At RCAST, a research institute which fuses the arts and sciences without limiting itself to a specific field of study, research fields such as science and engineering, which promote science and technology, co-exist with humanities and social science research fields related to ethics, philosophy, and social systems.
RCAST is uniquely positioned to carry out research in unprecedented fields, so it must take on the challenge of solving the complex problems faced by society.
RCAST Cross Disciplinary Projects
UTokyo-Research Alliance for Information and Life Sciences (UTokyo-RAILS)
- Many major fields in life science research today involve the understanding and reconstruction of heterogeneous cellular and molecule dynamics in multicellular organisms. In order to create synergy through the coupling of bold ideas from young researchers and technologies from a variety of fields, including biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering and computer science, the University of Tokyo has launched a new alliance for life science research, beginning in 2018, at RCAST. The alliance recently hired visionary young researchers and is constructing an open laboratory where people can gather, discuss, and share advanced equipment and work space.
Inclusive Design Lab
- The STEM research sites in Japan, where lab wares, measurement instruments, and analysis systems are packed into small spaces, are far from being ideal environments for researchers with physical disabilities. This project, which involves a team of universal design leading experts, private sector companies involved in the research and development of inclusive environments, researchers with disabilities, and barrier-free studies at RCAST, has kicked off to create environments where disabilities do not limit research careers. It aims not only to create ideal research environments for all researchers but also apply the developed technology to the aging society, thus contributing to the creation of the inclusive society.
Co-Creation Living Lab
- Co-creation living lab has been launched in Nov. 2018. We are collaborating closely and flexibly with local governments and communities in diverse fields from regional industrial vitalization projects utilizing research seeds, disaster recovery efforts, community rebuilding, and research exchange and personnel development activities that leverage knowledge, experience, and abilities to verification testing of new work styles.
Interdiciplinary Approach RCAST "Great East Japan Earthquake Archive Project"
- It has been said that the kind of disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 only occurs once every thousand years, so it is crucial that information and records related to the disaster be preserved for future generations. The awareness is shared by everyone, even those who live outside of the disaster area, and a number of projects and efforts are being carried out.
Research Projects (Competitive Research Funds)
Macroscopic Quantum Machines (ERATO)
- The project aims at creating machines which serve as platforms based on the principles of quantum mechanics to provide revolutionary information processing technologies. Quantum bits are used instead of conventional bits as the fundamental units of information in quantum computers, quantum simulators, and quantum secure communications. In maintaining quantum bit states for long periods of time and freely controlling their states, there remain numerous problems, such as the noise induced operation errors. This project takes on these challenges both from hardware and software sides to operate quantum machines.
Research Director: Yasunobu NAKAMURA
- This project aims to establish fundamental "body editing" technologies that can be used in ultra-smart society. Technical development for "body editing" merges human body with robotics and AI, supporting peoples' performance keeping with a sense of self-agency. It definitely expands their physical capabilities. To realize the body editing technologies, this project is developing methodologies for designing the relationships between people and information environments, elucidating fundamental knowledge of body editing, and verifying designed “edited bodies” and their mental and social effects within both real and virtual worlds.
Research Director: Masahiko INAMI