Overview

Mission

The Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University, pursues interdisciplinary and composite researches operated by external funds, so as to achieve the following mission;

(1) to contribute to society by producing knowledge that resolves current issues, and

(2) to promote collaboration between government, industry, and academia

Message from the Director

Greetings from the Director, the Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University


The Research and Development Initiative was established in July 1999 with the aim of creating knowledge that can solve the most urgent issues in modern society and returning this knowledge to society through interdisciplinary joint research in collaboration with industry, academia, and government.

Since then, we have expanded projects and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. The Research and Development Initiative is consisting of "Research Units," each of which conducts its own research with a clearly stated research plan based on external funding. The Research Units are equipped with a unique personnel system that allows them to flexibly respond to changes in research plans or funding plans during the term of the project. As a result, the units can conduct their activities with a high degree of freedom while paying sufficient attention to compliance, and also can demonstrate their strengths in terms of prompt response to social demands and flexible formation to meet challenging issues. Of course, research results are returned to society through publications and cooperation with companies and public organizations, and all activities are evaluated and inspected.

The Research and Development Initiative was originally established at the Ichigaya Campus and shifted to the Korakuen Campus (mainly Science and Engineering Faculty Campus) in 2003 providing dedicated space for each unit, meeting rooms, a network environment, and administrative support. Such an environmental improvement promoted to conduct various research projects related to the entire Chuo University campus. Some of the research units are in the fields of science and engineering, such as social infrastructure and planning, environmental conservation and sustainability, robotics, nanomaterials, and big data, while others are humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields, such as psychology, brain science, and legal engineering. By the end of 2019 Japanese fiscal year, the total number of these research units has exceeded 100, and they continue to disseminate research results that are both academically and socially influential. We are committed to strengthening its research support system.

When considering the future of Japan and the world, the production and dissemination of high impact publications and the latest cutting-edge research findings will become an increasingly important issue. In particular, interdisciplinary research, which is indispensable for showing the way to solution that Japan and the world are facing, such as the realization of a sustainable society and response to the aging of society, is the mission of our university. Through such research, we hope to expand and enhance The Research and Development Initiative as a research institution with a stronger presence.We would like to ask for your continued and enthusiastic support.

 

 

Youichi Ishii
Director of the Research and Development Initiative
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering

 

History

year month  
1999 7 Established at Ichigaya campus.
The First Director : Shigeo Tsujii, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
2000 4 Number of Research Units : 2
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 6
2002 4 The Second Director : Nobuyuki Okubo, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 11
Number of Full-Time Researchers :
2003 4 Move to Korakuen campus.
Main facilities were provided on the 12th floor of Building No. 3.
2005 4 The Third Director : Kunio Saito, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 16  (Accumulative Number of Research Units : 31)
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 26
2008 4 The Director Reappointed : Kunio Saito, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 10 (Accumulative Number of Research Units : 41)
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 22
2011 4 The Director Reappointed : Kunio Saito, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 11 (Accumulative Number of Research Units : 53)
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 23
2014 4 The Forth Director : Shuji Tsukiyama, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 17 (Accumulative Number of Research Units : 73)
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 31
2017 4 The Director Reappointed : Shuji Tsukiyama, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 21 (Accumulative Number of Research Units : 92)
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 36
2020 4 The Fifth Director: Youichi Ishii, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Number of Research Units : 20(Accumulative Number of Research Units : 104)
Number of Full-Time Researchers : 35

About Research Unit

Administration

Steering Committee

Chairman : Youichi Ishii (Director)

Members : Kazunori Umeda

Takuya Sato
Tsutomu Kobayashi
Hiroshi Kumakura
Toshiyuki Ichiba
Toshinari Kamakura
Shoji Fukuoka
Tomohiro Shishime
Taro Nakamura
Kenji Katayama
Ippeita Dan
Kazuya Saitou

Contact

Research Administration Office