The Department of Social Informatics seeks to clarify the structures of our highly complicated information society to actually build information systems using its techniques in the areas of global computer networks and large-scale databases, taking also into consideration the fact that autonomous decentralized information networks are becoming ubiquitous in our daily activities. It also supports the activities of human society that has globalized in the areas of culture, economics, environment, disaster prevention and other fields.
OHTE Nobuhito (Department of Social Informatics)
Sources of social information do not exist on the Internet. These sources are usually found in people’s daily lives. Social informatics includes processes from the acquisition of information from the sources, through constructing systems to utilize the information, to designing a better society using those information systems. For example, we collect ecological information relevant to fish by using bio-logging techniques for fishery resource conservation. We also glean biological information from forest ecosystems using various types of sensors to optimize the sustainable utilization of ecosystem services. Then, we study methods for database development to organize that information on natural resources and environments. Moreover, we study informatics applications in the fields of medical services and education, and also determine what types of information are needed for disaster prevention and harm minimization. We consider ways to utilize the data to design societies and social systems. We, the people in the Department of Social Informatics, work to acquire data directly related to our lives and societies, and to reformulate and store it in the most accessible and useful way to enable the development of our sustainable future.
YOSHIKAWA Masatoshi (Department of Social Informatics)
Information technologies are expected to become a driving force for dramatic change in many established social systems. Students in the Department of Social Informatics will understand both the possibilities and limitations of information technologies by mastering its basics. This understanding will also enable students to learn the social deployment of information technologies. Faculty members of the department include researchers in information technologies, and domain experts in biology, agriculture, medicine, disasterprevention, and education. A variety of educational opportunities are provided to students, including the acclaimed advisor system. The educational goal of our department is to produce quality graduates who can resolve social problems or design new social systems by utilizing information technologies. In our department, many research topics are being studied even in laboratories oriented towards computer science. These include computer-supported clinical decision making, route recommendations for pedestrians that uses vital signs and confluent route search, estimation of the credibility of Web contents, and collective decision making. If you are interested in mastering information technologies and thereby creating a better society, you are strongly invited to join us.