Introduction to Human-Harmonized Information Technology

  • Toyoaki NishidaEmail author


The JST-CREST research area on the creation of human-harmonized information technology for a convivial society aims for the establishment of basic technologies to achieve harmony between human beings and the information environment by integrating element technologies encompassing real-space communication, human interfaces, and media processing. It promotes a trans-disciplinary approach featuring (1) recognition and comprehension of human behaviors and real-space contexts by utilizing sensor networks and ubiquitous computing, (2) technologies for facilitating man-machine communication by utilizing robots and ubiquitous networks, and (3) content technologies for analyzing, mining, integrating, and structuring multimedia data including those in text, voice, music, and images. It ranges from scientific research on cognitive aspects of human-harmonized information processes to social implementation that may lead to breakthroughs in the harmonious interactions of human and information environments. This chapter presents the underlying philosophy, background, core concepts, and major results obtained from the first half of projects that were selected to pursue new findings in this research area.


Changing world Computer and communication technology Convivial society Human and social potential Human-harmonized information technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JST-CREST Research Area on Creation of Human-Harmonized Information Technology for Convivial SocietyKyoto University, Kyoto Japan/Research SupervisorTokyoJapan

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