Tokyo Institute of Technology: Three teams receive DLab Challenge Research Grant 2022

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Tokyo Tech’s DLab(External site) has awarded three research teams with the “DLab Challenge: Laboratory for Design of Social Innovation Global Networks (DLab) Research Grant for Academic Year 2022.” A ceremony was held on July 8 to present successful applicants with their notices of award. This is the third cohort of research teams to receive the grant after its launch in academic year 2020.

The DLab Challenge Research Grant supports research connected to the realization of the future image and scenarios created by DLab, and research that contributes to the creation of new disciplines required to realize this image. The grant also aims to help individual researchers discover the links between their own research and the future of society, conduct research with a backcasting approach, and heighten awareness of the societal impact of their research.

Proposals and recipients
Development of PFOS treatment technology for solving the environmental problems originating to US military bases
Assoc. Prof. Toshihiro Isobe(External site), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology(External site)

Assoc. Prof. Shinji Kawana(External site), Institute for Liberal Arts(External site)

Assoc. Prof. Manabu Fujii(External site), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Environment and Society(External site)

Associate Professor Toshihiro Isobe’s Comment

Thank you for selecting our plan. In this research, we will challenge the achievement of “TRANSCHALLENGE” and the solution of social issues from the viewpoint of “Convergence of Knowledge”. We believe that the support of many people is indispensable for our research. We appreciate your guidance and encouragement.

Assoc. Prof. Toshihiro Isobe
Exploring spatial position control technologies that maximize experience sharing in VR and emerging styles of human interaction practices
Assoc. Prof. Kotaro Funakoshi(External site), Institute of Innovative Research(External site)

Assoc. Prof. Shoichi Hasegawa(External site), Institute of Innovative Research(External site)

Assoc. Prof. Natsue Yoshimura(External site), Institute of Innovative Research(External site)

*Masato Komuro, Doctoral course student, Chiba University(External site)

*Assoc. Prof. Hironori Mitake, Meiji University(External site)

*Asst. Prof. Ryosaku Makino, Waseda University(External site)

Associate Professor Kotaro Funakoshi’s Comment

Metaverse, a virtual reality space where many people communicate, is a place where a TRANSCHALLENGE world can be realized. Through interdisciplinary discussions among engineering and humanities researchers, we design systems that overcome physical and environmental constraints and allow anyone to continue to take on challenges.

Assoc. Prof. Kotaro Funakoshi
No Victim Left Behind: Transdisciplinary Design Research for Future Megathrust Earthquake and Tsunami through Cosmic-Eye View
Assoc. Prof. Takumi Ohashi(External site), Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, School of Environment and Society(External site)

Assoc. Prof. Atushi Shirane(External site), Institute of Innovative Research(External site)

Assoc. Prof. Hiraku Sakamoto(External site), Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering(External site)

Asst. Prof. Takashi Tomura(External site), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering(External site)

Asst. Prof. Rie Seto(External site), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Environment and Society(External site)

Asst. Prof. Yuno Tanaka(External site), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Environment and Society(External site)

*Assoc. Prof. Natt Leelawat, Chulalongkorn University(External site)

*Lecturer Jing Tang, Chulalongkorn University(External site)

Associate Professor Takumi Ohashi’s Comment

“No Victim Left Behind” We engage in transdisciplinary design research for future megathrust earthquakes and tsunamis through a cosmic-eye view. Using satellite technology, we design a novel interactive communication system for tracking disaster situations even if ground base disruptions. We value dialogue with society to co-create how we use our proposed disaster prevention and mitigation approach.

Associate Professor Takumi Ohashi
Note: Principal investigator followed by joint researchers
*Collaborator

Overview of academic year 2022 DLab Challenge Research Grant
Objective
The objective of this grant is to help create a better future through science and technology by supporting research that contributes to the realization of the image of future society created by DLab, or research that advances the creation of new academic disciplines that are required to realize this image.

Additionally, this grant aims to help individual researchers discover the links between their own research and the future of society, conduct research with a backcasting approach, and heighten awareness of the societal impact of their research.

Eligibility
Applications must be submitted by a team that includes at least two members. These members should ideally include experts from at least two different fields. The representative (applicant) must be an associate professor, lecturer, or assistant professor employed by Tokyo Tech.

Grant period
In principle, grants will continue until the end of the third academic year at the latest. Funding decisions for the third academic year will be made by the review board before the completion of the second year.

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