Human augmentation is a system to be attached to human, in order to enhance and empower human functions. With a broad sense, microscopes and telescopes are a part of human augmentation technologies, whereas Human Augmentation Research Center (HARC) focuses on a wearable and/or invisible system based on information-communication technologies and robotic technologies. Using human augmentation system, human functions are enhanced and empowered temporarily. Moreover, we aim for researches to augment biological human functions through a long period use of the system. HARC challenges to launch a new industry based on human augmentation technologies towards "Society 5.0."
Namely, the mission of HARC is to develop human augmentation technologies for maintenance and enhancement of human functions (physical, emotional and communicational functions), improvement quality of life, reduction of social costs and development of industries (knowledge intensive business services relevant to daily living). The following inter-disciplinary researchers joined to HARC to carry out the mission; flexible sensing technologies, robotics, biomechanics, ergonomics, psychology, service engineering and design.
HARC is located at AIST Kashiwa Center (c/o Kashiwa II Campus, University of Tokyo). We cooperate closely with University of Tokyo, Chiba University and National Cancer Center Japan that are located in Kashiwanoha. Here, Kashiwanoha region is a newly developed town including residential areas and shopping malls. HARC is pushing through social implementation of new service businesses based on human augmentation technologies through enlisting cooperation with residents in Kashiwanoha and a real estate company that developed Kashiwanoha.
Masaaki Mochimaru, Ph.D
Director of Human Augmentation Research Center
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- Human Augmentation Research Center Established