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Reiko Hishiyama
Associate Professor

Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
School of Creative Science and Engineering / Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering,

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Address: Room 1504A, Building 51, Okubo 3-4-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8555, JAPAN
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Research Areas

Encouraging knowledge community activities using coordination techniques for distributed artificial intelligence (DAI)

Human social activities, organization, and markets are changing rapidly through the growth of the global computer network. The popularization of the Internet can particularly help to connect people engaged in activities individually and locally. It can also reinforce the willingness of people to cooperate with one another.

If we can link people's knowledge by sharing and networking with each other, it will be possible to produce new organizations and intellectual knowledge. In order to realize effective coordination, we need perspectives that consider how we can encourage human activities. We also have to consider how to create the organizational knowledge that is useful for each person. So there are great expectations in developing how to create, share, and reuse the knowledge.

In this research, I started to simulate organization communities that consist of two groups of companies, which are buyers and suppliersDThen I studied "co-adaptation" by analyzing their organizational behavior in e-procurement activities on the Internet. Now we approach how to encourage knowledge community activities by using computer and communication technologies from the research standpoint of distributed artificial intelligence.



Study of participatory design in business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) as well as science communications

The time has come to become increasingly aware of corporate social responsibility as represented by air and water pollution problems, food safety problems, etc. In order to build a sustainable society, we have to understand the social structures and scientific systems that we face in the progress of science and technology. On the other hand, the background causes of the problems are complex and uncertain; therefore, it is not easy for ordinary citizens or consumers to understand the mechanisms of these complex scientific reasoning problems, and to focus on what to do to change the situation in the present for the future.

My goal is to realize improvement in efficiency of field communication that bridges scientific specialists and non-specialists by using information and communication technology. We conduct human- and agent-based participatory scientific simulations on the Internet and support the practices of the communities. Now we center on several themes, including "global warning," which address the challenges of the global climate change mechanism and "GM food," which need to be tackled in dialogue among various interested parties.

Companies are also required to change their management style by paying attention not only to economic value but also to social value in their goods and services. This study encourages building of a relationship between companies and individuals.



Doctoral Degree

Ph.D. Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan
Subject : A study on co-adaputation models in e-procurement environment
Supervisor : Professor Toru Ishida