Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016｜Shinshu Univ
14Kansei EngineeringAdopting a scientific approach to personal sensitivity (kansei) to find reasons for taste in clothingDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringI am working to identify the values that motivate peoples’ emotions by focusing on clothing as the most familiar object in daily life. This effort includes developing new, previously unthinkable methods for evaluating value, for example by searching for factors that determine how people evaluate products and developing new evaluation devices. By taking a scientific approach to personal taste, my research creates opportunities for new products and businesses.Masayuki TakateraProfessorProfessor Takatera took his current position in 2006 after serving in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University as an assistant professor, senior assistant professor, and associate professor. His principal areas of research include design and evaluation of textiles and apparel and the application of kansei engineering to fashion. Clothing design can use three-dimensional measurement, and clothing simulations can take into account clothing patterns and properties.We are developing methods to evaluate appearance, feel, and texture.Computers are used to create designs from ber to thread and from thread to cloth. Shown above is the nished item; below, a simulation.The automated draping system my lab is developing will make it easy and cheaper to create order-made clothing. I believe that such individually-oriented systems will become common in the future.Outlook for researchIn addition to working as engineers in charge of manufacturer product planning or development at educational institutions, product testing organizations, and research centers, graduates work as kansei engineering specialists in the areas of media, electronics, and home-use equipment.Outlook for students after graduationKansei EngineeringMore than appearance: Commercializing comfortable socks on the basis of dataDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringWhether the socks that consumers choose for vague reasons end up being comfortable or uncomfortable to wear changes the amount of fatigue that they experience. My work involves quantifying that degree of comfort, and my team has used the results of that research to create an actual product: socks that prevent fatigue by asymmetrically adjusting their elasticity. I am also working with shoe and stocking companies to develop new products.Satoshi HosoyaProfessorAssociate Professor Hosoya took his current position in 2006 after serving in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University as an assistant professor. His principal areas of research include kansei engineering, human engineering, and sports engineering. He conducts joint research with numerous companies and has commercialized many products.Kansei engineering brings added value to products. Its techniques are already employed in a vast array of familiar, everyday objects such as the buttons on cell phones as well as in clothing items, and there are still many domains awaiting its application.Outlook for researchThe paths taken by graduates are diverse. In addition to the apparel industry, many students get jobs with various manufacturers, while others enter the nance and advertising industries.Outlook for students after graduationResearchers measure the changes in clothing pressure from socks using a treadmill. Comfort is quantied by measuring changes in pressure by placing pressure sensors on the feet, yielding data for later analysis.The socks shown above are a conventional design, while the socks shown below were commercialized by my team to better t the shape of the foot.Researchers have attached an electrocardiogram to the subject’s body to analyze stress while wearing underwear.