OAG Hall ドイツ文化会館 Akasaka, Tokyo (only Symposium on October 18)
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Mediated Social Touch. Interdisciplinary Exploration of Digital Touch to Connect Humans
October 15 - October 18, 2023
The aim of this interdisciplinary and exploratory project at the intersection of social science, neuroscience, haptics and computer science/AI is to gain a comprehensive, multi-perspective understanding of the status quo, and the potential of mediated social touch (MST) for connecting humans in a digitalized world (human–machine–human interaction). What is/can be the (future) role of MST for “proximity at distance”, for social inclusion and societal participation in the context of the increasing digitalization and diversification of Japanese and German societies?
The project centers around a three-day internal workshop (October 15-17) in Hakone and a public symposium (October 18) at the OAG Hall in Akasaka, Tokyo. Experts and practitioners will discuss topics such as diversity & inclusion, social haptics/social touch, ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Issues) and design.
Tentative Program of the Public Symposium (October 18)
14:30-15:00 Doors open + mini exhibit
15:00-15:10 Opening notes and welcome, “Japanese-German Collaborations”
DFG Office Japan, German Institute for Japanese Studies (Franz Waldenberger)
15:10-15:20 Conclusions from the workshop
Kōta Minamizawa, Nora Kottmann, Sakura Yamamura
15:20-17:00 Talk sessions
speakers (in alphabetical order)
Frank Flemish (RWTH Aachen): A human factors and human systems integration perspective on digital touch to connect humans
Asa Itō (Future of Humanity Research Center, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology): title TBA
Mark Paterson (University of Pittsburgh): The neuroscience of ‘slow’ social touch: what does this mean for robots?
Anna Spiegel (Universität Paderborn, Germany): The ambivalence of social touch. Insights from sociology and migration research
Yoshihiro Tanaka (Nagoya Institute of Technology): title TBA
Junji Watanabe (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporations – NTT): title TBA
17:00-18:00 Panel discussion
Moderators: Kōta Minamizawa, Nora Kottmann, Sakura Yamamura
18:00-19:00 Reception + mini exhibit (Foyer)
Jan Wertel & Gernot Oberfell (WertelOberfell)
KMD Embodied Media Project
Foundations of Digital Embodied Economics
The workshop and the symposium bring together experts and practitioners from the social sciences (sociology and geography), psychology, neuroscience, haptics research, engineering, and (industry) design. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) as part of the Japanese-German bilateral ‘Initiation of International Collaboration’-Program.
Japan (JSPS): Kōta Minamizawa (Keio University Graduate School of Media Design)
Germany (DFG): Nora Kottmann (German Institute for Japanese Studies) and Sakura Yamamura (RWTH Aachen)
In collaboration with Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (B), Foundations of Digital Embodied Economics and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG, project number 519370372).