This article describes the outline of the Oukan Gijutsu forum, which held on Jan. 2011.
The objective of the forum was to demonstrate the strength of Japanese society against disasters from
the viewpoint of Socio-Informatics. The Socio-Informatics is a comparatively young field of a social
science and the Society of Socio-Informatics (SSI) is a new academic society. The article summarizes
the SSI’s activities against the east Japan disaster. Then the summaries of the forum will be presented.
In this paper, we describe two applications to find photo albums that have been lost
during the earthquake and massive tsunami on the day of March 11th 2011. One is an archive system
in which users can search photo albums using keywords attached to them. The keywords are inputted
by the local persons who come to a place to look for their lost albums. The other is a facial recognition
system to identify a person by comparing selected facial features from the image and a facial database.
The two systems have produced the desired effect on returning the albums to their owners.
The aim of this paper is to make clear important points of disaster volunteer from experience
of volunteer activity after East Japan Great Earthquake 2011. After the earthquake, young
researchers in Japan Society of Information Society (JSIS) made a volunteer team to support a suffered
local town in Tohoku area. As a member of this team, I report and analyze our volunteer activity.
With other actors, we make horizontal relationship which fits well for information society. From this
experience, I draw important instruction for disaster volunteer activity in general.
This document analyses Japanese society after the Great East Japan Earthquake from two
points of view. First, the author investigates the historical disasters, and analyses the social changes
happened after the disaster with the multi-layer moral conflict model and the alt. elite model. Then,
the results of the questionnaire survey carried out June, 2012 are discussed.
This computational social scientific study intended to inquiry into an emerging pattern
of self-organized networking in social phenomena such as cooperative voluntary participation and
civic engagement. Especially, the ‘Pay It Forward’ inspired networking was able to unveil the nature
of varieties of social participatory cooperation and ad hoc networking patterns by artificial social
simulation. It suggested that this type of self-organizing networking can be adapted in various fields
such as biologically inspired computing, community based services by information communication
technology, smarter networking systems and other sociological concerns. And finally, taken together,
I discussed various considerable matters as the lessons from the Tohoku Earthquake Disaster in Japan
at the beginning of March 2011.
Under so unique research and education environment in Japanese universities without
departments of statistics, Japanese Society of Applied Statistics has been promoting and developing
several types of application of advanced statistical methodology to industries or different sciences
since the establishment in 1971. The society also made dedicated efforts to establish Japanese Federation
of Statistical Science Association in 2005. Recently we recommended to submit three proposals
to the Japanese universities on the education of trans-disciplinary methodology for problem solving
by relevant industries or academic societies under the leadership of both Japanese Federation of Statistical
Science Association and Transdisciplinary Federation of Science and Technology.
“The Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES)” was founded
in 1995 by the first president T. Kawai and organizers of WCCM III (The Third World Congress
on Computational Mechanics). JSCES has been affiliated to the International Union of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics (IACM) since 1995. The JSCES has currently over 900 members, all of
which are automatically registered as international members of the IACM. The purpose of JSCES
is to promote advances of education and technology in computational engineering by opening the
meeting among the members of JSCES and the related organization. In addition, we contribute to
international advancement of this field widely through the international activity.