R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI
in Policy and Technology

Centers for advanced reserch
into the mobility infrastructure to bring about Society 5.0
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About us
Centers for advanced reserch into the mobility infrastructure to bring about Society 5.0

The R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology is an open laboratory center for full-scale industry–university–government cooperation, where research and social implementation that aim to develop the future social infrastructure of local society are promoted. By holding up Division of Policy and Planning Sciences as the core, we will provide specific policy recommendations and promote their social implementation, to solve the economic and social issues of local society by coordinating the interdisciplinary work of the University of Tsukuba, the advanced technologies of several groups of business entities, and the verification experiment of the municipality. Above all, from the perspective of the image of future local society, where people, society and nature co-exist, we will carry out the most intensive research on the next-generation automobile traffic technology service, to realize active life where all people are able to move without personal or regional differences. In addition, we, as the center of the research, will proactively foster collaboration among industries, universities, and regions.

Message

Freedom of movement is a fundamental desire of human beings. The social implementations of automatic driving, electrification, the hydrogen society, sharing, and data utilization are facing challenges which cannot be solved by any single company. It is now necessary to nurture social acceptance, streamline the legislation and the social system, and cooperate internationally. People with a talent for formulating rules are also needed. In this context, the University of Tsukuba and Toyota Motor Corporation have jointly established the R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology as the advanced research center for mobility infrastructure, to bring about Society 5.0. It has already started making recommendations for the next-generation automobile traffic infrastructure for local society, and researching application of the mobility innovation. Collaborating with the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine and with the Center for Cybernics Research, with Division of Policy and Planning Sciences as the core field of collaboration, and using applied mathematics, we will undertake to establish a center of systematic industry–university–government cooperation by making the most of our interdisciplinary integrated research and open laboratory function.

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Director and Professor Isamu Takahara
Specially Appointed Professor , Ph.D. in policy and Planning Sciences
Project
Verify the concept of “the next-generation Mobility Platform” bring about Society 5.0

In this project, aiming to solve challenges in rural areas of Japan, where dependency on the automobile is high, we will verify the concept of “the next-generation Mobility Platform,” which will be the foundation on which to apply the technological innovation of the automobile to society. The technological innovation of the automobile is expected not only to solve traffic-related issues, such as eliminating traffic accidents, dissipating traffic jams, and improving the convenience of mobility, but also to create new social services and jobs by securing freedom of movement and eliminating the time–space constraints, and thus to contribute to solving economic and social problems in rural areas. We will strive to solve social issues, realize economic growth, and contribute to the economic cycle in local societies in the future, by connecting various innovations in automobile technology to society, and by developing “the next-generation automobile traffic infrastructure”, which will be the basis for social change.

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Solution to social issues

  • traffic accident zero
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  • improvement of the convenience
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  • traffic clearing up
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The Challenge / freedom of movement and the time-space constraints

“A society where it is possible to travel safely, freely, and smoothly”
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regional economic growth

  • New services in local communities
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  • Sustainability of local communities
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  • Comprehensive Community Care
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The Challenge / Creating a new social service

“New mobility services which excel in providing on-demand transportation”

F-mirai Project

“Application of the mobility innovation”
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    Mobility information by IoT
    Connected
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    Cooperative ITS
    Autonomous
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    Mobility Platform
    Sharing
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    Energy Management
    Electric
Promotion
Promotion of the project
by open innovation

We will foster industry–university–government cooperation among several groups of business enterprises, municipalities, and universities. We will promote inter-university collaboration, appeal for international initiatives, and develop human resources. We will develop centers for advanced research into the mobility infrastructure of future society, with the center on the university campus playing a central role. We will promote both the theorization of “next-generation automobile traffic infrastructure” which harmonizes with SDGs, and its implementation in local communities. By the end of this fiscal year we will start a conference for mobility innovation based on industry–university–government cooperation, to obtain necessary deregulations and support measures required for verification experiments, and coordinate with the existing International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zones, Regional Councils and Area Committees. Later, in revealing the obstacles which prevent the project from being realized, such as the legal system, we will spread its implementation towards the surrounding area and Japan’s rural areas. We will make recommendations on how to develop the regulations and standards and design the institution in the face of intense international competition. Those achievements will be announced locally and globally.

産官学連携についての図

Collaboration

University of Tsukuba

  • Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
  • Center for Cybernics Research
  • International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine
  • Center for Artificial Intelligence Research
  • Faculty of Business Sciences
  • Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences
  • Faculty of Art and Design
  • Headqurters for International Industry-University Collaboration

external organizations

  • Government office and Municipality
  • National Reserch and Development Agency
  • Domestic and Overseas Universities
  • Keidanren(Japan Business Federation)
  • Council on Competitiveness-Nippon
  • Japan Project-Industry Council
Member
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    Isamu Takahara
    Director / Specially Appointed Professor
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    Fumihiko Uchida
    Vice Director / Professor
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    Yoshiaki Osawa
    Vice Director / Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
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    Masashi Yanagisawa
    Vice Director / Professor in IIIS
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    Sigeki Akiyama
    Professor in Fuculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
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    Hiroyasu Ando
    Associate Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
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    Tetsuya Sakurai
    Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems/Director of Center for Artificial Intelligence Research
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    Yasufumi Saruwatari
    Professor in Fuculty of Business Sciences
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    Yoshiyuki Sankai
    Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems/Executive Research Director of Center for Cybernics Research
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    Kenji Suzuki
    Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems/Director of Center for Cybernics Research
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    Mamoru Taniguchi
    Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
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    Tadanobu Hara
    Associate Professor in Fuculty of Art and Design
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    Masaki Fujikawa
    Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
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    Akiko Yoshise
    Professor in Fuculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
Activities
Partnership with academic societies and industrial circles,
outreach and human resource development

Academic research and inter-university collaboration

  • ・Application of the Mathematical Sciences model, and Mathematical human resource development : Collaboration with Graduate-Level Research in Industrial Projects for Students (GRIPS)-Sendai
  • ・Collaboration with The City Planning Institute of Japan and Architectural Institute of Japan, Japan Society Of Civil Engineers, Applied Regional Science Conference

Outreach

  • keynote lectures at symposiums and forums hosted by the government and municipalities

Collaboration with Council on Competitiveness-Nippon(COCN)

  • ・Setting up projects and policy recommendations through promotion themes in 2017 and 2018 (COCN’s recommendation)

Human resource development

  • ・Establishment of The Master’s Programs in Policy and Planning Sciences , “Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization”
  • ・Execution of high school–university collaboration projects, and hosting high school–university collaboration symposiums attended by local young talents
Location
Tsukuba Science City ~Aiming to realize Society 5.0 and SDGs MIRAI town~

Tsukuba Science City at its core consists of the University of Tsukuba and various national research institutes. Young people who bear the future gather together with researchers, from home and abroad. The city, with its high receptivity of science technology and internationalism, is drawing attention as a place where it is possible to develop a center of open innovation and to carry out the early realization of the social application and implementation of mobility innovation. In 2019, it will be 100 years since the City Planning Act came into being. In 2020, it will be 50 years since the passing into law of the Tsukuba Science City Construction Act.

Building on the legacy inherited from our forerunners, we will work toward an early realization of zero traffic accidents, the dissipation of traffic jams, and freedom of movement by improving convenience through next-generation mobility. In addition, we will undertake research and development to realize a Science City helping to bring about future society, with an independent dispersed power source system function for times of disaster, separated from the main power system, to be the initial power source in preparation for the predicted Nankai Trough Earthquakes and Tokyo Inland Earthquakes, and to have a back-up function for the capital as well.

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    Pedestrian Way

    It is Japan’s largest pedestrian road network, extending over 48 km. It is planned to perform verifications of a new mobility service and installation of a mobility station (a hub for transfer and a self-sufficient energy base).

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    Underground common utility ducts

    Common utility ducts are provided beneath major pedestrian roads. It is planned to use them to perform verifications of the building of the energy supply network for multiple self-sufficient energy bases.

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    Campus, University of Tsukuba

    Within the extensive campus (with its 10km circumference), in-school buses operate with high frequency. It is planned to use this to study signs of traffic jams and to verify the smoothness of transfers in terms of transportation means by measuring flows of traffic and pedestrians, in collaboration with the bus operator.

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki
305-8575 Japan  R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology
TEL:029-853-2904
MAIL:info@f-mirai.tsukuba.ac.jp