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Research

The researchers working at COI Tohoku Site introduce the details of their research.

Life in the Future of 2030

Life in the Future of 2030

Everyone wants to live a fulfilling and healthy life. Unfortunately, reality does not always go ideally, so we end up worrying about illness, suffering from loneliness, and feeling concerned about family members living in far-off places. We are developing the "Daily Health Screening" system, which uses unobtrusive sensing to exceed the boundaries of the traditional family concept and provide multiple generational support for assessing the lifestyles and health conditions of you and your family no matter whenever and wherever. The "Daily Health Screening" is made up of three elements: "Measure" (assessing, timing, and weighing), "Recognize" (ascertaining, knowing, and comprehending), and "Actuate" (imparting self-help and providing mutual assistance). We use several types of sensing technology to effortlessly collect information on health and the related factors (lifestyle factors and environmental factors), manage the collected information along with physical information (genetic factors) centrally as big data PHR (personal health record) on the cloud, and through comprehension and sharing of this data, utilize it in a variety of ways from the viewpoints of self-help and mutual-assistance.

Life in the Future of 2030

Research

Research and Development Themes

Introducing the research and development themes that are the keys to actualization.

Research and Development Themes

Measure

Research and Development Themes

R&D and practical application of unobtrusive sensor technology and sensing systems

  • · Development of ultra-compact, bio-compatible sensor devices
  • · Development of sensing technologies using optical techniques
  • · Development of MEMS sensors to obtain bio-data and environmental information and integration of such information
  • · Technologies for checking stress markers to maintain physical and mental balance
  • · Ultra-compact power generation, supply and storage technologies
  • · Body surface and intra-body communication technologies

Recognize

Research and development of analytical and predictive technologies regarding indicators that can monitor and evaluate the health status of each individual

  • · Define evaluation indicators for health risks due to environmental and lifestyle factors
  • · Propose the sensing possibilities and specifications for selected risk factors and health indicators
  • · Feasibility study (FS) aimed at social implementation of sensors
  • · Build foundation for the efficient identification of SNPs that may be possible disease causes
  • · Design of arrays mounted with new SNPs for disease-related multi-search purposes, and data analysis
  • · Joint research on sensing data and genome data

Actuate

Research and development of PHR platforms, big data analysis systems, and data bank systems

  • · Accumulate and integrate diverse and multi-layered data seamlessly together with genome information, conduct big data analysis of the information, and develop a platform that allows PHR services to be linked
  • · Develop various types of services to promote changes in behavior that can further raise the motivation of users, and create a framework that incentivizes each and every individual (sensing that links food and health, use of robots, etc.)
  • · Develop a business model that includes "Daily Health Screening" and a PHR data bank, and conduct an economic assessment and research on measures to resolve social, ethical and legal issues

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