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Tokyo Tech-led research center selected as a Center of Innovation program site


Published: May 8, 2015

The ISHIN-DENSHIN ICT Center, a research center led by Tokyo Tech, has been selected as a research site for the Center of Innovation (COI) program.

The COI program provides intensive support for industry-academia collaborative teams that tackle fundamental, interdisciplinary R&D projects with both significant risks and high potential for commercial applications. The program is operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency under the Center of Innovation Science and Technology-based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM), launched in 2013 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

With the support of participating corporations and local governments, the ISHIN-DENSHIN ICT Center started its trial activities for the COI program in November 2013. The center employed a backcasting approach to set an R&D plan for realizing ishin-denshin (heart-to-heart communication) through novel intelligent communication technology (ICT)–namely intelligent services and communications–for the greater happiness of all members of society.

COI Site profile

Site Name
Happiness Co-Creation Society through "ISHIN-DENSHIN" Intelligent Communications
Project Leader
Shigeyuki Akiba (KDDI R&D Laboratories)
Research Leader
Shunri Oda (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Affiliated Institutions
Core institution: Tokyo Institute of Technology
Participating institutions:
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), KDDI R&D Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Sony Corporation, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Ricoh Company, LAPIS Semiconductor Co., Ltd. , Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Gurunavi, Inc., Nissan Tamagawa Hospital, Kanto Central Hospital for Public School Teachers, KDDI Research Institute, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd., Ota Ward Tokyo, Ltd., Ota City Industrial Development Association, Suwa Industrial Accumulation Research Center
The project aims to realize means of communication for preventing misunderstanding of spoken and unspoken messages. R&D plans include "happiness sensors" that detect confusion arising from gaps in culture, language, customs, or generations as well as from fading memory, and wearable devices with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting functions. Based on these technologies, interactive concierge robots that provide intelligent communication services will be developed. Prototypes will be used for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo Tech-led research center selected as a Center of Innovation program site


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