〜未来志向のモノ、コト、仕組みを提案 学生フォーラム「ネクストビジョナリー」に参加。“Dazzle them with innovation”:
Developing future-oriented products, ideas, and systems HWIP students participate in Next Visionary student forum

January 10 and 11, 2014 KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL Congrès Convention Center (Kita-ku, Osaka)

Leading Programs from across Japan come together to talk about the future

Students, faculty and staff in Programs for Leading Graduate Schools around the country came together to share information and experiences at the Leading Forum 2013 (for details, see the “Topics” section). One of the main events in the forum was a special student forum titled “Next Visionary”. Teams of students competed against one another with presentations identifying future challenges and proposing approaches to deal with them using new technologies. The teams could choose from four different themes: “Innovative Devices”, “Sustainability of Resources or Infrastructure”, “Social Disparity and Conflict” (divided into two parts: health issues, and social and environmental disparity), and “Japan and/or Global, Now and the Future”. Presentations were made by the following four teams from the Humanware Innovation Program.

・Team Kugelschreiber: Ending Life in Comfort (Innovative Devices)

This was a joint effort by HWIP student Tomofumi Sakai and students in the Interdisciplinary Program for Biomedical Sciences. With greater industrial efficiency and increased life expectancy, people now have more spare time and a longer life beyond work. These circumstances point to future growth in demand in areas such as the recording of personal life histories and the provision of companionship for isolated individuals. With these needs in mind, this team presented a proposal for portable headgear equipped with interactive memory function, using a combination of holograms and artificial personality.

・Team Auf: Water Infrastructure Attuned to the Natural World (Sustainability of Resources or Infrastructure)

HWIP students Risa Sawada and Taishi Kakizuka collaborated on this presentation with students from Osaka University’s Cross-Boundary Innovation Program and Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies. Water infrastructure is central to environmental issues. At present, this infrastructure relies heavily on complex and energy-intensive systems, placing considerable stress on the natural environment. With a view to achieving harmony with nature and greater sustainability, this team proposed adopting a “plant-based purification method” that makes use of the power of vegetation.

・Team NO MORE DOCTOR!!: NO MORE DOCTOR!! (Sustainability of Resources or Infrastructure)

This team was composed of HWIP students Natsuki Hiasa, Junya Nakanishi, Tenma Shimizu, Le-Shi Lee, and Zuben Brown, together with students from Osaka University’s Interactive Materials Science Cadet Program. Early detection of illness, minimization of medical treatment costs, and alleviation of workloads for medical professionals will all be key priorities in the long-life society of the future. This team proposed a device that enables people to monitor their own health on a daily basis.

・Team HWIP+: Education System to Resolve Genetic Disparity (Social Disparity and Conflict: Health issues)

The members of this all-HWIP team were Kento Tokuyama, Tatsuya Nakamura, Ryo Mizuuchi, Dashdavaa Khureltulga, Nattapong Thammasan, and Kenji Sakai. It is envisaged that in the future, the analysis of individual genetic sequences will be cheap, simple, and readily accessible, leading to “disparity based on genetic superiority”. This team proposed an educational curriculum that could extend individuals’ strengths and support their weaknesses from a genetic perspective.

“World Café” provides an exciting start

The top presentation was decided through a three-stage assessment process. On the first day of the event, the teams presented in a “World Café” format, with four rounds of 30 minutes each in featuring two presenters from each team. The rounds involved ten minute presentations followed by Q&A and discussion with other teams and the general audience. Teams were assessed and awarded scores in this first-stage screening through peer review of both the presentations and discussions. Each team had two chances to present, enabling them to refine their second presentations in light of the questions arising from the first. All teams approached this task with enthusiasm, and lively discussion ensued. In some cases the discussion became so vigorous that presenters left their desks and engaged the audience directly. In the end, three HWIP teams were selected to proceed to the second round: HWIP+, Kugelschreiber, and Auf.

Fine tuning structure and expression with the final round in sight

The second day of proceedings consisted of a repechage round in the morning and second-round presentations in the afternoon in front of a large audience. Unfortunately, the NO MORE DOCTOR!! team was unsuccessful in its bid to regain a place in the competition, but the remaining three teams acted on feedback from the first day and produced presentations that were both more comprehensible and more attuned to current needs. Other teams made similar improvements, of course, and the competition remained tightly contested. When the results were announced, it was Team Auf that had succeeded in winning through to the final round.
This final round was contested by five teams in total. Each one of them delivered a presentation that was feasible, realistic and effectual, making it very difficult to pick a frontrunner. Unfortunately Team Auf did not take out First Prize, but their efforts were certainly rewarded with hearty applause from the audience.
Feedback on the presentations sometimes included harsh words from industry representatives, leaving teams with a sense that the still had a long way to go. At the same time, however, participants gained a real sense of the great things that can be achieved through teamwork, and the importance of employing multi-faceted approaches. This experience is sure to prove valuable in the future.

Comments from participating students

Risa Sawada (Team Auf)
I participated in a joint team with students from other universities, so one of the greatest benefits for me was the opportunity to engage with students beyond my regular circle of interaction in the preparatory stages. At the actual forum, I was also delighted to be able to talk with other Leading Program students, industry representatives, and faculty members from other universities. This two-day event has made me realize that many, many people hold high expectations of Leading Program students. I will be approaching my studies with an even greater sense of awareness and responsibility from now on.


〜未来志向のモノ、コト、仕組みを提案 学生フォーラム「ネクストビジョナリー」に参加。“Dazzle them with innovation”:
Developing future-oriented products, ideas, and systems HWIP students participate in Next Visionary student forum

2014.1.10, 11 ナレッジキャピタル コングレコンベンションセンター(大阪市北区)


act_p201301143全国の博士教育課程リーディングプログラムの履修生、教職員が一堂に会し、情報や課題の共有を行った「フォーラム2013」(詳細は、トピックスの項参照)。このフォーラムのメインイベントの1つが学生フォーラム「ネクストビジョナリー」です。これは用意された4つのテーマ、「未知のデバイス」「Sustainability of Resource or Infrastructure」「社会的格差・対立(発表ではHealth issues と社会・環境格差に二分された)」「Japan and/or Global, Now and Future」について、近未来では、どのような問題が生じ、それにどのような新しい技術で挑むかを提案し、競い合うものです(あらかじめチームを組んでテーマにエントリー)。ヒューマンウェアイノベーションプログラムでは、次の4チームがエントリーし、プレゼンテーションしました。

・チーム Kugelschreiber:「生涯楽終」(未知のデバイス)
酒井智史さんと、大阪大学の「生体統御ネットワーク医学教育プログラム」の履修生との共同発表。  今後、長寿化に伴う余生の拡大、産業の効率化に伴う余暇の増大で「自分が生きた歴史の記録」や「孤独を癒す話し相手」といった需要が高まると考え、ホログラムと疑似人格ソフトを組み合わせたプログラムを搭載した対話可能な携帯型記録ヘッドギアを提案。

・チーム Auf:「自然調和型『水』インフラ」(Sustainability of Resource or Infrastructure)
澤田莉沙さんと垣塚太志さんが、大阪大学の「超域イノベーション博士課程プログラム」、京都大学の「思修館」の履修生と共同で発表。 環境問題で重要な「水」インフラは、現在、非常に複雑でエネルギー消費の大きなシステムに依存しており、自然への負担が大きい。これに対し、植物の力を利用した「植生浄化法」などの技術を用いることで、自然と調和した持続可能型社会につながると提案。

・チーム NO MORE DOCTOR!!:「NO MORE DOCTOR!!」(Sustainability of Resource or Infrastructure)
日浅夏希さん、中西惇也さん、清水天馬さん、李楽施さん、Zuben Brownさんが、大阪大学の「インタラクティブ物質科学・カデットプログラム」の履修生と共同で発表。 将来の長寿命化社会においては、病気を早期に発見し、医療費の削減や医師の負担を軽減することが重要課題と考え、自分の健康状態を日常的に検査できるデバイスを提案。

・チーム HWIP+:「遺伝子格差を解消するための教育システム」(社会的格差・対立:Health issues)
徳山健斗さん、中村達哉さん、水内良さん、Dashdavaa Khureltulgaさん、Nattapong Thammasanさん、浦井健次さんらが発表。  個人の遺伝子配列の解読が安価で容易になり誰でもその情報を手にできるようになった未来では、遺伝子の「優秀さによる格差」が生じると想定し、遺伝子の視点から見た「得意分野を伸ばし不得意分野をサポートするカリキュラム」を提案。




act_p2013011442日目は、午前に敗者復活戦、午後には多数の聴衆を前にしてのプレゼンテーション。チーム NO MORE DOCTOR!!の敗者復活はなりませんでしたが、残りの3チームは、1日目に指摘されたり気づいたりした問題点を改善し、よりわかりやすく、より時代のニーズに即したプレゼンテーションを行いました(二次審査)。もちろん、それは他のプログラムのチームも同様で、実力は拮抗。審査の結果、本プログラムからは チーム Aufが最終ステージに進みました。
最終審査に残ったのは5チーム。どのチームも可能性、実現性、有用性に優れた、甲乙付けがたい発表でした。残念ながらチーム Aufは、最優秀賞は逃しましたが、会場からは健闘を称える大きな拍手が送られました。


澤田 莉沙(チーム Auf)  他大学との合同チームに参加したので、プレゼンテーションの準備で、普段とは異なる学生たちと議論を重ねることができたのが大きな収穫です。当日の会場では、他のリーディングプログラム履修生や企業、他大学の教員の方々などと意見交換ができたことを幸せに思います。2日間を通じ、リーディングプログラム履修生に対して、非常に多くの方々が期待を寄せてくださっていることに気づきました。今後は、これまで以上に責任と自覚をもって学んでいきたいと思っています。