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Departments and Laboratories : Department of Human Media Systems [MS]

Department of Human Media Systems conducts research and education for future information systems that have closer relationship with human
Focused area of this department is, Human-Computer interaction and interactive interfaces, effective information display method, cooperative intelligent systems based on human characteristic such as Human sensory-motor system, Brain information processing.


Laboratory for Human Informatics

In the Laboratory for Human Informatics, students conduct research on the characteristics of humans themselves, with the aim of exploring and accumulating knowledge that can serve as criteria for reflecting such characteristics in the design of information systems, and as a basis for predicting the impact of information systems on people. In particular, they will study the characteristics of the sensory system used by humans for perception and recognition of environmental information, and its mechanisms; the operational characteristics of how humans act on the external environment to realize their intentions, and the mechanisms of this; and information processing in the brain and the learning mechanisms related to these functions. In connection to this, they will also perform research on techniques and devices for the observation and inference of external states of humans, such as posture and physical movements, as well as internal states, including psychological and physiological states such as intention and sensitivity.

Laboratory for Media Systems

The Laboratory for Media Systems conducts research in the areas of
Human-Computer Interaction and Intelligent Systems.
Our research projects mainly focused on the Media Systems supporting human creativity and intelligence.
Our research interests include;

  • human interface and Intelligent system for Dr. Tano,
  • Intelligent Systems, Soft Computing and Persuasive Systems for Dr. Hashiyama,
  • Intelligent media, CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) and user studies for Dr. Ichino;

and related areas.

Laboratory for Interactive Systems

Our research focus is interactive technique based on human sensation and perception.
In this laboratory, Comprehensive Study related to the effect of interactive media to human various aspects has been carried out.
Detail of our research interest is as follows:

  • Output devices and display methods using various media such as visual, acoustic and haptic
  • Input devices and methods which is based on human characteristic, and information recognition method that can be used in these research area
  • Interactive systems that combines real world and virtual world
  • Media art that affects emotion and imagination.

Laboratory for Intelligent Systems

Our laboratory focuses on the information system which behaves intelligently in daily scene which includes physical interaction with people, rather than conventional information systems which are closed inside of computers. Science and technologies related to its realization is within the scope of our education and research. Examples of our challenges are manipulation of daily objects and deformable objects, an air-hockey robot playing with human players, autonomous mobile robots, and imitation of human motion by a humanoid robot. In addition to these, we also focus on space system, such as observation of satellites and optical communication to satellites, in collaboration with NICT.

Laboratory for Biological Information Systems

We aim to research the mechanism of information processing in the living materials to be interpreted by the molecular terminology of the contemporary biology. We apply the most advanced experimental methods in electrophysiology and genetic engineering etc. to the nerve systems of various model organisms, in order to obtain the material and biological bases of a human being or life as the information system. Also, we focus on the concept of complexity that leads us to understand how the macroscopic order of biological system emerges from the interaction between individual components. Our research interest is to clarify the neural mechanism of sensory information processing, the recognition mechanism, and the mechanism of value-based behaviors, based on mathematical modeling and computer simulation. Furthermore, we investigate the emergence of dynamical order in biological systems such as cell assembly and human society, based on the nonlinear dynamics. Combination of these approaches enables us to research the application of the biological information system to the engineering.

Laboratory for Control Systems

In the Laboratory for Control Systems, students will pursue research and education in the following two fields. One is application of new control theories to real mechanical systems, in particular for space development. Another is robotic technology inspired from creatures' structure and motion control mechanism.

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