[Seminar] JIZAI Body: beyond human limits by Masahiko Inami, Yasuaki Monnai and Azumi Maekawa


Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 11:00


C210, Center Building


Masahiko Inami, Professor, RCAST, The University of Tokyo
Yasuaki Monnai, Associate Professor, RCAST, The University of Tokyo
Azumi Maekawa, Project Lecturer, RCAST, The University of Tokyo

Title: JIZAI Body: beyond human limits

The social revolutions have accompanied innovation of the view of the body. If we regard the information revolution as establishment of a virtual society against the real society, it is necessary to design a new view of body "JIZAI body (Virtual Cyborg)", which can adapt freely to the change of social structure, and establish a new view of the body. In this talk, we discuss how we understand of basic knowledge about the body editing for construction of JIZAI body (Virtual Cyborg) based on VR, AR and Robotics. Superhuman Sports: Applying Human Augmentation to Physical Exercise.

Masahiko Inami
Dr. Masahiko Inami took up his current position as professor at the University of Tokyo after working at the University of Electro-Communications and Keio University. His interests include “JIZAI body editing technology,” the Augmented Human, and entertainment engineering. He has received several awards, including TIME Magazine’s “Coolest Invention of the Year” award and the Young Scientist Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). He is also the co-representative of the Superhuman Sports Society, a director of the Information Processing Society of Japan, a director of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan, and a member of the Science Council of Japan. His latest book is called “Theory of JIZAI Body"" (Springer).

Yasuaki Monnai
Yasuaki Monnai is an  Associate Professor with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He received the B.E. degree in mathematical engineering and information physics and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in information physics and computing from the University of Tokyo in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. From 2010 to 2011, he was a Visiting Scholar with the University of Kassel, Germany, and with the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, in 2012. From 2015 to 2021, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor with the Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics, Keio University, Japan. His research interest includes exploring wireless systems for interfacing humans, machines, and materials using terahertz waves and ultrasound.

Azumi Maekawa
Azumi Maekawa, Ph.D., is a project lecturer in the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in the design of human-machine cooperative systems in 2021. His work focuses on the exploration of boundaries between living things and artifacts. He is involved in interdisciplinary projects across various fields such as robotics, cognitive psychology, computer science, and human-computer interaction.


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