Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

Kansei EngineeringKansei education: Teaching lifetime learning skills for knowledge workersDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringThe key to successful learning is management of the following equation: Motivation × Strategy × Time on task = Results. I study how to set up learning environments for new skills such as languages, including English, Japanese, Chinese, and Maori, or hand-eye coordination skills such as kendama and juggling. If inputs are carefully measured, it is possible to monitor progress and aim for optimal results. This is the art of kansei: matching the needs and wants of the user in a meaningful way.Michael HonywoodAssociate ProfessorStudents build teamwork and innovation skills in the “Marshmallow Challenge.” My lab’s original interactive multimedia software helps students learn English more eectively.Associate Professor Honywood has studied in Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom. He has worked as an associate professor at Shinshu University since 2003, and his principal area of research is kansei education.Students start with a real-life phenomenon, identify a problem, brainstorm potential solutions, and then research one solution to gauge its eectiveness. They gain a wide variety of experience in basic research, education, and presentation skills.Outlook for researchGraduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs. Thanks to prociency in both Japanese and English, some have found work at multinational corporations, which require good English skills.Outlook for students after graduationKansei EngineeringAnalyzing clothing and textile products through computer simulationDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringI am engaged in research that uses computer simulation to replicate clothing and the human body and predict and analyze mechanical and thermal phenomena. By allowing visualization of phenomena that would otherwise be difficult to observe, simulation is expected to contribute greatly to the design and evaluation of clothing and textile products.Yosuke HoribaAssociate ProfessorSimulating pressure applied to clothing makes it possible to consider pressure distribution from motion at the design stage.By combining prediction of the distribution of body temperature and air temperature around the body with such indicators as the predicted mean vote (PMV), it will be possible to predict the thermal comfort of clothing.Associate Professor Horiba, who holds a Doctorate of Engineering from the Shinshu University Graduate School of Engineering, took his current position in 2015 after working as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University. He is primarily involved in research in kansei engineering, computational mechanics, and clothing physiology.If we can clarify the relationships of the physical phenomena that occur between clothing and the body based on sensation, I believe it will be possible to predict the comfort of clothing.Outlook for researchMost graduates leverage their knowledge and experience in textile engineering, computational mechanics, and computer programming to secure employment in the textile and IT industries.Outlook for students after graduation17


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