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Advanced Web Application Laboratory (AWALab.)

Date of establishment: April 1, 2009
Director: Jun Murai
Contact: hagino[at]sfc.keio.ac.jp


This laboratory will conduct research on advanced Web applications based on prevalent Web technology infrastructure in order to build a Web-based business infrastructure currently unavailable anywhere in the world. We will identify the needs for unprecedented services not offered in any country, and research the technical elements, or seeds, and applications that will fulfill those needs. Our research will target high-speed Internet environments and the advanced Internet environments for mobile usage, both characteristic of the Japanese market.

In researching seeds, we will focus primarily on Japanese businesses but also form collaborations with businesses in Asia, Europe, and the United States. As part of an effort to contribute internationally, we will propose some of our findings as international standards by working with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standardization body for Web technology. Our applied research will attempt to build a business infrastructure by collaborating with businesses and discuss its development and applications.

Although Web technology originally spawned from IT devices such as PCs, its entry into the mobile phone market has led to its further development into a technology now harnessed by individual devices. Much attention is being directed to Web applications involving personal devices such as audio and visual entertainment products, home appliances, and healthcare devices. Given Japan's wealth of electronics manufacturers and one of the world's most advanced Web usage environments, it is Keio University's intent that this research develop into a core organizational foundation supportive of cooperatives between industry and education.

Research activity plan

  1. Advanced research
    1. Base research

    2. Applied research

  2. Joint research
    1. Web applications for home appliances

    2. Web applications for healthcare devices

    3. Applications of semantic web technology

    4. Business model of open mobile web platform

  3. Standardization
    1. Assessment study of W3C standardization technology

    2. Collaborative technical research with Japanese standardization bodies

    3. Study for R&D strategy utilizing standardization


Name Affiliation
o Jun Murai Dean/Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Jiro Kokuryo Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Tatsuya Hagino Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Takeshi Natsuno Guest Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Masao Isshiki Project Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Smith Michael Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Kazuyuki Ashimura Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Yoshiaki Fukami Senior Visiting Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC
Hiroto Yahagi Doctor Course Student, Graduate School of Media and Governence