WRHI releases new STADHI video

The World Research Hub Initiative at Tokyo Tech (WRHI) have released a new set of videos outlining the work of its Satellite Labs. A complete English transcript and more info can be found below the video.


STADHI is a transdisciplinary research group based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) in close collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UK). Activities are funded by WRHI, the World Research Hub Initiative, an innovative research platform at Tokyo Tech. A number of renowned natural and social scientists, engineers, world famous designers and artists are actively involved in the collaborative research activities.

STADHI stands for Science and Technology and Art and Design Hybrid Innovation. This laboratory aims to pursue a space for academic fusion that reconsiders the conceptual mindsets that we researchers have unconsciously come to accept. We are working on a theoretical model of the processes that promote the integration of science technology art and design so that it can be applied to transdisciplinary research education and human resource development. We also accommodate subject-specific research projects, including speculative arts and design activities using the framework of “scientists in residence”, and research on craft and sustainability, olfactory devices and service development.

My specialisation is in translation studies and semiotics. The role of translation in this research project is immense. Translation is transferring meaning from one language or semiotic system to another. It is all about making a new otherwise difficult communication possible as it connects the people and discussions between very different cultures and disciplines. We utilize a variety of scientific and art strategies to observe and analyse the emerging integration of science and art, as well as translation strategies and other analytical tools.

We publish academic articles on specialist transdisciplinary subjects and on the hybrid research methodologies employed. We issue videos on our findings and also create original artwork and multimedia material from the fusion of art and design with science and technology, and we disseminate processes and findings through events and blog posts. In our research we work very closely with a small team of researchers and professors from Central Saint Martins in London. In particular, Betti Marenko who is a philosopher and design theorist, Heather Barnett who is an artist and teaches art and science at Central Saint Martins, and Nathan Cohen who is doing research on olfactory art.

STADHI has built the future-building hybrid innovation programme, comprising STEAM-type development modules for education and human resources based on the outcomes of the studies we have produced. We are now working with those new collaborators from the industries to achieve further insights through tackling complex social issues with a hybrid innovation model.

Thank you for your interest in our research.

未来を創る“Hybrid Innovation” セッション3

東京工業大学とロンドン芸術大学セントラル・セント・マーティンズ校(以下CSM)とのコラボレーションプログラム 未来を創る“Hybrid Innovation”の セッション3が2021年11月16日(火)に開催されました。



Hybrid Innovationプログラムでは、翻訳学に基づいたコミュニケーション方法を用いて、未知の領域へアプローチし、単一の視点からは見えない新しい可能性を見つけていきます。

本プログラムでは、企業の皆様に、“Hybrid Innovation”へのプロセス、即ち“マルチコミュニケーション“を体現していただきき、それぞれの境界を超え、「知の融合」と「発想転換」を体得していただききます。そして、本プログラムへの参画が各企業様のイノベーション創出に繋がっていくことを目指しています。






Session 1Session 2

E-mail : tokyotechxcsm@tse.ens.titech.ac.jp

The new collaboration programme between Tokyo Institute of Technology and London University of the Arts Central Saint Martins (CSM) continued with the third session of our “Hybrid Innovation” programme for selected members of participating companies on Tuesday, 16th November, 2021.

In Session 3, we held a group discussion on NFT art. We considered the various possibilities of the unexplored NFT art market and asked the groups to give a presentation. The activities employed the team building methodologies explored in Session 2, covering how to come up with ideas for unexplored areas that the new team will challenge. The exercise focused on using translation strategies to not only bring together but also grow different opinions across different industries.

The Hybrid Innovation program uses translation-based communication methods to explore approaches to unknown areas to find new possibilities that can be hard to develop within a single industry.

In this program, companies embody the process to Hybrid Innovation. This merges “multi-communication” to transcend disciplinary boundary, promote the fusion of knowledge and change mindsets. The programme also aims stimulate innovative strategies in each participating company.

Activity period: October 2021 to April 2022

PROGRAMME CONTENT: Seminars, workshops, manufacturing, experiments, creative community activities, etc. that flexibly use face-to-face and online. A final symposium – open to participating companies and the public – is scheduled for April 2022.


Links to the previous sessions below:

Session 1Session 2

E-mail : tokyotechxcsm@tse.ens.titech.ac.jp

未来を創る“Hybrid Innovation” セッション2

東京工業大学とロンドン芸術大学セントラル・セント・マーティンズ校(以下CSM)のコラボレーションプログラム 未来を創る“Hybrid Innovation”の セッション2が、2021年10月26日(火)に開催されました。


セッション2では前回セッションに引き続き、ハイブリッド・イノベーションの方法論として学際性と開放性の必要性について議論しました。今回はCSMからMA Innovation Managementのコースリーダー、トゥーッカ・トイボネンを迎え、Hybrid Innovationを可能にしアイディアが育つためのチーム作りのエクササイズを行いました。


東工大野原研究室のSTADHIサテライトラボにて開催。対面とオンラインのハイフレックス方式です。Miro board を使用し、セッションすべての情報を集約することで、交流を促進していきました。コミュニケーションのハイブリッド化・思考のハイブリット化を目指し、実戦に役立つツールの開発を参加企業の方々と共に行っていきます。

本プログラムでは、企業の皆様に、“Hybrid Innovation”へのプロセス、即ち“マルチコミュニケーション”を体現していただき、それぞれの境界を超え、「知の融合」と「発想転換」を体得していただききます。そして、本プログラムへの参画が各企業様のイノベーション創出に繋がっていくことを目指しています。


デザイナー、エンジニアを含めた運営陣が、総勢20名を超える参加者と協力しHybrid Innovationの方法論の確立を目指します。本プログラムを通して、科学的思考だけでは見えなかった新しいイノベーションの可能性を東京工業大学、CSM、各参加企業の方々とともに構築し、産業および社会発展の糧となる研究を続けていきます。

活動期間:    2021年10月~2022年4月

STADHI 事務局 E-mail : tokyotechxcsm@tse.ens.titech.ac.jp

プログラム内容:   対面/オンラインを柔軟に用いたセミナー、ワークショップ、ものづくり、実験、クリエイティブコミュニティ活動など。成果発表の場として最終シンポジウムも開催します。



Session 1

Creating the Future “Hybrid Innovation”, Session 2

The second session of our Hybrid Innovation programme for industry was attended on Tuesday 26th October 2021 by selected members of the participating companies. This series of events led by scholars from Tokyo Tech and Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London, UK) explore a new approach to business innovation, developed by the two institutions to respond to complex challenges faced by 21st c. society. Following an introduction session on the need for methodological transdisciplinarity and openness, the second event covered the need to build teams and organisational cultures that can enable Hybrid Innovation. Dr Tuukka Toivonen, Course Leader of MA Innovation Management at CSM, gave an inspiring talk and led a team-building exercise to develop ideas and assimilate key concepts.

The social, environmental and economic problems facing contemporary society require new approaches built on the power of transdisciplinarity. In this context, companies can increase resilience and creativity by constructing diverse teams and using communication strategies to turn ideas into reality. An interactive exercise based on real-case scenarios provided the context for simulation and discussion between lecturers and participants.  

The session was held at the STADHI office at Nohara Lab, Tokyo Tech, with participants joining both in person and online. In line with all events in the programme, a Miro board was used to facilitate interactions and collate all information related to the session.

By inviting experts in their respective fields – engineers and scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology, artists and designers from CSM – the programme offers participating companies a broader perspective to discuss ways to integrate different fields. Future events will continue continue the exchange between Tokyo Tech, CSM and the participating companies to develop new possibilities for innovation that are not achievable through scientific thinking alone, and to continue research that will feed future industrial and social development.

Read more on the programme in general here.

Links to the previous sessions below:

Session 1