Summary of Research Project Results under JSPS FY2001
"Research for the Future Program"

1.Research Institution Keio University
2.Research Area Integrated Fields
3.Research Field Information on Life Systems
4.Term of Project FY 1997 〜 FY 2001
5.Project Number 97I00103
6.Title of Project Construction of Intelligent System Possessing System Life

7.Project Leader
Name Institution,Department Title of Position
Kazuo Yoshida Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology Professor

8.Core Members

Names Institution,Department Title of Position
Kazuo Tanishita Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology Professor
Yoshio Ono Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology Professor
Junji Tani Tohoku University, Institute of Fluid Science Professor

9.Summary of Research Results

  The artifact-systems created by humans generate a deep and huge interaction with the surrounding natural world, and reflect a large-scale influence on our human lives. The most creditable concept to this critical issue of scientific and technological development seems to be "System Life" that is an innovative competence to be embodied into any artifact-systems for creating harmony in the world of the natural entities and artifacts-systems interacting each other. The system life is defined as a seamless fusion system of sensing, processing, activating and expressing mechanisms governed by system life information. This project aimed at the construction of intelligent systems possessing the system life integrating four research groups concerning the system life.
The first group established the concept of system life comparing with the conventional design methodology, developed an innovative intelligent control methodology that can cope with unpredicted failures, and manufactured various intelligent robots, a skiing robot, autonomous soccer robots, a game playing robot, an autonomous running bicycle robot and so on as new concrete artifact-systems designed by the system life concept. The second group dealt with natural systems, clarified the behavior of cellular tissues subjected to physical stimuli, and demonstrated the possibility of artificial liver organs. Third group researched about the methods of recognition and expression of information. As a result, a soft computing method using neural networks was presented for the recognition of information and various expression methods were proposed. The final group performed mainly two kinds of researches. One of them is an innovative development of a smart skin which can control the fluid by sensing the pressure and the fluid velocity. The other one is also an innovative development of the three-dimensional recognition of space using the measurement of supersonic waves. The group succeeded in these developments. To summarize the results of this project, the technology developments of the elements and the system integration methods on system life were achieved.

10.Key Words

(1)System Life、(2)Intelligent Control、(3)Intelligent Robot
(4)Smart Material、(5)Smart Skin 、(6)Supersonic Sensing
(7)Information Processing、(8)Information Expression、(9)Biomechanics