Ongoing Projects


Photo-Energy Conversion Project

Organic solar cells have gained much attention because of their light-weight, flexible, low cost, and colorful design. In this laboratory, we synthesize novel electron donors and acceptors for high performance and stable organic solar cells and fabricate devices by use of our original molecules. In addition, we focus organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells and all-carbon solar cells by using carbon nanotubes as electrode.

Research Director

Department of Chemical System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Nagoya University
Matsuo Yutaka

Research Term
2017/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
Organic solar cell is one of the new clean energy. I focus to improve the power conversion e ciency to combine the new inorganic materials. I aspire to talk with you all about our solar cells.
Curriculum Vitae
2001 Awarded the degree of Ph.D. in chemistry from Osaka university aAssistant Professor, 2001 Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo 2004 Group Leader, Functional Complex Group, Nakamura Functional Carbon Cluster Project, ERATO, JST. 2009 Project Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo 2016 Project Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. 2019, Institutes of Innovation for Future Society/Department of Chemical System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Nagoya University.

Intelligent Systems Project

Recognizing environment is vital function for autonomous mobile robot in human environment. We are studying about embedded intelligent robots witch have many perception/planning/control functions that require real-time operating system. For example, 3D mapping from robot in motion, self-localization and path planning using the map, vision and auditory functions for interaction with environment, semantics understanding from observed surrounding information, and so on. By combining those functions as a real-time system, the robot can autonomously decide its behavior depending on the situation.

Research Director

Information Technology and Human Factors,National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Mochimaru Masaaki

Research Term
2014/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
We aim at realizing the robot-aid-society based on robots that can work with various humans in various environments.
Curriculum Vitae
In 1993, he joined AIST as a researcher. In 2001, he was assigned as the deputy director of Digital Human Laboratory of AIST. In 2010, he launched and directed Digital Human Research Center of AIST. Through 2015-2018, he directed Human Informatics Research Institute of AIST. After November 2018, he directs a new research center, Human Augmentation Research Center of AIST.

Humanoid Project

Humanoid robots provide several advantages including being able to utilize its anthropomorphic body to carry out various tasks by making use of environments and tools designed for humans. However, when a robot encounters unforeseen situations, human instruction regarding tool selection or suitable action target, or human intervention for providing guidance is required. We have been performing experiments on teleoperating humanoids through ordinary internet connections for applications ranging from remote assistance for seniors to emergency disaster response.

Research Director

Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Inaba Masayuki

Research Term
2013/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
Please cherish what you want to do from childhood, and work hard if you can challenge it! It must be great experience for you to concentrate it. Hard work pays off.
Curriculum Vitae
Graduate from Department of Machinery, The University of Tokyo, 1981. Doctor of Engineering from Department of Information Engineering Graduate School of The University of Tokyo, 1986. Lecturer, The University of Tokyo. Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, 1989. Professor, The University of Tokyo, 2000. From 2005, Professor of Department of Creative Informatics, The University of Tokyo. His research interests are in intelligent robotics and humanoid.

Cyber Living Lab | Embodied Media Project

In this project, an integrated haptic sensation transmission module based on the principle of haptic primary colors will be developed. By making it widely available to industrial and general users, the early creation of products and services based on the recording, transmission, and reproduction of physical experiences with haptic sensations will be promoted. In order to foster innovations with social and economic impacts, two platform systems are planned to be constructed: one is an embodied content platform with consideration of practical applications in the fields of broadcasting and entertainment, and the other is an embodied telexistence platform, which enables the emergence of new industries, such as a telework industry using avatar robots.

Research Director

The University of Tokyo / Institute of Gerontology
Tachi Susumu
Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
Minamizawa Kouta

Research Term
2015/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
Prof. Susumu Tachi aims to realize human augmentation, through which human abilities are restored and/or extended. He strives to accomplish greater heights in his life's work of telexistence, which enables a human to act freely in an environment other than the one in which he actually exists with a sensation of being in that other environment.
Curriculum Vitae
Tachi Susumu
Susumu Tachi is Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo, where he currently leads JST ACCEL Embodied Media Project. In 1980, Dr. Tachi invented the concept of telexistence, which enables a highly realistic sensation of existence in a remote place without any actual travel, and has been working on the realization of telexistence since then. Other achievements include Haptic Primary Colors, Optical Camouflage, and autostereoscopic VR displays such as TWISTER, Repro3D and HaptoMIRAGE. He is the Founding President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan and the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award.

Minamizawa Kouta
Graduated from the Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 2005. In 2010, received his PhD in Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo and joined KMD. He also serves as JST ACCEL Associate Program Manager, IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics Vice Chair in Conference, Executive Direcor of the Superhuman Sports Society, Board member of the CiP consortium. Research activities include development and deployment of embodied media technology and applications that transfer, enhance, and create the bodily experiences with haptic technologies, as well as Haptic Design and Sports Co-creation.

Multisensory Communication Project

We investigate how humans perceive others' emotion from face and voice, and how it is different among cultures. The current project aims to uncover how emotion perception develops during childhood and how culture shapes our brain.


Research Director

Department of Psychology, Tokyo Woman's Christian University
Tanaka Akihiro

Research Term
2015/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
We investigate the mechanism of human mind which enables communication. Cognitive psychology is very unique since its goal is to uncover the mystery of human mind as a field of humanities and its methodology is based on natural science.
Curriculum Vitae
Akihiro Tanaka was born in Tokyo in 1975. He received B.A. in literature from Waseda University, M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Tokyo. He was an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University. Currently he is a professor at Tokyo Woman's Chiristian University.

Mitochondrial Biogenesis Project

Mitochondria have an essential role in producing cellular energy, like the power plant of the cell.  Mitochondrial biogenesis is ensured by the import of constituent proteins and lipids from the cytosol. Recent studies have revealed that mitochondrial structures are highly regulated and they exchange metabolites with other organelles via inter-organelle contacts. In our project, we aim to reveal the entire pictures and regulation mechanisms of the structure and functional networks that generate and maintain mitochondrial dynamic structures, by making a full use of structure biology.

Research Director

Faculty of Life Sciences, Kyoto Sangyo University
Endo Toshiya

Research Term
2014/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
Mitochondria are power plants of the cell that generate essential cellular energy. To maintain mitochondria active and healthy is important for not only treatment and prevention of disease but also keeping us young, healthy, vibrant, and long-living. The group of Prof. Toshiya Endo aims to reveal the secret behind the mystery of "how the cell makes healthy mitochondria".
Curriculum Vitae
He received his PhD degree at Faculty of Science, the University of Tokyo in 1982. He became an assistant professor at College of Technology, Gunma University in 1982, was promoted to an associate professor of the same department, and then became an associate professor of Faculty of Engineering, Gunma University. In the meantime (1986-1988), he was a visiting scientist at the University of Basel, Switzerland. In 1989, he moved to Nagoya University to become an associate professor at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University, and became a full professor in 1991 at the same department. After research and education life for 24 years at Nagoya University, he moved to Kyoto Sangyo University in April 2014 to become a professor at Faculty of Life Sciences. He is a Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University. His research areas are molecular cell biology and structure biology.

2D Materials Project

"Coordination Nanosheet" is an unprecedented planar two-dimensional material made from metal atoms and organic chemical components. To create a variety of coordination nanosheets is one of our research topics, including to analyze the nano-scale structures, and to disclose the properties and functionalities. The fascinating structures and properties of coordination nanosheets such as electronic conductivity, redox activity, strong photoabsorption and luminescence, and catalytic activity would open the door to various applications such as electronic devices, energy storage devices and chemical devices.

Research Director

Division of inorganic Chemistry Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Nishihara Hiroshi

Research Term
2017/04–2021/03
Message from Research Director
My forty years research has created a plenty of new molecules. Two-dimensional material, CONASH is a culmination of basic concepts to produce such original molecules and the most exciting material in my experience. The fact in scientic research that corrects original ideas always leads me to the great pleasure in achievement of scientic discovery and creation of new materials.
Curriculum Vitae
Hiroshi Nishihara received D. Sc. in 1982 from The University of Tokyo. He was appointed research associate at Keio University, and promoted lecturer, and associate professor. Since 1996, he has been a professor of The University of Tokyo. He also worked as a visiting research associate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and as a researcher of PRESTO, JRDC. He has received Docteur Honoris Causa from University of Bordeaux, Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT, Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry Award, and Chemical Society Japan Award, etc. His major eld is coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, and photochemistry.

Implicit Processes of Mind and Brain Project

Revealing unconscious processes of humans: Implicit processes of mind and brain underlie human intelligence and creativity. This project investigates implicit and automatic processes in human-machine and human-human interactions by measuring unconscious cognitive processes, body movements, and physiological/neural responses.

Research Director

Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering
Watanabe Katsumi

Research Term
2017/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
We are interested in scientific investigations on explicit and implicit processes in human perception, cognition, action, and communication. We would like to share the wonder that our subjective experience can be investigated scientifically.
Curriculum Vitae
Born in Niigata 1973. Katsumi Watanabe is Professor at Waseda University. He received B.A in experimental psychology and M.A. in life sciences from the University of Tokyo and his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from California Institute of Technology.

JIZAI Body Project

For the Inami JIZAI body project, we aim to establish a technological foundation for building a "freeing body" that can adapt to a super smart society. Technology development positioned as "freeing" is thought to support human beings acting with robots and AIs -- "unity with human beings" -- while maintaining a sense of self-awareness, and significantly widening the possibility of human actions.
In order to realize the JIZAI body concept, we use assistive robotics, wearable computing, brain information decoding, machine learning, and virtual reality, to name a few. We will establish design guidelines and explanation of fundamental knowledge on "body editing". Furthermore, we will examine the attitudes and societal changes on the JIZAI body, in real and virtual societies and activities of Superhuman Sports.

Research Director

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo / JST ERATO INAMI JIZAI Body Project
Inami Masahiko

Research Term
2019/04–2020/03
Message from Research Director
In future, human will not use computers as we know it today. Our research aim to create a new living style where human naturally focus on what they want to do without any troublesome computer handling. Computer will be a soft supporter for human.
Curriculum Vitae
Masahiko Inami is a professor in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo since Nov. 2015. He had been a professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design from 2009 to 2015.
His research interest is in human I/O enhancement technologies including perception, HCI and robotics. His scientific achievements include the Retro-reflective Projection Technology (RPT) known as "Optical Camouflage", which was chosen as one of the coolest inventions of 2003 by /TIME/ magazine.

SFC Lab|Science Communicator Project

All of the computers in the world are connected. Also, all of the things in the world, transformed into computers, are getting connected, creating one "Internet" that spans the world. On the Internet, oods of data will be transferred and used, requiring rapid, continuing development of a variety of hardware and software technologies. My research is to develop those technologies as well as to make sure those technologies contribute to society.

Research Director

Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Murai Jun

Research Term
2016/04–2021/03
Message from Research Director
Find what excites you, and continue to do it as much as you want! Your parents may try to stop you but, if you really like to and enjoy doing it, it is worthwhile for you to try!
Curriculum Vitae
He developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET) in 1984, established WIDE Project in 1988, aiming to research and develop the computer networks, currently the Founder. He is a member of the Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society (IT Strategic Headquarters), a member of the Cyber Security Policy Council, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC). He is known as the "Internet samurai" and, in Japan has also been called "the father of the Internet in Japan".

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