• Toyoaki NishidaEmail author


Human-harmonized information technology is intended to establish basic technologies to achieve harmony between human beings and the information environment by integrating element technologies encompassing real-space communication, human interface, and media processing. It promotes a transdisciplinary approach featuring (1) the recognition and comprehension of human behaviors and real-space contexts by utilizing sensor networks and ubiquitous computing, (2) technologies for facilitating man–machine communication 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 the cognitive aspects of human-harmonized information processes to social implementations that may lead to breakthroughs in the harmonious interactions of human and information environments. In this chapter, I give an overview of achievements over the past eight years, remarking on insights as well as limitations. I also discuss future perspectives, singling out promising approaches.


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.Graduate School of InformaticsKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.JST-CREST Research Area on Creation of Human-Harmonized Information Technology for Convivial SocietyTokyoJapan

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