Department of Interdisciplinary Informatics
Faculty of Department of Interdisciplinary Informatics
Professor ABE Kota
Distributed algorithms, distributed data structures, and infrastructure software for distributed systems
A distributed system is a system in which multiple computers connected by a network provide some kind of service. Distributed systems use distributed algorithms, which are algorithms that simultaneously run on multiple computers while communicating with each other. In our laboratory, we are studying distributed algorithms and infrastructure software for distributed systems.
Distributed data structures
Professor ISHIBASHI Hayato
Research on secure and user-friendly information infrastructures
Information infrastructure, that is, information networks such as the Internet and various services provided on them, are essential for our daily lives and have become indispensable to our society. However, it is not easy to ensure the secure and reliable operations of increasingly enormous and complex information infrastructures. Therefore, we focus on the architecture, operations, and management of information infrastructure, aiming to develop their security and robustness along with user-friendliness.
Professor IZUMI Masao
Recognition and identification methods of human action and environment from video images
We are conducting research to systematize various applications by combining image/video processing and 3D information reconstruction. And trying to widen the range s of applications by recognizing human action, understanding the environment, and systematizing it in combination with VR and AR.
Professor IWAMURA Koji
Optimization of production plan and forecast of order volume for production systems
Advanced production systems (factories) are necessary in order to manufacture products more cheaply, quickly, and with higher quality than other companies in the global competitive environment.
My topics of research are methodologies for production plans to operate production systems efficiently by using mathematical optimization and simulation. I also research methodologies for forecasting the order volume of production systems by using time series models and artificial intelligence, based on POS data at retail stores.
Professor OHTA Masaya
Development of software and hardware for information and communication systems
The first is research on the next generation communication systems 6G and IoT, where we are studying modulation and demodulation algorithms and circuit implementation techniques for transmitting large amounts of data at higher speeds. The second is research on image recognition, where we are developing a high-performance picking system for logistics using artificial intelligence, and the third is research on educational systems using augmented reality, where we are developing an AR tool that allows anyone to easily conduct experiments on electricity and information.
Information and communication
Artificial intelligence (AI)
Augmented reality (AR)
Professor SUGANO Masashi
Propose methods and applications to build an intelligent environment by utilizing data collected through sensing.
I am researching methods for realizing the Internet of Things (IoT), which uses sensor networks to connect all kinds of things to a network and utilize the sensed data, and applications for utilizing the collected data in fields such as medicine and education. In particular, I am interested in rehabilitation that combines VR (Virtual Reality) and sensors, and the use of data to realize smart cities.
IoT (Internet of Things)
Professor SETA Kazuhisa
Developing "intelligent systems" to amplify "human intelligence"
I am researching technologies that aim to support learning of higher-order thinking skills. I am interested in those areas where the subject matter is not clearly defined, such as in math or science, but is vague and latent. I believe that it is important for both humans and computers to look at what we are processing from a higher level viewpoints and understand why it is working the way it is, so from this perspective I am trying to develop Intelligent Systems to amplify Human Intelligence.
Learning support for thinking skills
Intelligent learning support systems
Professor NAKASHIMA Tomoharu
Development and application of intelligent systems
My research interests center around the development and application of intelligent systems such as machine learning and soft computing. I am also interested in the application of the intelligent systems to real-world problems such as health care, social welfare, and industry.
Professor MAJIMA Yukie
Making tacit knowledge explicit of nursing skills and development of a learning support system for training nursing art skills
We are working on the development of a learning support system that visualizes and formalizes the "prowess" of skilled nurses in nursing techniques so that anyone can acquire skilled techniques. For visualization, we use sensors and devices for measurement and analysis. The analyzed data is processed into formal knowledge that can be easily understood by learners. Our goal is to create a learning support system that will motivate students to learn, increase their learning efficiency in a fun way, and nourish their humanity.
Nursing system engineering
Educational information system
Professor MIYAMOTO Takao
Information security, information systems engineering, information networks
We are researching information security, including the development of operation management systems to efficiently monitor multiple network devices and numerous information systems, and also theunauthorized intrusions detection into information systems.
Information systems engineering
Professor MURAKAMI Harumi
(1) Records of Personal Lives, (2) Information Retrieval in Libraries
By recording personal lives (accumulating information related to people), I am conducting research to support “understanding people (self and others)” and “life (living well)” from the perspective of informatics. My research focuses on extraction and organization of information (text) as well as web intelligence and lifelogs. My academic fields span computer science, library and information science, and cognitive science/psychology.
Professor MORITA Hiroyuki
Applied research on data science
My research interests focus on social data science. The field includes various data such as POS data collected at retail stores and person trip data. Therefore, it is necessary to utilize better methods depending on the type and characteristics of the data and the purpose required. I have been engaging in effective research in society by developing optimal methods while focusing on practicality.
Professor WATANABE Shinji
Evaluation of information technology and its application to economics and business
We are researching the application of information technology to economics and business. We use data science methods to analyze the success factors of DX (Digital Transformation) using blockchain technology and Al, patents, information system evaluation, and business models. We are also analyzing the application of information technology to entertainment and sports.
Information systems evaluation
Associate Professor AOKI Shigeki
Research on the development and operation of information systems and information security
We develop various information systems used by students and faculty members on campus. We research methods for planning, constructing and operating safe and secure information systems. In addition, we research methods for analyzing information stored in the information systems by applying pattern recognition technology.
Information systems engineering
Associate Professor UESUGI Tokuteru
Design of new materials, optimization of processes, and automation of measurements using materials informatics
Efforts to utilize large amounts of data related to materials engineering are called materials informatics. Our research focuses on designing new materials, optimizing material manufacturing processes, and automating material measurements. We are developing methods to reduce the cost of materials development by using first-principles data and machine learning, systems to optimize factors in the manufacturing process that affect material properties, and artificial intelligence to automatically analyze metallographic images.
Associate Professor ONISHI Katsumi
Research on the efficient use of computers in a network environment
Our research focuses on combinatorial optimization problems, such as the problem of finding an efficient route for a salesperson to visit a destination, and on finding an appropriate solution more quickly by efficiently using multiple computers. Our goal is to make it easy for those who need to handle optimization problems by using an environment that is widely available and easy to obtain, rather than a dedicated environment that is expensive and requires special skills for use.
Research on the efficient use of computers in a network environment
Computational resource management and operation
Associate Professor KOJIMA Atsuhiro
Development of educational information systems and databases for digital humanities
We are developing systems for creating effective video teaching materials with teacher avatars using 3DCG and VR, and a system for conducting psychological experiments which enables many subjects to use simultaneously by server-based tablet applications. In addition, we have developed "Nakao Sasuke Slide Database", a database on digital humanities fields which makes it possible to search academic photographic images from a map.
Educational information systems
Databases for digital humanities
Associate Professor SAGA Ryosuke
Development of technologies for data utilization and social implementation
We are researching methods for data utilization and methods for deploying them as systems. Depending on the environment, we select technologies using the latest artificial intelligence as well as classical methods, and create a total design that takes into account the final social implementation. For example, we are developing a recommender system for online shopping, extracting cause-and-effect relationships and reasoning from text to evaluate services, and visualizing information to help understand large-scale data.
Management information systems
Associate Professor NAGATA Yoshikatsu
Integration of historical information on a spatial information system and analysis of regional diversity
Modern life is present on the historical background of local communities. Spatial information on past events, place names that reflect the original natural and social environment, and the history of communities including the migration of residents compose important units for an integrated spatio-temporal information system to contribute to understanding and respect to regional diversity. This research aims to build a spatial information infrastructure to be passed on to the next generation.
Spatial information system
Associate Professor HAYASHI Yuki
Intelligent interaction support for advanced intellectual activities
Our modern society is filled with complex issues that cannot be solved by one person. The focus of my research is to propose learning support systems that foster learners' advanced skills to face out the complex issues. For example, we are analyzing and modeling learning activities such as critical thinking, collaborative problem solving and metacognition, and developing intelligent learning support systems as "training wheels" to enhance the target skills.
Intelligent learning support system
Multiparty multimodal interaction
Metacognitive learning support
Creative activity support
Associate Professor HIRABAYASHI Naoki
Development of efficient and flexible design and operation methods for production systems
We are working on the development of various production management methods. In particular, we are studying real-time production scheduling methods for efficient and flexible production in uncertain environments, and facility layout methods to decrease material handling costs dynamically.
Real-time production scheduling
Associate Professor MASUDA Seiko
Creating livable communities for all people through the use of information and communication technologies
Together with health and welfare professionals, we are conducting research on the practical application of local information. We are also engaged in research on dementia education using robots and other means, with the aim of creating communities where people can continue to live even if they suffer from dementia.
Research on dementia education
Information education for health and welfare professionals
Associate Professor MORINAGA Eiji
Development of an integrated optimization methodology for production systems in a broad sense
In the future, it will be even more important to view everything as a "system" and pursue the integrated optimization of the entire system, rather than the individual optimization of its components. From this point of view, I am working on the construction of methodologies for the design, analysis, control, operation, and management of systems from the perspective of design and production in the broad sense.
Computer-aided conceptual design
Integrated design of production systems
Autonomous and distributed production management
Associate Professor YANAGIMOTO Hidekazu
Research and development of knowledge processing systems
As the Internet becomes more and more common, a wide variety of content such as linguistic data, images, videos, and numerical data are being distributed. There is an increasing need to smoothly process the knowledge required by users from such diverse large-scale data. In our laboratory, we use the latest technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning to realize data analysis based on the structure behind the data through intelligent information processing, and to apply these technologies to a wide range of real-world applications.
Natural language processing
Associate Professor YOSHIDA Daisuke
Application of geospatial information to disaster prevention and mitigation, infrastructure maintenance and management, etc.
In cooperation with local governments (especially Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City) and private companies, we are researching methods to efficiently and safely maintain and manage various urban infrastructures, such as bridges and seawalls, by using ICT such as drones and geographic information systems (GIS).
Geographic information system (GIS)
Global navigation satellite system (GNSS)
Disaster prevention and mitigation
Lecturer KUSUNOKI Yoshifumi
Development of data analysis methods based on mathematical modeling techniques
Data analysis techniques, which are used in a wide variety of fields and organizations, are required to be diversified and sophisticated. On the other hand, modeling techniques and algorithms based on mathematical optimization have been studied to solve various problems in society. These techniques are also effective in developing advanced data analysis methods. The goal of this project is to propose new approaches to data analysis, artificial intelligence, and decision aiding using the techniques of mathematical optimization.