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Our relationship with nature is constantly evolving to maintain human civilization. And yet, nature is being destroyed in the process of urbanization. The environmental movement, which promotes conservation areas for preservation purposes, has ironically increased the demand for tourism in these areas and thus accelerated the speed of environmental destruction. Nevertheless, a sense of connection with nature is indispensable for emotional balance. Japanese Zen Buddhism, for example, encourages deep meditation in order to achieve a sense of being at one with nature. Distancing ourselves from the technologies of modern life and evoking the beauty of nature can help us slow down the pace of daily life. The sounds of singing birds, buzzing insects, swaying leaves, and trickling water in a beautiful forest implicitly imprint the beauty of Nature in our minds. When we are emotionally stressed, recalling the beauty of nature can the help us recover a sense of well-being. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a concept, a method, and an interface, Sustainable Interaction with Ecosystems, by which we can achieve a feeling of belonging to nature without causing environmental destruction and in which human and nature can coexist. This study is not intended to propose a solution to any one single problem. Rather, it proposes a new view of Human Computer Biosphere Interaction (HCBI) based design and interfaces to support our future society in a multidisciplinary approach.

環境問題の解決支援として、情報空間と生態系が分かちがたく一体化し、全体として高度な情報処理を実現するシステムを研究している。現在、人間の生活圏の拡大や自然開発の活発化に伴い、絶滅危惧種の増加や有害鳥獣・海獣による農林水産物被害、放射能汚染など人間社会の利益と生態系の保全との衝突が深刻な問題となっている。人間が生態系に物理的に接触すれば生態系の破壊は不可避であり、生態系保全には物理的な分断がもっとも効果的な手法である。しかし、自然遺産や天然記念物は観光産業や農林業と密接に結びついおり、完全な分断もまた不可能である。そこで本研究ではアニマルウェアラブルやユビキタスセンサを統合し、遠隔地自然環境とユーザーの間を物理的に分断したままで、全体として高度な情報処理・持続的社会を実現する情報システムを明らかにしていく。

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