The Research Center for Innovative Lifestyle Design promotes the research and development of systems that will support the discovery and utilization of potentials in individuals in positively contributing to society with designing of gLife worth living.h
Japanese society today is facing a problem of glosing a purpose for life.h Among many who face this problem are the elderly unable to find opportunities to utilize their lifelong knowledge and experience, the working generation struggling to exercise their full potential, and young individuals unaware of what they can do or want to do, and continuing self-searching without a purpose. In order for our society to recover its vigor and international competitiveness, it is necessary to help these people to discover, or rediscover, the gjoy of life.h The major aim of the welfare-engineering field has long been the pursuit of a safe and comfortable life for both the able-bodied and the physically-impaired through researching and developing systems that can help compensate for impairment or lost abilities. In contrast, this center focuses on gpotential abilitiesh that have not been recognized or exercised fully. We research and develop systems with applied ICT (Information and communication technology) to support the discovery of potentials in individuals, groups or communities, and design creative lifestyles that will best utilize such systems. When people feel that they can fully exercise their abilities and make a contribution to their community, they can truly experience the joy of life. This center aims to realize a more complete, purposeful and joyful life for all kinds of people, regardless of differences.
The center researches and develops systems to assist individuals in discovering and exercising their potentials. We will endeavor to develop supporting systems that let people aware their own unaware potentials, systems that allows people pre-experience what they become able to do when they master certain skills, systems that link peoplefs experience and knowledge to the benefit of those who need it, and so on. Concrete examples of the centerfs activities include designing and creation of music or image contents, and teaching of physical skills, such as those delivered through sports. We will conduct real-life fieldwork to design a new society and lifestyles through these support systems.
Director Yukari Nagai, Professor
Tsutomu Fujinami, Professor
Kazushi Nishimoto, Professor
Hideaki Kanai, Associate Professor
Kunihiro Yamashita, Associate Professor