Moonshot Goal9Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050.


In recent years, social issues related to our mental states have become increasingly severe. The key to creating a mentally healthy and dynamic society is to develop a comprehensive understanding of mental states, and kind interpersonal and intergroup communication that will lead us in a more mutually beneficial direction.
Our R&D program aims to realize increased peace of mind and vitality by creating technology to realize “understanding of individual mental states and transitions” and "mental health support in terms of interpersonal and intergroup communication” so as to increase peace of mind and vitality.

Program Director (PD)

KUMAGAI SeijiAssociate Professor, Institute for the Future of Human Society, Kyoto University

【Message from PD】
We aim to realize a mentally healthy and dynamic society through development of technology that provides peace of mind and vitality. I believe it is necessary to discover the mechanisms behind our mental states, and use this practical knowledge for technology that will generate positive mental state transitions for users based on individual preferences. We will promote R&D using comprehensive knowledge gained by the fusion of different fields such as natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Applying the expertise of enthusiastic researchers gathered from all over the world, together we will achieve our Moonshot Goal.

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INOKUCHI Kaoru* Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama
NISHIDA Shin'ya* Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
MORITA Akira* Representative Director, Next Generation Fundamental Policy
ENDO Kaoru Professor, Faculty of Law, Gakushuin University
OSAKA Naoyuki Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
SAKURAI Takeshi Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba
DOYA Kenji Professor, Neural Computation Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
NAGATA Tomoya Managing Partner, D3 LLC
HAYASHI-TAKAGI Akiko Team Leader, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
HORI Koichi Executive Director, National Institutes for the Humanities
MIURA Asako Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
MURAI Toshiya Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
YOKOSAWA Kazuhiko Professor, Economics and Informatics Department, Tsukuba Gakuin University

*Sub Program Director

R&D Project

The title and outline of the projects are subject to change after refinement.

Fusion of Buddhism, engineering, and brain science to enhance peace and mercy of the mind
Project Manager IMAMIZU Hiroshi
Director, Cognitive Mechanisms Laboratories, ATR Brain Information Communication Research Laboratory Group
Outline This project aims to investigate the dynamics of the human mind based on knowledge of Buddhism and brain science and apply our investigations to society. We will construct personality models of mental states from large-scale surveys and detailed examinations of small groups and develop technologies that accurately estimate and visualize brain dynamics. Our models and technologies will contribute to the development of meditation methods and their social applications that enable people to understand themselves deeply, enhance the peace and vitality of minds, and achieve a society with mercy to others.
Development of "At-will Translator" connecting various minds based on brain and body functions
Project Manager TSUTSUI Ken-Ichiro
Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Outline We will develop an "At-will Translator" supporting people's communications at various situations. It is expected to realize an inclusive society. In this project, neuroscienctists, molecular biologists, and VR/AR and robotics engineers will collaborate to develop technologies to quantify the states of the mind, and methods of perceptual, cognitive and motor interventions. The At-will Translator will be produced by combining these technologies and methods. It will support individuals, or people of two or up to a small group, to facilitate communications.
Freedom of Mind and Value Co-Creation through Decentralized Data Management
Project Manager HASIDA Koiti
Group director, Center for Advanced Intelligence Program, RIKEN
Outline Centralized AI (CAI) and the Attention Economy (AE) threaten freedom of mind and democracy, inhibiting value creation through personal data (PD). We will demonstrate that decentralized PD management, in which only each person's personal AI (PAI) fully utilizes her PD, adds more value. We will then disseminate decentralized PD management along with democratic governance of PAI to displace CAI and a collaboration support tool to facilitate verification of information authenticity and access to diverse information, thereby defending the freedom of mind and promoting value co-creation.
Maximizing well-being and agency on the basis of interpersonal comparison of brain indicators
Project Manager MATSUMOTO Kenji
Professor, Brain Science Institute, Tamagawa University
Outline "Happiness" changes according to social conditions. The two different aspects of "happiness," well-being and agency, will be pursued and identified social scientifically, and then returned to the lively feelings of utility and motivation, respectively, using virtual reality technology. To this end, we will realize and provide reliable technology to measure these indicators of "happiness" from brain/neural activity in a way that corresponds to individual feelings and is interpersonally comparable. Thus, by integrating approaches from humanities and social science with that from natural science, this project will realize a society in which "happiness" is constantly renewed in accordance with social conditions and improved with considering equality.
Realization of a society where people can live a forward-looking life in the face of adversity
Project Manager YAMADA Makiko
Group Leader, Institute for Quantum Medical Science, National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology
Outline This project aims to realize a society in which people can live a forward-looking life in the midst of adversity. To this end, the project will develop technologies to quantify, measure, and adjust the degree of "forward-looking" of each individual (forward-looking measurement technology, forward-looking training technology, and forward-looking assist technology), and will also train professionals to support "forward-looking" in accordance with individual needs (forward-looking trainers), thereby creating an environment to implement social support for "forward-looking".
Innovation for "Mental Capital" by Awareness Music
Project Manager YAMAWAKI Shigeto
Specially appointed professor, Director of Center for Brain, Mind and KANSEI Sciences Research, Hiroshima University
Outline This project's goals are to develop 1) the Awareness Music based on neuroscientific evidence to promote "awareness of one's own and others' hearts" by music and ultrasonic sounds, 2) the awareness promotion technology by Awareness Music using a wearable KANSEI visualization device. 3) the technology for improving positive KASEI such as healing, being moved and sense of unity by Neuro-Bio Feedback, and 4) the KANSEI communication technology that enhances empathy. The "mental capital" strengthening method by integrating these technologies will be implemented into community, aiming to realize a peaceful society through mutual understanding and empathy, in which individuals can spend an active and happy life in the metaverse era of 2050.
Protecting children's intellectual curiosity and individuality to realize a dynamic society
Project Manager KIKUCHI Mitsuru
Professor, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kanazawa University
Outline This project aims to realize an environment where everyone can grow up keeping their innate curiosity, thereby creating a society filled with active motivation and originality. On the other hand, when self-esteem is severely damaged in childhood, resilience declines throughout life. Preventing these problems effectively, we will realize a dynamic society with intellectual curiosity in the future. Specifically, we will use brain imaging technology to objectify children's brain characteristics, visualize the effects of interventions through optimized artistic activities, and implement them in society in collaboration with local governments.
Understanding the cognitively regulatory basis of food value that controls feeding behaviors
Project Manager KIDA Satoshi
Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Outline Eating provides pleasure. On the other hand, our dietary patterns are strongly affected by our food preferences and are experience-dependent. Our dietary habits can sometimes cause illness, and forcing people to improve their dietary patters for the sake of their health can be mentally painful. In this project, in order to "increase mental comfort and vitality" through eating behaviors, we attempt to elucidate the mechanism of dietary patter formation from a neuroscientific viewpoint using a rodent model, and develop techniques to improve dietary habits to enjoy eating healthful foods.
Brain science towards visualization and manipulation of the mind
Project Manager TAKUMI Toru
Professor, School of Medicine, Kobe University
Outline This project aims to visualize the brain functional network dynamics of mice in action by developing a virtual reality (VR) system. We will quantify the "state of mind" of mice communicating with each other in a social environment as changes in the brain functional network. Furthermore, we will develop a technology for optical manipulation of the functional brain network using optogenetics to artificially induce changes in the "mental" state, and clarify how the functional brain network responds to changes in the "mental" state and changes in behavior.
Breaking the intergenerational chain of child maltreatment through primordial prevention
Project Manager TOMODA Akemi
Director and Professor, Research Center for Child Mental Development, University of Fukui
Outline This project aims to implement breakthrough technologies to realize a society with zero child maltreatment (physical, psychological, sexual abuse or neglect), where all people can enjoy a "Healthy Childhood of Mind" that cannot be undone later on. To achieve this goal, we will develop and validate the feasibility of epigenomic panels that can predict maltreated status of children and the risk of abuse perpetrated in mothers. In addition, to develop novel interventions for perpetrated mothers and therapeutics for maltreated children, we will conduct a pilot trial of tele-parenting support via robotics and research elucidating the vulnerability of the neurobiological basis for the discrepancy between the mind and the body.
Construction of an AIoT-based universal emotional state space and evaluation of well-being/ill-being states
Project Manager NAKAMURA Toru
Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
Outline This project aims to construct an objective and universal emotional state space across species by integrating AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology with IoT (Internet of Things)-based measurements of biological signals in daily life. Furthermore, the project will develop a method to evaluate well-being and ill-being states based on the dynamics of state transitions in the constructed emotional space.
Child care commons : Proposing social infrastructure allowing others to substitute parental roles
Project Manager HOSODA Chihiro
Associate professor, Graduate school of information science, Tohoku university
Outline Parenting responsibilities tend to fall more heavily on one parent. This has a negative impact on the mental function of the child-rearing generation, the stagnation of women's social advancement, and the mental health of children who grow up with highly stressed parents. This project will create "child care commons". Child care commons will be established through two main mechanisms: a mechanism for measuring and sharing the mental state transitions of parents and children, and creating and maintaining empathic relationships with others, and a blockchain-based mechanism for mutual assurance of institutional relationships. By achieving this, we aim to realize the enrichment of the minds of the child-rearing generation and their children.
Elucidation of the mechanism of serotonin over optimism and pessimism
Project Manager MIYAZAKI Katsuhiko
Senior Staff Scientist, Neural Computation Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Outline Serotonin, one of the neuromodulators, has been shown to play a role in regulating patience for future rewards. In this study, we examine, by neural recording and manipulation, what kind of difference will occur in the serotonin neural network when mice perform the same behavior but the purpose of the behavior is different "attainment of reward" or "avoidance of punishment". What is important for us to live with a vibrant mind? We explore the answer to this mystery from neural activity of serotonergic system.

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