Joint Research Projects

List of ongoing projects


Spatial Information Science for Human and Social Sciences

Objectives: This project is to develop the theory of spatial information science and its applications to human and social sciences, in particular, economics, human geography and archaeology. 

  • Project leader: A. Okabe (CSIS) 
  • Spatial Information Science for Economics: Y. Kanemoto, Y. Yajima (CSIS), H. Katahira, T. Tabuchi (University of Tokyo) 
  • Spatial Information Science for Human geography: H. Kohsaka (Nihon University), Y. Arai (University of Tokyo) 
  • Spatial Information Science for Archaeology: T. Izumi, R. Sakai, T. Usui (Nara University), S. Morimoto, T. Yamanaka (Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute) 
  • Data collection and database construction: R. Shibasaki (CSIS), T. Nakashizu, M..Yoshimura (Kyoto University), N. Goto (University of Tokyo) 
  • Data management and visualization: Y. Sadahiro, A. Okabe (CSIS), K. Okunuki (University of Tokyo), M. Arikawa (Hiroshima City University) 
Fund: Ministry of Education Grant No.10202201 

Study Period: 1998-2003 

SISforHSS/index.html


Observation and Control Systems for Urban Heat Island 

The objectives of this project are 1) to develop a system for acquiring data about the urban heat island phenomena in Japan, Thailand and China; 2) to develop a model of heat island phenomena using acquired data; 3) to develop methods for controlling the heat island phenomena using the developed model. 

  • Project leader: S. Kubo (Keio University) 
  • Data acquisition and monitoring using remotely sensed data: Y. Shibasaki, Z. Shi (CSIS), W. Yan (Musashi Institute of Technology) 
  • Ground monitoring: T. Mikami (Tokyo Metropolitan University), S. Kubo (Keio University) 
  • Modeling heat island phenomena: K. Hanaki (University of Tokyo), T. Ichinose (National Institute for Environmental Studies), A. Urano (Taisei Corporation), G. Kanda (Tokyo Institute of Technology) 
  • Methods for decreasing heat island phenomena through land use control: A. Okabe, Y. Sadahiro (CSIS), H. Fukui (Keio University) 
Fund: Science & Technology Promotion Enterprise (Ministry of Science and Technology) 

Study period: 1996-2000 

URL: http://shiba.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/hisland/indexj.htm


Database for Promoting Spatial Information Science

Objectives: This project consists of seven subjects, which are the spatio-temporal database, the multidimensional database structure, integration of temporal data into the spatial database, the spatial data management systems using object-oriented programming, spatial data transfer and transformation, spatio-temporal pattern analysis and modeling, and risk assessment of natural hazards. These groups work in cooperation in order to develop 1) a multidimensional database 2) spatial data transfer/transformation systems, and 3) general methods of spatio-temporal analysis. 

  • Project leader: Y. Murakami (Geological Survey of Japan) 
  • Spatio-temporal database: Y. Murakami, I. Hasegawa, R. Kouda (Geological Survey of Japan) 
  • Multidimensional database structure: H. Takahashi (Port and Harbor Research Institute), K. Nakagawa (Geographical Survey Institute) 
  • Integration of temporal data into the spatial database: S. Okuyama (Geographical Survey Institute), M. Nogami (Tokyo Metropolitan University) 
  • Spatial data management systems using object-oriented programming: M. Sakauchi (University of Tokyo), A. Ueshima (Japan Institute of Construction Engineering) 
  • Spatial data transfer and transformation: A. Okabe, Y. Sadahiro (CSIS), H. Nakamura (Mitsubishi Research Institute), H. Takeuchi, H. Shimamura, K. Hirota (PASCO Corporation), O. Iwaki (NTT Data Corporation) 
  • Spatio-temporal pattern analysis and modeling: Y. Harada* (National Research Institute of Police Science, Japan) 
  • Risk assessment of natural hazards: T. Fukuiku (National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention) 
Fund: Science & Technology Promotion Enterprise (Ministry of Science and Technology) 

Study period: 1997-1999


Islamic Area Studies 

Objectives: This project aims to create a new field which we call "Islamic Area Studies". Its specific objectives are threefold: (1) Development of new methods in Islamic Area Studies; (2) Development of a computerized information system suitable for Islamic Area Studies; (3) Assisting Young Researchers. The project consists of six groups, which are Thought and politics in Islamic world, Society and economy in the Islamic world, Nations, regions and Islam, Geographic information systems for Islamic area studies, Islamic history and culture, Source materials for the Islamic civilization. The objectives of "Geographic information systems for Islamic area studies" are to conduct pioneering research which applies geographic information systems (GIS) as an engineering technology to Islamic Area Studies to test the effectiveness of the application of GIS to the field of humanities and social sciences and to create a new field of spatial analysis for Islamic Area Studies. 

  • Project Leader: T. Sato (Univ of Tokyo) 
  • Thought and politics in the Islamic world: M. Takeshita, T. Igarashi, K. Suzuki (Univ of Tokyo), Y. Kosugi (Kokusai Univ) 
  • Society and economy in the Islamic world: Y. Murai (Sophia Univ), T. Mizushima (Univ of Tokyo), M. Shiichi (Sophia Univ) 
  • Nations, regions and Islam: M. Matsubara (National Museum of Ethnology), H. Kato (Hitotsubashi Univ), M. Yamauchi (Univ of Tokyo), Y. Usuki (National Museum of Ethnology) 
  • Geographic information systems for Islamic area studies A. Okabe (CSIS), T. Mizushima (Univ of Tokyo), Y. Sakurai (Univ of Tokyo), H. Jinnai (Hosei Univ), R. Shibasaki (CSIS), Y. Asami (Univ of Tokyo), Y. Sadahiro (CSIS) 
  • Islamic history and culture A. Goto (Univ of Tokyo), M. Katakura (Chuo Univ), T. Yukawa (Keio Univ) 
  • Source materials for Islamic civilization Y. Nagata (Meiji Univ), T. Kitamura (Toyo Bunko), T. Shimo (Toyo Bunko), T. Umemura (Chuo Univ), Y. Kona (Aoyama-Gakuin univ), H. Shimizu (Kyushu Univ), T. Miura (Ochanomizu Univ) 
Study period: 1997 - 2002 

Fund: Ministry of Education Grant No.09NP1301

URL: http://www.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/IAS/home.html(for Islamic Area Studies)
islam/gis-e.html(for Geographic information systems for Islamic area studies)


Collaborative Virtual Space Design System: Ryoanji Project

Objectives: This project is to develop a colaborative space design system in which two or more persons collaborateively design a stone garden through the internet. The term 'Royanji' is named after a famous stone garden in Kyoto, Japan. 

  • Project Leader: A. Okabe (CSIS) 
  • Members: K. Okunuki (Univ of Tokyo), S. Sagara (Univ of Tokyo.), T. Kamachi (SONY), M. Batty (CASA, Univ. College of London), T. Shiode (CASA, Univ. College of London) 
Study Period: 1997-

Information Technology and Real Estate/Construction Markets

  • Members: Y. Kanemoto (CSIS), A. Okabe (CSIS), M. Kunijima (Univ. Tokyo), Y. Miwa (Univ. Tokyo), T. Tabuchi (Univ. Tokyo), T. Tabuchi (Tokyo Institute of Technology) 

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