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About Empowerment Informatics|About EMP

Empowerment Informatics in the Program for Leading Graduate School has been adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology since 2014 academic year. How people interact with information is rapidly changing. Future societies are expected to demand engineering systems capable of improving quality of life in terms of safety, convenience, a sense of fulfillment, etc. To this end, this program establishes “Empowerment Informatics” as a new branch of informatics that supplements and extends human functions and enables technology to work in harmony with people.

Establishment of Empowerment Informatics

Prof. Hiroo Iwata
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems
(Program Leader)

This program aims to realize students’ career development and consists of the following three areas. These areas are the advantages of the University of Tsukuba, and the most important issues that connect to industry.

Supplementation:
Supplement the reduced physical and sensory functions of elderly people or people with disabilities.

Harmony:
Harmonize the engineered systems that people encounter in daily life (advanced mobility, etc.) so that they integrate with people.

Extension:
Draw out and extend people's latent creative functions.

The word “empowerment” originally means to “give abilities and powers to people.” It has been used in a sociological sense to explain the process of realizing a society where individuals or groups can exert their latent abilities. In recent years, empowerment has been practiced in the fields of nursing and business. Empowerment Informatics is a branch of informatics that has been systematized to encourage and support human independence and autonomy, improving the quality of life.