VISION

The ecosystem of Digital Nature will provide various alternatives of future between Human and Machines, Material World and Virtual World.

The Digital Nature Group in University of Tsukuba led by Assistant Prof. Yoichi Ochiai envisions Digital Nature, which is the natural environment of post ubiquitous computing era consists of seamless combination of computational resources and non-computational resources. The ecosystem of Digital Nature will provide more various alternatives of future between Human and Machines, Material World and Virtual World than industrial era. We envision the various application of computational researches between Humanity and Machines, Materiality and Virtuality. We realize these alternatives in order to solve problems around industry, academic, and art towards forming new mixed culture of human, computation, and nature.

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Digital Nature

The Digital Nature Group led by Assistant Prof. Yoichi Ochiai envisions Digital Nature, which is the natural environment consists of seamless combination of computational resources and non-computational resources. Towards the Digital Nature, we explore the interdisciplinary areas which is the overlapped with Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Wave Engineering, Material Science, Interaction, Usability, Art Expression, and Design. We aim to develop novel computational environments, to think over the Digital Culture, and to invent technical elements in every process of these conceptual exploration towards Digital Nature era.

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Computational Fields

One of the main topic of our research interests is the Computational Fields which is the field of physical quantities calculated and generated by the computer resources. In past 20 years, HCI and Graphics researches focused on the atom and bits, different from them we focused on the fields which exist between atom and bits. The concept of computational fields includes many fields; potential fields by light, magnetism, sound, Radio waves, etc, smart environments for humans, and human activities from macro-view. We aimed to explore the same characteristic between different fields as the knowledge of computer science.

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Human Computation / Protein Computers

One of the main topic of our research interests is the Human Computation and Other Computation methods with living things. Lives naturally compute their actions and these protein based computations have many similarity with silicon computers. These computational methods on Human and livings will fill the gaps between Machine, Human and Livings. They will provide many alternatives between these criteria. We envision these protein based computational resources organized and coordinated by computational environments towards the Digital Nature.

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Computational Materials

One of the main topic of our research interests is the methods to build the Computational Materials that is computationally generated and dynamically controlled its forms and material properties. These materials will fill the gaps between Materiality and Virtuality and will provide many alternatives between these criteria.  We envision these materials will cover our circumstances in the ecosystem of Digital Nature.