Knowledge Sciences Course

GOTO Yoshihiro (Professor)  

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 : Data Science, High Performance Computing, Numerical Linear Algebra

If two solvers can solve the same problem, then the fast solver is good. Then if two solvers have the same speed, then the accurate solver is good. Again if two solvers have the same speed and accuracy, then the solver that can solve a large problem is good. High Performance Computing is a technology which utilizes a given computing environment. It includes mathematical understanding of problems and algorithms, precise understanding of computer, choice of numerical tools, intuition, etc. Knowledge about evaluation is also important. This is one of Data Sciences.

NAKAYAMA Shin-ichi (Professor)  

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.

TOSHIMORI Atsushi (Professor)  Chair, College of Knowledge and Library Sciences; 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.

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.

JOHO Hideo (Associate Professor)  

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.

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.

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.

YOKOYAMA Mikiko (Associate Professor)  Chief, Knowledge Sciences Course

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”.

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).

SANNAMI Chihomi (Assistant Professor)  

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.

OSAWA Fumito (Assistant Professor)  

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.

TERUYAMA Junko (Assistant Professor)  

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.  

YE Shaoyu (Assistant Professor)  

Theme : Construction of Social Networks via different Media Usages, 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.

YU Haitao (Assistant Professor)  

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.

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