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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.
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.
Hyunsoo Kim, Administrative Support Staff, School of Environment and Society
*Senior researcher Shinsuke Hara, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
*Masao Fujita, Engineer, Maxell, Ltd.
*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
*Research Associate, Junya Yamauchi, The University of Tokyo
*Asst. Prof. Yasuhiro Nambu, Kyushu University
*Dr. Santosh Maurya, Researcher, Hitachi Ltd.
Note: Principal investigator followed by joint researchers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.