Vol.2 No.3 2009

−233 Synthesiology - English edition Vol.2 No.3 (2009) Letter from the editorSynthesiology Volume 2 Issue 3 has been published. I shall be in charge of the “Letter from the Editor” for this and the next issues.The synthetic approach to research that is the subject of Synthesiology has been discussed intensively in order to set a methodology for the core of the R&D principle of AIST, ever since the establishment of this institution. The need for a journal was indicated from the beginning. About 100 workshops were held and many researchers participated in the discussions, and the range of discussions widened. After spending much time to prepare for the publication of the journal, it was finally launched last year with the effort and cooperation of many people. I am very glad to see that its publication process is going relatively smoothly. As one of the editors of Synthesiology, I am grateful to all people involved.In this issue, papers from diverse research fields are published. The topics include: the rupture probability of active faults, the diffusion of advanced technology to households, the development of IT devices, the development of a device for x-ray nondestructive test, and the performance evaluation of measuring instruments. Conventionally, these papers were submitted to academic journals of their respective disciplines, and could not be easily understood by researchers and engineers of different fields. However, the readers who have read some of the papers of Synthesiology may realize that they can not only understand what is written, but may be surprised that they are actually inspired by the articles. These papers hint that there may be a common methodology in synthetic approach to research, transcending the boundaries of the technological fields.The papers in this issue point to the importance of the role of various stakeholders in synthesizing the individual elemental technologies and then actually applying them to society, sites of production, and people’s lives. Specifically, they include the relationship of government and citizen in the active fault research, the role of theoretical lead user and perceptual lead user in the technology used at households, the collaboration with manufacture device companies in the IT device development, the integration of research facilities and people in the development of x-ray nondestructive test devices, and the networking of Japanese and overseas institutions in the performance assessment of measuring instruments. The social diffusion of technology and product was not addressed in the past analytical research papers whose purposes were to develop elemental technologies. We hope that as more results of synthetic approach to research are submitted to Synthesiology and diverse results are accumulated, innovations that are necessary to build a sustainable society that is strongly demanded by society can be achieved more efficiently. For this reason, we expect more submissions to Synthesiology by the researchers and engineers of industries and universities, as well as from people of AIST.Editor in charge of PartnershipKoh Naito−


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