrust from behavior signals
Susumu Tachi Professor, Keio University Construction and Utilization of Human-harmonized "Tangible" Information Environment
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