Tokyo University of the Arts Center of Innovation

“Creating Innovation for “Synesensory” through Inspirational Art and Science& Technology”

Outline

The Center of Innovation Science and Technology-Based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM), which was launched jointly in fiscal year 2013 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo University of the Arts Center of Innovation (COI) establishes a model envisioning a harmonious society and hi-quality lifestyle. The program intends to identify the challenges of innovative R&D lying ahead for our society 10 years from now, knock down the existing walls of fields and organizations, and to conduct R&D starting from the stage of basic research carrying through to practical application.

This program aims to achieve, through industry-university collaboration, the creative innovations that would be impossible by either companies or universities alone, and to establish a platform in Japan. Under this framework, the Tokyo University of the Arts COI site strives to build a society, which is abundant not simply in terms of material conditions, but is overflowing with a richness of mind by integrating the disparate fields of art and science & technology, and collaborating with the education, healthcare and welfare services towards the “building of a living environment with a high-quality of life (becoming a prosperous and reputable country)” as was set out as ‘Vision 2’ of this program.

Arts & Science LAB

Tokyo University of the Arts newly established the “Arts & Science LAB.” in the Ueno campus as a part of the “Project to Establish an International Science and Technology Innovation Center through Industry-University Collaboration Utilizing Local Resources”. This leads to build a platform to deliver creative innovations which cannot be achieved by either companies or universities alone.

Following the start of COI program supported by Mext and JST in fiscal year 2015, the Tokyo University of the Arts COI site has started to deliver contents widely and has developed infrastructures both in Japan and abroad by collaborating with the education, healthcare and welfare services sectors.

Moreover, our COI site aims to produce a variety of educational experiences with high-quality reproductions of cultural heritage and visual contents that combine the fields of art, history and science & technology based on the theme of ‘Creating Innovation for “Synesensory” through Inspirational Art and Science & Technology’.  We also research to contribute to the fields of education, healthcare and welfare services through robots with original software.  We aim to achieve a harmonious society where we learn from people with disabilities about the profound inspiration coming into contact with art.  The COI will be drawing up plans to develop contents and programs that create a new inspiration through sports and arts of coming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We will also imple ment the ways to utilize Japanese cultural resources.

We intend to build a harmonious society and an environment that are full of richness of mind, beyond mere material affluence through this program.

Objectives of the Center

By fusing the arts together with science and technology, the Group seeks to develop rich cultural contents capable of serving as next-generation infrastructure, as well as ensure the social implementation of cultural contents through the tourism and education industry, in addition to providing cultural diplomacy items that contribute to the establishment of international relations. The Group, which is based on collaboration between academia and companies with expertise in the education industry and/or the information industry, is led by Tokyo University of the Arts, which has long nurtured and promoted artistic expressions involving the five senses; namely fine arts, music, visual expressions, and bodily expressions. Efforts will be made, in collaboration with companies known for their expertise in the education and information industries, to ensure the broad implementation of the contents and application developed by the Group in both domestic and overseas societies. Contributions will be made in areas ranging widely from compulsory education, higher education and social education to welfare, medical care and international understanding through the social implementation of these contents and applications in order to establish the presence of Japan as a cultural nation and to achieve a symbiotic international society by leveraging the power of art (inspiration).

Major applications and services

● Synesthetic contents such as highly accurate cultural property reproductions and mobile art exhibits contributing to promotion of cultural diplomacy and cultural sharing, development support for the tourism industry, and promotion of education in sensibility
● Media that stimulates the five senses, such as live animation concerts applying AI and synesthesia applications using AR
● Development of new musical instruments and these social implementation to contribute to education, welfare and medical fields
● STEAM education and communication service using robotics and theatrical methods to contribute to community development
● Inclusive art contents that contribute to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Program

board members

PL (Project leader)

Koshi Yamamoto

(JVCKENWOOD Corporation)

RL (Research leader)

Takashi Kiriyama

(Professor of New Media, Head of Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts )

Core Institution

Tokyo University of the Arts

Lead Company

JVCKENWOOD Corporation

Research themes

Innovation "to nurture culture"

Research on culture sharing

Masaaki Miyasako(Professor Emeritus, Project Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts),
Takashi Fukai(Professor Emeritus, Project Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts), Yuichi Taira(Project Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
NHK promotions Inc., Takeo, The Asahi ShImbun, Ogawa &Co., Ltd.

By combining the achievements of the arts, history and technology, the sub-group will create synesthetic contents such as “Clone Cultural Properties” which reproduce the DNA of arts and mobile museums. The sub-group will contribute to creating the respected country through deploying these cultural properties as ‘exquisite resources’, as well as the sustainable growth through tourism industry and education for the AI era.

Research on synesthetic media

Takashi Kiriyama (Professor of New Media, Head of Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts ), Noriko Koshida(Project Lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts)
NICT, YAMAHA, NHK Engineering System

The sub-group aims to construct a media that stimulates vision, hearing, touch, etc. by making full use of advanced technology, such as live animation concerts that apply AI and synesthetic applications that use AR.

Innovation "to nurture the bonds"

Cultural diplomacy and art business

Junji Ito(Project Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts), Akira Senju(Project Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
JVCKENWOOD、Makers’、The Asahi Shimbun

The sub-group will establish a system to practice the achievement of COI site, and conduct the social implementation of cultural diplomacy assets in international collaboration as well as regional revitalization.

Innovation "to nurture the mind"

Research on robotics & performing arts

Oriza Hirata(Project Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts), Takenobu Chikaraishi(Project Lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Osaka University, Benesse Holdings, SoftBank Robotics

While creating and presenting cutting-edge "Robot Performing Arts" works, the sub-group will develop the educational contents and aim to develop a new sightseeing center that directs the whole town with theatrical methods.

Research on inclusive arts

Oko Arai(Project Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts), Akitaka Sugishita (Assistant Professor, Nagoya University Hospital)
Benesse Holdings, YAMAHA, JVCKENWOOD, Ogawa &Co., Ltd.

The sub-group seeks to achieve a symbiotic society that offers a world full of dreams to all by learning from people with disabilities about the emotional thrill of coming into contact with the arts, while studying the relationship between emotional thrill and brain functions.

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