Knowledge Studies Course

GOTO Yoshihiro (Professor)  

Theme : Media Sociology, History of Social Thought, and 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.

Mail: ygoto@slis  [More detailed information]

JOHO Hideo (Professor)  Best Faculty Member 2021 (Research)

Theme : Human Information Interaction, User Study Experiment, and Information Retrieval Systems

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.

Mail: hideo@slis  [More detailed information]

MAESHIRO Tetsuya (Professor)  

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.

Mail: maeshiro@slis  [More detailed information]

TOSHIMORI Atsushi (Professor)  Best Faculty Member 2019 (Social contribution and university administration)

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.

Mail: tosimori@slis  [More detailed information]

YOSHIKANE Fuyuki (Professor)  

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.

Mail: fuyuki@slis  [More detailed information]

MATSUBARA Masaki (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Cognitive Science, Kansei Engineering, Embodied Knowledge and Artistic Expression

How can we hone our skills and sensibilities in the arts such as music, art, dance, drama, Sado (Japanese tea ceremony), and Kyudo (Japanese archery)? And how can we support their learning through interaction with AI? I am interested in embodied knowledge in the arts, and artistic expression to refine physical skills. In particular, I am focusing on the cognitive aspects of embodiment, and working on cognitive interaction design that promotes the acquisition of new perspectives and awareness of one's own way of being.

Mail: masaki@slis  [More detailed information]

TERUYAMA Junko (Associate Professor)  Chief, Knowledge Sciences Course

Theme : Cultural Anthropology and 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.  

Mail: teruyama@slis  [More detailed information]

TSUJI Keita (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Book Recommendation, 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.

Mail: keita@slis  [More detailed information]

YE Shaoyu (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Construction of Social Networks via different Media Usages and Influence of Media Usage on Interpersonal Communication

Recently, usages of LINE and Facebook have become more and  more prevalent. They can not only be used as social media to unspecific  persons, but also can be used as a tool to communicate with “specific  contact person.” My research mainly aims to clarify how these usages,  compared to voice calls and traditional CMC such as email, relate to  their construction of social networks and interpersonal relationships  with others. In addition, my research also focuses on whether these  relationships would be different or not due to user’s personality  traits, and so on.

Mail: shaoyu@slis  [More detailed information]

YOKOYAMA Mikiko (Associate Professor)  

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”.

Mail: mikiko@slis  [More detailed information]

YU Haitao (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Intelligent Information Science and 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.

Mail: yuhaitao@slis  [More detailed information]

MATSUBAYASHI Mamiko (Assistant Professor)  

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).

Mail: mamiko@slis  [More detailed information]

TERACHI Minako (Assistant Professor)  

Theme : Visual Media, Technography of Media, Media Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies

Using fieldwork, I have been clarifying the people's reception of television in 1950s’ rural areas, when television appeared as a brand-new visual media. In order to consider the future of media and information acquisition, I am now researching for the modern visual media and devices such as smart phones, tablets, large screens, and projections. This research consists of multiple perspectives including the content, the technology, and the legal system. 

Mail: minakota@slis  [More detailed information]

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