DDIT: Center for Digital Disruptive Innovation Technologies

Message from the Director

Center for Digital Disruption Innovation Technologies (DDIT) is an initiative by a group of researchers in Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Onsen Health Academy (OHA) Association in Beppu, and Food Roads Organic Network (FRONe) association in Kagoshima with their global collaborative partners to promote open digital innovation in the region especially in the areas of HEAT - Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Tourism. To accomplish this task, DDIT is blessed with APU's resourceful multinational student community and researchers, venture business entrepreneurs, and ambassadors for international markets, amongst strong backing by the dedicated research and industrial partners in Japan and overseas.
DDIT will address highly timely need of the region, through which industries in Kyushu can expand globally by adopting state of art digital technologies to enhance and innovate new products and services. DDIT also focuses on the JSLIP (Japan Sri Lanka Joint Comprehensive Partnership) initiative to foster industrial collaboration between Beppu and Kanoya Cities in Japan with Kandy City Sri Lanka. DDIT plays a core in AP-HEAT-IT consortium to incubates digital disruption technologies for its collaborators with the support of diverse international student and faculty body who can promote global technology fusion profusely. In that, DDIT can share seamlessly among its core partners OHA, FRONe, Asian Natural Medicine Research Collaboratory (ANMRC), and JSLIP to promote open innovation in the region especially in the areas of HEAT - Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Tourism.

April, 2019
NISHANTHA Giguruwa
Director, Center for Digital Disruptive Innovation Technologies (DDIT)

Purpose of the Center

Disruptive Digital Technology Innovation that creates a base for the next big wave of enterprise disruption is a paradigm that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) technologies augmented by enhanced information resource authoring, sharing, and visualization via human-computer mutual interaction. In that, fast-emerging digital ecosystems and the businesses that power digital disruption are already straddling markets and blurring industry boundaries and transform knowledge into wealth through synergetic effects of digital open research and innovation.
DDIT focuses in empowering societies and industries in the region to upgrade some of the most HEATed business areas in this year- Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Tourism.

Main activities AY2019
  • 2019-April:
    Setting up of Asian Natural Medicine Research Collaboratory (ANMRC) in Sri Lanka. ANMRC was established in Sri Lanka with the core collaboration of University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, DDIT in Japan, and OHA, and many industrial collaborators.
  • 2019-August:
    Setting up of AP-HEAT-IT consortium: DDIT took the initiative to establish AP-HEAT-IT consortium in view of merge state of the art digital technologies with needs and aspiration of the societies in the region to transform knowledge into wealth through synergetic effects of digital open research and innovation.
  • 2019-December:
    Initiative with Patentfield Ltd. Germany for developing IP protection system for medical service business in Kyushu.
  • 2020-January:
    Initiative towards developing online courses and accreditation for local business in Oita Prefecture in the healthcare field with partners Onsen Health Academy (OHA) and overseas partners such as Olsson Stout Investments, Institute for Tourism Leadership Australia.
Researchers
Name Affiliation/Position
NISHANTHA Giguruwa Professor Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies
MEIRMANOV Serik Professor Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies
COOPER Malcom Professor Emeritus Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies
CLASTER William Professor Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of International Management

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