Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

13Kansei EngineeringMeasuring comfort and stress in the body and mind to create goods with new value (kansei value)Department of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringData describing physiological responses by the brain, heart, and muscles can be obtained from human body. I believe it is possible to create a language to communicate the body's health or state of comfort or stress using this data. The research being carried out by my lab (in kansei measurement), which seeks to create a new system of measurement for communicating comfort by measuring data expressed by the body, is garnering attention in numerous industries.Masayoshi KamijoProfessorResearchers gauge a person’s emotional state based on her facial expressions (“attractive smile,” “sleepy face,” “fatigued face”). This research seeks to use facial expressions as an indicator of the state of comfort and stress in the body and mind.Professor Kamijo has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in textile engineering and a doctoral degree in textile engineering from Shinshu University. He worked as an assistant professor at Tokyo University of Science, Suwa, and as an assistant professor and associate professor at Shinshu University before taking his current position. He is engaged in research into kansei measurement (measurement and instrumentation targeting human activity).My goal for the future is to develop intelligent clothing (IC). I wish to assess dierent types of comfort (while wearing clothing, riding in vehicles, sitting, and sleeping) by measuring a person’s level of comfort or stress while wearing IC.Outlook for researchKansei measurement is garnering attention in numerous industries, including automobiles, cosmetics, sleeping goods, housing, home appliances, writing supplies, and information. Graduates are active as engineers in research and development and planning and development.Outlook for students after graduationResearch seeks to evaluate comfort while driving by measuring the physiological activity of muscles and the heart.Kansei EngineeringCreating easy-to-use, comfortable products that fit user needs Department of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringI am working to dramatically improve the efficiency of handmade products by applying information technology to reduce the difficulty of design and prototyping work. I’m focusing on products made from flexible materials such as clothing, an area to which such methods have not conventionally been applied.Shigeru InuiProfessorThe movements of a person wearing clothing are measured using a motion-capture device (a device used to record human motion).Professor Inui joined the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University in 2002 after working as the chief scientist at the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research’s Research Institute of Polymers and Textiles and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. His principal area of research is the application of information technology in the textile domain.The movements of a person wearing clothing are simulated based on calculations.A simulation illustrates the cloth that would result from weaving the warp and weave threads.To create the clothing of the future, I’m working to realize an approach to creating clothing that allows virtual clothing to be designed and prototyped based on simple body measurements taken at home. Users then preview what they would look like wearing those clothes and send the design data to the factory.Outlook for researchAlthough some graduates have become public ocials, most work for manufacturers and IT companies.Outlook for students after graduation


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