Tokyo College Online Event: Technology for the society of “No One Left Behind”

January 15, 2021


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) January 22, 2021 09:00
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Tokyo College YouTube Channel
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required

Event Overview:
The concept of social inclusion has been developed in considering the various social problems, including poverty, disability, aging, gender inequality, and unstable employment.
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo started “Inclusive Academic Project” in 2020 and the faculties with disability from RCAST work on the project, coordinating with other research centers within UTokyo, and aim to achieve inclusive society.
In this symposium, the speakers talked about Inclusive Academic Project and discussed how to achieve inclusive society through technology.
1 Opening
2 Talk by Prof. Kanzaki
3 Talk by Prof. Kumagaya
4 Talk by Prof. Asakawa
5 Discussion
6 Closing
Speaker Profiles:
IBM Fellow at T. J. Watson Research Center
IBM Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Asakawa has been instrumental in furthering accessibility research and development for three decades. By challenging traditional thinking on how the visually impaired use technology, she has explored solutions to improve Web accessibility and usability for the visually impaired and others with special needs. Today, Chieko is focusing on advancing cognitive assistant research to help the blind regain information by augmenting missing or weakened abilities in the real world by the power of AI.

Director, RCAST
Professor, Intelligent Cooperative Systems, RCAST
Professor Kanzaki says that the brains of animals switch their processing mode in order to exhibit behaviors that adapt them to a diverse range of environments by dynamically modifying the neural system in response to internal and external conditions. The aim of our research is to clarify the basic neural mechanisms for generating adaptive behaviors (or intelligence) using the interdisciplinary approaches of informatics, engineering and biology.
KUMAGAYA Shinichiro

Associate Professor, Tojisha Kenkyu, RCAST
Professor Kumagaya explains that the term tojisha kenkyu consists of two Japanese words: tojisha and kenkyu. Tojisha(s) refers to “interested person(s),” such as disabled persons or patients. Kenkyu means “study.” Therefore, tojisha kenkyu literally translates as “study by interested persons themselves.” It refers to a unique activity of self-study by persons with mental health problems or other problems in which they study their hardship with their peers. It started among people with schizophrenia and gradually spread among a range of conditions—addiction, cerebral palsy, and developmental disorders.


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