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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.

    Check HERE for detail.

  • 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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  • 10th GTL Symposium (in Japanese) was held on September 12th. Click here for details.

  • Sorry, this entry is only available in Japanese.

  • Do you know what systems thinking is?


    This session is to introduce the systems approach used in the Global Teamwork Lab (GTL) and the Brightline Initiative to students and faculty in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS). We will report on past 1 week exchanges in March and 10 weeks stay between UTokyo and MIT, and offer a hands-on workshop that can help you explore the possibilities of applying systems thinking in your own research.

    Date: 2018年06月7日 (木)
    Time: 14:55-17:00 (door opens: 14:50)
    Venue: 3F lecture room, Environmental building, Kashiwa campus
    Language: English (Japanese speakers are welcome)


    1. Introduction lectures:Systems thinking, GTL, and Brightline in GSFS
          – Associate Professor HIEKATA Kazuo, HEES
          – Project Researcher SIOEN Giles, HEES

    2. Student experience: GSFS at System Design and Management, MIT
          – Rey Sunbin Yoo, ENVSY
          – Igor Voroshilov, GPSS-GLI
          – Tatsuya Kaneko, OTPE

    3. Workshop (30min.): Applying systems thinking in your research
          – Hands-on workshop (SVN building)

    4. Panel discussion: Brightline Initiative and GTL Research Program

    5. Closing remarks by Associate Professor HIEKATA Kazuo, HEES

    GTL Systems Approach Workshop at MITは、本研究科の様々な専攻の
    害関係分析と機能分析の基礎を学習し、(1) 修士博士論文での自身の専門分野が達成しようとしている機能
    を他分野の研究者に分かりやすく説明すること、 (2)達成される技術的機能が関連するコミュニティの利害関係
    にどのように貢献するかを説明すること、の二つに取り組んだ。2017 年度は複数のプログラムや研究プロジェクトか
    した学生が自身の研究テーマの社会的インパクトを考え、システムズアプローチの方法論を利用して Thesisにつ

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  • Report: “20th Anniversary of GSFS Symposium: Guide Dogs and Frontier Science”

    Associate Professor Hiekata Kazuo from the University of Tokyo made presentations for 20th anniversary of GSFS Symposium "Guide Dogs and Frontier Sciences". The presentation was given in Japanese. The contents was reconsideration of relationships between guide dogs and their users using systems approach, which are ways of thinking often used in Global Teamwork Lab (GTL) to help solve the gap between strategy and implementation.


    Date:  7th, Sep. 2018 (Fri.) 13:30 ~ 17:50

    Place: Media Hall in Kashiwa Library, Kashiwa Campus, The University of Tokyo


            Around 80 people (including public participants)

    Contents(Japanese Only)

    1. 盲導犬PR犬によるデモンストレーション   多和田 悟/日本盲導犬協会理事

    2. 開会の挨拶   三谷 啓志/新領域創成科学研究科長

    3. 講演「見ないで歩く」   多和田 悟/日本盲導犬協会理事

    4. 講演「盲導犬育成を科学するニーズと研究テーマ」   松浪 芳郎/日本盲導犬協会理事

    5. 講演「システムズアプローチによる盲導犬とユーザーの関係の再検討」   稗方 和夫/人間環境学専攻准教授

    6. 講演「触覚研究と盲導犬の接点」   篠田 裕之/複雑理工学専攻教授

    7.  講演「視覚障害者にとっての実験室安全とは」   大島 義人/環境システム学専攻教授

    8. パネルディスカッション「盲導犬ユーザーのニーズと新領域のシーズの融合」   

    パネラー:吉川 明・多和田 悟
         三谷 啓志・大島 義人・篠田 裕之・稗方 和夫
         澤口 亜由美(東北大学技術職員)
    ファシリテーター:松浪 芳郎・渡邊 学

    9. 閉会のあいさつ   吉川 明/日本盲導犬協会理事


    Here's materials for the presentation (written in Japanese).

    Click here

  • レポート: Pre-Conference Workshop for CESUN2018 を行いました。

    東京大学新領域創成科学研究科所属、稗方和夫准教授とジル特任研究員が、CESUN2018 (the Council of Engineering Systems Universities Global Conference 2018)のpre-conference ワークショップを主催しました。このワークショップは、Global Teamwork Lab (GTL)とBrightline Initiativeの協力のもと行われ、世界各地のシステムズ・エンジニアリングを研究する学生が一同に集い、自らの研究成果や将来の方向性を共有し、学生間のネットワークを作る貴重な機会となりました。


    日時:  2018年6月19日(火) 13:00 ~ 16:00

         場所: 東京大学本郷キャンパス 工学部3号館438号室



      (大学別内訳) 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. 参加者の自己紹介     

    2. グループディスカッション

    3. ワールドカフェセッション

    4. 閉会

    5. ウェルカムパーティー


         参加者は6, 7人の3グループに分かれて、グループ内で自分の研究成果を共有し、国際的な視点から自分の研究に対する意見を得ることができました。


  • 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

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