In the SDM Research Institute, professors, students, as well as internal and external researchers establish laboratories (or centers) to conduct research. There are two types of research laboratories: Faculty-specific and Trans-domain. Each supervising professor leads a faculty-specific laboratory, while Trans-domain laboratories are shared by several professors from different domains engaged in similar research themes.
For further information on the activities and members of each laboratory (center) please open the following link.

Faculty-specific research laboratories
Trans-domain research laboratories

Business Engineering Research Laboratory
Research topics
(1) System design for environment
(2) Enterprise integration and supply network
(3) Enterprise risk management
(4) Marketing and value chain analysis
(5) Management of technology development
(6) Business process reengineering

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS October 2013).pdf

Communication Design Laboratory
Research on real-time and real-size communication by Fiber-to-the Display technologies, which connect a plastic optical fiber to a large size display.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS April 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS July 2013).pdf

Comparative Political Systems Laboratory

Systems theory can be defined as the study of "a collection of multiple elements that work together". The aim of such study concerns the discovery of principles which determine/predict the outcomes, interactions, and behaviour of systems across various fields of human endeavour. The new institutionalism of political science is very much in theoretical approach and ideational scope a close relative of systems theory. The new institutionalism in political science posits that certain rules, structures, and organizations (both formal and informal) impact the behaviour of political actors and shape political outcomes. Institutionalists appreciate the inter-dynamics, hierarchy, and nested nature of institutions. This echoes systems theory in its attention to interactions between systems, the existence of subsystems, and the distinction between closed and open systems.

The holy grail of comparative institutional study has been in uncovering robust enough generalizations of various institutions so as to be able to propose real-world political engineering. The comparative institutionalist approach therefore parallels the aims of systems design and management as pursued at SDM.

The "comparative political systems" laboratory aims to study and refine the overlapping areas of methodology and practice between systems theory and comparative institutionalism in political science. In this lab, we consider past experiences of political engineering, particularly in the area of local government systems, through the perspective of system design and management.

  • Hijino

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2012).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEW July 2013).pdf

Control Systems Design and Dynamics Laboratory (Japanese only)
Safety Control Systems Design
(1) Seismic response control utilizing ICT such as real-time earthquake information
-Application to building-like structure or cranes
(2) Mobility safety control
- Occupant protection control
- Adaptive cruise control using ITS-based information
(3) Model-driven systems design
- Application of SysML to develop small satellites

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS June 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS June 2013).pdf

Human System Design Laboratory
Our goal is to understand and develop systems in relation to human beings. On the one hand, we analyze humans as systems in relation to themes from philosophy to sociology. On the other hand, we develop human-machine systems including robots and tale-operating systems. Those research projects are in relation to mechanical and information engineering.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS September 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS August 2013).pdf

The Laboratory for International Politico-Economic Systems

Understand the existence of power behind economy, economy behind politics.
Know the fictitious nature and the history of social systems.
Learn how to think "out of the box.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS December 2014).pdf

Laboratory of Organizational Management (MOBIL) (Japanese only)
Applying risk management and safety culture in huge and complex plant systems
(1) Accident prevention (Organizational aspects, culture, human factors)
(2) Motivating workers and industries (Leadership, Communication)
(3) Emerging and creating in industries (Value sharing, HRM)
(4) Developing workers' competency (Creative mind, Emotion & Sensitivity)

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS October 2009).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS March 2013).pdf

Smart System Design Laboratory

(Former Aerospace and Intelligent Systems Laboratory)
Maintaining research of interaction between physical space and virtual space as a foundation, this application will be extended widely from everyday life to outer space and aerospace. Research will be conducted with the perspective of contributing results to society and applying findings to business.
Research will cover topics such as: (1) An indoor GPS (IMES) that leverages artificial satellites; (2) Leading edge system engineering techniques for small satellites; (3) Upgrading investment information business leveraging artificial satellite data; and (4) Formal verification technology for socio-technical systems

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS November 2010)

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2013)

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS March 2014)

Intelligence System Laboratory

(Former Socio-Critical System Laboratory (SCS Lab))

Socio-critical system intelligence and crisis management by applying Architecture Vee model
The Socio-Critical System Laboratory (SCS) focuses primarily on social systems, but takes a systems engineering approach rather than traditional social systems theory. Research themes cover a broad range of issues, from the pharmaceuticals industry to architecture and construction.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS March 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2013)

Symbiotic System Design Laboratory

Creating an environmental and symbiotic society through new social and technical systems comprised of energy, agriculture, and vehicles by verifying multiple viewpoints.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS June 2013).pdf

System Design Methodology Laboratory

This laboratory aims to explore common technological domains and methodologies among several application domains by developing new methodologies based on research on methodologies related to system design and management. Together with outside partners SDM faculty members evaluate new methodologies by applying them to various application domains.  

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS March 2012).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS April 2013).pdf

Ubiquitous Communication Laboratory (Japanese only)
Communication system design for ubiquitous society
In a ubiquitous communication society, anyone can communicate with anyone anywhere. In order to realize such a society, the Ubiquitous Communication Laboratory is developing new technologies that integrate hardware, software, and communication technologies.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS July 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS September 2013).pdf

Visual Simulation Laboratory (VS-Lab) (Japanese only)
Visual Simulation, Visual Reality, Human Interface
Research to realize next generation information, communication, media system from the broader viewpoints of system design.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS January 2010)

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS August 2013)

Advanced City Design Laboratory

There is an increasing call for concept creation related to sustainable cities as we face critical issues. This laboratory studies comprehensive methodologies related to policy evaluation and makes policy recommendations using them.
This lab conducts research into comprehensive methodologies and approaches to city development with a view to: (1) visualizing issues faced by cities, such as natural disasters and aging society; (2)setting targets; and (3) making concrete proposals, such as recommendations on policies and infrastructures.

Research Themes:
(1) Design for sustainable redevelopment of new towns
(2) Redevelopment policy for concentrated areas
(3) Attractiveness analysis of advanced regional cities
(4) Sustainability assessment for the redevelopment of large cities' high-rise areas
(5) Reconstruction and city planning for the affected areas in Tohoku

The lab collaborates with partner companies to generate active discussions concerning advanced cities. We hold the seminar almost every month to discuss methodology and organize field visits and on-site interviews.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS January 2013).pdf

AGRI (Agricultural) Laboratory (Japanese only)
Execution of research, dissemination, and awareness activities relevant to region revitalization through rural-urban symbiosis
(1) Research about region revitalization by rural-urban symbiosis
- AGRI-semi held by Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management
(Besides seminars on campus, there are also agriculture observation tours, training, field research, etc. in Hokkaido)
(2) Execution of forums etc. regarding region revitalization by rural-urban symbiosis
- Forum held through collaboration between Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management and "Notokyosei Kenkyukai" (Research Committee on Rural-Urban Symbiosis) (12/1/08)
Notokyosei Kenkyukai (representative: Mikako Hayashi) is a civic group that promotes rural-urban symbiosis
(3) Activities to spread awareness and promote rural-urban symbiosis: report and book publications, media appearances, etc.
- "Nouson ni Dekakeyo (Going out to the farm villages)" by Mikako Hayashi (publisher: Jurosha; 1050 yen) released in June 2009
- Professors Maeno and Hayashi appeared on the radio program "Agriculture Island" (FM Hokkaido, 9/11/09)
(4) Miscellaneous: Farming experience and joint research at Keio SDM-contracted farms in Yuni-cho and Takikawa in Hokkaido.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS October 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2014).pdf

Architecting Laboratory

The Architecting Lab is a cross-disciplinary laboratory that investigates "architecting" as a methodology for creating system structures through literature research and original research. The methodology of architecting is used in both technology systems and social systems. By developing a theory out of the common ideas of architecting, we have a tool that can be used for the architecting of a wide range of systems. We also try to implement architecture by applying these tools.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS March 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS November 2013).pdf

Decentralization / Regionalization Research Laboratory

Many of the pressing problems facing Japan - depopulation in the regions, over-population in cities, falling international competitiveness of its economy, limits of its education, agriculture, and tourism policies, fiscal crises, and even political distrust - are linked to the over-concentration of power, wealth, and people in the nation's capital. In order to combat such problems and revitalize Japan's political economy, decentralization - in particular the creation of regional governments - is expected to be effective. How should Japan re-design its governance system in order to ensure effective accountability and local autonomy in its regions? This research laboratory focuses on these questions, looking at the distribution of authority and resources between central and local governments. It aims to work together with practitioners in the field and ultimately provide an arena of debate and potential proposals for decentralization/regionalization. One research approach will involve an analysis of the conflicts of interest between actors involved in decentralization. Another will utilize SysML (Systems Modeling Language) to map the functions and structure of local and central governments, with the goal of providing a blueprint for more effective discussion among actors on regionalization reform.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS July 2012).pdf

Entrepreneur Laboratory (Japanese only)
The students who attend this Laboratory learn and discuss a system design of starting a business.
Not just learning the common 'how-to' methods of business incubation and administrative procedures, but also the lab uses unique methods invented by Keio SDM which are to learn and develop system design of business incubation.
Activities defining systematic business plans, creative and innovative business models and the actual realization is a part of the lab study.
The lab organizes workshops and symposium as well.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS January 2013).pdf

Global Product Value Creation Research Laboratory

This laboratory studies enterprise system design based on system thinking and looks into co-creation of value together with clients taking a kotozukuri (value creation) approach with an aim to regain the competitiveness of Japanese companies that have been competing on technological capabilities. We collaborate with other graduate schools, universities, and companies, in order to draw out issues facing the Japanese manufacturing industry and to discuss ways of moving forward, including technological and managerial strategies with a view to presenting innovative recommendations to companies as well as to government.
The lab analyzes Japanese manufacturing companies by dividing them into the following three categories:
1) Global products (e.g., automobiles, home electronics, semiconductors, and machinery and equipment)
2) Large-scale projects (e.g., plant and major construction and building company)
3) Cutting-edge elements technology(e.g., precision machinery, advanced materials, such as medical equipment, and aerospace parts)
Also the lab conducts research into various methodologies concerning kotozukuri (value creation) based on system thinking and a socio-technical approach to issues. We are developing a comprehensive methodology which integrates the humanities and science, such as visualization, kotozukuri (value creation) emergence, quantitative business evaluation, and system design for projects.

Research Themes:
- Environmental city design
- Social system design for ultra compact cars
- Car sharing
- Personal aircraft
- Global product planning methodology
- Sustainable urban redevelopment design methodology

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS November 2012).pdf

Human Dynamics Laboratory

This laboratory aims to theoretically prove and spread empirically-derived methodologies for musculoskeletal strain reformation. In particular, research topics include scientific analysis on data accumulated in reformation clinics in Canada, construction of human body model using mechanical engineering approaches, identification of fundamental body movement and stratification of motion group, and verification of movement using power saving measure.

Information Systems Perspective Investigation and Requirement Engineering Laboratory (INSPIRE Lab)

The INSPIRE Lab conducts multifaceted research on information systems, looking not just at software engineering but also at the hardware aspects and how systems are used. Main research activities
(1) Model driven requirements development
Research in this field aims to develop techniques and technologies to bring to information systems the same framework for safe, stable systems engineering that has been established in the course of large-scale, complex systems development projects. Of particular interest are efficient CONOPS creation and requirements definition and the application of traceability to systems requirements, systems architecture, and validation and verification tests. We also look at increasingly complex systems architecture and research in this area attempting to satisfy requirements in a way that is optimized to resolve conflicting viewpoints.
(2) Information architecture and information system architecture
Information architecture was developed in Europe as a methodology to take mere data and share it as something valuable. Our goal is to extend these concepts to the design of information systems.
(3) Human error and information system problems
The INSPIRE Lab uses member aptitude testing, quantification of individual mission objectives, and coaching as strategies to reduce system failures due to human error.
(4) Application to real-world systems
To date, three of our projects have made it into real systems.
- Semantic search engines
- Laboratory automation
- Integrated query system for cultural artifact archives

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS January 2011).pdf

Innovative Design Center (Japanese only)
This center engages educational and research activities in the form of workshops on innovation collaborating with various stakeholders. It practices educational research experiences on group project workshops collaborating with local governments, companies and universities called'Design Project'. The center also provides practical developments and evaluation of its own projects.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS April 2012).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS October 2013).pdf

The Local Resource Utilization Laboratory

Some local municipalities have rich resources (including personnel), yet are not leveraging them to their full potential. We research methods on how to achieve autonomy in local regions while making effective use and application of those resources. By applying methods similar to business valuation to municipalities, quantifying the future value of resources with indicators such as discount cash flow, and rendering those on a balance sheet, we will assess the value of those regions and develop future visions that leverage their unique characteristics.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS June 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS August 2014).pdf

Management Design Center

Management Design Center focuses on research and education of management skills and methodologies. The Center also holds open-to-the-public study meetings, workshops, seminars and symposiums. The fundamental knowledge in the Center is Project Management, which is one of the core subjects at Keio SDM curriculum. The Center also covers advanced management skills to meet fast-moving and complex society; for example, Supply Chain Management, Life Cycle Management, Energy Management, Risk Management, Organizational Management, Frontier Project Management (challenge to unprecedented projects), Program and Portfolio Management, and so on.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS April 2013).pdf

Mobility Systems Management Center

This laboratory conducts researches to solve various problems in mobility systems composed of various public transportation modes such as bus and train, automobiles, motor bikes and personal mobility, bicycles, pedestrians and wheel chairs and manage the systems.
In particular, this cross-disciplinary laboratory plays a role of the hub to collaborate with Control Systems Design and Dynamics laboratory, Model-Driven System Development Laboratory, Universal Design Laboratory, and outside organizations and activities contributing to public transportation.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS October 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS June 2014).pdf

Model-Driven System Development Laboratory (MDSD-Lab)

We will properly determine what is required by the system and conduct research to execute innovative system development efficiently and systematically. We will also research methodology for developing systems by integrating mechanical design, electronic design, software design, and system design in systems with increasing complexity. Specifically, our research activities include:
(1) System development of small satellites
(2) System development of next-generation mobility
(3) System development that eliminates task regression

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2014).pdf

Next Generation Contents Laboratory

Research topics
(1) Future of animation industry
(2) 3D Live broadcasting (concert, sports, etc.)
(3) Broadcasting of high definition images of local horse races
(4) Cooperation with Graduate School of Keio Media Design, recording and broadcasting total solar eclipse.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS March 2013).pdf

Regional Development and Vitalization Laboratory (Japanese only)
This center engages research as below. We meet a couple of times for a month and conduct a group tour.
(1) Systematization of the field of study regarding regional vitalization
(2) Research guidance for students who examine regional vitalization

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2013).pdf

Science and Technology System Laboratory
Research topics
(1) Thermo physical property measurements under collaboration
(2) Study on Motivation - Keyword for research and development
(3) Symbiosis of internet data center and agriculture
(4) Semiconductor chip foundry business
(5) Simulation study on emergency call of ambulance
(6) Study on publication system in Edo-era from the viewpoint of system engineering

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS August 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS December 2013).pdf

Semiconductor Technology Laboratory

Concept of semiconductor is hard to capture because every component such as material, process, chip, system and software has individually developed profoundly. This laboratory aims to capture and organize semiconductor system technologies from system engineering perspectives.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2011).pdf

Social Design Center (Japanese only)
As laboratories at the SDM Research Institute undertake research, a center will be established as a base to conduct activities for those results and experiments.
The Social Design Center aims to become a sustainable base for the social activities of NPOs, regional activities, and social companies. Specifically, with a core of "practice," it will serve as a base for socializing research results such as by conducting business incubation and by collaborating with research institutes, other universities, the public and private sector, regions, etc. Not only will communicating the Center's social activities serve as PR, the Center could become a base for SDM alumni activities (other than education and research). We will also formulate a concept and prepare for establishment of the Keio Design Research Institution (tentative naming) that goes beyond graduate school.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS September 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS July 2014).pdf

Social Life System Laboratory

Research topic
Design and formulation of next generation medical care and pharmaceutical systems by solving current medical care and pharmaceutical issues, designing new sustainable systems, and assessing usability.

Space Systems Laboratory

Space System Laboratory conducts trans-domain system design and management research on space systems, which will contribute to the aerospace field. The findings will also contribute to the development of system design and management studies.

Research topic examples:
Solar-powered satellite, design of micro space satellite services/ reasonable reliability, assessment of sustainable space service business, disaster prevention system using positioning satellite, space system design for safety assurance

Education theme examples:
・Education of systems engineering and project management using CanSat
・Next-generation space service design cooperating with an SDM subject "Introduction to Frontier Project Management"

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2012).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS January2014).pdf

Spatial Location-Based Service Laboratory

This lab researches services regarding spatial location factors, designing systems, and core technology in a cross-cutting manner. The lab analyses, develops, and promotes leading-edge services and technology related to the spatial location. Also we will collaborate with companies and institutions outside that deal with spatial location-based services and organise joint programmes.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2013).pdf

Strategic Social Education System Laboratory (Japanese only)
Recent new graduate recruiting is not working well. Students fuss around by job hunting activities arranged by recruiting companies. Companies felt restlessly urged to recruit new graduates. Universities cannot provide sufficient education to students. This results in deteriorating impact and dynamism of Japan's industries. The Strategic Social Education System Laboratory (SSES Lab) was established to create win-win-win recruiting style for students, universities, and companies and a training program for people who can contribute to society from a young age.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2011).pdf

Strategic Systems Design Laboratory

A Small Melting Pot
Delightful systems are designed by our mixed team; across age, specialty and culture. Our purpose is to satisfy user needs by clear-cut requirement analysis and simple system design. We pay attention to the forest for the trees of a system.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS December 2010).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS September 2012).pdf

Systems Engineering Center
Systems engineering is a trans-domain approach to develop well-balanced system solutions which respond to the needs of various stakeholders. It is expected to deal with systems-of-systems and complex systems which have generated various social problems these days. This center establishes systems engineering methodologies to solve various challenges and leads research activities to spread systems engineering throughout society.
In particular, this center plays an important role as a trans-domain center for Model-Driven System Development Laboratory, Control Systems Design and Dynamics Laboratory, System Design Methodology Laboratory, and Strategic Systems Design Laboratory.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS June 2012).pdf

Train Services Laboratory

This laboratory proposes various ideas from users' perspectives regarding future train transportation services based on researches on technological, social, and psychological aspects SDM has been doing a joint research on a high-speed communication with Railway Technical Research Institute of JR since 2007 and succeeded in of about one gigabit per second between the moving Shinkansen bullet train body and the ground in 2010. This laboratory discusses new services which can be offered in trains when advanced IT such as high-speed communication technologies become available.

  • Haruyama
  • Teraoka (Faculty of Science and Technology)

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS August 2011).pdf

The Universal Design Laboratory

We conduct research activities to provide accessibility to all by applying universal designs to various things that benefit from design.
(1) Accessible spaces and universal designs for mobility systems
(2) System designs for accessible movie theaters
(3) Universal designs for textbooks

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS May 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS September 2014).pdf

VERSTA Laboratory
An NPO, VERSTA is established to provide technical and funding help to penetrate agroforestry in the Amazon region. This laboratory aims to propose new NPO operation schemes using system design approach.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS July 2011).pdf

Visible Light Communication Laboratory

(1) Trend survey of international standardization of visible light communication technology
We will attend IEEE802.15 and IrDA meetings that are working to standardize visible light communication technology and research its direction. We will specifically attend the following meetings and also conduct a seminar in collaboration with IrDA and VLCC during CEATEC Japan 2009 (comprehensive exhibition of leading edge IT / electronics) at Makuhari Messe (Japan).
(2) Extraction of issues for executing interconnection verification tests relevant to visible light communication technology
We will design and review interconnection verification test structures (conformance tests and interoperability tests).

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS August 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS February 2014).pdf

VSE Center (Japanese VSE Center) (Japanese only)
VSE Center is established in order to strengthen global competitiveness of IT companies by promoting business process improvement focusing on system development of Very Small Entities using ISO/IEC29110. Establishment of continuous process improvement in system development is achievable by efficient process diagnosis using limited resources. VSE centers are established in European countries such as France, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, and Canada, Thailand, Columbia. As the base in Japan, this center will collaborate with these overseas VSE centers.

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS December 2011).pdf

Laboratory Profile (SDM NEWS October 2014).pdf