Role of Advanced ICT for Hyper Aged Society


In my talk, I want to discuss how recent ICT contributions to the hyper aged society problems. During these decades, computer technology has achieved tremendous progress. Performance of computers has increased at a speed of several hundred times larger per 10 years. This means that computer hardware become smaller and smaller; mobile and wearable computers are largely commercialized. Advanced computer technologies such as AI and VR become at the stage of realistic application. These advanced ICT should be largely used as a countermeasure of hyper aged society. For example, telepresence technology can help aged people to go outside and participate in social activities such as working. Moreover, by using avatar technology, virtual fulltime worker will be synthesized from several aged people who can work as part time workers. Sophisticated job-matching system will discover senior’s work skills and connect them to actual jobs.


Michitaka Hirose

Michitaka Hirose is a professor of human interface and systems engineering in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo. He was born in 1954 in Kamakura, Japan. He received BE, ME, PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, in 1977, 1979, 1982, respectively. Since then, he has been in several positions such as Associate Professor and Professor at the University of Tokyo. His research interests cover Multimedia, Human Interface and Virtual Reality. He is known as a pioneer of Japanese Virtual Reality research. He served as project leaders of many national R&D projects such as "Digital Museum", "Digital Public Art" and "Multimedia Virtual Laboratory". He was awarded with various prizes such as IEEE VGTC 2015 Virtual Reality Career Award, Tokyo Techno-Forum Gold Medal Prize and Okawa Publishing Prize etc.