The world of the 21st century is presenting humankind with changing and complex problems, such as aging populations and low carbonization. In order to achieve clear and meaningful progress across all fronts and bridging society, public and private sectors, government and academia, the UT Future Initiative (UTFC) was established in 2009. With the goal of resolving issues across multiple fields of study by coordinating and cooperating across all University of Tokyo (UT) faculties, UTFC promotes a multidisciplinary approach involving such diverse areas as sociology, economics, psychology, engineering and medical sciences. In 2013, Kashiwanoha Campus Station Satellite (KCSS) is completed and UTFC then has been carrying out a full-fledged educational research and development with the cooperation of the Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa campuses of UT and industry-government research sectors across Tokyo and Tsukuba area.
At present, the main research topic at UTFC is the integration of social experiments. In the fields of energy, rapidly aging societies, and transportation systems, Japan has been a leader for highly regarded and well developed research, and has utilized that research to create technologies geared towards successful resolutions. Social experiments have been carried out in various areas. Especially around Kashiwa City area, UT has conducted 30 projects with the cooperation from the public and the private sector. In Kashiwanoha Campus Station area, Smart City Project has been intensively conducted by private enterprises. Through these activities and the good location close to the station, UTFC has been working on the creation of data base from social experiments, enhancement of synergy effect and resolution towards the issues of common concern.
We highly appreciate your ongoing support, advice and encouragement.
Professor Hiroshi Hosaka
Director of Future Center Initiative
Graduate School of Frontier Science
of the University of Tokyo