About

Designing to provoke, motivate, and inspire

“Aspirational computing” refers to the creation and study of Interactive technologies that can influence our frames of mind, motivate us to take action, and provoke us to think differently. The Lab for Aspirational Computing at Tokyo Tech (ACTT) focuses on the design of interactive agents, interfaces, and experiences that harness attitude and behaviour change methods for personal betterment and the social good. We are an international group of students and researchers aiming to promote innovative research in the fields of human factors engineering, interaction design, and human-computer interaction. Specialties include gamification and serious games, mixed reality and physical computing, voice assistants and social robots, and inclusive design with older adults. We combine critical thinking and problem solving, engineering and design ability, and mixed methods research with human participants.

Research themes

人間工学

Human Factors Engineering

インターフェース、相互作用、経験におけるヒューマンファクターの調査

Exploring the human factor in interfaces, interactions, and experiences

シリアス・ゲームやゲーミフィケーション

Serious Games & Gamification

真剣な追求のための遊び心のある戦略の適用とゲームの作成

Applying playful strategies and crafting games for serious pursuits

ユニバーサルデザイン

Inclusive Design

年齢から障害に至るまで、多様性をサポートするための設計と改良

Designing and refining to support diversity, from age to disability and beyond

態度と行動変化の方法

Attitude & Behaviour Change Methods

人間の改善のための心理社会的および認知的要因を考慮する

Considering psychosocial and cognitive factors for human betterment

Members

Katie Seaborn

Katie Seaborn

Associate Professor

Yeongdae Kim

Yeongdae Kim

Postdoc

Takane Ueno

Takane Ueno

Master’s Student

Yuto Sawa

Yuto Sawa

Master’s Student

Haruki Kotani

Haruki Kotani

Undergraduate Student

Shun Hidaka

Shun Hidaka

Undergraduate Student

Sota Kobuki

Sota Kobuki

Undergraduate Student

Research

Projects

Below are my research projects at Tokyo Tech. For my previous research, please see my personal website. 以下は東工大での研究プロジェクトです。これまでの研究については、私の個人サイトをご覧ください。

Voice Against Bias

Independent

Voice Against Bias

We will explore the use of "elder" voice assistants as a novel method of reducing negative cognitive biases like implicit ageism. Cognitive biases are natural functions of the human mind that are influenced by the external world in positive and negative ways. Through co-design methodologies, intergenerational user studies, and long-term "in the wild" evaluations, we will examine whether voice assistants with older adult voices can shift biases in prosocial directions.

暗黙のエイジズムのような否定的な認知バイアスを軽減するための新しい方法として、「年長者」の音声アシスタントの使用の研究。認知バイアスとは、人間の心が持つ自然な機能であり、外界の影響を受けてポジティブにもネガティブにも変化するもの。共同デザイン手法、世代間のユーザー研究、および長期的な「イン・ザ・ワイルド」評価を通じて、高齢者の声を持つ音声アシスタントが偏見を向社会的な方向にシフトできるかどうかを検証する。

April 2021 to March 2024

Funding: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Collaboration

Project Elemi

Our goal is to create and study Elemi, an “exoskeleton for the mind.” Elemi will be an AI-based intelligent support system designed to augment metacognition in everyday situations. Built with and for the public, it aims to help people with a range of everyday challenges in the information age.

本プロジェクトの目標は,心の外骨格「エレミ」を開発し研究することである。エレミは,日常的な状況におけるメタ認知を増強するためのAIベースの知的支援システムである。情報社会における日常の課題について人々を支援することがねらいである。

September 2020+

Prof. Jacqueline Urakami (Tokyo Tech)
Prof. Hiroki Oura (Tokyo Tech)
Dr. Yeongdae Kim (Project Researcher)

Funding: DLab Challenge Grant 2020

Project Elemi

News

Latest news

Thursday June 10th, 2021

Press release: RIKEN AIP and Tokyo Tech

RIKEN AIP and Tokyo Tech (department: IEE) have released articles on the CSUR paper.

Wednesday June 2nd, 2021

Press release: AAAS EurekAlert!

Wednesday June 2nd, 2021

Research published to ACM CSUR (IF=7.990)

Collaborative research with RIKEN AIP has been published to ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR): "Voice in Human-Agent Interaction: A Survey" is Open Access and free to read.


View the News Archive・ニュースアーカイブは こちら

Contact

Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics
Tokyo Institute of Technology

2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguru-ku, Tokyo
152-8552 JAPAN

seaborn.k.aa [[at]] m (dot) titech {dot} ac.jp