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Assistive Technology Nakamura-Kondo Laboratory

Aiming to create a society which accepts uniqueness and diversity of people through practice based research

Enabling and Realizing an Innovative Society

Technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence have, and will change or impact our social systems in big ways.

It has been said that new ways of learning is necessary within education. However, there has been no clear direction on how to do so, making it difficult to implement new forms of learning in today's existing rigid educational system. Where and how can this breakthrough happen?

There are many young people, each with unique talents that who feel they cannot fit in to this preexisting educational system. Not able to go school, or becoming hikikomori - Japanese for becoming isolated and shut in from society and often from their families.

Challenging new forms of learning, Nakamura Lab has started the ROCKET (Room of Children with Kokorozashi and Extraordinary Talents) Project for such young people since 2014. Through ROCKET, it has become clear that alternative educational methods that go beyond the preexisting system are necessary, together with how these methods can be implemented into society - which is being examined.

The research also looks at providing bespoke learning methods for each individual, by realizing cognitive skills unique to each one of them.

Practice based research is also being carried out, looking at educational enhancement for children with dyslexia (difficulty in reading and writing) and severe or multiple disabilities through the implementation of ICT methods. We also start research for children living in poverty.

Nakamura Lab strongly believes that creating a social foundation which accepts unique individuals together with diversity, is directly linked to a future society and social system which can provide innovation for all.

Members and participants from the ROCKET project
Members and participants from the ROCKET project
Utilizing robots in the assistive technology field for collaborative research with industry
Utilizing robots in the assistive technology field for collaborative research with industry
Implementing the use of technology to capture and monitor movements of children with severe and multiple disabilities3
Implementing the use of technology to capture and monitor movements of children with severe and multiple disabilities

Member

  • Kenryu NAKAMURA
  • Specialized field:Special education, Augmentative alternative communication, Assistive technology
Project Professor Makoto YUASA
Lecturer Maiko TAKAHASHI
Project Lecturer Kohei NISHIYAHA
Project Research Associate Rie FUKUMOTO
Project Research Associate Rumi HIRABAYASHI
<As of May 2019>

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