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

A Long-term Follow-up Study of Individual Differences in Arterial Stiffening

AIST evaluated decadal changes in arterial stiffness of 92 volunteers by a follow-up study. It also investigated the volunteers’ specific gene polymorphisms and physical activity levels. A specific combination of the gene polymorphisms was associated with 2.4 times greater decadal increase in arterial stiffness. The decadal increase in arterial stiffness in the high-physical activity group was less than half of that in the other groups. The results are potentially useful for developing a gene marker to identify the risk of cardiovascular disease.


Change over 10 years in arterial stiffness (baPWV)

New JIS as Safety Standards for Robot Services Established

The safety of robots should be secured for achieving the safe coexistence of people and robots. AIST and others compiled requirements that operators of robot services or robot service providers should observe in operating service robots in a safe manner. The requirements were established as JIS Y 1001, which is the first JIS in the service industry established under the Revised Industrial Standardization Act. It is expected that industries taking advantage of the JIS will be able to contribute to dissemination of robot services.


Examples of services that robots coexisting with people provide

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.

Image of Task of a dual-arm manipulator picking up a part randomly stored in a box and setting it to a fixture

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)
Intelligent Systems Research Institute WEB site

Cyber Physical Security Research Center
Human Augmentation Research Center

Open Innovation Laboratory

Since FY 2016, as a part of the “Open Innovation Arena concept” promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), AIST has created the concept of “open innovation laboratories” (OILs), collaborative research bases located on university campuses, and has been engaged in their provision. We are planning to establish more than ten OILs by FY 2020.

AIST will merge the basic research carried out at universities, etc. with AISTʼs goal-oriented basic research and applied technology development, and will promote bridging research and evelopment and industry by the establishment of OILs.

  • AIST- Tokyo Tech Real World Big-Data Computation Open Innovation Laboratory (RWBC-OIL)

Cooperative Research Laboratories

In order to conduct research and development more closely related to strategies of companies, we have established collaborative research laboratories, bearing partner company names.

Partner companies provide their researchers and funding, and AIST provides research resources, such as its researchers, research facilities, and intellectual property. The loaned researchers of companies and AIST researchers jointly conduct research and development.

By setting up cooperative research laboratories, we will accelerate the commercialization of our goal-oriented basic research and application research with partner companies.

  • NEC – AIST AI Cooperative Research Laboratory
  • SEI – AIST Cyber Security Cooperative Research Laboratory
  • TICO – AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Advanced Logistics
  • Panasonic – AIST Advanced AI Cooperative Research Laboratory

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