Arakawa Laboratory is a laboratory established in April 2019. Main research topics are kind of cyber-physical systems (CPS: Cyber-Physical Systems) that improves human life, where real-world sensing technology, cloud data processing technology, networking technology, and a variety of information technologies are combined dynamically. We call such a system as Humanophilic systems. Humanophilic is a coined word that combines the suffix “philic”, which means human-friendly. In the laboratory, we are focusing on the research on the behavior recognition of people using sensors (IoT) and machine learning (AI), and we are conducting a wide range of applications from the development of new sensors to the implementation of applications in order to realize the humanophilic systems.
In addition to the sensing of human external states (behavior and activity), the recognization of human internal states (emotions and stress) becomes a part of topics. We always consider and discuss what kind of sensors can be used, what kind of algorithms are most suitable. In recent years, as research ahead of behavior recognition, we start to focus on the behavior change support system (BCSS) because information technology can change our behavior better. We conduct empirical research with various companies. Also, various joint research projects are undergoing with various universities (Nara Institute of Technology, Osaka University, Osaka University, Osaka University, and Overseas).