Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

Kansei EngineeringVisualizing flows of people, things, and information by applying network analysis to connections in textile-related industriesDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringI am involved in using network analysis to visualize flows of people, things, and information in textile-related industries. For example, I view transactions between companies as networks and analyze them in order to ascertain which companies exhibit central importance. Based on that data, I am able to extract highly unique transactional relationships between companies.Yoshiyuki MatsumuraAssociate ProfessorAssociate Professor Matsumura took his current position in 2009 after working as a special researcher at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, as a visiting researcher at Tokyo University, and at the University of Birmingham in the UK. That same year, he became a visiting professor at Soochow University.Analysis can be carried out using special network properties based on the results of this graph, which illustrates frequency ordered by the number of companies with which each company trades.Free software is used to display a transactional network linking 3,354 companies in the dye and nishing industry in 1998.I conduct research in order to support new business strategy planning through network analysis based on industry analysis, to establish new business models, and to achieve process innovation that utilizes information technology.Outlook for researchGraduates can choose from a broad range of future paths, serving as upstream process integrators, hotel or company managers, or bureaucrats; working for machinery, electric machinery, information, or systems companies; or continuing their studies in a doctoral program.Outlook for students after graduationKansei EngineeringVisualizing comfort and understanding the underlying scienceDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringI make science out of pleasant feel and comfort by visualizing that which is invisible. In addition to measuring physiological activity from brain waves, electrocardiograms, and electromyograms and measuring changes in behavior and feelings, I use computer simulations to understand comfort and sensitivity to make it possible to create things that people will feel are good.Hiroaki YoshidaAssociate ProfessorThe act of walking is lmed and the resulting motion simulated on a computer in order to explain phenomena within the human body.A subject answers survey questions about how her feelings changed when she sat in a chair so that researchers can analyze how internal changes in the body are expressed.Associate Professor Yoshida took his current position in 2010 after working as a researcher at the Digital Human Research Center and as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University. His areas of research include kansei engineering and biomechanics.Computer simulation is a method for analyzing the internal state of the body so that we can estimate human senses. I hope to utilize this technology in the future to evaluate various types of comfort, for example while sitting, wearing clothes, sleeping, or touching.Outlook for researchMany graduates go on to work in the automotive and railroad industries.Outlook for students after graduation18


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