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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.

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New Research Results

Gene Sequence Design Technology for Increasing Protein Production of Microorganism

AIST developed a gene sequence design method based on information technology. The method examines only the beginning of the gene sequence instead of the overall sequence. The method was applied to protein production of microorganism and a high probability of increased production was demonstrated.

Figure of new research results Information Technology and Human Factors

Example of enhanced expression level by sequence design (Protein electrophoresis analysis)

Start of Free Distribution of "Long-term Care Robot Development Guidebook"

"Long-term Care Robot Development Guidebook" and related documents were created and free distribution started from September 10, 2018. The guidebook mainly targets long-term care robot developers, and systematically summarizes information such as safety design and testing methods for development of long-term care robots.

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V model of long-term care robot development

Research Unit

Cyber Physical Security Research Center
Human Augmentation Research Center
Human-Centered Mobility Research Center
Digital Architecture Promotion 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
  • CNRS – AIST JRL(Joint Robotics Laboratory)

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