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Systems Engineering for a High-tech Society
(Shinichiro Haruyama, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
One can feel that winter is around the corner as the year comes to an end and the beautiful yellow leaves of ginkgo boulevard trees begin to fall.
In order to halt the status quo, Keio SDM is nurturing human resources who can see the forest through its publications, courses and research activities. We continue our educational research by placing particular importance on the design and verification of architecture that keeps the entire system in view, on design thinking that generates innovative ideas and on the management required for executing these aspects.
1. Keio SDM Extension Lecture: "Positive Workshop for Nurturing Happiness"2. The Customary OPEN KiDS (third session in 2014)3. "Management of the Future: People-Centered Management and Leadership"4. Visit to Nishijima CorporationLaboratory Profile: The Laboratory for International Politico-Economic Systems
Thoughts on the Western "Vision"
(Hidekazu Nishimura, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
OMG Japan held the Industrial Internet Symposium on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. At the symposium, information was exchanged on the Industrial Internet Consortium (hereafter referred to as "IIC") of the US and the Industry 4.0 of Germany.
When you read documents related to these topics, you will notice that all of them are based upon systems engineering and that Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is required because the systems that they target are extremely complex and large scale. At the INCOSE International Symposium 2014 held in July, a vision toward 2025 titled "INCOSE SE Vision 2025" was presented. This document is also available for those who are not INCOSE members and I strongly recommend you read it, as it clearly lays out their plan of developing new systems with a technological approach in order to maximize values for systems of systems in which the natural environment, communities, and economies interrelate with systems that they target. The role that systems engineering should play in realizing such a vision is going to be considerably significant. It will play a role of informing policymakers of the need to introduce new systems. According to the lectures given at the above-mentioned symposium, a large-scale Dutch company which makes semiconductor manufacturing devices has already begun its preparation to move in the direction indicated by the Industry 4.0. It is going to be extremely important for so-called "product lifecycle management" to be integrated with upstream system development. In doing so, the existence of a "model" consistent with the substance of products will be crucial. My task would be to make sure that we will not be left behind the Western vision, as such.
1. The Second Open KiDS: "Design Workshop for Innovation Generation"2. Social Design and Innovation in Regions3. Keio SDM Extension Lecture: "Think Japan's Social Design with an Eye Toward 2020"4. Reports on the Seventh Workshop for the New Energy Utilization and Sustainable Society Research Program5. Keio SDM Holds Ideathon: G Space Future Design Project6. The First Half of the Project Design Camp7. NE Academy: Introduction to Model-based Systems EngineeringColumn: With an Eye toward an Easy Optical Transmission of Super High Resolution VideoEnergy Management in Low Carbon SocietyLaboratory Profile: Sports Design Management Laboratory
Is prevailing orthodoxy true?
(Masaru Nakano, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
Qualitative theory which overturns the prevailing orthodoxy is receiving attention particularly in the study of business administration.
At Keio SDM we are developing a management education program which integrates design games and business games (serious games). This year we have been organizing related classes and seminars for Keio students together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). Many exchange students also attend the classes and seminars as they are conducted in English, creating a platform for international education. In the future, we plan to expand the educational program so that it can also cater to working professionals. In so doing, we plan to introduce idea generation which enables participants to learn to reverse common beliefs as mentioned above. We will also utilize serious games so that participants can learn while having fun in groups.
1. The Second Seminar on Agriculture, Rural Areas and Local Revitalization ends on a high note2. The Time Management Special Course to master the "8 skills to shorten delivery time"3. Japan-US Joint Team (in which Keio SDM students played a central role) wins first prize at the International Student Contest-Design for Human Exploration of Mars4. The Keio SDM Faculty Camp5. Information session for the Project Design Camp6. The AGRI (Agricultural) Laboratory visits Obuse Town in Nagano Prefecture7. The symposium for "Koto" Monozukuri ("creation of matters and things"):
Issues and Measures of Japanese Companies Concerning Innovation Generation8. The Lecture on "New Trends of Business Management"9. The Japan Creativity Society's award ceremony10. The Conversation Experiment Project for the Robot Astronaut "Kirobo" which Keio SDM helped developed receives the Good Design AwardColumn: The need for third-party institutions providing reassurance and safetyLocation Information Big DataLaboratory Profile: VSE Center (Japanese VSE Center)
Design Abilities in Projects
(Tetsuya Toma, Associate Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
Late summer greeting from Keio SDM! The nip of fall is in the air. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters of our educational and research activities.
1. Workshop:"Experiencing SDM Workshop Designed by Students
(Seeing and Hearing is not Sufficient. Let's Experience SDM Workshop!)"2. Extension Lecture by Ms. Akiko Suzuki, "System Design and Management for Late-Blooming Power: Detour Generates Power"3. Extension Lecture by Ms. Miyako Tanaka-Oulevey,"The Skills to Deal with Stress Introduced by Top Athletes-Coping Skills Enable to Live a Positive Life-"4. Reports on International Symposium by INCOSE5. The Extension Lecture by Mr. Takeshi Uchiyamada and Keio SDM Information Session6. Participation in MBA EXPO TOKYO 2014 Summer Review7. Keio Systems School: "Introduction to System Thinking: Try Expressing All Objects and Things with Models"8. Best Paper Award at iDECON2014Column: New Advancement of Tele Immersion TechnologyModern History Offers a New Avenue for Tomorrow (SDM Lectures Transcripts)Laboratory Profile: The Universal Design Laboratory
SDM is a stage for discovering new self
(Ryuichi Teshima, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
My name is Ryuichi Teshima. I teach Intelligence System Theory at Keio SDM. As I worked many years as a special correspondent for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), I feel strongly as to the importance of "mid-term careers." Japanese journalists tend to decline as they experience severe competition on the ground because they fail to replenish their intelligence; it is like slash and burn agriculture.
1. The Best Paper Award at the PLM142. Keio SDM Co-Sponsors PMI Japan Forum from Sat, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 20143. The Opening of Keio SDM Obuse Social Design CenterColumn: The Visible Light Communications Association commences its activities in May 2014Systems Modeling Language, SysMLLaboratory Profile: The Local Resource Utilization Laboratory
The Power to Create a Future Filled with Hope
(Kenichi Takano, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
Looking at the recent trend of the world, I often feel that there is a big current shift in each of the social, political and economic spheres - in particular since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
1. Reports on the International Symposium: CESUN 20142. Mr. Nobuyuki Idei's Extension Lecture and SDM Information Session on Friday, June 20, 20143. Health Social Big Data Project4. KPRI Demonstrates Research Findings at the Yagami Campus Tour Organized for the 75-year anniversary of the Faculty of Science & Technology of Keio University5. Location Business Japan (LBJ) 2014Column: Report on the OMG Technical Meeting in Boston: Thoughts after participating for the first timeSystems Approach for Business EngineeringLaboratory Profile: Social Design Center (SDC)
From Systematizing Innovation Generation Activities to Concept Engineering
(Seiko Shirasaka, Associate Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
In the 2013 academic year, we attempted to systematize activities for innovation generation based on system x design thinking, which Keio SDM has been researching and educating. Special focus was placed on leveraging diversity in order to systematize workshop designs for the purpose of gaining collective wisdom.
1. Keio SDM Professor Tomohiko Taniguchi's Lecture at the Keio SDM Information Session2. "Introduction to Collaborative Creation with System x Design Thinking (Introductory Workshop)"3. The Systems Engineering Center: SysML & MBSE Tutorial - Introduction to Agile MBSE Utilizing SysML4. The Future Session: "The Future of Sports Careers in Japan 2020" on Sunday, June 8Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological WorldLaboratory Profile: Mobility Systems Management Center
From Keio SDM to Tokyo 2020
(Naohiko Kohtake, Associate Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
It was decided at IOC's 123rd General Meeting in September 2013 at Buenos Aires that the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics would be held in Tokyo. It will have been 56 years since a summer Olympics was last held in Japan, and it will have been 22 years since the Nagano Olympics.
1. Keio SDM's Information Session on April 192. Introductory Camp: April 11-133. Symposium on Big Data Innovation on March 174. Keio SDM's Interaction Session on April 195. Signing of Cooperation Agreements with MIT and University of CopenhagenChange the World with System x Design Thinking - "How to Innovate" by Keio SDMLaboratory Profile: AGRI (Agricultural Laboratory)
Greetings on the Occasion of Joining SDM
(Tomohiko Taniguchi, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
Since the day I made my first cry in Takamatsu, Kagawa, I have moved 25 times, worked at seven different places and have changed jobs six times. I am now 56 and have 33 years of work experience. If I exclude the 20 years that I worked for "Nikkei Business", I changed jobs every five years and on average moved every 2.2 years.
There is a saying: "Once a journalist, always a journalist." This is probably true for me, as I believe that what I have been doing all this time is showing others the different ways in which events can be interpreted, by analyzing events in an historical context on the vertical axis and according to geopolitics on the horizontal axis. Now that I have been given a chance to join a faculty consisting of progressive spirits, I will continue my pursuits in this manner. No economic phenomenon is independent of politics and power is never free from economic interests. In principle, systems cannot be interpreted without analyzing the history behind them, including the judgment as to whether they are rational or irrational. At Keio SDM, I will strive to move freely between these two seemingly different approaches and hope that my students will share this experience with me.
Management consists of leadership and followership. If management is a technique with which to provide positive incentives to a large number of people, it is essential that leaders who want to be exceptional and followers who want to generate and implement excellent incentive structures have the intellectual reflexes that will allow them to move freely between two or more things. It is my aim to do the best I can to help nurture such reflexes. In addition to my role at Keio SDM, I will be working on a series of ad-hoc special assignments for Prime Minister Abe. My talents, if you will, are the following two things: I can cut out sleeping and my motivation age does not increase contrary to my physical age. I will do the best I can while relying on these strengths that are, frankly, not worth boasting about.
(Makoto Ioki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
My name is Makoto Ioki. I joined Keio SDM as a faculty member in April 2014. I worked on space systems for 27 years at a private firm. There, I was directly involved in the entire life cycle of satellite systems, from the conceptual phase to the detailed design, manufacturing, testing and finally operation following launching.
Building on my experience in space systems, I will be pursuing a means of abstracting this knowledge, thereby linking it to new methods and ways of thinking that are independent of established sectors and fields. I also want to research how the validity and appropriateness of such an approach should be evaluated. Specifically, I am keen to discover the process - how a concept evolves from the initial stage of its lifecycle to a final output - by applying a range of existing research methods.
Systems engineering has been established as a method by inductively analyzing findings from a number of different cases. In order to apply this particular method to actual cases, a deductive approach is needed; thus, it is necessary to keep in mind the organic mutual relationship between induction and deduction. Additionally, in order to "see the forest for the trees", one needs to be able to move freely between concrete thinking and abstraction, while keeping multiple perspectives in mind. I believe the key to linking theory to reality is not only about distinguishing opposite concepts from one another, but also by embracing the whole. It is therefore that I apply myself with renewed determination toward Keio SDM's goal - finding solutions to society's problems from within a broad range of perspectives, on spatial and semantic scales, as well as on time scale.
1. Commencement of the Academic Year 2013/14 for March Graduates2. The Second Annual Conference of the Innovation Education Academic Society3. PMP® Exam Preparation Course Offered in March and April4. Workshop: "The Sixth New Energy Utilization and Sustainable Society Research Program"5. Signing of Cooperation Agreements with MIT and University of Copenhagen6. "The First Seminar on Agriculture, Rural Area and Local Revitalization"7. Nakatani, Visiting Researcher, Reveals the "Function of Skin Sensor for Soft Touch"Laboratory Profile: Lab profiles do not appear in this issue.
Thoughts Prior to Leaving Keio SDM
(Shoichi Sasaki, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
I joined Keio SDM when it was founded in April 2008 and am finishing my term this March. During the six years that I have been with Keio SDM, I taught courses on systems engineering, dependable systems, electronic system safety and others while supervising Master students' research.
At first, I was not entirely sure whether the methods of systems engineering could be applied to social designs. However, eventually I came to understand the importance of incorporating social systems through teaching. In other words, I realized that systems engineering has limitations, because it only targets technical systems. As I changed my work from being an engineer at an automobile company to a faculty member at a university, I began to understand the important role of a university within a society: to help indicate in what way society and its technologies should be developed and to provide the means for achieving this. I greatly enjoyed the intellectual excitement at Keio SDM; many pioneering activities are carried out here. The six years I spent at Keio SDM went by in the blink of an eye. I will continue my research and remain close to Keio SDM. Please do not be a stranger and say hi when you see me around!
This will be my last article in the SDM newsletter as I will be leaving Keio to begin a new job from April 1st , 2014. I would like to thank all of those in SDM as well as its supporters who have made my three years experience there very rich and rewarding. Looking back, I think I have really learned as much as I have taught at SDM.
Before coming here, I never imagined I would be giving academic advice on research about systems involving automotive supply-chains, satellite signals, happiness and personal breakthroughs, traditional Tohoku dance, fruit and vegetable display designs. All of these are some of the few master's dissertations I had the pleasure of listening to and assessing. Those back to back 10-hour days (from 9 in the morning to 7 at night) of listening to presentations by master and doctor students were one of the most physically exhausting experiences at Keio SDM. But looking back, it was also a very rewarding opportunity to hear cutting edge research presentations from all sorts of domains.
I also learned much from giving social science methods and political science classes to students who did not necessarily have prior background in these disciplines. Teaching these courses forced me to distil key concepts and data most important and useful for a lay audience. The feedback and questions about politics from mature students of various professional backgrounds in my classes was very stimulating as well.
Although I will be focusing more closely on my own specialty, both in teaching and research, in Kansai, I hope to bring with me many of the valuable lessons learned at SDM. I look forward to watching and contributing to SDMs future success as it soars to new heights of innovation in research and education. Good luck SDM!
1. Keio Innovative Design School Extension Lecture: "What Does It Take To Create a Happy Society"2. Keio SDM & TU Delft TPM's Collaborative Extension Lecture: "Metropolis Revolution - From European Viewpoints" on Tuesday, February 25, 20143. Final Lecture by Professor Shoichi Sasaki4. New Publication: Change the World with System x Design Thinking - "How to Innovate" by Keio SDM5. The Agriculture Laboratory in a New Book, Let's Become Happy with Agriculture in Rural TownsLaboratory Profile: Smart System Design Laboratory
The Olympics and System Design
(Tetsuro Ogi, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
I am writing this article as the Sochi Olympics begin. When I watch the Olympic Games live on TV, I tend to look for the various new technologies and systems that are behind the stage while I cheer for Japanese athletes.
In fact, a number of large-scale and complex systems operate during the Olympics, such as video systems relaying the opening ceremony, results systems transmitting real-time game results on TV and the internet, information delivery systems for smart phones and ticket sales management systems. These systems operate for only a few weeks during the Olympics. Nevertheless, no error or failure is tolerated, as the entire world is watching. The reliability of the systems is, therefore, an extremely critical issue. In order for the Olympics to be successful, there are other systems, besides information systems, that are equally critical, such as facilities and infrastructures supporting the transportation as well as accommodation and guidance for the audience.
When the Tokyo Olympics were held in 1964, a number of new technologies and systems were introduced: transportation infrastructures like shinkansen ("bullet trains") and highways, televisions for homes and newly-developed real-time computer systems. Although it is not widely known, the pictograms which are commonly used for toilet signs today were first introduced to guide foreigners at the time of the Tokyo Olympics. It has been decided that Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics. As part of the preparations, different systems of new technologies are being explored, including cloud computing, 8K imaging and augmented reality (AR). While I hope to see the development of athletes for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, I also look forward to the development of various Omotenashi ("spirit of Japanese hospitality") systems that are particular to Japan.
1. Heated Dialogue: "Public Philosophy x System Design and Management--Design Peace for the 21st Century"2. Symposium to Commemorate the Publication of the Japanese Version of Engineering Systems3. Seminar to Report on "the Inter-University International Education Program: Human Resource Development for the Utilization of Space Infrastructure"Laboratory Profile: Model-Driven System Development Laboratory
First Year of Management
(Takashi Maeno, Director, SDM Research Institute Dean, Graduate School of System Design and Management)
Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be a year of "management" for Keio SDM. 2012 was a year of "design", in which we focused on the Design Project and the Keio Innovative Design School ("KiDS"), while 2013 was a "system" year in which we focused on systems engineering and system thinking alongside Keio Systems School commencing its activities. This year, we will focus on SDM's third keyword, "management."
One aim is to focus on education and research related to management. We have been carrying out educational and research activities concerning management in a number of ways and on topics like project management, organizational management, system management and management of innovative new projects. I would like to see these initiatives strengthened this academic year. As part of such an attempt, we would like to bolster the activities of the Management Design Center even further. We can do this by implementing different variations for the Project Management Training that we have been conducting, as well as by hosting symposiums. We hope to contribute to various fields that involve projects.
Another aim is to strengthen management of Keio SDM itself. We have been collaborating with one another to manage Keio SDM by capitalizing on the strengths of each faculty, students and staff, and we would like to further enhance our cooperation and collaborative creation this year. In other words, it is about creating synergy, not only by furthering the strengths of each person, but also by combining each person's strength. It is how we manage "the future design of Keio SDM as a system." While making the foundation of SDM stronger, each member can pursue the world's leading education and research-I would like to see such kind of thing in the year of management. More specifically, we will endeavor to revitalize joint research among faculty members, to strengthen collaboration between classes by improving mutual understanding of main classes and to enhance cooperation for management activities. Your continued cooperation and guidance would therefore be greatly appreciated.
1. Keio SDM's Fifth Anniversary Event2. Open KiDS Special: "Workshop for Innovative Creation"3. Study Abroad Reporting SessionLaboratory Profile: Space System Laboratory