Examples of Seminar Activities

Seminars (“kenkyukai” in Japanese) are central to a degree at Keio SFC. Seminars are where students and professors work together to solve a real life problem, and can be joined by students after their first semester at SFC. Seminars are where projects take place, some of which are sponsored by industry or government. Projects can be interdisciplinary, with collaborations taking place across fields of study and even faculties. Working on a project in a seminar with fellow seminar members and faculty will give you valuable experience for when you complete your graduation project in the final year of your degree.

Language and Media – Media Comparison Research

Person in Charge of the Project : Ikumi Waragai
What the Waragai Laboratory (links to Japanese website) aims to advance through collaborative learning is media comparison research. The only condition for belonging to the lab is to be able to collect and survey material in a language other than one’s mother tongue. News content that appears in the media differs according to the language it is released in. The difference in language does not only result in a different method of expression, but also leads to a different interpretation of the world.

Applied Web Tech Project

Person in Charge of the Project : Keiji Takeda
The web application group is part of theTakeda seminar, and they work on anything related to the web, from websites to applications. Students work mainly as either a programmer or a designer, and research a topic of interest in an attempt to make a better Web. Programmers use languages such as PHP, Ruby, and JavaScript, and designers often use tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch to create designs. Other projects in the Takeda seminar are the FPV drone project and Cybersecurity

Hajime Narukawa Lab

Person in Charge of the Project:Hajime Narukawa
Hajime Narukawa Lab is currently working on:

  • developing an original world map projection, named AuthaGraph which can represents our world with few distortions.
  • Making thematic world maps to visualize the latest vision of our planet.
  • Designing geodesic dome to improve the engineering of the light weight structure
  • Researching Tensegrity structure to improve the engineering of the lightweight structure.

These activities are parts of exercises for the members to become an engineer who understands arts and/or to become a designer who understands engineering. The lab often uses a unique geometry that is a tool for both design and engineering. The lab regards that the geometrical study reinforces the idea in the proposal. For the ORF, Narukawa Lab will showcase these activities.

Toshiyuki Masui laboratory – Interaction Design Project

Person in Charge of the Project : Toshiyuki Masui
Making full use of advanced computer technology and network technology, we research and develop user interfaces that everyone can naturally or intuitively benefit from. We research and develop interaction design technique which is integrated currently prevalent Web technology, Ubiquitous computing technology, Real-world oriented interface technology and programming technique.