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DLab Challenge Research Grant 2021 awarded to four diverse teams

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Published: August 27, 2021

Tokyo Tech's DLab has awarded four research teams with the "DLab Challenge: Laboratory for Design of Social Innovation Global Networks (DLab) Research Grant for Academic Year 2021." A ceremony was held on July 8 to present successful applicants with their notices of award. This is the second cohort of research teams to receive the grant after its launch in academic year 2020.

DLab Research Grant 2021 recipients (front left) Asst. Prof. Lee, Asst. Prof. Taoka, Asst. Prof. Tanaka, Asst. Prof. Kahlon, (back left) Asst. Prof. Sasaki, DLab Director Satoh, DLab Assoc. Director Ohtake, Assoc. Prof. Oki

DLab Research Grant 2021 recipients (front left) Asst. Prof. Lee, Asst. Prof. Taoka, Asst. Prof. Tanaka, Asst. Prof. Kahlon, (back left) Asst. Prof. Sasaki, DLab Director Satoh, DLab Assoc. Director Ohtake, Assoc. Prof. Oki

The DLab Challenge Research Grant supports research connected to the realization of the future image and scenarios created by DLab, and research that contributes to the creation of new disciplines required to realize this image. The grant also aims to help individual researchers discover the links between their own research and the future of society, conduct research with a backcasting approach, and heighten awareness of the societal impact of their research.

At the July 8 event, DLab Director Isao Satoh and Associate Director Naoto Ohtake, who also served as the head of the review board, shared comments and future expectations regarding each selected research topic. The principal investigators and collaborators who were present also openly exchanged opinions regarding the projects, creating an opportunity to foster new ideas and networks for future research activities.

Open discussion between successful applicants
Open discussion between successful applicants

Encouragement from DLab Director Satoh
Encouragement from DLab Director Satoh

Proposals and recipients

Future life in the fusion of update-speed gap between communication technology and architecture

Hyunsoo Kim, Administrative Support Staff, School of Environment and Society

*Masao Fujita, Engineer, Maxell, Ltd.

Establishing a method for building future narratives to increase stakeholders' commitment to future scenarios by connecting human and information technology

*Dr. Chen Hao, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology

*Assoc. Prof. Celine Mougenot, Imperial College London

*Assoc. Prof. Mika Yasuoka, Roskilde University

*Nana Hamaguchi, Lead UX Designer, NTT TechnoCross Corporation

Construction of a network of researchers for interdisciplinary collaborative research based on the enhancement of serendipity

Tomorrow's studio: Smart creation using mixed reality for enhancing real-time interaction in design education

Note: Principal investigator followed by joint researchers
*Collaborator

Overview of academic year 2021 DLab Challenge Research Grant

Objective

The objective of this grant is to help create a better future through science and technology by supporting research that contributes to the realization of the image of future society created by DLab, or research that advances the creation of new academic disciplines that are required to realize this image.

Additionally, this grant aims to help individual researchers discover the links between their own research and the future of society, conduct research with a backcasting approach, and heighten awareness of the societal impact of their research.

Eligibility

Applications must be submitted by a team that includes at least two members. These members should ideally include experts from at least two different fields. The representative (applicant) must be an associate professor, lecturer, or assistant professor employed by Tokyo Tech.

Grant period

In principle, grants will continue until the end of the third academic year at the latest. Funding decisions for the third academic year will be made by the review board before the completion of the second year.

Comments from principal investigators of selected research teams in 2021

Assistant Professor Sangyeop Lee
Institute of Innovative Research

It is a great honor to receive a research fund from DLab. Among various future scenarios proposed by DLab, our main target is to realize "08 Enjoy a strong, complete, balanced home." We will research the influence of buildings on future wireless communications and will derive a new future lifestyle.

Assistant Professor Sangyeop Lee

Assistant Professor Yuki Taoka
School of Environment and Society

This research aims to establish a "method for constructing future narratives" in order for each of the various stakeholders to imagine the future and realize the future scenario. We will establish a new research field that synthesize technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things) and extended reality (XR) with workshop design methods.

Assistant Professor Yuki Taoka

Assistant Professor Yuno Tanaka
School of Environment and Society

We aim to build an interdisciplinary network of young researchers. We believe that sharing our knowledge from various fields of expertise and gaining diverse perspectives will lead to creative research. We would like to develop a place where we can have frank dialogues and discussions with each other step by step.

Assistant Professor Yuno Tanaka

Assistant Professor Yuval Kahlon
School of Environment and Society

One important lesson from COVID-19 is that we ought to take distance learning very seriously. The impossibility of co-inhabiting physical spaces sparks our inner desire to be completely free of spatial constraints. I believe we can realize this vision in education via cyber-physical technologies.

Assistant Professor Yuval Kahlon

Laboratory for Design of Social Innovation in Global Networks (DLab)

Designing our future together
By gauging the needs and desires of society through dialogue, and by designing our future together, DLab aims to create a brighter, more prosperous world.

Laboratory for Design of Social Innovation in Global Networks (DLab)outer

Tokyo Tech Fund

This event is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund

Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund

Contact

Laboratory for Design of Social Innovation for Global Networks

Email lab4design@jim.titech.ac.jp

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