Knowledge Sciences Course
Theme : Media Sociology, the History of Social Thought and the Mass Communication Theory
I have studied the media theories of Masakazu NAKAI (1900–1952), the first vice-director of the National Diet Library, from the viewpoints of intellectual history. This laboratory accepts students who have a creative theme that is related to not only intellectual history, but to media theories and sociology as well. The themes of students include the study of blogs, advertising posters hung in trains, juvenile book publishing, and cosplayers.
HASEGAWA Hidehiko (Professor)
Theme : High Performance Computing, Numerical Linear Algebra
If it is better to solve the problem solved as quickly. Is better than if the same exact speed. The same speed even if accurate, have more to fix this problem is solved as large as possible. High-performance computing is a technology for a given computing environment more effectively, to understand the mathematical and algorithmic problems, detailed understanding of the mechanisms of computer, choice of tools used, such as pipes, various knowledge is needed. Mechanism is also important to evaluate the results of course.
Theme : Organization of Information, Information Sharing, and Medical Information
My research focuses on information storage and the essence of the retrieval method. For example, when we look at a block of information while researching, we determine which of it is good and which is antiquated. Thus, we take various items of information as objects of study. Weighing the distinct information resources, such as medical and patient information, patient literature and scientific articles, and public and civil information, and find the common potentiality.
Theme : Interactive Information Retrieval, Context, and Reference Science
My research area is Interactive Information Retrieval, which involves new approaches to accessing knowledge and information resources based on the understanding of people’s cognitive and affective behavior. I am also interested in understanding the effects of context in seeking and retrieving information. My recent work includes the investigation of collaborative search.
Theme : Elucidation of a Life Process, Relationship between Various Things, and Use of Technical Knowledge
My research focuses on analyzing the usage and characteristics of technical knowledge. In biology and medical science, there are many phenomena that are not comprehended. We deliberate on the practical usage of computers and knowledge, expression method of intricate phenomena, and method of intelligible explanation so as to comprehend these phenomena. We also get objects around the world as the network, and do research on their structural properties and relationships.
Theme : Information Behavior, Media Analysis, and Communication
My research focuses on the mechanism of the usage of media (e.g., reading books, magazines, and newspapers, or using the Internet) and the connection between the usage of media and the type of media (e.g., the difference between Internet life and analog life).
Theme : Information Chemistry, Predict of Feeling, Information and Knowledge
Based on the various data related to the objects of study, we extract and predict various types of information about the objects. Examples include the detection of a protein-active site by comparing protein 3D structure data; analyses of knowledge in biology and chemistry; and the prediction of mood states after novels are read—for use in the mood states-based book reference system.
Theme : The Use of Multimedia in Educational Sites and the Use of the Computer in Educational Sites
The use of the computer and multimedia in educational sites has been changing since the subject “Information” was introduced in high school education. My research focuses on such use of the computer and multimedia, while adapting to the changing times.
Theme : Scientific Communication, and Technical Communication
My research looks into the reasons many people are required to comprehend technical knowledge and the way of communicating technical knowledge precisely and plainly. At this point, “communicating” means explaining information adaptively, taking into consideration the listener’s intellectual abilities.
The above direct examples are scientific and technical communication.
Theme : cultural anthropology, medical anthropology
Developmental disability, such as high-functioning autism and learning disability, is also known as "disability of communication." However, what exactly does it mean to have a disability of communication, and how does it relate to values and practices of our society/culture? My work is based on an ethnographic approach including interviews and participant observation.
Theme : Behavioral Modeling, Elucidation of Preference Consciousness, and Plan of District Facilities
At present, we have various means of getting information and knowledge, such as watching TV, reading the newspaper, and browsing the Internet. We analyze the behavior through a mathematical model built from users’ preference and choice behavior, and apply the behavioral model to the political model.
TSUJI Keita (Associate Professor)
Theme : The Automatic Construction of Thesauruses, Reference Service, and Library and Information Science Education
If you knew in advance which words would be used for a long time and which would quickly disappear, you could make good use of the information in various fields. Examples are the prospects of the trends and the selection of the vocabulary entry. I study the method of the automatic creation of English-Japanese dictionaries or synonym dictionaries based on the Web, while performing such prediction computational linguistically. On the other hand, I study Library and Information Science Education and the library staff.
Theme : Construction of Social Networks via different Media Usages, Influence of Media Usage on Intercultural Communication
Recently, usages of LINE and Facebook have become more and more prevalent. They can not only be used as social media to “unspecified persons,” but also can be used as personal communication media to “specific contact person.” My research mainly aims to clarify how these usages, compared to voice calls and traditional CMC such as email, influence their construction of social networks and interpersonal relationships with others from the perspective of intercultural communication. In addition, my research also focuses on (a) users’ perception of various communication media such as interpersonal tension and information transmission and their usages, (b) the relationship between media usages and the perception of them, and (c) acquisition of media literacy, and so on.
Theme : Knowledge, Language, and Meaning
Based on analytic philosophy, my research focuses on “what knowledge is”, “what kind of case knowledge is right” “the objectivity of knowledge”, “what kind of case we feel we share knowledge”, and “what you think about accumulated knowledge”. It seeks to answer “what the understanding of languages is”, “what the meaning of languages is”, and “what the understanding of the meaning of languages is”.
YOSHIKANE Fuyuki (Professor) Chief, Knowledge Sciences Course
Theme : Researchers' Productivity, Cooperative Research Network, and Bibliometrics
My research aims to determine what type of cooperative research network we must construct to improve researchers’ productivity or spread out the network. We analyze the connection between researchers’ productivity and the importance of the cooperative research network, including the application of the network to their academic policy.
Theme : Intelligent Information Science, Interactive Information Retrieval
Facing the era of information overload and big data, new technologies are essential to information access in order to fulfill the needs of our lives. The technique of Interactive Information Retrieval allows user interaction and provides adaptive search results. Essentially it can be viewed as context-driven information retrieval, the context information includes previously submitted queries, interactive behaviors, etc. Fine-grained issues include user intent identification, behavior understanding, adaptive item ranking, etc.
Knowledge Information Systems Course
Theme : History of International Relations, Comparative Social History, Archival Studies
My research interests concern primarily the history of international relations, the history of Eurasia and the history of the East Asia in modern times. At the same time I continue to study about different archival collections of the world, from the viewpoint of archival science. The research topic I am especially interested in is ‘archives and historical consciousness in different cultures in the Information Age’.
MATSUMOTO Makoto (Professor) Chancellor, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science
Theme : Computational Physics, and Scientific Visualization
The focus is on the theoretical study of condensed matter physics and development of the band calculation systems. For example, following subjects are studied:
1)Computer simulations for magnetic materials
2)Scientific visualization for the theoretical results
3)Theoretical study of the magnetic Compton profile and the positron annihilation radiation
MATSUMURA Atsushi (Assistant Professor)
Theme : Knowledge Information Retrieval System, The Knowledge Excavation from Information, Analysis of Users Demand
The bigger the volume of information, the more important it is to be able to cull what is useful. I thus study the methods of finding and organizing knowledge from various sources, the relationship between situations and the demand, and the aim of utilizing the knowledge information retrieval systems that connect the people’s demand and the knowledge that is omnipresent in society.
Theme : Organization of Knowledge，Organization of the Resources of Knowledge, and Classification
When people communicate knowledge to others, they organize the information in some manner. For instance, when people write a book or create Web pages, they consider the component. To be able to search for targets among knowledge resources, the resources must be organized. For example, it is easy to search if the knowledge is classified and arranged. I study the methods of organizing knowledge and knowledge resources.
Theme : Museology, Museum Informatics, Digital Archival Studies
Firstly, one of my research themes is the information analysis of museum data, archival data, and collection of libraries, including architectural heritages, world heritages and intangible heritages. Through these researches, secondly, my central theme goes to the new theme of the digitalization of description and documentation. The aim of study is the systematization of the knowledge resources in the classification methodology, visualization, the details of description of the cultural heritage in the historical context and the metadata of the electronic catalog.
Theme : Computer Algebra System, Algorithms, and Mathematical Knowledge
Algorithms and the applications of computer algebra are studied. Computer algebra is that part of computer science that designs, analyzes, implements, and applies algebraic algorithms. For example, the following subjects are studied: (1) Solving systems of algebraic equations; (2) Symbolic computation of linear algebra; and (3) Implementing modular method algorithms
SAKAGUCHI Tetsuo (Associate Professor) Chief, Knowledge Information Systems Course
Theme : Anti-spam Technologies for E-mail, Technologies of Applications on the Next-Generation Internet, and the Development of Systems which Boost the Storing and Sharing of Information
On the Internet, the opportunities and methods of getting and transmitting information are increasing but people have not yet been able to master most of them. In e-mail communication, it is essential to sift out spam from important e-mail messages. We can also use the Internet for wide-ranging purposes, not only in accessing the next-generation WWW such as WEB2.0. Thus, I study technical developments that enable humans to store and share information easily for proper purposes through the Internet.
SATOH Tetsuji (Professor)
Theme : Information Access, Mapping the Knowledge and Community Analysis, and Contents Engineering
The spread of the Internet has accelerated the transmission of personal information transmission and created a new environment where we can access the information anytime. In this environment, content is composed of fragmentary information written by many writers and related mutually. I study the field of data engineering; examples are Information Access Technology, which describes the structure of the intricately related information network as knowledge and accesses it easily, component technologies to build participatory digital libraries or map technology of knowledge space adapted to individuals and situations, and the elucidation of formation and a change of the author community.
SEKI Yohei (Associate Professor)
Theme : Information Access, Natural Language Processing, and Communication Support
My research interests lie in the area of information access technologies (IAT) from texts, such as news, the Web, etc.—in particular, sentiment analysis, summarization, and multilingual application. My recent work includes collaborative annotation technologies based on collective intelligence, cross-media (or cross-document genre) IAT, and evaluations on IAT.
SUZUKI Nobutaka (Associate Professor)
Theme : XML, Structured Documents，and Algorithms
Structured documents, such as XML and HTML, have become the de facto standard data format on the Web and have been spreading rapidly. On the other hand, a number of important problems on schema languages (e.g., DTD, W3C XML Schema) and query languages (e.g., XPath) have been shown to be intractable. One of my research interests is to find efficient algorithms for solving such intractable problems (e.g., identifying subclasses of problems that can be solved efficiently).
Theme : Information Retrieval, Information Behavior, and Digital Library
My research area is information retrieval and information integration systems. Recent research explores an effective methodology on creating, disseminating, managing and providing digital documents, and develops an user study based approach on how people seek documents and learn from them.
TEZUKA Taro (Associate Professor)
Theme : Information Retrieval, and Statistical Language Models
I am working on statistical language models that uncover the semantic structure of a large document set by applying machine learning techniques. Such information can be utilized to improve information retrieval and text analysis systems. I am also working on creating new probabilistic models and machine learning methods.
Theme : Computational Physics, and Computer Simulation
“Magnetic materials” are applied to various aspects. An example is the “storage medium,” which records various data (information), such as letters, numeral values, images and sound, and the parts of the machine. My research interest is the theoretical calculation of magnetic materials.
UDA Norihiko (Associate Professor)
Theme : Digital Library, Sharing of Information Resources, and Elucidation of Knowledge Phenomena
The objective of the College of Knowledge and Library Sciences, School of Informatics is “The elucidation of a knowledge phenomenon.” We acquire knowledge from teachers or books, although there are many things that seem natural but are not comprehended. An example is the mechanism of communicating knowledge—what kind of “knowledge” we share when we use the “records” saved in the library or the Web. I study the technology directly linked to a knowledge phenomenon through the construction of the information system for sharing information resources. The digital library is the advanced social framework that manages the transfer and sharing of knowledge.
WAKABAYASHI Kei (Assistant Professor)
Theme : Statistical Machine Learning, Dialogue System, Social Media Analysis
My main research interest is theory and fundamental algorithms of Bayesian statistical models that propel advanced machine learning technologies. I also work on the applications of the Bayesian models, including dialogue systems that correctly recognize user's intent, and social media analysis to automatically discover knowledge about events in real-world.
Information Resources Management Course
DONKAI Saori (Professor)
Theme : Library Cultural History, Knowledge and information infrastructure
My research interests are around the history of libraries and information media. In order to build a better future for libraries, it is essential not only to understand their current situation, but also to know their history. I try to approach the history of libraries and other information media from the standpoint of knowledge infrastructure.
Theme : The Library in Europe, Library Cultural History, and International Comparison of Libraries
My research deals with social and historical studies on the development of libraries and reading practices in Germany and Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. The 18th century was the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Intensified publishing activity gave more people the opportunity to read books, and it was thus in this period that public library came into existence. My research is also interested in comparative studies of contemporary Japan and Germany. There are differences in the two countries’ policies and services, since Germany is a federal state and Japan is not. Research on the history of the library in Japan after the Meiji era is also important for making comparative studies.
Theme : Management of the School Library, Library Use Education, and Information Literacy Education
This laboratory studies the academic domain of library and information science and education. My themes of interest are school library media center management for the effective use of the library and library use education for information literacy. It is important to conduct comparative studies of Japanese libraries with areas that have advanced school libraries (such as those of the United States).
IKEUCHI Atsushi (Associate Professor)
Theme : Public Library Policy, Library Evaluation, the Econometric Analysis of the Web
My research focuses on the optimal supply for tax-supported public libraries, which are established and managed from various viewpoints. I am also interested in the evaluation method of libraries and the research on the changes in the quantity, structure, and contents of the web.
ISHII Kaori (Associate Professor) Best Faculty Member 2012 (Research)
Theme : Privacy, Personal Information Protection, and Information Law
I study the legal issues related to processing information, particularly the privacy and personal information protection law, through a comparative law approach. I am also interested in the structuring of information law, taking into account cross-sectoral legal study, emerging trends, and the international situation.
ITSUMURA Hiroshi (Professor) Chair, Master's and Doctoral Programs of Library, Information and Media Studies
Theme : Scholarly Information, Academic libraries, Information Use Behavior
The trend toward digitization affects scholarly information system and academic library in many aspects. I am interested in changing services of academic libraries, open access and institutional repositories and information use of scientists and students.
Theme : Library Strategy, Public Governance and Public Libraries, Collection Development and Evaluation for libraries
My research focuses on how libraries or other similar institutions provide information resources and their services to citizens, and how they solve social problems by using their resources in local societies. Especially I am currently looking at them based on three levels, (1)Government (public policy), (2)Libraries (management), (3)Citizens (library users), from the perspectives of management or governance.
Theme : Comparative and International Librarianship, Music Librarianship, and Library Outreach and Public Relations
My interest is comparative studies on school, academic and special libraries in East Asia. I am also interested in researching the professional development of school and music librarianship. My other research interest is the library outreach and publicity/public relations in the digital era.
Theme : Data on Humanities, Databasing of Materials, and Philology of the Chinese Language
In humanities, there are many historical and folkloristic research sources, but some students choose to study old tales or picture books. My research approaches the problem of making databases of historical and folkloristic research sources from a researcher’s standpoint. My research concludes with philology and the problem of classifying and cataloging Chinese Classics.
Theme : University Education, Education Policy, and Library Informatics Education
Higher education is very important training for librarians and information professionals. On the education profession, I am very interested in the policy on higher education of the United States and Canada. My research includes the evaluation of university and educational programs.
Theme : Intellectual Property Law, and Copyright Law
My research focuses on the Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Law systems, such as the Patent Act, Trademark Act, and Unfair Competition Prevention Act, from juristic viewpoints. The Intellectual Property Law systems limit the rights to information that should otherwise be available for free. Thus, it is important to balance the protection of rights to such information and the limitations of those rights. We consider how laws are applied and what types of systems are desirable through the study of precedents and the construction of the provisions.
Theme : Public Library, Library Personnel, and Information Service (Reference Service)
My research concentrates on information services and the adequacy of library staff (mainly in public, school, and university libraries). For their graduation thesis, students explore the following fields, based on their awareness: (1) various services of the libraries, (2) information services in the libraries, (3) reading activity in school education and lifelong learning, and (4) the training of library staff (education induction).
SHIRAI Tetsuya (Professor) Chief, Information Resources Management Course; Best Faculty Member 2013 (Social contribution and university administration)
Theme : Local History in Japan, Historical Materials, and Archival Science
I study Japanese history from the 16th to the 19th centuries and its fundamental materials, such as topographies. I conduct research on history and the function, interpretation, research, preservation, and use of historical materials. Currently, I am interested in theories and the practical issues regarding the preservation and use of the records and memories of local communities. I consider the various factors altogether while learning from experiences in archival science or museology.
Theme : Youth, Reading, and the Influence of Media
My research concentrates on the actual use of printed/visual/electronic media, and their effects on children and adolescents. Printed media include books, newspapers, and comic books; and visual/electronic media, video games, television, and the Internet. I examine the effects of these media on academic and interpersonal/psychological aspects. I am interested in reading activities and their effects on the school or community; the daily use of media and their effects; and the use and effects of media in studying.
Theme : Economic Assessment, Statistics, and Computer Simulation
We analyze knowledge, library information, and social phenomena statistically from economic viewpoints. We also do computer simulation and program the analytical tools. At present, I am interested in creating software to support the production, accumulation, and use of knowledge.
Theme : Video Media，Video Archive，Video Content Distribution over the Internet
My research interests concern primarily the development of video media and present situation of video archive from the viewpoint of culture, society, industry, technology and history. At the same time I study about the utilization of archival collections of video content in the digital era.
Theme : Books, Culture, and History
My research looks into the history and culture of Japanese literature: its various forms, the methods of print and publication, the different kinds and their methods of collection, and the methods of preservation.
YOSHIDA Yuko (Professor)
Theme : Theoretical Foundations of Public Libraries
My research focuses on the meaning of the existence of public libraries in communities. I also study the historical development of public library services. In order to examine libraries from various viewpoints, I use the analytical method of considering related fields, such as cultural diversity, lifelong learning, and reading activities.