Educational and research activities

The Graduate School of System Design and Management (Keio SDM) collaborates with a number of international universities in a wide range of educational and research activities.

Establishment of system design and management studies

Keio SDM worked in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) to develop pedagogical methods for system design and management studies, and we continue to work together on the implementation and improvement of Design Project. These approaches help to enrich society by combining the strengths of the individual universities; design thinking at Stanford University, systems engineering at MIT, and the fusion of science and letters at Keio SDM. Students at the schools use what they've learned to develop and implement new services and systems.

Collaboration with Delft University of Technology

In October 2009, Keio SDM signed a partnership agreement with the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), under which we collaborate on education and research. The signing took place on the Hiyoshi Campus and was attended by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. Workshops have been held on the Hiyoshi Campus and Delft Campus in October 2009 and May 2010, and the universities made arrangements to exchange students, conduct joint research, and work together on education and research in systems engineering. The video conferences we conduct regularly contribute toward these goals. TU Delft was the first of our partner universities with whom we exchanged students. Each year, around five students spend a semester at the other institution. Keio SDM will jointly sponsor a workshop and provide other forms of cooperation at the annual CESUN meeting in June 2012 that is hosted by TU Delft TPM.

Mutual comparison of safety culture evaluation approaches at large-scale plants in Japan and France

Keio SDM and the National Institute of Applied Science Toulouse (INSA Toulouse) in France have begun a joint research project on safety culture evaluation approaches that examines systems and organizations at large-scale plants with significant latent risks. The research focuses on oil refineries and compares methodologies and points of emphasis in the two countries. Its goal is to advance and improve techniques in this area.

IMS2020 project of the EU/IF7 program

Keio SDM participates in the IMS2020 project of the EU/IF7 program and is involved in the creation of a roadmap for the development of sustainable manufacturing systems. The IMS2020 project is led by the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politechnic University of Milan (Polimi) in Italy and involves 15 leading research and educational institutions around the world, including the BWI (Center for Industrial Management) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

Robotics research with University of British Columbia (Canada)

Keio SDM has sent guest researchers to the "Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory" (CARIS) led by Dr. Croft in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of British Columbia. The researchers conduct experiments and analysis on biometrics and kinesiology at the CARIS Laboratory.