Cyber Informatics(CI)

 A Turning Point: Information Technology in the Service of Society

Professor, Program Chairperson

Over the first quarter of the twenty-first century, everything - your car, your thermostat, your baby monitor, even your house plant and maybe your clothing - has been connected to the Internet and increasingly is bound to global scale artificial intelligence (AI)-driven systems. And yet, within that success lies our challenge for the next quarter century: not only the next technical problem to solve, but also a crucial dialog on the impact of technology on society. Technologically, we must address the energy cost of computation and the limitations of digital computers at both the large and small scale. Socially, we must address the ethical generation, collection and use of personal information and the personal, corporate and governmental stewardship of that information, and how to apply technology to solving society's key problems, such as anthropogenic global warming.

The faculty, research staff and students of the Cyber Informatics Program at SFC are pushing the boundaries of IT, but always within that societal context. Our technical work spans the stack from the foundations of information technology (e.g. quantum Internet), through science fiction-like advances in what IT can do (mobile networking, Internet, Internet of Things (IoT) and databases), and on up to integrating IT into our daily lives with the goal of improving society for all (IT in agriculture, forestry and building architecture, smart cities, drones in business and entertainment, robots in society, and self-driving cars). The "cyber" in Cyber Informatics can be thought of as referring to IT in situ, in the physical world, interacting with its environment in the service of people.

Students in the CI Program are encouraged to collaborate across research groups, with faculty in other Graduate School of Media and Governance Programs, and in inter-institutional organizations both within Japan and extending abroad. They are also encouraged to acquire certificates such as the Keio Cyber Security Course, taught in part by our faculty.

The CI Program faculty all work in a combination of Japanese and English, and language skills are not a barrier to good research here. As with all of SFC's graduate programs, students of all genders, sexual orientations, religions, nationalities and native languages are encouraged to join us.

The world is perpetually changing, and IT initiates some of that change; come join the CI Program and build, deploy, and study that change to make the world a better place.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Creating Shared Value in Practice
  • Creation of Smart City
  • HCI Remixed
  • Internet Civilization
  • Internet Technology
  • Mathematics for AI
  • Novel Computing: AI and Brain Science
  • Software System

List of Academic Project

Faculty Members(as of April, 2023)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
FURUTANI, Tomoyuki ProfessorSpatial Statistics, Spatial Econometrics, Tourism, Urban Transportation Planning
HAGINO, Tatsuya ProfessorSoftware Science (Programming Language, System Software, Web Technology)
HATTORI, Takashi ProfessorComputer Science
KANAZAWA, Atsushi Associate ProfessorMathematics (Geometry, Mathematical Physics)
KAWASHIMA, Hideyuki Associate ProfessorComputer science, database, transaction, system software
KUSUMOTO, Hiroyuki ProfessorComputer Network
MASUI, Toshiyuki ProfessorUser Interface, Ubiquitous Computing
MITSUGI, Jin ProfessorWireless communications, Space structures, Computational engineering
NAKAMURA, Osamu ProfessorComputer Science, Internet
NAKAZAWA, Jin ProfessorDistributed Systems, Middleware, Ubiquitous Computing, Computer Networks
OKOSHI TadashiAssociate ProfessorComputing for Wellbeing, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
OMAE, Manabu ProfessorMechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems
SHINJO, Atsushi ProfessorAgriculture, Information Policy, Computer Science
SHIRAI, Yuko Associate ProfessorEnvironmental engineering / Urban engineering / Technological developments in forestry / From forest to timber to wooden architecture / Forest and water environmental system / Urbanism in Germany and France
TAKASHIO, Kazunori ProfessorCloud Network Robotics, Social Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing
TAKEDA, Keiji ProfessorUAV/Drone, AI, VR/XR, Videography, Web Application, Advanced Information Technology Applications
TEZUKA, Satoru ProfessorCybersecurity, Information Security, Electronic Authentication, Electronic Signature, Electronic Government System
UEHARA, Keisuke ProfessorComputer Networks
◎VAN METER, Rodney ProfessorQuantum computing systems, quantum Internet, quantum education, technology in education
YAHAGI, Naohisa ProfessorSystem Strategy, System Design, Strategy for value-based healthcare delivery


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
ATAKA, Kazuto ProfessorData science and data-driven thinking, Strategy building, New product development
IBA, Takashi ProfessorStudies on Creation Practices (Pattern Language), Philosophy of Creation (Natural Deep Creation, Creative Systems Theory), Future Sociology (Creative Society)
MIYAMOTO, Yoshiaki Assistant ProfessorMeteorology and Climate Science
NAKANISHI, Yasuto ProfessorUI/UX, HCI, HRI, Design Aid System, Creative Activity Support
SUWA, Masaki Professorcognitive science, artificial intelligence, communication design, design science

Faculty Profile

Possibilities after Graduation

This Program is focused on training IT specialists who can design/assemble the information infrastructure that forms the foundation of the information society, and intellectual information systems that are easy to use. These specialists are the designers/constructors of the cyber-society, information educators, corporate education managers, venture entrepreneurs, and leading researchers who can identify and resolve problems, as well as disseminate their knowledge.