Prof. Seiichi KOSHIZUKA
Director, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE) was established in 1992, aiming at three research fields: (1) Design Science, (2) Manufacturing Science, and (3) Intelligence Science. After10 years, in April 2002, RACE was newly reorganized into four new research divisions, namely: (1) Life Cycle Engineering, (2) Service Engineering, (3) Digital Value Engineering, and (4) Co-Creation Engineering. In April 2005, RACE moved from Komaba Ⅱ Campus and was relocated to Kashiwa Campus. Value Creating Initiative division, supported by Sumitomo Corporation, was established in December 2005. All these divisions were very active during the second 10 year period. In 2012, which is the start of the third period, RACE introduced two new divisions: Socio-Artifactology and Human-Artifactology.

Even since the establishment, RACE’s research objective is to solve problems of “modern evils in manufacturing artifacts”. RACE has varied out activities, aiming in pursuing new methodologies in order to create the unprecedented relationship among humans, artifacts and their environment, without shackling conventional methodologies.

Internationally there are some similar scope organizations and their target is mainly manufacturing. However, the concepts of RACE are wide, since it also includes digital value and co-creation. The remaining issues are post fields and materialism.


The necessity of RACE in the University of Tokyo contains the important mission to construct the intimate relationship between the society and University. The members of RACE act in cooperation with the society, which includes rapid analysis of information and necessity in the society and immediately improvements to return to the society. This methodology is easier for the small center comparing to the large organization.

In the third period of RACE, one of the targets in two divisions is the sociotechnical systems construction and analysis using co-creation engineering on the basis of individual modeling during dynamic variation. Research members of RACE, together with graduate schools, have explored a new horizon of artifactual engineering. We are also planning future international collaboration with universities and institutes in various countries, as well as collaborations with several industries, including the Center for Computational Science and e-Systems of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.