Design Associate [2017/9 – 2018/3]







ジュリア・カセム 特任教授[京都工芸繊維大学 KYOTO Design Lab]
秋野順治 教授[京都工芸繊維大学応用生物学課程]
井上智博[京都工芸繊維大学 KYOTO Design Lab デジタル・ファクトリー]
山下真[京都工芸繊維大学 KYOTO Design Lab ウッド・ファクトリー]
西森拓 教授 + 白石允梓 博士[広島大学数理分子生命理学専攻]

Design Associate [2017/9 – 2018/3]

Henrik Nieratschker

Social Insects / Social Realities: decentralised ride-sharing for a driverless future

How can we learn from the collective behaviour of social insects and use those insights to develop new community-based systems of ride-sharing?

How can data security be assured and a trust-based system guaranteed?

The project explores how the community building and navigational patterns of social insects can be used to develop alternative future scenarios for urgent social issues in Japan. It builds on existing research in the computer sciences that takes the behaviour of such social insects as ants as a blueprint to develop new algorithms for car navigation and traffic control. The project’s focus is the near-future introduction of connected and driverless vehicles in Japan. Special consideration has been paid to issues of senior mobility in rapidly ageing and depopulating rural and sub-urban areas.

In collaboration with Prof. Toshiharu Akino of KIT’s Department of Applied Entomology and Prof. Hiraku Nishimori of Hiroshima University’s Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, a speculative design proposal has been developed. This takes their research as an inspiration to develop models of transport that dynamically respond to the shifting perspectives on mobility and the needs of an ageing population. The project investigated the situation from two perspectives – the larger challenge of developing a comprehensive ride-sharing system and the individual perspective of potential users. The focus has been on developing decentralized communication patterns that allow trust-based technological systems. Inspired by existing community mechanisms, these could facilitate the adaptation and uptake of such a radically different model for transportation.

Project Team
Professor Julia Cassim [KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology]
Professor Toshiharu Akino [Department of Applied Entomology, Kyoto Institute of Technology]
Tomohiro Inoue [KYOTO Design Lab Digital Factory, Kyoto Institute of Technology]
Shin Yamashita [KYOTO Design Lab Wood Factory, Kyoto Institute of Technology]
Professor Hiraku Nishimori + Dr. Masashi Shiraishi [Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, Hiroshima University]