Department of Information Technology and Human Factors

From IT infrastructure to application technology: make, connect, use

The rapid growth of devices (smartphone, tablets, robots, wearables, etc.) and the Internet has increased the amount of information that is being produced and accessed by society. In order to better utilize the data produced from millions of devices and systems, we are conducting research and development in a wide range of fields at the interface between information technologies and human factors. Our mission is to engage and enrich the public through the research and development of intelligent systems combining computational and physical capabilities for human use. A key component of our mission is making new discoveries in the hardware and software that interacts with physical devices to sense and change the state of the real world. Our discoveries will lead to industry innovations and contribute to the advancement of society by facilitating the interaction of humans with cyber-physical systems.


New Research Results

Layer 2-based Wireless Relay Network for Robot Control under Non Line-of-Sight Environments

AIST and NICT have demonstrated remote operation and monitoring of a small unmanned ground vehicle beyond the line-of-sight from the operator via a hovering drone up in the sky. The control communication link is continuously maintained with the layer 2-based fast access control technique, even when the relay route frequently changes due to the movement of the robots. The conventional techniques have problems in continuity every time the relay route changes and the communication link is disconnected, which results in momentarily losing control of the robot. This technology will help to achieve tough robot systems operational in poor radio propagation environments caused by obstacles.

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System overview

Publication of a Service That Allows Easy Production and Sharing of Videos with Lyrics Animated in Synchrony with Music

AIST has developed the lyrics animation production support service “TextAlive” ( http://textalive.jp/?lang=en) which enables users to animate lyrics in time with music, using song and lyrics contents published on the web. By choosing a song and specifying the video’s style, users can quickly produce lyrics animations with various effects. In addition, users can choose “templates” of visual effects for each word or character with an intuitive interface. Furthermore, users can program templates and their parameter tuning interfaces, then share the templates with other users on TextAlive. Using TextAlive, thus, allows people to demonstrate their creativity and enjoy lyrics animation production without an enormous effort.

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“TextAlive” that enables users to produce and share lyrics animation easily

Research Unit

Intelligent Systems Research Institute

Towards realization of intelligent systems that robustly work in various environments

The mission of Intelligent Systems Research Institute is to promote fundamental long-term research whose outcomes for the society have been examined be thorough investigations. The institute studies intelligent systems technologies that are defined by smart information processing and robotics to assist human behaviors, and seeks their basic principles, elemental technologies and system architectures to contribute the realization of the sustainable society and the creation of novel industries.
Recently, we focus on R&D of technologies of sensing and recognition of 3D environments, motion and grasp planning, and locomotion in unstructured environments. R&D of applications of intelligent systems collaborating with companies are highly encouraged, including, but not limited to, in manufacturing, service, maintenance of infrastructure and executing complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.

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Research Base

AIST Tsukuba (Central, East, North)


AIST Tsukuba Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan
Tel: (029) 861-5201 / Fax: (029) 861-5989
(from outside Japan: Tel: +81-29-861-5201 / Fax: +81-29-861-5989)
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