18 Nov-2 Dec 2018: Dr. Ulrike Oberlack’s Wearable Light Workshop @TokyoTech

A light workshop was held by Dr. Ulrike Oberlack of the Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

At the final presentation on December 2, two groups consist of Tokyo Tech students (undergraduate, graduate, & research students) & faculty staff and outside students, such as from Tokyo University of the Arts, presented the result of exploration of lights and materials after 12 hours of thinking and discussion and working on collage, mood board, and sketch vision.

Event Documentation:

(Photos © Nohara Lab 2018)

ロンドン芸大CSMのウルリケ・オーバーラック先生による光のワークショップを実施しました。12月2日の最終プレゼンでは、東工大生(学部生、大学院生、研究生)、教職員、東京藝大など外部学生含む2つのグループが、12時間の思考とディスカッション、コラージュ、mood board、sketch vision,などを駆使した、光と素材のexplorationの結果を伝えてくれました。


Dr. Ulrike arrived in Japan !

Ulrike arrived in Japan at the end of Nov!

Now she’s preparing for lectures in Tokyo Tech.
Lectures will be conducted on 7th/14th/21st  December – Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research 1 at our Workshop Room, South5-4-7A.

See you there!


Dr. Ulrike’s Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research (in English)

Ulrike Oberlack
Dr. Ulrike Oberlack. Photo © personal documentation
Dr. Ulrike Oberlack’s 4Q class, Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research 1 will be carried out in English.

Faculty member in charge: Prof. Kayoko Nohara/Dr. Ulrike Oberlack
Period: Three weeks from Dec 7.
Time: 407A, Workshop Room, South No.5
Class code: TSE.C317
Language: English

ウルリケ・オバーラック先生に4Q授業「融合技術論1  (Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research 1)」を英語で開講いただくこととなりました。


開講元  : 融合理工学系
使用言語 : 英語
担当教員名: 野原佳代子/Dr.Ulrike Oberlack
曜日・時限(講義室) 金13:30-16:30(南5 407A ワークショップルーム)
科目コード TSE.C317
単位数  : 1

30 Nov 2018: Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research (in Jap) will start

Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research: theory and practice (in Japanese) will start from 30 Nov 2018 this academic year.
The course in English will separately be held, Watch out!

Instructors: Masaharu Asaba and Kayoko Nohara
Friday 3rd & 4th
Room: S514
Subject Code: TSE.C317
Credit: 1

今年の4Q「融合技術論」では、日本語授業と英語授業を別々に開講します。 11月30日から、浅羽雅晴先生をお迎えし日本語での授業を行っていただききます、履修を間違えないように。

開講元  : 融合理工学系

使用言語 : 日本語

担当教員名: 野原佳代子/浅羽雅晴

曜日・時限(講義室) 金3-4(S514)

科目コード TSE.C317

単位数  : 1

第3回ケーススタディ メディアから見た異分野融合最新科学のトピックにみる融合の魅力。
第4回ケーススタディ メディアから見た異分野融合融合は想像のレゴブロック。融合無くして進歩なし。

Dr. Oberlack is coming to TokyoTech !

Dr. Oberlack of London CSM is coming to Japan in this December to do research and give an intensive course
Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research: theory and practice.

It’s going to be great. Don’t miss it !!


Dr. Betti Marenko’s Lecture on “Technology and Product in Context” will start in Feb

Dr. Betti Marenko. Photo © personal documentation

Global Scientists and Engineers Course, Upper level class

Intensive lecture: Technology and Product in Context

Faculty member in charge: Dr. Betti Marenko, Prof. Kayoko Nohara

Course Information

Code: LAW.X423/4Q
Credit: 1
Format: Intensive class
Instruction Language: English

Class Schedule:

  1. 2 February (14.00 – 16.00): Tool to consider Post-Anthropocene
  2. 9 February (14.00 – 16.00): Narrative from human beings towards machines
  3. 16 February (14.00 – 16.00): Uncertainty of digitization of world-scale computation
  4. 21 February (14.00 – 16.00): Design the Future
  5. 23 February (14.00 – 16.00): Overview the re-construction of the animate and in-animate through interaction between human beings and machines

グローバル理工人育成コース上級 集中講義「物語のあるものつくり」Technology and Product in Context担当 Betti Marenko・野原 佳代子(Kayoko Nohara)

講義情報   広域教養科目 LAW.X423/4Q 1単位
授業形態: 集中講義・演習
使用言語: 英語

  • 第1回 2月2日(金) 14:00-16:00
  • 第2回 2月9日(金) 14:00-16:00
  • 第3回 2月16日(金)14:00-16:00
  • 第4回 2月21日(水)14:00-16:00
  • 第5回 2月23日(金)14:00-16:00

21-28 July 2018: Entry Now! CSMXTokyoTech Wearable Hackathon

Hackathon (design workshop) will be held in July as part of the ongoing Biotechnology Wearable Fashion project. Full House – application closed, thank you!

“Existential Wearables” : In 10 years, what do people wear in Tokyo?

How will what we wear reflect how we feel, how we act and how we want to connect with others? How can a wearable technology enhance or affect how we want to exist as humans? As city populations and demography continue to increase and technology becomes even more embedded in our lives, how can we secure personal space and maintain a sense of freedom? How will our external apparel reflect our internal world – will what we wear help us to communicate, to disconnect or to cooperate with our surroundings?

The Existential Wearables project explores the interface between the body, technology and society to explore possible manifestations for future wearables. We will be facing a number of social issues such as aging, population decline, elderly nursing, immigration, in 10 years’ time in Tokyo. Our community sites including hospitals, schools, streets, offices etc have their strong and weak, good and bad, positive and negative  aspects of each, as if they show their own light and shadow. Considering the issues, expressing our thoughts and emotions, reflecting Tokyo’s history and culture, playing the ideas, we will create Existential Wearables.

Over 8 days we will bring together people from design, biology, art, engineering and technology to speculate through making, for a ‘hackathon’ of collaborative workshops working with programmable textiles and light emitting materials. Prototypes, designs and ideas created will be developed further and presented at a public event in Hikarie in late September 2018, intended to extend the conversation about life enhancing biotechnologies.

Ulrike Oberlack and Heather Barnett from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London will conduct the hackathon in collaboration with Kayoko Nohara and Hiroshi Tsuda from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Drawing on the ideas generated in the previous fashion cafés and the workshops, students, industry people, artists/designers, and scientists/technologists will work together to build on the emerging ideas, hack materials and build prototypes.

(This is a credit course intended for Tokyo Tech graduate students.)

Hackathon Details:

  • Date: July 21 (Sat) , 22 (Sun if the participants like), 24 (Tue), 25 (Wed), 26 (Thu), 27 (Fri),  28 (Sat)
  • Time: Tuesday-Friday: 18:30-20:30   Saturday: 13:00-15:00 (subject to change according to the designing situation)
  • Venue: Ookayama campus
  • Credit: 1 unit
  • Language: English (assistance will be provided as needed)

Register here. Closed
Inquiry: e-mail to Megumi Hiraki (hiraki.m.aa@m.titech.ac.jp)

Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Environment and Society: “Biotechnology Fashion” Workshop Project
“Support for Overseas Cultural Projects” 2018, from Arts Council Tokyo

2018 7/21-28 東工大大岡山キャンパス

これまでのカフェイベントやディスカッションでの議論た提案をふまえ、東工大その他の大学生、アーティスト、デザイナー、科学者/エンジニアはじめ多様な職種・専門のメンバーで協働し素材から検討してプロトタイプを作ります。東工大生は単位履修可能:2Q 広域教養科目 LAW.X423。


  • 7月21日(土)13:00 東工大南5号館407Aワークショップルーム
  • 22日(日)13:00 東工大石川台5号館3F デザイン工房
  • 24日(火)18:30 デザイン工房
  • 25日(水)18:30 ワークショップルーム
  • 26日(木)18:30 デザイン工房
  • 27日(金)18:30 デザイン工房
  • 28日(土)13:00 ワークショップルーム

時間: 火 – 金: 18:30-20:30 (現場で延長可能性あり),

土日: 13:00-15:00 (現場で延長可能性あり)


(本学大学院生の場合 単位: 1単位 広域教養科目)

言語: 英語(ただし教員が必要に応じて日本語でアシストします、議論は日本語でも可能)

お申し込みはこちらから:満員御礼! 締め切りました

問い合わせ 教務支援員 開めぐみまで (hiraki.m.aa@m.titech.ac.jp)


2018年 アーツカウンシル東京「海外発文化プロジェクト支援」事業

27 Feb-3 March 2018: Visa x Sony Bank Design School Workshop in collaborated with Concept Designing

We held a joint workshop with Musashino Art University and credit company Visa Worldwide Japan Co., Ltd. as an industry-academia collaboration project. We have held seven joint We have held seven joint workshops with Musashino Art University, but this is the first workshop sponsored by a company.

  • To create relevancy and cultural saliency for a form factor that has not changed in decades
  • To introduce into the marketplace delightful payment experiences that engage consumers of all ages in a meaningful way
  • To discover new opportunities and key insights for clients
  • To position Visa as a forward-looking and innovative brand
Event Details:
  • Sponsor: Visa & Sony Bank
  • Partner Universities: Musashino Art University (MAU) & Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)
  • Date: February 27, 2018  – March 3, 2018 (5 days)
  • Time: 12: 30-18: 30
  • Venue: Musashino Art University Takanodai Campus
  • Number of participants: 21 from MAU, 9 from Tokyo Tech
  • Contents: Group work of members from both universities on given topic by Visa to make proposals that can make use each member’s expertise.
  • Format: Pitch scenario where 30 3rd and 4th-year students worked in 6 groups of 5 to develop concepts for contactless form factors for Visa Debit. At the end of the workshop, the students presented their concepts to a panel comprising representatives from all partners.
Workshop Output;
  • Pitch deliverables
  • Insights on how millennial transact and interact with debit products now, their needs and opportunities
  • Concepts for new debit form factors and features
  • Visualizations, including prototypes
  • Consumer experience journeys and use cases
  • Visa will own the rights to all concepts generated
  • Sony Bank will enjoy a first right of refusal to commercialize the winning concept for a Visa product on a non-exclusive basis

Event Overview & Documentation

Main theme: “PAYMENT”
How should payment services (payment methods) change in 3 to 10 years? Consider how payment devices and payment environments should evolve in order to provide stress-free payment services (payment means) in daily life.

Sub-theme: “How will your daily life become more comfortable with your Visa debit card?”
20-35 years old (male / female)


  • Visa unveiled design challenge theme: “PAYMENT”
  • Briefing by Visa: Visa’s innovations
  • Brainstorming for developing initial concepts


  • Brainstorming and developing ideas
  • Sharing initial concepts for review


Fine-tuning and turning concepts to concrete work


Preparing for group presentation


  • Group presentation
  • Feedback and comments from Visa, Sony and faculties
  • Awards presentation

(Photos © TiTech 2018)

クレジット会社 Visa・ワールドワイド・ジャパン(株)との産学連携事業として、武蔵野美術大学と合同ワークショップを開催しました。武蔵野美術大学とはこれまで7回合同ワークショップを開催していますが、企業協賛によるワークショップは今回が初めてです。


  • 内容:Visa社から出されたテーマに基づき、武蔵野美術大学生との混合編成グループにより、相互の専門性を生かした企画提案を行う。
  • 日程:2018年2月27日(火)から3月3日(土)の5日間
  • 場所:武蔵野美術大学鷹の台キャンパス
  • 参加人数:武蔵野美術大学21名 東工大9名

【メインテーマ】    決済   
✔ Visaデビットカードを使うことで、日常生活は、いかに今よりいかに快適になるのか。

1日目 講義:デザイン理論、コミュニケーション メディア思考
2日目 グループディスカッション、ブレスト
3日目 テーマからコンセプトへ 中間発表  作成開始
4日目 造形物作成完成、最終プレゼン準備
5日目 最終プレゼン 講評 授賞式

2-24 Feb 2018: Dr. Betti Marenko’s Lecture on “Technology and Product in Context”

Dr. Betti Marenko. Photo © personal documentation

“Technology and Product in Context” (LAW.X423), one of the Breadth Courses from Liberal Arts & Basic Science Courses and Global Scientists and Engineers Course (GSEC) Advanced, was successfully conducted on 2-24 February 2018 (4Q) at Workshop Room (407A), South 5 Building of Tokyo Tech.

This course was given in intensive lecture format by Dr. Betti Marenko, WRHI Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martins, University of Arts of London, with the following topics:

  1. 2 February (14.00 – 16.00): Tool to consider Post-Anthropocene
  2. 9 February (14.00 – 16.00): Narrative from human beings towards machines
  3. 16 February (14.00 – 16.00): Uncertainty of digitization of world-scale computation
  4. 21 February (14.00 – 16.00): Design the Future

What a luxurious opportunity for the GSEC students and all. Thanks, Betti!

ロンドン芸術大学CSMそして東工大WRHI特任教授のベティ・マレンコ先生による集中講義「物語のあるものつくり Technology and Product in Context」開催。
担当: Betti Marenko・野原 佳代子(Kayoko Nohara)
講義情報: 広域教養科目 LAW.X423/4Q 1単位
授業形態: 集中講義・演習
使用言語: 英語



  • 第1回 2月2日(金) 14:00-16:00
  • 第2回 2月9日(金) 14:00-16:00
  • 第3回 2月16日(金)14:00-16:00
  • 第4回 2月21日(水)14:00-16:00

29 Nov 2017: Keynote Lecture of “Methodology of Transdisciplinary” by Eugene Kangawa @Shibuya Hikarie

Lecture by Eugene Kangawa at COURT 8, Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo, 29 November 2017.  Photo © TiTech 2017

“Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research: Theory and Practice” (TSE.C317) is one of the courses of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Department, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, which aims to learn about various examples of “fusion” in the creative field and find clues for new industries, businesses, and academic researches. To be more specific, this course explores urban design, fashion, AI, biotechnology and information with case studies and methodology.

Lecture Information
Lecturer: Eugene Kangawa
Date: November 29, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Location: Shibuya Hikarie COURT
Capacity: 20 people (participation limited to the Tokyo Tech students enrolled on the course)

Lecture Summary
Half century has passed since the publication of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001 – A Space Odyssey” in 1968, Blade Runner’s original work, and Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. How much things have progressed from the future image that humankind once drew? And in the next half century, how should I/you act? Eugene Kangawa from THE EUGENE Studio, “Deep Mode – expanding fragments for new paradigm” was invited to give keynote lecture of the course. Eugene’s activities span from AI Agency, to automobile research and development, Biotechnology, agriculture, and cities. This lecture aims to explore a vision of the future from integrated technology on various crossing areas.

During the beginning part of his speech, Eugene’s gave exercise using KeyNote to randomly fragment and arrange some keywords. The obtained results were interesting match-up such as “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and agencies”, “Function and Communication”, “Game Engine and the Old Testament”, “Objects and the whole”, and “Multiple Fields and Paranoia”. The purpose of this exercise was not to sympathize with the floating arguments on the surface, but rather to understand them intersection systematically.

Eugene’s remarks was as follow: instead of looking at technology in general, we should look at the contents in detail as well. Instead of causing huge innovation, it should be building the “world” from the relationships of the series of detailed technological process. Also, while crossing specific disciplines, the discussion should be gradually abstracted by itself.

Eugene then moved on the specific discussions of the previous obtained keywords. The lecture ended with vibrant Q&A during which Eugene expressed his positive exception of the future of creative AI.

(Summarized from TSUDA Hiroshi’s report in Japanese)

Eugene Kangawa
Eugene Kangawa. Photo © personal documentation



東京工業大学 環境・社会理工学院融合理工学系 「融合技術論」基調講演
講師: Eugene Kangawa
会期: 2017年11月29日(水)
時間: 18:30 – 20:00
開場: 18:00
場所: 渋谷ヒカリエ COURT
定員: 20名
事前申込: 要
主催 : 東京工業大学 環境社会理工学院 融合理工学系



1968年、スタンリー・キューブリック『2001年 宇宙の旅』、ブレードランナーの原作、フィリップ・K・ディック 『アンドロイドは電気羊の夢を見るか?』の発表から、直に半世紀が経過します。
講師が過去に携わってきた人工知能エージェンシーや自動運転の研究開発、バイオテクノロジー、農業、都市などの領域を横断し、東京工業大学融合技術論 基調講演として、次の未来像についての講演を行います。質疑応答あり。





Eugene Kangawa基調講演.  Photo © TSE Department TiTech 2017 




オートクチュールはオーダーメイドの服であり、大量生産しない。他方、ファストファッションは大量生産できるが、個人に対して完全にオリジナルで魅力的なストーリー、履歴をつくることができなかった。しかしファストファッションがオートクチュールの領域に迫る可能性が出てきたのではないか。たとえばZOZOsuit を見てほしい。オートクチュールで重要な要素であろうサイジングはある程度、あるいはかつてない精度で果たされる可能性がある。




反対に、日本では例えば八百の神々といった感覚の下、小さな世界に神々の創意工夫がまずあった。これは地政学的にある程度必然的だったのかもしれない。わかりやすく言えば「ものづくり」、さらに言えば「オブジェクト」の端への関心と言い換えてもよい。しかしこのものづくりが、なぜ世界構想、プラットフォームづくりに繋がらないのだろうか。日本では、CG、ポストプロダクションの中には世界構想の技術があったのにもかかわらず、なぜできなかったのか。Kangawa氏は、ユダヤ/キリスト教的な、簡単に世界をつくれるという構想力が日本のテクノロジーには備わっていないのではないかという重要な指摘をしている。この問題は、現実/仮想という二元論を超えて「世界」を制御する、現代思想の思弁的実在論(speculative realism)の課題と通底しているのは見逃せない。