Affective Engineering and Computer Arts Lab


The Affective Engineering and Computer Arts Laboratory (AECAL) makes various systems that work in cooperation with human feelings. The most critical part of this research is to identify a specific need, whether that be an application, a new system, or a feature of an existing system. Our research is about finding applicable solutions and investigating the whole process, from data collection to implementation. The main objective is to develop novel and practical solutions to issues that involve human senses, emotions, and sensibilities. Engineering of systems that use models of human feelings is called Affective Engineering or Kansei Engineering.

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AECAL, the Affective Engineering and Computer Arts Laboratory, is located in the Creation Core Building of Ritsumeikan University's Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) near Kyoto City in western Japan. Our lab is a member of the Information System Science and Engineering Course in the university's College of Information Science and Engineering and the Human Information Science Course in the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering.


Color support systems and intelligent palette interfaces for interactive design.

Kansei engineering for products, product lines, and interactive systems.

Haptic and tactile interactive systems for communication and interaction.

Novel applications of intelligent systems

Modeling of people's affect in education, security, and accessibility.

Computer arts research for visualization and exploration of innovative interactive systems.