Associate Professor, Program Chairperson FUJII, Shinya Designing "X" for beyond the Next Societies

FUJII, Shinya
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

  • Music
  • Mobile Methods: Theory
  • Mobile Methods: Practice etc

List of Acaemic Project

Faculty Members(as of April, 2021)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson. " "(Underline) indicates not Graduate School Committee Members.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
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


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
Masaki SUWA Professor cognitive science, artificial intelligence, communication design, design science
Toshiyuki MASUI Professor User Interface, Ubiquitous Computing

Faculty Profile(K-RIS)

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.