A Turning Point: Information Technology in the Service of Society
VAN METER D. Rodney
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
Faculty Members（as of April, 2023）
Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.
|FURUTANI, Tomoyuki||Professor||Spatial Statistics, Spatial Econometrics, Tourism, Urban Transportation Planning|
|HAGINO, Tatsuya||Professor||Software Science (Programming Language, System Software, Web Technology)|
|HATTORI, Takashi||Professor||Computer Science|
|KANAZAWA, Atsushi||Associate Professor||Mathematics (Geometry, Mathematical Physics)|
|KAWASHIMA, Hideyuki||Associate Professor||Computer science, database, transaction, system software|
|KUSUMOTO, Hiroyuki||Professor||Computer Network|
|MASUI, Toshiyuki||Professor||User Interface, Ubiquitous Computing|
|MITSUGI, Jin||Professor||Wireless communications, Space structures, Computational engineering|
|NAKAMURA, Osamu||Professor||Computer Science, Internet|
|NAKAZAWA, Jin||Professor||Distributed Systems, Middleware, Ubiquitous Computing, Computer Networks|
|OKOSHI Tadashi||Associate Professor||Computing for Wellbeing, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing|
|OMAE, Manabu||Professor||Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems|
|SHINJO, Atsushi||Professor||Agriculture, Information Policy, Computer Science|
|SHIRAI, Yuko||Associate Professor||Environmental 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||Professor||Cloud Network Robotics, Social Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing|
|TAKEDA, Keiji||Professor||UAV/Drone, AI, VR/XR, Videography, Web Application, Advanced Information Technology Applications|
|TEZUKA, Satoru||Professor||Cybersecurity, Information Security, Electronic Authentication, Electronic Signature, Electronic Government System|
|UEHARA, Keisuke||Professor||Computer Networks|
|◎VAN METER, Rodney||Professor||Quantum computing systems, quantum Internet, quantum education, technology in education|
|YAHAGI, Naohisa||Professor||System Strategy, System Design, Strategy for value-based healthcare delivery|
|ATAKA, Kazuto||Professor||Data science and data-driven thinking, Strategy building, New product development|
|IBA, Takashi||Professor||Studies on Creation Practices (Pattern Language), Philosophy of Creation (Natural Deep Creation, Creative Systems Theory), Future Sociology (Creative Society)|
|MIYAMOTO, Yoshiaki||Assistant Professor||Meteorology and Climate Science|
|NAKANISHI, Yasuto||Professor||UI/UX, HCI, HRI, Design Aid System, Creative Activity Support|
|SUWA, Masaki||Professor||cognitive science, artificial intelligence, communication design, design science|
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.