Improving Service Processes Based on Visualization of Human-Behavior and POS Data: A Case Study in a Japanese Restaurant

  • Tomohiro Fukuhara
  • Ryuhei Tenmoku
  • Takashi Okuma
  • Ryoko Ueoka
  • Masanori Takehara
  • Takeshi Kurata


A case study of service process improvement based on visualization of human-behavior and POS (point-of-sales) data in a Japanese restaurant is described. We developed a human-behavior sensing and visualization suite for supporting managers and employees in actual service fields to understand and improve their service processes by visualizing of both behavior and POS data. We had an experiment using the suite in the restaurant and confirmed that managers and employees were able to understand their ordinary processes, make plans for improving their processes by using the suite, and improve their processes which are observed as the increase of the stay ratio of a waiting staff in dining areas and the number of additional orders. An overview of the suite and experiment results is described.


Data visualization Human-behavior sensing POS data analysis Quality-control circle Service process improvement 



This work was supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. The authors thank Ganko Food Service Co., Ltd. and all staffs of the Ganko Ginza 4-chome restaurant for their great cooperation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomohiro Fukuhara
    • 1
  • Ryuhei Tenmoku
    • 1
  • Takashi Okuma
    • 1
  • Ryoko Ueoka
    • 2
  • Masanori Takehara
    • 3
  • Takeshi Kurata
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Service ResearchNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and TechnologyTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of DesignKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of EngineeringGifu UniversityGifuJapan

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