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Graduate School of Informatics

Master's Degree Program in the 2017 academic year

Social Informatics Major Intelligent Informatics Major
Note1. Courses and teaching staff are subject to change.
Note2. Supervising faculty are marked with ●.

Social Informatics Major

Research Area Faculty
Information and Communication Media in Education
  ICT (Information & Communication Technology) and Educational Innovation ● KUROKAMI Haruo
● KUBOTA Mayumi
● KUBOTA Kenichi
Information Society and Communications Media
  Media and Communication Studies ● NAKAGAWA Nobutoshi
● OKADA Tomoyuki
Psychological Models of Information and Human Behavior ● KUWABARA Takashi
● MORIO Hiroaki
Industrial Information Systems
  Business and Management in the Knowledge Society ● ATSUJI Shigeo
● ISADA Fumihiko
Value Creation and Collaborative Networks ● SHYI Shae-Chang
Strategic Management in Information and Knowledge-Based Society ● KOGA Hiroshi
Information in the Public Domain
  Theory and Practice of Datebases in the Public Domain ● ITO Toshihide
● ITO Mitsutoshi
● NATORI Ryota
● HONDA Yuzo
● OHORI Shuichi
Crisis and Policy ● KATO Toshiyuki
● KITANI Shinichi

 ICT (Information & Communication Technology) and Educational Innovation
KUROKAMI, Haruo(kurokamikansai-u.ac.jp) KUBOTA, Mayumi(mkubotakansai-u.ac.jp) KUBOTA, Kenichi(kubotakansai-u.ac.jp)

Modes of communication have drastically changed as a result of rapid development in information and communication technologies. This project aims to investigate the current educational system and design new learning environments.
1. Research on developing and assessing curriculum on learning with ICT.
2. Research on communication strategies and education in a global society.
3. Research on informal learning and education while studying abroad using ICT.

 Media and Communication Studies
NAKAGAWA, Nobutoshi(nobunakares.kutc.kansai-u.ac.jp) OKADA, Tomoyuki(okadakansai-u.ac.jp) TANIMOTO, Naho(tanimotokansai-u.ac.jp)

The advancement of information and communication technologies not only accomplished globalization of communications but also are accelerating radical changes of industries, economy, lifestyles and other social realms. Regarding the signs of formations of new media cultures, this project aims to pursue the following themes:
1. Developments of media and ICT industries.
2. Transformations of culture, communication, or styles of social activities.
3. Researches of media innovations in social history.

 Psychological Models of Information and Human Behavior
KUWABARA, Takashi(kuwabarakansai-u.ac.jp) MORIO, Hiroaki(hmoriokansai-u.ac.jp) NISHIDA, Koichi(knishidakansai-u.ac.jp)

We live a daily life surrounding with a variety of information. This project aims to consider relationship of information and human mental process and to clarify psychologically what information people want to acquire, how they interpret it, how they are influenced with it, and how they exchange it with other people
1. Psychological research for social cognition of information
2. Psychological research for social influence of information
3. Psychological research for self-cognition of information
4. Psychological research for interpersonal communication

 Business and Management in the Knowledge Society
ATSUJI, Shigeo(atsujikansai-u.ac.jp) ISADA, Fumihiko(isadakansai-u.ac.jp)

This project aims to clarify mutual relationship of modern management system and 'Knowledge Society' networking with ICT. In particular social, economic and management systems in the age of high economic growth are causing multiple maladies and disturbing business and management activities in the period of birthrate decreasing and aging societies. We investigate the potentioalities of 'Knowledge Society' of near-future according to the theories of system, strategy and organizational management, considering social and environmental changes which restrict the global activities of modern systems.

 Value Creation and Collaborative Networks
SHYI, Shae-Chang(shires.kutc.kansai-u.ac.jp)

Due to globalization each national economy is increasingly interconnected and interdependent. And due to innovation of ICT business activities are fundamentally changed. This project aims to study formation of ‘Collaborative Networks' of information, knowledge and technologies and their mechanism by overcoming zero-sum competition and borders of nations and companies in order to create new value and business and to sophisticate industries based on the theories of Management Information Systems and Networking Management.

 Strategic Management in Information and Knowledge-Based Society
KOGA, Hiroshi(hiroshikansai-u.ac.jp) KITAJIMA, Osamu(ok-ktjmkansai-u.ac.jp) TOKUYAMA, Mitsue(toku_sankansai-u.ac.jp)

Information is one of the keywords to understand the modern world. From the study of business administration, the most noteworthy matters are prevalence of digital information networks, growth of information commodity market as well as products and services, increase of strategic importance of intangible assets such as knowledge and brand, social capitals like relationships of trust, and globalization of business. These trends will be both chances and threats to the managements and require them to cope strategically. This project aims to consider the strategic and systematic problems of information society for company management from the theories of management strategy, management accounting, information system and marketing.

 Theory and Practice of Databases in the Public Domain
ITO, Toshihide(toshikansai-u.ac.jp) ITO, Mitsutoshi(mitsuitokansai-u.ac.jp) NATORI, Ryota(t000033kansai-u.ac.jp) HONDA, Yuzo(hondakansai-u.ac.jp) OHORI, Shuichi(ohorikansai-u.ac.jp) MATSUMOTO, Wataru(matsumokansai-u.ac.jp) NAKAMOTO, Yasuhiro(nakamotokansai-u.ac.jp)

When citizens act something to the government and appreciate actions of the government, or the government plan the policies according to the request of the citizens, information about government actions and citizen consciousness will be required, which can be acquired through white paper and public relations, legislation and budget, business and investigation statistics, and election and citizen consciousness investigation. This project aims to understand mechanism handling comprehensively such information as a system and to consider the way to reconstruct it as citizen databases.

 Crisis and Policy
KATO, Toshiyuki(katotokansai-u.ac.jp) KITANI, Shinichi(kitanikansai-u.ac.jp) FUKUSHIMA, Rikihiro(fukusimakansai-u.ac.jp)

In the information society possibilities of human activities are enlarged. However, critical situations as accidents and criminals are more complicated and diversified. It is hard to cope with them individually and new public policies will be required. This project aims to pick up disaster and accident and unfair use of information among various critical problems and to investigate how to cope with them as policies. Generally in order to plan the policies it is firstly required to collect information about the situation, clarify the problems and analyze the information for solution. In this project you can learn how to collect data from the fields and databases of public organs, legislation, precedents and to analyze and solve them.

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Intelligent Informatics Major

Research Area Faculty
Human Computing
  Human-Computer Interaction : Cognition, Media, and Culture ● KITA Chigusa
● KATO Takashi
● TOGIYA Norio
Theory and Practice of Interaction Design ● HORI Masahiro
● TSUJI Mitsuhiro
● MATSUSHITA Mitsunori
"Kansei" Information Processing and Visualization ● COOK Norman D.
● HAYASHI Takefumi
IURA Takashi
Intelligent Computing
  Intelligent Systems Construction ● ASANO Akira
● EZAWA Yoshinori
● DATE Etsuro
● YOSHIDA Nobuaki
Intelligent Computing Applications ● FURUTA Hitoshi
● TANAKA Shigenori
● HIROKANE Michiyuki
● OGINO Masaki
● TAKENAKA Youichi
INOUE Shinji
Computing Algorithms
  Development and Application of Mathematical Algorithms for Supporting Information Societies ● NAKAGAWA Yuji
● SHIOMURA Takashi
● MURATA Tadahiko
Distributed Computing
  Multidimensional Research on Communication Network Technologies ● HORII Yasushi
● KUWAKADO Hidenori
● TAGASHIRA Shigeaki

 Human-Computer Interaction: Cognition, Media, and Culture
KITA, Chigusa(ckitakansai-u.ac.jp) KATO, Takashi(tkatokansai-u.ac.jp) TOGIYA, Norio(ntogiyakansai-u.ac.jp) YONEZAWA, Tomoko(yonekansai-u.ac.jp) UEHARA, Ryou(ueharakansai-u.ac.jp)

We study human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication (CMC) from cognitivescience, media-science, philosophical, cultural, and historical perspectives. Our research approach includes empirical investigation, theoretical examination, and system implementation and evaluation. We also address socio-cultural issues such as technology standardization and ethics in HCI and CMC.

 Theory and Practice of Interaction Design
HORI, Masahiro(horimkansai-u.ac.jp)  TSUJI, Mitsuhiro(tsujikansai-u.ac.jp) MATSUSHITA, Mitsunori(m_matkansai-u.ac.jp)

From the perspective of knowledge-information processing, this project aims to realize well-organized interactive systems, environments, and services on the basis of human-computer interaction and human communication that occurs through the use of electronic devices. To achieve this goal, studies involve the development of practical applications as well as the construction of radical theories in the field. Graduate students in this project need to have strong interest in either modeling human information processing, designing interactive environments, or evaluating user experience.

 “Kansei” Information Processing and Visualization
COOK, Norman D.(cookres.kutc.kansai-u.ac.jp HAYASHI, Takefumi(hayakansai-u.ac.jp) IURA, Takashi(iurakansai-u.ac.jp)

This project aims to clarify and visualize mechanisms of subjective information processing, such as intuition, feeling and sentience, that is, to clarify mechanisms of information processing in visual and auditory modalities through psychological experiments and to simulate them with neural network models and research of the brain-computer interface. As related topics, the differences of the right and left hemispheres of the human brain, visual information processing, voice recognition, music recognition, self-organization, human-computer interaction, scientific visualization, and media art will be included. It is essential to have learned programing techniques for this project.

 Intelligent Systems Construction
ASANO, Akira(a.asanokansai-u.ac.jp) EZAWA, Yoshinori(ezawakansai-u.ac.jp) DATE, Etsuro(datekansai-u.ac.jp) YOSHIDA, Nobuaki(yoshidankansai-u.ac.jp)

This project aims to create intelligent systems in a broad sense. An intelligent system recognizes external environment and determines its action by adopting itself to the environment. The project supports novel investigations on vision and affective computing for recognizing external environment similarly to humans, intelligent algorithms and numeric calculation method for determination of actions, and mathematics and physics as bases of the theories.

 Intelligent Computing Applications
FURUTA, Hitoshi(furutakansai-u.ac.jp) TANAKA, Shigenori(stanakakansai-u.ac.jp) HAYASHI, Isao(ihayakansai-u.ac.jp)) HIROKANE, Michiyuki(hirokanekansai-u.ac.jp) OGINO, Masaki(oginokansai-u.ac.jp) TAKENAKA, Youichi INOUE, Shinji

This project aims to learn basic intelligent computing theories such as fuzzy theory, neural network, chaos theory and genetic algorithms and others and to research the measure for application. Application fields are landscape design, damage analysis, maintenance, vibration control, disaster prevention planning, image processing, web related technologies, document processing, perceptual information processing, intelligent robotics and so on.

 Development and Application of Mathematical Algorithms for Supporting Information Societies
NAKAGAWA, Yuji(nakagawakansai-u.ac.jp) SHIOMURA, Takashi(tks_shmrkansai-u.ac.jp) MURATA, Tadahiko(muratakansai-u.ac.jp)

This project aims to contribute to diminish social irrationality and inequality to realize more pleasant information society. For rational decision making we will develop decision supporting algorithm based on exact solution technique of discrete optimization and decision algorithm using soft computing technologies, such as neural network, fuzzy, genetic algorithm, and agent algorithm. Furthermore, we will analyze statistically dynamics of agents in the virtual world and study decision making process and prevalence of dominated strategy of various societies and organizations.
1. Development and application decision algorithm using discrete optimization techniques.
2. Development and application of decision algorithm using artificial intelligent technologies.
3. Analyzing study of dynamics of artificial society.

 Multidimensional Research on Communication Network Technologies
HORII, Yasushi(horiikansai-u.ac.jp) KUWAKADO, Hidenori(kuwakadokansai-u.ac.jp) TAGASHIRA, Shigeaki(shigekansai-u.ac.jp) KOBAYASHI, Takashi(taka-kkansai-u.ac.jp)

The progress of various network devices is changing our everyday life significantly. The aim of this subject is to make our life more comfortable using communication network technologies from multidimensional perspectives, that is, from the physical layer to the application layer. A major research area of this subject involves (i) network application technology and information sensing technology, (ii) cryptography and information security, (iii) methodology for the network security and for the efficient use of network resources, (iv) down-sizing wireless equipment with the use of high frequency device technologies like non-Foster circuits and real-time Fourier transformers.

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Doctor's Degree Program in the 2017 academic year

Note1. Courses and teaching staff are subject to change.
Note2. Supervising faculty are marked with ●.

Informatics Major

Research Field Faculty
★ Advanced Information Systems
  Microwave Devices for Wireless Data Communications ● HORII Yasushi
Information Security and its Analysis ● KUWAKADO Hidenori
Knowledge Representation Using HPC System EZAWA Yoshinori
Mobile Information and Communication System TAGASHIRA Shigeaki
★ Applied Soft Computing
  Engineering Applications of Soft Computing ● FURUTA Hitoshi
Application of Soft Computing to Science ● YOSHIDA Nobuaki
Practical Engineering of Soft Computing ● TANAKA Shigenori
Visual Information Processing in Soft Computing ● ASANO Akira
Application of Soft Computing to Sensing ● HIROKANE Michiyuki
Application of Soft Computing to Earth and Planetary Science ● ITO Toshihide
Intelligent Information System for Computational Brain ● HAYASHI Isao
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology TAKENAKA Youichi
★ Cognitive Information Processing
  Cognitive Interface ● KATO Takashi
Cognitive Mechanisms ● COOK Norman D.
Web Interaction ● HORI Masahiro
Visual Perception and Cognition ● HAYASHI Takefumi
History of Computing ● KITA Chigusa
Computational Statistics TSUJI Mitsuhiro
Visual Materials TOGIYA Norio
Interaction Design MATSUSHITA Mitsunori
Virtual Communication Media Science YONEZAWA Tomoko
Research Field Faculty
★ Decision-Making
  Decision Support Mathematical Decision-Making ● NAKAGAWA Yuji
Integrable systems ● DATE Etsuro
Decision Making Using Computational Science ● MURATA Tadahiko
Information and Business Management SHYI Shae-Chang
Social Decision-Making Management Decision-Making and Applications ● ATSUJI Shigeo
Public Policy Studies ● ITO Mitsutoshi
Policy-Making and Computer Law ● KATO Toshiyuki
Policy-Making Process in Administration ● KITANI Shinichi
Japanese Politics and Government ● NATORI Ryota
Economic Policy Making ● HONDA Yuzo
International Corporate Strategy ISADA Fumihiko
★ Multimodel Communication
  Learning Environment Design Learning Environments Using Information Technology ● KUBOTA Kenichi
Media Mix and Teaching-Learning Process ● KUROKAMI Haruo
Culture and Communication KUBOTA Mayumi
Theory and Practice of Communication Design MAKINO Yukari
Studies on Communication Environment Face-to-Face Communications in Social Interaction ● NAKAGAWA Nobutoshi
Information and Social Behavior ● KUWABARA Takashi
Psychology of the Internet ● MORIO Hiroaki
Mediated Communications OKADA Tomoyuki
Cultural Sociology TANIMOTO Naho

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