The value of artifacts emerges thorough their usage of humans and their interaction with humans. This division aims to research the value co-creation between humans and artifacts. For this purpose, we study the cooperation between humans and artifacts, as well as between people. In addition, the modeling of individuals that change via the relations with artifacts are carried out, in order to establish the methodology for “care of individuals” with diverse values.

Seeking for cooperation between humans and multi-agent systems (Prof. Ota)

We consider intelligent systems as consisting of three factors: (a) multiple robots or intelligent machines (multiple agents), (b) human-beings who operate or cooperate with multiple agents, and (c) working environments. Now we deal with "multi-agent robotics", "design of large-scale production/transport systems", and "mobiligence and human analysis" based on motion planning methodology, evolutionally computation, control theory, and so on. Our final target is to establish design methodology of multi-agent systems including artificial agents, humans and working environments through clarifying the function in intelligence and mobility (mobiligence) of these agents. We also aim to apply the proposed methodologies to real-world problems.

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Nursing self-training system [left]

Multi-agent robot systems [right]

Multi-disciplinary optimal design of society-artifacts-human systems (Prof. Suzuki)

Based on the dynamic simulation method and optimal design method, the interaction problem of artifacts and human is studied. Sports dynamics is complicated interaction problem of sporting goods and human motion, and not only mechanics, but also individual modeling need to be considered. In my laboratory, the optimal design of goods that fits individual motion, and optimization of motion that fits individual body, and robust design method that is less likely to fail are studied.
Also for the artifacts that operate in the long life span, consideration of environmental effects and safety against aged deterioration across the lifecycle based on the quantitative evaluation is necessary. For the effective operation and safety of artifacts, research on the analysis method, monitoring method, maintenance method, and design optimization method considering corrosion and cracks are being carried out.

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Optimal design of golf club by individual modeling [left]

Analysis and design optimization considering cracks [right]

Modeling of individuals on Service CAD and tourism services (Assoc. Prof. Hara)

We are working on a main topic of the division "modeling of individuals". A service CAD system developed in RACE enables users to model not only service receivers but also service functions and their delivery processes. The system can be applied to general services including services provided by manufactures. We are also working on tourism services for modeling of individuals. Based on development of planning support service for tourists and survey of tourist activities using GPS logger, engineering framework is researched to work various value creations together: free individual travels, packaged tours designed by travel agency, and co-creation of travel in tourist community.

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Service CAD: integrated software for analyzing and designing services [left]

An eco-system of tourism involving FITs and travel agencies [right]

Co-creation between people in laboratory experiment and in real world (Assistant Prof. Ogata)

To achieve smooth and efficient interaction between human and artifact, we research temporal co-creation between people as shown in conversation, sports and music ensemble. Using the psychological experiment such as observation of cooperative rhythm production between self and other, we investigate the characteristics and the cognitive mechanism of the temporal co-creation. In addition, we observe and analyze the temporal co-creation between people in daily life. For example, using wearable sensors, we observe co-evolution of body movement in companies. The co-evolution of body movement between people is considered to facilitate smooth communication and positive impression on the partner of the communication. Through the observation of the daily behavior, we aim to establish the support method of the daily temporal co-creation.

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Experimental apparatus of the cooperative rhythm production between people [left]

Measurement of proximity and coevolution in real world using life-log sensors [right]

Service Co-creation Robotics (Prof. Asama)

高Service co-creation robotics is focused to solve social problems such as population aging, security, safety, etc., where realization of service systems is required, which can function according to the needs of users through real time interaction. For the realization, by utilizing robot technology, extensive research is being carried out from fundamental research to understand human including modeling of brain mechanism for adaptive motion generation and cognition, to research on development of human interaction technology and service robots that can operate in human coexisting environment, and research on system technology development and testing according to needs in elderly care, rehabilitation, and disaster response.

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Human motion measurement and cognitive psychological experiments for understanding body expression in the brain [left]

Development of technology for service robots and human interface [right]