Faculty Members

Kazuo Hiekata/Associate Professor/Division of Environmental Studies

Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies//Systems Design and Information Systems

Career Summary

1998: [BEng], Faculty of Engineering (The University of Tokyo)
2000: MSc (The University of Tokyo)
2000-2004: IBM Japan, Ltd.
2004-2010: Assistant Professor (The University of Tokyo)
2010: Associate Professor (The University of Tokyo)
2013-2014: Visiting Scholar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Educational Activities

Graduate School: Optimal Systems Design, International Systems Design Workshop, Knowledge Information Processing

Research Activities

In modern days, distributed human agents and artifacts cooperate in highly networked information society as large complex socio-technical systems. To solve problems caused by large complex systems, perspectives from several academic disciplines, such as engineering, information technology, economics, business administration and domain specific knowledge, are necessary to be integrated. We work on following items.

1. Development of methodology for designing systems by systems approach, which identify objectives, functions, behavior and dependency of system elements.
2. Simulation to forecast unexpected behaviors of large complex system of systems.
3. Development of methodology for communication and collaboration of teamwork to integrate multidisciplinary experts by mutual understanding on the bases of systems approach, supported by the outcomes of 1. and 2.


1) Kazuo Hiekata, Hiroyuki Yamato, Wataru Oishi, Takashi Nakazawa, Ship Design Workflow Management by ShareFast, Journal of Ship Production, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 23-29, 2007.2
2) Hiroyuki Yamato, Kota Tsubouchi, Kazuo Hiekata, Ken Honda, Chika Sugimoto, Evaluation of On-Demand Bus Services Applicability to Older Persons, Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 20 No. 6, pp. 810-817, 2008.12
3jKazuo Hiekata, Taiga Mitsuyuki, Ryuji Ueno, Ryota Wada and Bryan Moser. A Study on Decision Support Methodology for Evaluating IoT Technologies Using Systems Approach. Proc. of the 18th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding, Vol.2, pp.7-15, 2017.

Other Activities

The Japanese Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE)
The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI)
Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

Future Plan

Our lab focuses on the impact on industry and society by systems ideas and methods.

Messages to Students

We expect students to learn skills, logic and ethics in academia and practice.