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Modern liberal arts course: Building a society for space migration

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Program Overview

In 2022, there will be a “Modern Liberal Arts Course” entitled “The Present and Future of Space Migration,” followed by “Cutting-edge Research and Corporate Technology for Space Migration” in 2023. Experts from various fields will talk about cutting-edge research results and corporate technology for space migration. In 2024, the course will be entitled “Building a Society for Space Migration,” and will introduce new initiatives, perspectives, and challenges that will make going to space, living in space, doing business in space, and building a society in space even more of a reality. Let’s mobilize all our knowledge from the humanities and sciences to think about the future.

Event Outline

Course period First half program [5 classes in total]

2024/6/6 (Thu) – 7/25 (Thu) 18:30-20:00
Second half program [5 classes in total]

2024/10/3 (Thu) – 11/14 (Thu) 18:30-20:00
How to participate Online (Zoom)
*After the lecture, participants will be provided with information on how to watch the lecture online if they missed it.
Tuition First half program: 5,000 yen (tax included) / Second half program: 5,000 yen (tax included)
Capacity First half program: 100 people / Second half program: 100 people *If there are many applications, a lottery will be held


Lecture Content

[First half program]

Date and time: June 6th (Thu) 18:30-20:00
Theme: Conditions for a core society for space migration (I)
Speaker: Yosuke Yamashiki (Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survival, Kyoto University; Director, Kyoto University SIC Human Space Research Center)
In order to build a space society, we will evaluate the establishment of a survival base in space, which is a prerequisite for building such a society, from the status of the transfer of core biomes and core technologies, and consider what procedures and scale would be possible to build a space society, taking into account the legal system and medical care that may be required.
Date and time: June 13th (Thurs) 18:30-20:00
Theme: Super fast learning! Space business
Speaker: Shundai Katayama (Co-founder and Director of Space Port Japan General Incorporated Association)
Nowadays, all businesses are rapidly expanding into space. Industries that were previously thought to have no connection to the space industry, such as travel, logistics, communications, finance, real estate, trading, advertising, art, entertainment, and big data, are one after another moving into the space industry.
With themes such as “Why space business now?” and “Where did space business come from and where is it headed?”, we will talk about the overall picture of space business at “super speed” from various angles such as history, politics, economics, geopolitics, and technology.
Date and time: June 27th (Thurs) 18:30-20:00
Theme: Research on artificial gravity for space habitation
Lecturer: Takuya Ohno (Director of Innovation Promotion Office, Kajima Corporation)
In the future, children born outside of Earth, such as on the Moon or Mars, will be forced to live in that environment, even if they do not want to. Furthermore, they may not be able to stand on Earth on their own. This could lead to the division of humanity. Therefore, we would like to introduce an artificial gravity facility to complete and maintain bodies that can be returned to Earth.
Date and time: July 18th (Thursday) 18:30-20:00
Theme: Space migration opened up by the circular economy
Speaker: Misuzu Onuki (space business consultant)
Along with space 3D printing, the concept of 3R has been introduced into space travel. Planetary society will be established on the premise of ISRU (in-situ resource utilization), but we will aim for a socio-economic system that utilizes resources efficiently and cyclically and maximizes added value. Let’s think together about the circular economy for space migration.
Date and time: Thursday, July 25th, 18:30-20:00
Theme: Effects of the space environment on the human body – Considering space habitation from the perspective of space medicine
Lecturer: Masahiro Terada (Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Space Studies Research Unit)
Opportunities for not only astronauts but also private citizens to stay in space are increasing. Unlike on Earth, those who stay in space live in special environments such as microgravity, space radiation, and closed environments. In this lecture, I will introduce the effects of the space environment on people.

[Second half program]

Date and time: Thursday, October 3rd, 18:30-20:00
Theme: Conditions for a core society for space migration (II)
Speaker: Yosuke Yamashiki (Professor at the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University; Director of the Kyoto University SIC Human Space Research Center)
In building a space society, we will consider various crisis events that may occur in space and discuss building crisis management capabilities and the resilience of the space society.
Date and time: October 17th (Thursday) 18:30-20:00
Theme: Creating a sustainable society on the moon…Thinking about human space expansion
Lecturer: Yoshifumi Inatani (Professor Emeritus, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
As the first step of humankind’s advance into space, we will consider sustained manned activities on the moon and the creation and operation of a group that could be called a “society” outside of Earth. We will not only discuss the technology required to realize manned space activities, but also consider the future of space-based manned activities and human advance into space from a broader perspective, including sustainability as an economic activity, business perspectives, methods of managing society, the effects of space stays on the human body, and cultural anthropological perspectives.
Date and time: Thursday, October 24th, 18:30-20:00
Theme: Global trends in the manned space field, where private companies are increasingly entering the field
Speaker: Hirokazu Mori (Space business consultant, Blue Abyss Confounder VP of Business Development)
In recent years, the term “space business” has been featured in the general media, and new companies such as startups have been established in many countries, including the United States and Japan, and companies from a wide range of industries are entering the space field. A lecturer who serves as an officer, director, or advisor for multiple companies and associations around the world will give a lecture on the overview of manned space development through commercial space and predictions of future trends.
Date and time: Thursday, November 7th, 18:30-20:00
Theme: International Space Law for Space Migration
Speaker: Setsuko Aoki (Professor, Keio University Law School)
This is a lecture on the contents of international law that would govern the society that would be formed if humans were to migrate to celestial bodies such as the Moon or Mars. Specifically, you will learn about issues of ownership of land and resources on celestial bodies, how to find countries that exercise jurisdiction over space bases, hotels, hospitals, etc., standards for human rights and environmental protection on celestial bodies, and the meaning of peaceful uses of space.
Date and time: Thursday, November 14th, 18:30-20:00
Theme: Evolution of the mind and the universe
Speaker: Ikuma Adachi (Associate Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
Humans are one of millions of species currently existing on Earth, and our bodies and minds have been developed over 3.5 billion years of biological evolution. While there is a history of human evolution, there are also biological constraints. In this lecture, we will consider humans living in a space environment by reinterpreting the human species biologically and exploring the evolution of the human mind.


Data Science Course for Working People – Machine Learning for the Workplace –

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Data Science Course for Working People
– Machine Learning for the Workplace – [PDF]

Program Overview

Machine learning is being used in various areas of the real world and has become an essential infrastructure for business activities and social life.
In particular, the scope of machine learning is expanding in organizational activities, such as trend analysis, service improvement, and business efficiency.
It is also a skill that can be applied in all fields, such as business, government, medicine, and agriculture.
In this course, you can learn about the overview of machine learning and the methods (algorithms) and tools for actually using machine learning while experiencing it. The course
also includes content on deep learning and neural networks, which are machine learning methods based on the structure of the human brain that have been attracting attention in recent years, and generative AI, such as ChatGPT.
In addition, university professors and researchers from research institutes who are involved in the education and research of machine learning will be speaking as lecturers.
Regardless of industry, if you want to deepen your knowledge of machine learning and be able to use machine learning in your work or social life, please take this course.

Event Outline

Eligibility ・Those who have never done machine learning
・Those who want to learn the basics of machine learning
・Those who can install machine learning tools (Weka, etc.) on their own computers
*Please prepare your own computer.
*For more information on machine learning tools (Weka), please click here.
Course period 2024/6/8 (Sat), 6/29 (Sat), 7/13 (Thu) 10:30-16:15
[3 days total, 9 classes total]
How to participate In-person or online
<Those participating in-person>

Please come to the 5th seminar room on the 5th floor of Campus Plaza Kyoto on the day of the course.
<Those participating online>

Please attend the course via Zoom. We will send you an email by the day before the course.
~About missed course streaming~

Regardless of whether you participate in-person or online, after the lecture, we will send you information on how to watch the missed course streaming only to participants.
Tuition 20,000 yen (tax included)
Capacity 30 people *If there are many applications, a lottery will be held


Lecture Content

First day

Date and time: June 8 (Sat) 10:30-12:00
Theme: Introduction to Machine Learning
Lecturer: Huang Hongxuan (Professor, Faculty of Information, Fukuchiyama Public University)
First, you will learn an overview of machine learning, including supervised, unsupervised, and intermediate learning, classification and regression, and how to use the machine learning tools used in this course.
Date and time: June 8 (Sat) 13:00-14:30
Theme: Decision trees
Lecturer: Huang Hongxuan (Professor, Faculty of Information, Fukuchiyama Public University)
Learn about decision trees, which perform classification in the form of a tree. Decision trees express what decision will be made under what conditions. First, learn about the structure of a decision tree. Next, learn the thinking behind creating a decision tree, and then use machine learning tools to actually create a decision tree.
Date and time: June 8 (Sat) 14:45-16:15
Theme: Bayesian classification
Lecturer: Takuma Otsuka (Chief Researcher, Collaborative Information Research Department, NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
Learn how to select a classification result by calculating the probability of each label based on Bayes’ theorem to classify input data into discrete labels. We also introduce the advantage of calculating the probability of each label, such as the ability to determine the confidence of the classification.

the 2nd day

Date and time: June 29th (Sat) 10:30-12:00
Theme: Pattern mining
Lecturer: Ma Qiang (Professor, Department of Information Engineering and Human Sciences, Kyoto Institute of Technology)
Learn about pattern mining, a method of extracting patterns that appear frequently in a data set. This is classified as unsupervised learning. For example, it can be used to extract products that are often purchased together.
Date and time: June 29th (Sat) 13:00-14:30
Topic: Logistic Identification
Lecturer: Marie Katsurai (Associate Professor, Department of Intelligent Information Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University)
Learn about logistic classification, a representative supervised learning method that calculates the probability that data belongs to a category, and learn how to apply it to specific problems using machine learning tools.
Date and time: June 29th (Sat) 14:45-16:15
Theme: Support Vector Machines
Lecturer: Marie Katsurai (Associate Professor, Department of Intelligent Information Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University)
Learn the basic concepts of support vector machines, which have been widely used as powerful classification algorithms. This is a method to find a classification surface that effectively separates two categories of data. Classification performance can sometimes be improved by mapping the training data to a high-dimensional space.

Third day

Date and time: July 13th (Sat) 10:30-12:00
Theme: Neural Networks
Lecturer: Miyamori Hisashi (Professor, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University)
Learn about neural networks, a model that mimics the function of nerve cells (neurons) in the human brain. The basis of neural networks is to determine what kind of signal to send next based on signals from a large number of neurons. This is the basis of deep learning, which we will learn next.
Date and time: July 13th (Sat) 13:00-14:30
Theme: Deep Learning
Lecturer: Miyamori Hisashi (Professor, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University)
Learn about deep learning, which connects neural networks in multiple layers. It has achieved remarkable results in fields such as image recognition, speech recognition, and natural language processing, and its range of use is expanding. Learn about the key elements that have improved its performance and the structure of the network.
Date and time: July 13 (Sat) 14:45-16:15
Theme: Generative AI
Instructor: Hisashi Miyamori (Professor, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University)
Learn about the overview of generative AI, typified by ChatGPT. Generative AI has attracted a great deal of attention due to its high performance and wide-ranging social impact. Learn about its basic mechanisms and features, what it can and cannot do, and points to note when using it.

The Frontier of Interpersonal Assistance: Thinking about what kind of assistance is needed to live a better life?

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The Frontier of Interpersonal Assistance
: Thinking about what kind of assistance is needed to live a better life [PDF]

Program Overview

It seems that society is becoming more difficult to live in. We must also prepare for a variety of disasters. In response to these challenges in modern society, various practices are being implemented to address social issues that will bring about peace and happiness for people. In fields that are traditionally divided into professional domains, such as medicine, nursing, education, psychology, welfare, and justice, multi-disciplinary collaboration and cooperation is required. In the academic field, there are also challenges to enter new areas. We will integrate these as “interpersonal assistance” and learn from frontline knowledge that explores human potential. It is an expansion of knowledge where practice, academia, and clinical practice intersect. It will broaden the horizons of professionals. We welcome all working adults who continue to learn to join us.

Event Outline

Eligibility ・People who work in interpersonal support roles, such as social workers, mental health and welfare workers, clinical psychologists, licensed psychologists, public health nurses, nurses, registered dietitians, and childcare workers. ・People
in charge of human services, such as human resources and general affairs at companies.
・Professionals involved in support in the broad sense, such as doctors, lawyers, and teachers.
・People working in NPOs and NGOs, such as volunteer coordinators.
・University faculty and staff involved in human resource development in these fields.
How to participate On-demand lectures [8 classes in total]

You will access the lecture video posting site during the viewing period.
* The viewing period is scheduled to be from Thursday, August 1, 2024 to Friday, January 31, 2025.
Seminars (face-to-face) [1 class in total]

You will attend the lecture at Campus Plaza Kyoto on the day of the lecture.
* After the lecture, information on how to watch the lecture video will be provided to participants only.
Tuition 9,000 yen (tax included)
Capacity 100 people *If there are many applications, a lottery will be held


Lecture Content

On-Demand Lectures

Theme: Receiving assistance from interpersonal support workers – Through the experience of COVID-19 and the Noto Peninsula earthquake –
Speaker: Akiko Kurotaki (Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Kyoto Tachibana University)
During disasters or infectious disease outbreaks, when a region or organization is unable to respond on its own, it seems that the number of people accepting assistance to protect their health and livelihoods has increased. Based on the experience of IHEAT activities under COVID-19 and medical support during the Noto Peninsula earthquake in 2024, I would like to talk about the acceptance of assistance by professionals involved in interpersonal assistance.
Theme: Mental and physical health in interpersonal assistance and psychonutritional approaches
Lecturer: Yumiko Ido (Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, Faculty of Home Economics, Kyoto Women’s University)
When considering daily human health, it is natural that lifestyle habits are an important factor, and among them, diet also affects the composition and functioning of the body, and in relation to these, mental and social health. In this lecture, from the perspective of psychonutritional science, I would like to discuss the relationship between nutritional management and mental and physical illnesses, including depression and dementia, which have been attracting attention in recent years, and the role that nutritional involvement plays in maintaining and improving holistic health, as well as in taking preventive measures against them.
Theme: Life story work for children who live away from their birth families
Lecturer: Shoko Tokunaga (Visiting Researcher, Ritsumeikan University/University of Western Sydney)
After explaining the situation of children who live away from their birth families (foster care), we will take a closer look at “life story work.” “Life story work” is a form of support
for children to learn about their past and present selves, including the reasons for living away from their families, and to think about and move forward with their future after understanding themselves and their families as they really are.
Theme: Aiming for a humane criminal trial – Therapeutic justice initiatives
Lecturer: Nishitani Yuko (Attorney at Law, Osaka Bar Association, Liberty Sokan Law Office)
In criminal justice, a very rational image of human beings is portrayed, and it has been thought that since individuals choose to commit crimes through free and rational decision-making, all responsibility lies with the individual. However, in reality, various factors such as upbringing and environment have an influence. I will report on the practice of therapeutic justice, which seeks to incorporate psychological and welfare perspectives into the criminal justice field.
Theme: Young carers/Supporting the whole family from the perspective of carers
Lecturer: Saito Mao (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University)
Introducing the concept of “young carers,” which has been gaining attention in recent years, this course will consider the logic behind “carer support,” which supports those who provide care, and the specific support system. With a super-aging society on the horizon, this course will consider the significance of supporting the entire <caregiver-care recipient> relationship, and the challenges facing a caring society.
Theme: “Multicultural” counseling and microaggressions: The existence of unconscious discrimination that impedes the formation of rapport
Lecturers: Maruichi Shunsuke (Director of the Korean Counseling & Community Center in Japan, Director of Hot House, a welfare service provider for people with disabilities, Mental Health Social Worker and Licensed Psychologist) Park
    Kisa (Counselor at the Korean Counseling & Community Center in Japan, Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist)
When conflict or power imbalances exist between people with different attributes, especially between groups, how can individuals who belong to the group build trust? There can be many barriers and difficulties, and one concept that makes these visible is microaggressions.
Theme: What can a third party do? – Learn how to intervene in power harassment that happens right in front of you
Lecturer: Nishii Kai (Rikkyo University, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow (PD))
It is said that when power harassment or sexual harassment occurs in front of you, it is important for a third party nearby to intervene. However, many people hesitate to speak up because the perpetrator is their boss, or they are worried about the reactions of others. How can you overcome such barriers and intervene in harassment? We would like to introduce some specific methods.
Theme: Interpersonal support as seen through employment support efforts by student job coaches
Lecturer: Naoki Nakashika (Professor, College of Integrated Psychology, Ritsumeikan University)
A job coach (workplace adaptation supporter) is a professional who supports people with disabilities in the workplace. Ritsumeikan University has implemented a student job coach initiative in which undergraduate and graduate students act as job coaches. We will introduce examples of the functions of interpersonal support that have become apparent while providing support based on applied behavior analysis.

Practice (face-to-face)

Frontiers in Interpersonal Assistance
Instructors: Instructors for this program
*Please note that some instructors may not be able to attend.
After taking the on-demand lectures, we will hold “exercises” where participants can exchange opinions face-to-face and ask questions to the lecturers directly. The lecturers who were in charge of the on-demand lectures, including Mr. Nakamura, the coordinator of this program, will participate. By exchanging opinions with people who are involved in interpersonal assistance in different fields, including the lecturers, we hope that you will use the opportunity to make new discoveries and build connections.

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[For those who have been accepted]
Please pay the course fee by the due date according to the instructions attached to the email notifying you of whether or not you have been accepted.


Once payment of the course fee has been confirmed, the secretariat will send an email with instructions on how to participate (including the Zoom entry URL) by the day before the course.

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Contact Information

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College (Kyoto Studies Course) 9:00-17:00 (excluding Sundays and Mondays)
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