• Society for the Study of Super-Different Fields

Report on the Seventh Meeting of the Association of Hyperdifferent Fields


The 7th Conference of the Association of Transdisciplinary Studies, held on March 2 and 3, 2018, attracted the largest number of participants ever (up 1701 TP3T from 2017), 859 people, under the conference theme of "What is a person, and to research surrounding people. Discussions on new projects transcended the positions of participants from academia, venture companies, business firms, local factories, and educational institutions.

From the next page, I would like to introduce a part of the event from the following seven perspectives: "Showering in Cutting-edge Research," "New Forms of R&D," "Imagining the Future World," "Local Governments and Town Factories Engaging in Projects," "Understanding the World through Technology Ventures," "Thinking about Knowledge, Organization and Human Growth Based on Communication," and "The Next Generation of Researchers. Next Generation Researchers".

Outline of Implementation

Date & Time]Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00-18:30
Location]TEPIA Advanced Technology Pavilion
Conference ThemeWhat is a person and to the research surrounding people.

[Session Partners.]

The Nippon Foundation / Ajinomoto Co.
Sigmaxis Corporation / Mitsubishi Electric Corporation / Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Project MARS - Education League JP

[Poster Partners]

Kyowa Hakko Bio Co.
Suntory Global Innovation Center Limited/
Nippon Ham Corporation / Park24 Co.
Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation / Furuno Electric Co.Showering in cutting-edge research

Oral presentations by recipients of the REVANES research grant and others, and the "Technology Splash," a three-minute presentation by researchers from academia, venture companies, and business firms that began at this year's conference, provided participants with a variety of the latest research topics along with a lot of heat. In the poster presentations held throughout the two days, researchers from academia, venture companies, and business firms were joined by research teams of high school and elementary school students, creating a space of knowledge that could not be experienced at any other conference.

The "Technology Splash" attracted 43 themes, and participants were able to engage in lively discussions next to each other.

Nine abstracts were presented on diverse topics including social structure of ants, circadian rhythms, gut microbiota, gene therapy, and analysis of the Japanese research community.

︎99 abstracts were received from academia, venture companies, large corporations, middle and high school students, and elementary school students<br />
Poster Session."

New Forms of Research and Development

Can technological development be accelerated by creating R&D teams between fields and industries that have never had the opportunity to meet before? Through the intervention of communicators, RIVANES is seeking a mechanism to promote R&D through the fusion of different fields. Sessions on related activities were held on the second day of the conference. One is "DeSET," a project launched in 2017 to develop technologies that could dramatically accelerate the measurement and topographic mapping of seafloor topography, for which high-resolution information is still not available for about 85% of the entire ocean. The other is "Mitsubishi Electric Idea Plus," a two-month initiative in which a team of machi-factory masters, students, and researchers worked together to come up with new applications for existing patented technologies from large companies.

DeSET, a technology development for seafloor topographic mapping by a hyper-disciplinary team


Mitsubishi Electric Ideas Plus," a fusion of ideas from town factories, students and researchers, and the venue


Imagine the world of the future

A new carnivorous culture is being created by technology. Robots are a common part of our daily lives. What is a human being? A diverse lineup of researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs who are leading advanced research took part in sessions that expanded ideas about the future one step ahead. At the "Cellular Agriculture Conference," researchers from Japan and abroad, as well as pure meat ventures, presented their visions for the future of artificial meat production. In the "Society in which Robots are Commonplace" session, corporate robot engineers, robot ventures, and entrepreneurs trying to relieve loneliness with alter ego robots discussed the relationship between robots and humans in the future as they envisioned it. In "Humanome Research Begins," which served as the last session of the conference, the concept of humanome research, which considers what humans are by integrating and analyzing various human-related data such as the epigenome, intestinal flora, sleep, and bones, was discussed, and what challenges are about to begin in the future. The presentation was followed by a discussion of the challenges that lie ahead.

Humanome Research, Beginning," which considers what it means to be a human being.

Input the idea of pure meat to the participants.

The speakers' sense of robotics flew in the air: "A society where robots are the norm.

Municipalities and local factories that set up the project

Beyond the sigmoid curve."

It is not only the privilege of large cities to revitalize their local communities by discovering and nurturing the technological seeds lying dormant in the region. In the "Beyond the Sigmoid Curve: Creating the World's Best Stuff in Local Communities through Science and Technology," a discussion was held among local technology ventures, local governments that are beginning to work on revitalizing their communities by nurturing ventures, and RIVANES members who have been in the community to discover and nurture technology ventures. Discussions were held. In addition, four managers of local factories that are aggressively managing their businesses took the stage for an aggressive discussion on "Strategies for Local Factories in the Era of Large Scrap Businesses.

Strategies for Town Factories in an Era of Great Business Downturns."

Learn about the world through technology ventures

One major feature from the previous year's conference has been the gathering of ventures not only from Japan but also from abroad, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. What kind of social issues are entrepreneurs looking at and what kind of technologies are they trying to solve? Furthermore, how do domestic and international accelerators who are nurturing ventures perceive the world? The session was dense, touching on how the passion of each individual is changing the world.

Real Tech Venture of the Year."

How is the world dealing with chaos?"

TECH PLANTER World Communication

Thinking about knowledge, organization, and human growth based on communication

Another major feature of this year's super interdisciplinary conference was that sessions were set up that delved deeply into themes related to people's way of life, such as knowledge and human resources. In each of the sessions, the fundamental importance of communication was reaffirmed: how knowledge is created, venture technology for creating organizations that make the most of people, and environments that nurture creative human resources.

Junior high school and high school researchers also took the podium for a discussion on "Imagining the Future of Creative Human Resource Development from the Frontline of Education.

Yoo-hoo, way to work and innovate in a knowledge society," which also considered the creation of knowledge through verbal exchanges.

︎"Using Business Administration and Technology to Create an Organization that Lasts 100 Years," a heated discussion that also included a technology venture involving human resources.

The Next Generation of Researchers

Rising Novae Researchers," an exciting event featuring research presentations in English by junior and senior high school students from Japan and abroad

It is not only adults who gather at the Super Interdisciplinary Conference. Junior high and high school students, and even elementary school students, are among the main participants.
Not only did domestic junior high and high school students gather for poster presentations, but also elementary school students participating in the Liberace's training program for the next generation of researchers brought with them the results of their year-long research. In addition, the best teams from Science Castle, a conference for junior and senior high school students held in four locations in Japan and in Singapore and Malaysia, gathered for presentations and Q&A sessions in English. In addition, high school students who were finalists in "Project MARS - Education League JP-" organized by HP Japan Inc. presented their own concepts.

Poster presentations mixed with elementary school students

Project MARS - Education League JP-", where he discussed his vision with the audience.

Conference theme: Connecting, Time, Space, and the Senses

[March 8 and 9, 2019 (Friday and Saturday)
[Location] Tokyo, Japan (to be determined)
[Number of participants (tentative)] 1,000 (total for both days)
[Participant demographics: Academia, venture companies, large corporations, and small factories,
Junior and senior high schools, local governments, etc.

IoT, Last One Mile, XR, telemedicine, telepresence, etc... Keywords often seen in recent years have one thing in common: technology to connect something to something else. We live in an era in which technological advances are connecting things that could not be connected before. It is about to bring about a great leap forward, connecting not only time and space, but also the five senses, connecting mankind not only to the present, but also to the future.
We invite you to join the discussion on the value created by connecting, how it will change society, and how we can create the future as methodologies and technologies emerge.
In the poster and session sessions, we hope that you will widely communicate your own passions and find colleagues with whom you can share your research in the future.


For the 2018 season, in addition to this annual conference in March, regional forums will be held in three locations across the country.
The regional forums will be held under specific themes that are relevant to the region, and will be held in the related fields as well as in the surrounding areas.
We will promote discussions with researchers and venture companies that can bring in new wisdom.

Masuda Forum

Conference theme: Medical-food-farm collaboration and compact city model brought about by technological innovation
Date/Time/Wednesday, August 8, 2018 10:00-15:30
Venue / Shimane Performing Arts Center, Grandois
5-15 Ariake-cho, Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture, 698-0022, Japan
Agriculture, forestry, fisheries, bio-healthcare, robot technology, logistics-related researchers, venture companies, companies in and out of the prefecture, local producers, junior high and high school students, etc.

Although Masuda City in Shimane Prefecture is located a 10-minute drive from Hagi and Iwami Airport, it has been listed as one of the cities with the potential to disappear by the Council for the Creation of Japan. The city's population is declining and aging rapidly, and issues such as a lack of agricultural bearers and the devastation of neglected mountains and forests, which are characteristic of Masuda City, are becoming more apparent.
In order to solve these issues, we will create unique projects by cross-fertilizing local resources with an influx of knowledge from researchers that will serve as a foundation for the creation of new industries. This forum aims to create a team that will work together to promote the creation of an attractive community through the interconnection of medicine, food, and agriculture, with a focus on research linked to food and health.

Planning Keywords

Extending healthy life expectancy, health monitoring, grass-fed livestock, smart agriculture, robotics, food preservation, global expansion, etc.

Osaka Forum

Conference Theme: Redefining Health
Date/Time / Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 - 20:00
Venue: Osaka (to be determined)
Academia, venture companies, large companies, town factories, local governments, junior high and high school students

Health status is changing from something to be examined at a hospital after regular checkups or feeling unwell to something to be known and designed by oneself. Osaka, which has long been the center of food and entertainment culture, is now home to many cutting-edge research centers related to health and medicine, as well as many health tech-related companies. This forum will use Osaka as a stage to challenge you to redefine what health means in the coming era, covering a wide range of topics from food, medicine, IoT, and comedy.

Ryukyu Forum

Conference Theme: Bridging Agri-Tech to Southeast Asia - Aiming to Solve Primary Industry Issues in Southeast Asia from Okinawa