Technical Tour

18:00 – 20:00, July 9th, 2019

Location: The University of Tokyo Hongo Campus

Technical tour participants will receive a tour access map and a subway ticket to the venue at the registration desk. Don’t forget to receive it.

We have arranged a tour for attendees of WHC 2019 after the first day of the conference. Attendees are welcome to visit labs located at the University of Tokyo. Labs will present demonstrations, videos, posters, etc., for experience and discussion.
Attendees take the subway (Chiyoda Line) from the conference center to the University of Tokyo Hongo Campus. Attendees are given a subway ticket in advance. During the tour, attendees will visit all of the laboratories listed below. Keep your WHC badges on so that we can identify you. It will make us easier to give you help at the campus. Due to space limitations, the technical tour is limited to the first 100 conference attendees who sign up for a technical tour on the registration site.

*Maximum capacity of the technical tour is 100 people and the application will be closed once it reaches the maximum.

Advanced Mechatronics Lab

Advanced Mechatronics Lab, directed by Prof. Akio Yamamoto, studies sensors & actuators technologies, haptic/tactile technologies, computer-human interaction, and robotics. To achieve higher environmental feasibility and provide natural interface, the lab is developing innovative mechatronic devices and systems by using advanced materials, unique physical phenomenon, and intelligent analyses. Currently, we are focusing on electrostatic actuator and its application, thermal walkers walking on a heated surface, pseudo-haptic interface for teleoperation, and soft tactile sensor using electrical tomography.


Cyber Interface Lab

Cyber Interface Laboratory (Hirose Kuzuoka Narumi Laboratory) focuses on developing Cybernetic Interfaces, high level user interfaces that unite human and computer seamlessly. On the basis of virtual reality technologies (VR), we explore such interfaces from various aspects for augmenting human capabilities. The research themes of our laboratory include virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), multi-modal/cross-modal interfaces including haptics, olfactory and gustatory interfaces, redirected walking techniques using passive haptic feedbacks, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), telepresence, ghost engineering (avatar interaction techniques which enhances our cognitive capabilities by utilizing psychological effect of body on mind), emotion interfaces, and processing methods for various big data including lifelog data.


Shinoda & Makino Lab

Shinoda & Makino Lab, directed by Hiroyuki Shinoda and Yasutoshi Makino, demonstrates the latest interactive system of Midair Haptics combined with high-quality 3D images. Visitors can experience midair 3D object touchable with their bare fingers. Computer-created 3D images appear in front of your naked eyes*, and you can hold and move it with haptic sensation produced on your fingers by ultrasound. Haptoclone, Mid-Air Touch Panel, and Tactile Projector are also demonstrated. Haptoclone achieves a mutual telexistence system where a couple of users can touch and feel the high-fidelity 3D image of each other. Mid-Air Touch Panel creates a virtual touch panel in the air and Tactile Projector adds tactile sensation to the images projected on the skin. In addition to these midair haptics demos, recent results of human motion foresight using machine-learning are demonstrated.
*The 3D display was developed by Hideki Kakeya Lab, University of Tsukuba.


Ishikawa Senoo Laboratory

Ishikawa Senoo Laboratory directed by Masatoshi Ishikawa and Taku Senoo conducts research on exploring parallel, high-speed, and real-time operations for sensory information processing, including high-speed intelligent robots, optical systems, image processing, and human interfaces. In the technical tour, attendees can observe or experience
(1)a robot with high-speed vision and proximity sensor,
(2)Dynamic DOF: variable focus projection and VarioLight: wide-range dynamic projection mapping,
(3)1000fps high-speed 3D sensing with high-speed image processing,
(4)AIRR tablet: floating display with high-speed gesture user interface.
(Each demonstration is performed in a separate room. Some are in different buildings.)


Naemura Laboratory

Human Communication Lab (Naemura Lab) has aimed to develop human-centered information technology formed through the fusion of “Physics × Information × Human.” This technical tour introduces some research topics from our lab:

  • Augmented reality technologies with optical design of mid-air images.
  • Display technologies that superimpose digital information on the real world through human-imperceptible signals.
  • Tangible interaction with digital fabrication technologies that enhance the compatibility between daily commodities and information devices.
  • Designing technology enhanced learning future that incorporate VR/AR technologies.


Virtual Reality Educational Research Center

The Univ.Tokyo. Virtual Reality Educational Research Center (VR center), directed by Prof. Michitaka Hirose, was established in 2018 at Hongo Campas as integrated research systems. This center aims to developed advanced VR technology for the innovative VR educational system. VR center establish the living lab to introduce the VR educational system for ordinary people. The living lab was designed by Kengo Kuma who is one of the most famous architect in Japan. Therefore, for the technical tour of VR center, visitors can experience the comfortable and innovative space with contemporary VR equipment and beautiful design.