Division of Digital Society Research Research Unit

Organization of Research Units within Division of Digital Society Research

The mission of Division of Digital Society Research is to promote research related to digital transformation (DX) to solve social issues, that contribute to drive social change with integrative knowledge, as outlined in the university’s vision.

We build appropriate research units, focusing social issues related to digital society creation toward the goals “building a different, better society through the effective use of digital technologies to address problems and bring about transformative social changes.”

Research Unit for Behavior Change with ICT

In the face of challenges like COVID-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need to change our behaviors for the sake of a better future. This unit is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on technologies designed to change human behavior. Our research proceeds interdisciplinary research using ICT, incorporating principles from behavioral economics, such as nudges and gamification, and psychological insights like cognitive biases, through collaborative efforts with various research fields. At 272 hectares, Ito Campus is one of Japan's largest campuses, and the 18,000 students, faculty, and staff who study and work there will be subject to empirical research to further understand the principles of behavior change based on scientific evidence. Additionally, through open innovation with corporations and local governments, we will drive social transformation.

Established:

Apr 1st, 2022

Unit Member

  • Unit Director
    Yutaka Arakawa
    Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Deputy Unit Director
    Shogo Fukushima
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Shigeru Takano
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Yugo Nakamura
    Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Tsunenori Mine
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Atsushi Shimada
    Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Chika Takatori
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Design
  • Hidemichi Fujii
    Professor
    Faculty of Economics
  • Hiro Kishimoto
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Naoki Nakashima
    Professor
    Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Kun Qian
    Associate Professor
    Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies
  • Bhatta Kumar
    Assistant Professor
    Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies
  • Shinsuke Mizutani
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Dental Science

Data-driven Agriculture Research Unit

We conduct research on new agricultural production technologies considering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our efforts to streamline and optimize agricultural production, provide a consistent supply fit with consumer demand, and improve quality and functionality. This research also involves technologies for the automatic measurement, analysis, and visualization of field and biological information, as well as studies on data-driven technologies for production infrastructure using the accumulated data.

Established:

Apr 1st, 2023

Unit Member

  • Unit Director
    Takashi Okayasu
    Professor
    Faculty of Agriculture
  • Deputy Unit Director
    Yu Hoshino
    Professor
    Faculty of Engineering
  • Daisuke Yasutake
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Agriculture
  • Akinori Ozaki
    Associate Professor
    Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Smart Learning Design Research Unit

The role of lifelong learning after the graduation of primary, middle and higher education has become increasingly important for human well-being. ICT as an element of learning environment contributes to achieve our well-being. Consequently, there are growing expectations for data-driven learning environments. The GIGA School program in primary and middle education can promote the creation of data-driven learning environments for a wide range of age groups. This research unit focuses on smart learning environments design, development, and evaluation for the creation of a smart society that underpins well-being. We collaborate across diverse research areas, including but not limited to educational technology, information sciences, arts engineering, educational philosophy, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and science education. Also implementation of our research outcomes in society is important activity for our research unit.

Established:

Sep 1st, 2023

Unit Member

  • Unit Director
    Masanori Yamada
    Professor
    Data-Driven Innovation Initiative
  • Deputy Unit Director
    Geng Xuewang
    Research Assistant Professor
    Data-Driven Innovation Initiative
  • Yuhi Fujita
    Professor
    Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
  • Yin Chengjiu
    Professor
    Research Institute for Information Technology
  • Kiyoshi Eguchi
    Professor
    Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
  • Shogo Fukushima
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Yuta Taniguchi
    Associate Professor
    Research Institute for Information Technology
  • Taketoshi Ushiama
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Design
  • Chen Li
    Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering