Laboratory Introduction

Features of the Laboratory

 The Akiyama Laboratory is involved in various research projects to understand the many kinds of problems that occur in urban spaces and to support planning for their solution by collecting, analyzing, visualizing and sharing various spatial information. These research are often challenging with few precedents. Therefore, supervisor of the lab as well as students must continue to learn the latest knowledges and technologies on their own. So, we provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. We also emphasize the active dissemination of research results outside the university and collaboration with external organizations. Not only presentations at domestic and international conferences, but also a number of collaborative studies are carried out with other universities, research institutions, private companies, national and local governments.

Research Goals

 The research of our laboratory aims to analyze spatial information, statistical information, big data on the movement of people or vehicles, and municipal data held by local governments, etc., using spatial statistical processes and, if necessary, artificial intelligence (AI), in order to realize planning and support that leads to solutions to specific problems that occur in real spaces or cities.

 In addition, by integrating the various data accumulated through these research, we will realize a data world (digital twin) that can reproduce the real space as precisely as possible. By utilizing these data, we aim to realize cities where people can continue to live in affluence by making it possible to quickly formulate useful urban and regional plannings that are more in line with reality than ever before. We believe that this is the true realization of the "smart city".

Attractions of our laboratory

We think that the attractive points (strengths) of our laboratory are as follows.

・A well-developed environment where you can concentrate on your research.

・Opportunities will be provided to learn programming, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and more.

・You can try new things with the latest data and tools.

・By participating in a variety of domestic and international conferences and events and gaining diverse experiences, students can get closer to becoming a viable member of society.

・You can engage with people from various research institutes, companies, and the national and local governments outside the university.

Our laboratory welcomes students who wish to take full advantage of the above environment to actively engage in research and improve themselves before entering the workforce!

Introduction Movie (in Japanese)