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Intelligent Home Consortium

Director: Hiroto Kobayashi (Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance / Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)
Contact: Hiroto Kobayashi Lab, Keio University SFC (hiroto[at]sfc.keio.ac.jp)

Objectives

The Intelligent Home Consortium aims to use recent advanced technology, which utilizes the internet, to conduct research and development through industry-academia collaboration, to promote more intelligent housing that will allow people to live their lives comfortably, safely, economically, and in a manner that is considerate of the environment.

Intelligent homes have quickly been gaining more attention in recent years, particularly in Silicon Valley (SV) in the U.S. state of California, and the technological development of intelligent homes is progressing rapidly. Companies in housing and information industries, and insurance companies, etc. in Japan are keeping a close eye on this trend, and while these companies grasp the trends occurring within SV, companies searching for opportunities to expand their business to America in the future are beginning to appear.

This consortium will capture these opportunities and invite entrepreneurs, technicians, architects, etc., who are working to develop leading-edge intelligent homes in SV, in order to share information regarding cutting-edge homes. In addition to this, the consortium will also promote exchange between participating companies to search for possible technological development through business collaboration, and to explore the possibility of Japan's advancement into overseas markets.

Outline of research activity plans

Hold a meeting every other month to investigate trends in the development of leading-edge intelligent homes in SV.
Arrange opportunities for presentations to be made by companies during each meeting, and exchange information regarding efforts promoting more advanced intelligence at each company.
Also arrange opportunities to inspect examples of intelligent homes in SV.

Constituent Membership

Name Affiliatoin
o Hiroto Kobayashi Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Jun Murai Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Kazuaki Yoneda Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Yasutaka Tsuji Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Takayuki Sasaki Doctor Course Student, Graduate School of Media and Governence
Osamu Murao Tohoku university