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
Communication Design Laboratory Human System Design Laboratory
Innovations for Co-creating Future Society Laboratory Media System Laboratory
Sensing & Design Laboratory Symbiotic and Safety System Design Laboratory
System Design Methodology Laboratory Trustworthy Intelligent System Design Laboratory
Trans-domain research laboratories
Architecting Laboratory Arts and Design Laboratory
"BA" Design Laboratory Business Design x Project Management Lab
Education System Design Laboratory Entrepreneur Laboratory
Flying Car Research Laboratory Healthcare and Digital Architecture Lab
Innovative Design Center Laboratory for Long-Lasting Business Entities, a la Japonaise
Management Design Center Modeling Laboratory
Next Generation Contents Laboratory Public System Laboratory
Regional Development and Vitalization Laboratory Science and Technology System Laboratory
Social & Business Game Laboratory Social Design Center
Socio-Technical Systems Management Laboratory Space Systems Laboratory
Sports System Design and Management Laboratory Strategic Systems Design Laboratory
Sustainable Education Laboratory Sustainable Smart City Laboratory
Systems Engineering Center The Local Resource Utilization Laboratory
The Universal Design Laboratory Ubiquitous Communication Laboratory

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

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

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

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

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.

Flying Car Research Laboratory

Purpose and Target:
The purpose of the lab is to design transportation, business, and aircraft systems of 3D transportation using flying cars, as the basis for launching a start-up with competence in the world markets. The lab also aims to develop a consortium by actively collaborating with the industry, government and academia within and outside Japan.

- Regular Workshops
The members present and discuss the research results in a bi-monthly workshop with the collaborative parties.
- Research
Stakeholder analysis
Business model development
Requirement definition for aircraft systems
Verification of technical feasibility
Legal affairs and public relations
Urban planning

Laboratory Profile

Laboratory news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ubiquitous Communication Laboratory
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