Collaborations in Japan
Keio SDM actively collaborates with companies, research institutes, and universities in Japan and many other countries to conduct educational and research activities that seek to create systems rooted in the social values of symbiosis with the environment, safety, and security. Keio SDM established SDM Research Institute to promote design and management of systems that truly help society, in collaboration with various Japanese corporations and organizations.
Keio SDM Collaborators
Tokyo Institute of Technology, The University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, Tsukuba University, Konan University, Central Research Institute of Electric Power, International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan Ministry of Defense Maritime Staff Office, Japan Society for Safety Engineering,
Adidas Japan, Canon Machinery, Japan Fuji Xerox Co., Japan Manned Space System, Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc., IBM Japan, JFE Engineering, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Murata Machinery, NEC Corporation, NHK Computer Service Co. Ltd., Nikkei, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., The Norinchukin Bank, Onosokki, Tokyo Gas Company, NTT Communications, NTT Data, SUMCO, THK, Stanley Electric Co. Ltd., Sony Corporation, Railway Technical Research Institute, The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Toyota Motor Corporation, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Toshiba Corporation, Toyota Central R&D Labs Ltd., and others.
SDM offers educational programs geared to a wide range of needs and requirements, including lectures and classes co-sponsored with companies. Below is one example.
Systems Engineering Education
The Keio JAXA Seminars composed of lectures and exercises on Systems Engineering (SE) were held again in 2011 within the general agreement with Keio University and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Five courses were offered from June to October.
June 13 – SE introductory course
An overview of Systems Engineering (introduction, system design, integration, and validation) was offered for those curious to learn about what SE entails.
September 8-9 SE basic course for those new to the discipline
The lectures covered logical thinking and its application as the basis of system thinking, the explanation of the big picture of SE, and a group exercise on the implementation of the SE process. The seminar ended with the latest SE topic, the US Department of Defense Architecture Framework.
September 29-30 Project Management (PM) beginners course
Lecturer Yoshiyuki Takahashi, who has extensive corporate PM experience, shared his knowledge on PM through practical exercises. He explained tips and important points based on his experience. Participants learned practical and effective PM methods.
October 11-12 SE intermediate course A
Lectures by four SDM professors covered basic SE as well as its application for automobile development, business process engineering, safety design, and risk response planning.
October 27-28 SE intermediate course B
Professor Heintz Stoewer, a leading expert in aerospace engineering, shared his experience in the space exploration business in Europe and the US. He also explained why the Hayabusa project, about which a movie has been made, was successful from his perspective.
Collaboration with companies in the Design Project program
Each year the Design Project publicly solicits proposals for projects that address real-life problems in specific thematic areas.
In 2011, 14 companies (proposers) offered projects related to the theme of “Symbiosis and Synergy”. The projects include energy-saving issues from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, such as energy-saving methods that utilize social media. Other projects involved food, art, tourism, and community.
People involved with the projects at proposer companies work together with their teams to provide information and collaborate on solutions during the six-month period leading up to the final reporting session in December. During this time period, there are a total of five workshops, followed by receptions for more personal-level interaction.