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Faculty Members

FUKAGAWA Daiji

FUKAGAWA Daiji

Assistant Professor

Research Field
algorithms

Research Topic
Theoretical analyses of algorithms and their practical implementation.

My research interests focus on the theory of algorithms and computational complexity of mathematically formalized problems, in particular, combinatorial optimization problems such as tree pattern matching and graph data mining. Currently I am also interested in how to easily integrate such theoretical formalization, or models, with empirical knowledge and techniques. I teach students how to evaluate, improve, and renovate algorithms and how to realize them into a running software.

FUKUDA Tomoko

FUKUDA Tomoko

Professor

Research Field
Japanese literature

Research Topic
Research on manuscripts of Japanese classical literature and their expressions

I study the expressions in kana literature in the Heian period such as waka and narratives. My literary research is based on accurately compiled differences between various versions and empirical data aggregated from a philological standpoint. I teach students specific methods necessary for logical inquiry into the nature of the literary work.

Gaetan RAPPO

Gaetan RAPPO

Associate Professor

Research Field
Japanese medieval history, Religious studies

Research Topic
Japanese medieval history using the methodology of digital humanities

My research involves analyzing Buddhist texts, manuscripts and other historical documents held by temples by means of the methodology of digital humanities. Concretely, I use various tools, such as text mining,to extract specified strings of characters and wordings and compare them, drawing inspiration from similar research in Chinese and Western languages. My aim is to deepen our understanding of Japanese thought and religion as seen in historical documents from a dynamic perspective by fully applying this kind of methodology to the study of Japanese history.

HATANO Kenji

HATANO Kenji

Professor

Research Field
data engineering, Internet information science, library and information science

Research Topic
Development of technology for effective storage, search and use of big data

Today’s advanced information society is not only seeing overflow of data but also its complexity. People solve various problems by collecting information from such data and acquiring new knowledge through using them. I teach students the skill to store, search and use appropriate data for solving the problems they deal with.

HOSHI Hidehito

HOSHI Hidehito

Associate Professor

Research Field
linguistic theory, syntax

Research Topic
Descriptive, theoretical, and experimental syntax of natural language

I work on the development of a theoretical model explaining various syntactic phenomena in natural language. Furthermore, I examine the validity of the theoretical model by experimentally testing the hypothesis about linguistic competence and performance.

IIO Takamasa

IIO Takamasa

Associate Professor

Research Field
social robotics, human-agent interaction

Research Topic
Study of how robots can affect human recognition and behavior

We humans recognize bipedal-walking robots and pet robots as social beings with which to interact and nurture relationships. I aim to deepen our understanding of the influence that robots can have on human recognition and behavior, and explore where a particular type of robot should be used so that it can perform at its best. I hope to contribute to solving problems faced by human society by shedding light on how robots can connect people with people, and people with society.

ITO Noriko

ITO Noriko

Associate Professor

Research Field
functional linguistics

Research Topic
Modelling of the Japanese grammatical and semantic resources applicable to large corpus analyses

I am engaged in the study and description of Japanese language both in written and spoken forms. I am trying to work out a computational model of grammatical and semantic resources applicable to analyze large corpus, which allows us to improve information retrieval and conversational agent systems.

IWAMOTO Mayuko

IWAMOTO Mayuko

Associate Professor

Research Field
Mathematical modeling and applications, mathematical biology, applied mathematics

Research Topic
Understanding various phenomena by mathematical models

My research interest lies in understanding the mechanism of movements of snail, cuttlefish and various other organisms with mathematical models. I pursue the phenomena that interest me through the process of observation, experiment, mathematical modeling and computer simulation. The methodology of mathematical modeling allows us to abstract phenomena that seem to be unrelated to mathematics, and thus is particularly effective for solving complex issues.

JIN Mingzhe

JIN Mingzhe

Professor

Research Field
data science

Research Topic
Data-based research on types and systems

I conduct research on the problem-solving methodology and techniques using data science and corpus in a broad sense including the Internet. My teaching fields are date science, machine learning, text mining include stylometry and quantitative corpus study, quantitative analyses of various text data such as newspapers, blogs, word of mouth, social networks, Twitter and lyrics, and development of methods, algorithms and tools for related data analyses.

KAWASE Akihiro

KAWASE Akihiro

Associate Professor

Research Field
digital humanities, statistical science

Research Topic
Digital humanities: utilizing computing in the pursuit of humanities research

I aim to empirically clarify the structures by which musical phenomena spreads and changes from a quantitative viewpoint. In concrete, developing technology that supports discoveries and analogies about the characteristics and effect relationships hidden in culture, and creating structures that allow us to understand phenomena that are behind the data. The knowledge and methodologies I provide to carry out each project are not limited to music or classics: they are highly versatile and can be applied to other fields, such as fine arts, iconography, social sciences and geopolitics.

NAKANISHI Yoshinori

NAKANISHI Yoshinori

Associate Professor

Research Field
statistical science, statistical physics

Research Topic
Formulation of research methods in scientific fields from a statistical perspective

The purpose of my research is to develop statistical methods to extract necessary information and remove noise from measured data, mainly in the field of physics, and offer such methods to researchers. I aim to establish scientific methodologies to replace the conventional approach, which depends on the intuition and experience of researchers, so that anyone, whether specialist or otherwise, can engage in research activities.

NAKAYASU Mari

NAKAYASU Mari

Associate Professor

Research Field
East Asian art, Buddhist art, Iconography of music

Research Topic
Research on the art of Japanese Shinto-Buddhist syncretism

My main interest lies in understanding religion of the people in the past and how they expressed their belief through the art. My current work focus on the art of Shinto-Buddhist syncretism, especially in Koyasan area, known as the center of Japanese Shingon esoteric Buddhism. I am also interested in ancient East Asian musical instruments. We lost some of them, but the images remained in the arts such as Buddhist sculptures and paintings, and they give us useful hints to solve the mysteries of ancient times.

SAITO Motoyuki

SAITO Motoyuki

Assistant Professor

Research Field
cognitive science, experimental psychology, mathematical psychology

Research Topic
Investigation of cognitive processes using cognitive modeling

Causality is said to be basic to human thought. I am working to elucidate the process of human thought by studying how humans acquire causal knowledge, from the viewpoint of cognitive science. Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field that uses findings and research methods from various fields to understand cognition. Particularly, I am interested in investigating cognitive processes by comparing the results of behavioral experiments against predictions derived from cognitive modeling.

SAKATA Mamiko

SAKATA Mamiko

Professor

Research Field
body media theory, body culture studies

Research Topic
Dynamic structure of multimodal interaction

I examine the mental state and thinking process of those who express in interpersonal communication through the integration and complementary relationship of verbal and non-verbal aspects. I also research the mechanism of humans’ acquisition of physical skills based on the verified data of physical movements, and specifically demonstrate the process where humans learn movements through mimicking as a skill inheritance model.

SANO Akiko

SANO Akiko

Associate Professor

Research Field
visual culture, pop culture, media history

Research Topic
Analysis of visual works utilizing the approaches of cinema studies and statistics

I digitalize images from movies, animations and other visual works to foster a scientific understanding of what these images communicate and what effects they have. My research requires, in addition to a statistical approach, an understanding of social trends and knowledge in various disciplines in the humanities, such as philosophy, history, literature, aesthetics, folklore, cinema studies and sociology. By examining visual works from diverse viewpoints, we can shed light on the association between visual culture and society.

SENOO Asami

SENOO Asami

Assistant Professor

Research Field
sociology

Research Topic
Study on the goals and dreams of the youth through social surveys

I am studying the job-seeking activities of university students from the 1990s to the 2010s. Sociology is a discipline that studies how social mechanisms, systems and norms can affect individuals. I am working to shed light on phenomena arising in society by combining various methodologies, including questionnaire surveys, interviews, fieldwork, and analysis of newspaper and magazine articles.

SHEN Li

SHEN Li

Professor

Research Field
theoretical linguistics, linguistic typology

Research Topic
Analyses of the interface between syntax and morphology, explication of linguistic change in time and space

I specialize in the comparative research and theory construction in Asian languages, as well as the mechanism of linguistic change through language contact. I teach students how to analyze linguistic data with a linguistic method and put the results together in a verifiable way, and provide them with the practical skill of linguistic data analyses using the inductive or deductive method.

SHIMOJIMA Atsushi

SHIMOJIMA Atsushi

Professor

Research Field
cognitive science, mathematical logic

Research Topic
Logical and psychological study of the cognitive functions of diagrammatic representations

I approach the issue of the functions and anti-functions of diagrammatic representations from the viewpoints of both logic and psychology. I use the method of mathematical logic to form hypotheses on how diagrammatic representations express information and how they help our thinking and understanding. The hypotheses are then tested through psychological experiments.

SUGIO Takeshi

SUGIO Takeshi

Professor

Research Field
cognitive science, object recognition

Research Topic
Cognitive mechanisms of object recognition in cultural contexts

My recent research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms of reading diagrams such as tables and graphs. In order to read a diagram properly, we need to rely on conventional knowledge about how the diagram is constructed and how it corresponds to the external world. How we recognize objects and patterns in such cultural context is examined using a psychological method.

TAGUCHI Tetsuya

TAGUCHI Tetsuya

Professor

Research Field
comparative cultural studies

Research Topic
Quantitative analysis of formation of trends, comparative urban studies

I study how the cultures of different countries are expected to be merged and reorganized in the increasingly globalizing contemporary society and how human cultural activities are being rewritten. I teach students how to extract behavioral data from image, music, fashion and literature of different cultures, how to form their influential relationship and how to compare and contrast them.

TANAKA Yu

TANAKA Yu

Assistant Professor

Research Field
linguistics, phonetics and phonology

Research Topic
Experimental and corpus-based research on the sounds of language

My research interest lies in phonetics and phonology, which are subfields of linguistics. I address issues such as how speech sounds are produced and perceived, what acoustic properties they have, whether there are regular patterns in their alternations, and whether speakers are psychologically aware of such patterns. I often use corpus-based and experimental approaches.

TSUCHIDA Jun

TSUCHIDA Jun

Assistant Professor

Research Field
statistical science

Research Topic
Quantification of human behavior by data analysis

My specialty is data analysis in the fields of sports and marketing. Regarding sports, I quantify the movements and skills of players by analyzing data extracted from videos of sporting events. In the field of marketing, I analyze points of sales data to gain insights into customer sentiment and behavior. In this way, I aim to measure and visualize human behavior, which has conventionally been considered difficult to quantify.

TSUMURA Hiroomi

TSUMURA Hiroomi

Associate Professor

Research Field
spatio-temporal informatics, anthropology

Research Topic
Ethnological and historical survey and study of human cultural heritage

Human activities consist of coordinates on the temporal and spatial axis, and each phenomenon there is normalized by the thematic axis called behavior. I provide students with the skill to computerize various human behaviors from a phenomenological viewpoint, and the methodology to evaluate the phase of spatio-temporal connection and interpret human behavior.

YADOHISA Hiroshi

YADOHISA Hiroshi

Professor

Research Field
statistical science

Research Topic
Theoretical characterization of multivariate data analysis methods and development of a new method

My research interests include multivariate data analysis methods, social network analysis, sports data analysis, matrix decomposition-type multivariate analysis methods and symbolic data analysis methods. I teach students the theory and application of various methods of multivariate data analyses and provide them with the practical problem-solving skill using statistical science.

YAMAUCHI Nobuyuki

YAMAUCHI Nobuyuki

Professor

Research Field
English linguistics, corpus linguistics

Research Topic
Research on the methodology of linguistic description and study of Japanese and English usages

I deal with linguistic descriptions and usages in various linguistic phenomena in English and Japanese. I encourage students to utilize various corpora and seek for the best method of analysis for a variety of linguistic phenomena, and teach them the methodology of linguistic analyses for solving their respective research questions in linguistics.

ZHENG Yuejun

ZHENG Yuejun

Professor

Research Field
sociometry

Research Topic
Development of methods for obtaining behavioral data, quantitative study of cultural and social phenomena

In addition to sociometric theory, my current study is focusing on various social issues and cultural phenomena including consumer behavior, pro-environmental behavior, organizational culture and cross-national comparison of identity and values. I provide students with the method of data science for investigating collective patterns of human behavior based on the survey data.

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