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Overview

Conducting advanced research and using the results for the benefit of society.

In keeping with the philosophy of Keio University, we always strive to be at the leading edge of learning and research. We believe that being at the forefront of advanced research is essential to support SFC's problem identification/problem solving style of education. As part of the social responsibility of our university, the Keio Research Institute at SFC conducts cutting-edge research; promotes the revitalization and modernization of universities; and contributes back to society through research results. The Keio Research Institute at SFC has the following functions in order to conduct innovative research and to contribute to the development of society through cooperation across different scientific fields.

  • Promotion of joint-research and investigation with Japanese and overseas organizations as well as contract researchers
  • Providing an interfaculty research environment as well as performing research and development into environments that support education
  • Nurturing researchers and experts including support for learning and research by students
  • Encouraging education and interchange for the development of the local community
  • Promoting publication and practical utilization of research results

Background of the Research Institute

Keio University established the Shonan-Fujisawa Campus (SFC) in 1990 with two faculties: Policy Management and Environmental Information(*). SFC is based on an innovative concept that reorganizes existing research results to offer flexible opportunities for researchers and educators so they can cope with the ever-changing environment of information technology.

In 1991, the Policy Management Laboratory, the Environmental Information(*) Laboratory and the Language Communication Laboratory were established as affiliated laboratories. In 1994, the Graduate School of Media and Governance Master's course was established followed by a Doctoral course in 1996. In July 1996, the three laboratories were combined to form the Keio Research Institute at SFC affiliated with the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance, the faculties of Policy Management and the faculties of Environmental Information.(*) Since April 2013, the Keio Research Institute at SFC is affiliated with the Graduate School of Media and Governance , the Graduate School of Health Management, the faculties of Policy Management, and the faculties of Environment and Information.

(*) Renamed to "Faculty of Environment and Information Studies" in 2007

HISTORY

1990The Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environmental Information(*) were established at Shonan-Fujisawa Campus (SFC).
1991The Policy Management Laboratory, the Environmental Information(*) Laboratory and the Language Communication Laboratory were established.
1994The Graduate School of Media and Governance Master's course began. Keio University Shonan-Fujisawa Research Cooperative Consortium (SFC Research Consortium) was also established.
1996The Graduate School of Media and Governance Doctoral course was established and the three laboratories were combined to form the Keio Research Institute at SFC.
2000Construction of two research buildings, the Delta building and the Nu building with a total floor area of 3,500m2, were completed.
Nu building Delta building
2001Laboratories were established in the Keio Research Institute at SFC (the laboratory system begins.)
2002Researchers from The Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care joined KRIS.
2013Researchers from Graduate School of Health Management joined KRIS.

(*) Renamed to "Faculty of Environment and Information Studies" in 2007

Organization

The members of the Keio Research Institute at SFC include the chief, sub-chief, personnel, senior researchers and researchers. Workers, senior researchers and researchers consist mainly of SFC teaching personnel and other researchers from Japan and abroad. They are engaged in planning, proposals, evaluation and conducting projects at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. Many people from private businesses, laboratories, governments and other public offices, municipalities and other universities are actively engaged in research activities at the Keio Research Institute at SFC as senior researchers and researchers.

In addition, personnel, senior researchers and researchers that are working in the same research field have organized laboratories and are engaged in research activities. Currently, there are several laboratories.

Number of researchers (as of Aug 4, 2017) : 441
Personnel: 281
Senior Researchers / Researchers : 474 ( Senior Researchers - 313 / Researchers - 161 )

Established laboratories
Career Resource Laboratory
Internet Research Laboratory
Systems Biology Laboratory
Auto-ID Laboratory
Ubiquitous Computing & Communication Laboratory
Platform Design Lab
Community Collaboration Laboratory
Open Wireless Broadband Platform Laboratory
Agri-Infoscience Laboratory
AI Innovation laboratory
Japan Studies Platform Laboratory
Internet and Society Laboratory
Health Science Laboratory
Health Information Platform Laboratory
Laboratory on Innovative Research and Practices for Nursing
Laboratory of biodiversity studies
Social Fabrication Laboratory
East-West Life Science Innovation Laboratory
Sports Dynamics and Informatics Laboratory
Eco-cultural Regeneration Design Laboratory
Data management creation Laboratory
Medical Ethics & Patient Safety Laboratory
Laboratory of Islamic Studies
Social Innovation Laboratory
Case Method Laboratory
Intelligent Home LAB
Advanced Web Architecture Laboratory
Strategic Data Analysis Laboratory
Earth System Governance Shonan Fujisawa Research Centre
Value Society Platform Laboratory
Campus Emergence Laboratory
Laboratory for Drone Co-creation Society
Olympic Games Impact Study Laboratory
Yurui Communication Laboratory
Ageless Academy Lab.
Legal Design Lab
Shonan Keiiku Hospital Collaboration Laboratory
AI & Society Laboratory
Blockchain Laboratory
Running Design Laboratory
Advanced Publishing Laboratory
AOI Laboratory

World Wide Cooperation

The W3C was founded in October 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. W3C is an international industry member consortium jointly run by MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, and Keio University in Japan. Based at Keio Research Institute at SFC, W3C Keio is the host organization for Japan and Korea since September 1996.