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  • Systems approach workshop (Report: workshop at MIT in March) will be held on June 7th. Click here for details.

  • As part of the collaboration between GSFS and MIT, 30 MIT students will visit Kashiwa-no-ha on Feb. 1st and we will hold MIT joint seminar.

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  • Call for Participants: GTL Systems Approach Workshop 2018 at MIT

    1. Program Overview

    GTL(Global Teamwork Lab) is a team for education and research jointly by Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and MIT. GTL offers an opportunity for students to join a workshop at MIT. GTL pays the travel expenses for all of the participating students.

    If selected, you have to create a poster based on your thesis or other projects using systems approach and method. The creation of the proposal is the chance for you to think the meaning and impact of your thesis or other projects. You will think your project as a system by defining the boundary of your project, being aware of the stakeholders and exploring the options. The most important insight from creating system model of your project is that you have to identify the “need” of your project. The “need” is the interface of your research project and the society. You can understand the social impact of your project through the activity even if your project is a purely scientific or technological one.

    Date of the workshop:March 5 to 9, 2018
    Itinerary: March 4, Departure from Tokyo/Arrival in Boston
               March 10, Departure from Boston
               March 11, Arrival in Tokyo

    2. Eligibility

     * Undergraduate students of The University of Tokyo

     * Graduate students of Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The
       University of Tokyo

    You need to get a permission from your supervisor or your department. If you need VISA for US immigration, please contact creating the proposal. We will start the VISA procedure before selection process.

    3. Application Procedure

    Send the following application form and CV to
    by Jan. 16, 2018. We will prioritize earlier submissions.

    Application Form:

    4. Selection

    We will evaluate your proposals based on two points. The first one is depth of understating of each techniques for systems methods, because the participants will discuss the topic with researchers and student of MIT based on the technique. Optimal Systems Design (A1A2 lecture course of GSFS) covers most of the topics. If you did not enroll the lecture course, ask <> to get the permission to the class materials of ITC-LMS. The textbook, “System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development for Complex Systems” by E. Crawley, B. Cameron and D. Selva is also helpful.

    The second is how much the proposal can attract others based on social impact, originality and presentation of your contents.

    5. Obligation for the selected participants

     * Visit MIT on the specified itinerary

     * Present a poster in the workshop at MIT on March 5, 2018.

     * Support the preparation of the workshop in Kashiwa and MIT.

    6. Travel Expense Support

     * Accommodation and Air Flight will be fully covered

  • Project Associate Professor Bryan Moser has been named academic director and senior lecturer for MIT System Design & Management (SDM). URL

  • Project Associate Professor Bryan Moser has won the MIT Award: Teaching with Digital Technology 2017.

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  • Collaboration project between UTokyo and MIT was introduced in Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

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  • Report: Pre-Conference Student Workshop for CESUN2018

    Associate Professor Hiekata Kazuo and Project Researcher Sioen Giles from the University of Tokyo organized the pre-conference workshop of the Council of Engineering Systems Universities CESUN 2018. The workshop was in line with the objectives of the Global Teamwork Lab (GTL) and the Brightline Initiative to help solve the gap between strategy and implementation.

    This pre-conference student workshop was to have students from a variety of places for CESUN 2018 to get together. They had the opportunity to share experiences and thoughts on the future of engineering systems. Also, they were able to improve their research design and establish a new support network.

         Date:June 19th, 2018

         Time: 13:00 ~ 16:00

         Location: Faculty of Engineering Bldg. 3 Room 438 (Fourth floor), Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo

         Participants by University

             A total of 21 students from various universities from around the world joined the workshop as shown here: The University of Tokyo - 9, Keio University - 5, The George Washington University - 3, KAIST - 1, Stevens Institute of Technology - 1, Seoul National University - 1, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1



    1. Introduction with brief self-introductions by everyone     

    2. Roundtable peer sharing

    3. Topical rotation 

    4. Closing statement

    5. After party

    Roundtable peer sharing

         The participants were divided into groups of +- 5 people and introduced their research within the group. This gave them the chance to receive feedback and suggestions from peers. 

    Group picture of the participants

  • Report: GTL Strategy and implementation workshop 2018

    This session was to introduce the systems approach used in the Global Teamwork Lab (GTL) and the Brightline Initiative to students and faculty members in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS).

    Students had the opportunity to listen to past participants of the MIT exchange program experience (2017 and 2018) on first hand  and were able to participate in a workshop about system approach to help understand the benefits in their own research.


         Date:June 07th, 2018

         Time:15:00 ~ 17:00

         Participants by department

              OTPE - 7, ENVYS - 1, GPSS-GLI - 6, ALS - 1, HEES - 5, CSE - 1, SI - 1, ES - 1

              Total - 23


    1. Introduction about System thinking, GTL and Brightline initiative in GSFS       

         Associate Professor, Hiekata Kazuo - “Do you know what systems thinking is?”

         Project Researcher, Sioen Giles - “Systems thinking and urban agriculture”

    2. Student Experience

         Rey Sunbin Yoo - “Synthesizing system thinkings to the research”

         Igor Voroshilov - “GTL System Thinking Workshop 2018 March 5~10”,

         Tatsuya Kaneko - “Model-based design for maritime industry”

    3. Workshop: Applying system thinking in your research  

         Marc-Andre Chavy-Macdonald

    4. Panel Discussion

         Rey Sunbin Yoo, Igor Voroshilov, Tatsuya Kaneko, Takayuki Kajihara, Minori Narita, Marc-Andre Chavy-Macdonald

    5. Closing Statement

          Associate Professor, Hiekata Kazuo

    Panel Discussion

    The students from The University of Tokyo that visited MIT answered questions from the audience about their experiences. There was consensus among the students that this experience helped them clearly define their objectives and narrow down their research topic. Some reported changing how they approach their research problem statement, which also led to methodological improvements. All in all, they were able to advance their research.

    It was stated that some students fear that systems approach will complicate their research; however, several of the MIT exchange members pointed out that the opposite happened. The reason is because applying the systems approach allowed them to have a clearer idea of who the stakeholders are and what the relationships between them are. This enabled them to make their projects more relevant for the stakeholders and society in general.


    Student showed his experience in MIT

    Student present her research and the improvements made.


     Students in the system thinking workshop

    Every group had a SVN expert to help in the dynamic

    Q&A Session in the Panel Discussion

    Presenters answering Question from public

  • Report: GTL Group work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


    Students from The University of Tokyo and United Nations University came together to explore teamwork at the Global Teamwork Lab (GTL) in the Future Center, Kashiwa-no-ha. The content of the teamwork was related to their shared classes on Systems Thinking and Geographic (GTL) in The Future Center Information Systems (GIS) in "Exercise on Research Methodologies in Sustainability Science." The class is part of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative.

    In five groups of 4-6 students each, in the athletic meeting of the students using the designing maps for the localization. GIS and the other person giving instructions and supporting the collaboration.

    GTL meetings to further apply system thinking in their research and foster collaboration with GTL members from the University of Tokyo and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    Date: May 29th, 2018

    Time : 16: 00 - 18: 30

    Participants : 18 students

  • GTL Systems Approach Workshop 2018 at MIT



    Date: 2018.3.9 (Fri) 13:00 ~ 17:00

    Location: MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 4-237

     9 students passed the pre-selection from UTokyo visited MIT, and presented their research topics and projects to MIT people.

    The participating students utilized systems approach to reframe their research topics, and through a bunch of discussion with MIT SDM faculty members and students, they could think about the impact of their research more deeply.

    Details & Photos


    First Introduction

      Students brought various kinds of research topic such as aerospace, shipbuilding, urban planning and so on.


      Students visited many students and faculty members of MIT and discussed their project's direction during their stay.

    Final Presentation

    Finally, students had a chance to make a presentation about their work in front of many people from MIT.

    The Participants from UTokyo

    The participants from UTokyo were composed by highly diversified members.

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