Research Divisions

CSIS comprises the following research divisions to promote spatial information science.

Division of Spatial Information Analysis

This division develops methods for extracting spatial characteristics such as the shape and distribution of various spatial phenomena including landforms, hydrology, vegetation, society, culture, language, and economy. The division also develops and applies spatial analysis theory to uncover the underlying mechanisms. In addition, the division developed a system to support spatial decision-making that contributes to the planning processes of real society, for example, to predict future phenomena or analyze policies.

Division of Spatial Information Engineering

This division conducts research on various techniques and integrates and mines methods to efficiently obtain an enormous volume of data connected to location and time generated by various sensors dispersed throughout a real space. Furthermore, data reflecting the conditions of real spaces dispersed on the Internet are collected. This division also studies extensive applications based on spatio-temporal data such as data visualization, location information services, and future prediction.

Division of Spatial Socio-Economic Research

The aim of this division is to promote theoretical and empirical studies on diverse social and economic phenomena, focusing on their spatio-temporal characteristics. Furthermore, the division develops methods to statistically analyze the spatio-temporal data needed in empirical analyses. It also constructs spatio-temporal databases that are made available to researchers across Japan to enhance empirical research in the social sciences, in particular, in urban and regional economics.

Division of Joint Usage and Research

This division reconstructs scattered spatial data and spatial knowledge to compile a spatial information base. It conducts research and development activities focused on environments that support research and educational activities related to these data and that use them in sophisticated applications. In addition to designing, implementing, and validating initiatives directed at the development of research communities, this division studies the environments, methods, and systems needed to promote social applications of the spatial information base.

Division of Space System and Geospatial Information Engineering ( Website of the division )

Supported by private companies and foundations, this division aims to strengthen technology regarding spatial information management/distribution infrastructure in Japan, and to develop platforms for various spatial data, utilizing a network of hub universities overseas, particularly in Asia. The division also deals with a wide variety of spatial information, for example, space utilization, and is actively involved in making policy recommendations for geo-spatial projects, particularly in the public sector, and promoting human resource development and education.