Prof. Yasushi Yagi


Talk Title:

New scientific paradigm through “Datability” and “Initiative for Life Design Innovation”


In April 2017, the Institute for Datability Science was established to promote advanced data utilization and the creation of intellectual value within and throughout all the fields of the university.

Datability is a new word that combines “data” and “ability.” Datability is all about the ability to use large volumes of data sustainably and responsibly. Using datability, our institution will support Osaka University’s research capability by interacting with this new society derived from huge volumes of data, and utilize that data for the integration and benefit for all areas of research. The process of data analysis also cultivates new interdisciplinary research fields.

The institute aims to promote interdisciplinary research and pioneer new academic fields through data analysis using AI technologies.

Figure 1: Initiative for Life Design Innovation

On September 19, 2018, Osaka University’s Initiative for Life Design Innovation Project was selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s 2018- 19 Research Hub Support Project for the Realization of Society 5.0. Osaka University was the only university selected for this project.

At Osaka University, we will construct a research hub for verifying information and science technologies necessary for realizing Society 5.0 together with research institutes, local municipalities, and corporations.

From the inseparable link between everyday life and health, we will design a high quality of life (QOL) on the basis of physical health, mental health, social health, and environmental health to share various technological innovations with society and lead social reform. Specifically, we will concurrently promote research on: Lifestyle Research (research for maintaining and improving QOL), Wellness Research (research for improving physical and mental health), and Edutainment Research (research for realizing fun in learning).

In this presentation, I will briefly introduce the Institute for Datability Science and Initiative for Life Design Innovation.

Short Biography:

Yasushi Yagi is a Professor of the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University.

He received his Ph.D. degrees from Osaka University in 1991. In 1985, he joined the Product Development Laboratory, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, where he worked on robotics and inspections.  He became a professor in 2003 at Osaka University. He was the director of the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University from 2012 to 2015. He was the Executive Vice-President of Osaka University from 2015 to 2019.

Currently he is the member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Computer Vision and the Vice-President of Asian Federation of Computer Vision Societies.

He was awarded ACM VRST2003 Honorable Mention Award, IEEE ROBIO2006 Finalist of T.J. Tan Best Paper in Robotics, IEEE ICRA2008 Finalist for Best Vision Paper, PSIVT2010 Best Paper Award, MIRU2008 Nagao Award, IEEE ICCP2013 Honorable Mention Award, MVA2013 Best Poster Award, IWBF2014 IAPR Best Paper Award, IPSJ Trans. on Computer Vision and Applications Outstanding Paper Award (2011, 2013), IAPR ICB2016 Honorable Mention Award.

The studies in his laboratory focus on computer vision and media processing including basic technologies such as sensor design, and applications such as an intelligent system with visual processing functions. Some of our major research projects are development of a novel vision sensor such as an omnidirectional mirror, biomedical image processing such as an endoscope and microscope images, person authentication, intension, and emotion estimation from human gait, and its applications to forensic and medical fields, photometry analysis and its application to computer graphics, an anticrime system using a wearable camera, 3D shape and human measurement using infrared light.

Especially, in 2013, his research group has developed the world first packaged gait verification system for criminal investigation. The gait verification technology has been admitted as evidence in Japanese courts for the first time in the begin of 2016.