Designing "X" for beyond the Next Societies
Associate Professor, Program Chairperson
The X-Design (XD) program at Keio University SFC aims to design "X" for beyond the next societies. The "X" in our program stands for: 1) creating the "unknown (X)" values and research fields that have yet to be named, 2) imagining "eXtreme" situations that could happen in the future, 3) continuing "eXperiments" and prototyping to improve, 4) "crossing (X)" beyond the boundaries of diverse cultures, arts, and academic areas, 5) "eXpressing" yourself and sharing the joy of research, 6) becoming an "eXpert" who can find and solve fundamental problems, and 7) contributing to beyond the "neXt" societies.
Our faculty members are diverse. Our research topics include Neurosciences and Music, Comparative and Computational Musicology, Computational Creativity, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic Design, Architecture Design, 4D Fabrication, Communication Design, Landscape Architecture, World Map Projection, Energy Design, Human Interface, Visualization, Geometric Modeling, Smart Material, etc. The students in the program work on their own projects with faculty members, present and discuss at Advanced Research Workshop (XD1-4) in which all the faculty members and students participate. We share the methodology, vision, and joy of research there.
The spirit of our XD program is in accordance with the concept of "Creating History to Define the Future" ("Jiga sakko" or "Ware yori inishie wo nasu" in Japanese) established by Keio University founder, the venerable educator Yukichi Fukuzawa. If you have a sense of purpose and courage to do something unprecedented, staying the course while enduring and overcoming hardships and challenges along the way, please contact us. We can design the "X" for beyond the next societies together.
Affiliated Academic Projects
- Mobile Methods: Theory
- Mobile Methods: Practice etc
Faculty Members（as of April, 2021）
Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson. " "(Underline) indicates not Graduate School Committee Members.
|Akira WAKITA||Professor||Visualization, Geometric Modeling, Smart Material|
|Fumitoshi KATO||Professor||Communication design, Facilitation, Communication and media studies, Qualitative research methods|
|Hajime ISHIKAWA||Professor||Landscape Architecture, Geographic Design|
|Hajime NARUKAWA||Associate Professor||fine art, design, architecture, perspective drawing, world map projection, data visualization|
|Hiroya TANAKA||Professor||Design Tool, Design Machine, Personal Fabrication, Social Fabrication|
|Nao TOKUI||Associate Professor||Computational Creativity, Artificial Intelligence, Media Art, Music|
|Patrick SAVAGE||Associate Professor||Music, Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Science, Cultural Evolution, Digital Humanities|
|◎Shinya FUJII||Associate Professor||Neurosciences and Music (NeuroMusic), Music Perception and Cognition, Motor Control and Learning,Drums and Rhythm|
|Shohei MATSUKAWA||Associate Professor||Architectural Design, Algorithmic Design, Design ProcessTheory|
|Yasuto NAKANISHI||Professor||Experience Design, Human Interface, Urban Computing, Design Aid System, Creative Activity Support|
|Masaki SUWA||Professor||cognitive science, artificial intelligence, communication design, design science|
|Toshiyuki MASUI||Professor||User Interface, Ubiquitous Computing|
Possibilities after Graduation
The program aims to develop creators who design innovative value with integrating their own five senses, skills and advanced technology. Some graduates of this program join domestic and international industries such as telecommunication, business consulting, electronic appliance, game, CG design, broadcasting, movie, advertising, WEB, cellular phone contents and publishing. Yet some graduates of this program have become artists, Ph.D. students or faculties in universities, and founders of venture companies. They would be called designer, artist, engineer, design researcher, design engineer, design director, art director, media artist or media architect. Furthermore, we hope they could develop new types of work beyond established category.