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Yukari Nagai Vice-President
School of Knowledge Science、Human Life Design Area


Ph.D from Chiba University(2002)Ph.D in Computing Sciences, from University of Technology, Sydney(2009)

■Professional Career

Visiting Professor at Dalian Polytechnic University


Design Study, Design Thinking, Innovation Design

■Research Keywords

Design Thinking, Theory on design creativity, Creative design process

■Research Interests

Construction of design information environment for the barrier-free society
To consider the design of the system, a systemic framework from a trans-disciplinary research viewpoint is necessary. “Humane engineering,” which includes media and technology based on human centric design, is applicable to explain such complex and systemic structures of social engineering. We propose engineering for a human centered society, specifically, “humane engineering,” and discuss how to integrate determination of quality with design. Humane engineering is not currently widespread, but it has the potential to introduce new concepts in creative design in the future. The concept of human centered design (Cooley 2000; Hodson 2011; Mitsui and Nagai, 2014) or human centric design is included in humane engineering.This paper explains social design by humane engineering, from multiple viewpoints of design domains, including engineering design, information design, product design, and community design; by including cognitive science and social science. In addition, social design by humane engineering must include a value creation process. There is scope for business growth and education promotion through such a system by providing physical and non-physical services to people. There are many such cases that can be developed using a social engineering system (Bohnhoff et al.1992; Taura 2013).Further, it is important for social design by humane engineering to consider the quality of the human experience. Thus, design by humane engineering, beyond previous ergonomics, is expected to develop. Emotional feelings such as fun, exciting, calm, and comfort, are key criteria for design by humane engineering (McDonagh-Philp and Lebbon, 2000; Graziosi et al. 2013). A methodology is also expected to be developed for knowledge based engineering for creative design, a related area (Boxberger et al. 2012).Engineering and technology have driven the development of the industrial society. With the growth of the global economy in the 21st century, the social structure of industrial society has changed and the production system has broadened significantly by overcoming geographic limitations. However, the development of engineering and technology has progressed independent of the social needs of people, which are determined by diverse conditions, including the lifestyles of communities in the local areas. There is a large gap between industrial technology and the quality of people’s everyday life. To bridge that gap, management of social technology is required with an integrated view of engineering and sociology.Figure 1. Philosophy of humane engineeringFigure 1



  • Chapter 4. A Sense of Design,Principia Designae - Pre-Design, Design, and Post-Design,,Yukari Nagai,Springer,2014,43-59
  • Concept Generation for Design Creativity,T. Taura and Y. Nagai,Springer,2013
  • Methodology to Analyze and Predict In-Depth Impressions of Color and Design on the Basis of Concept Networks (in Color and Design Part 3),Yukari Nagai,Georgi Georgiev,in DeLong and Martin(eds),Oxford International Publishers,2012,173-178

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◇Published Papers

  • Creativity in Innovation Design: the roles of intuition, synthesis, and hypothesis,T.Taura, Y. Nagai,International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, Taylor and Francis, UK,5,3-4,,131-148,2017/04/18
  • Critical Issues of Advanced Design Thinking: Scheme of Synthesis, Realm of out-frame, Motive of Inner Sense, and Resonance to Future Society,Yukari Nagai,in Creativity, Design Thinking and Interdisciplinarity, (Eds.) Frédéric Darbellay, Zoe Moody, Todd Lubart, Springer,in Printing,2017/08/01
  • Smart Clothing Design: A Machine-Learning Approach,Ding Wei, Yukari Nagai, Liu Jing,Congress of IASDR2015 Interplay. 2015,2016/11/03

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◇Lectures and Presentations

  • “Creativity, Design and Innovation”,Yukari Nagai,The 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17),University of British Columbia, Canada,2017/08/21-24
  • Design and Creativity for innovation,Yukari Nagai,Dalian Polytechnic University,Dalian,2015/10/15
  • Design thinking,Nagai Y.,International Design Thinking Invitational Conference,Victoria, Australia,2009/11/21

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■Extramural Activities

◇Academic Society Affiliations

  • Design Research Community,Fellow Council,2017-
  • Design Computing and Cognition,Vice Conference Chair,2017-
  • Scientific Committee of Research Into Design,Workshop Chair,2017-

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◇Other Activities

  • the Design Society,SIG Design Creativity Leader,2014/01/01 - 2015/12/31
  • International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, Taylor and Francis,Editor in Chief,2014/01/01 - 2015/12/31
  • Japanese Cognitive Sience Society,Board Member,2014/04/01 - 2016/03/31

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■Academic Awards Received

  • Good Presentation Award,Japanese Society of Science of Design,2015
  • Good Presentation Award,JSSD,2011
  • The Best Paper Award of the 2nd International Conference Design Computing and Cognition DCC06,International Conference of Design Computing and Cognition,200607

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