The Research and Development Initiative (RDI) was founded in July 1999 to meet the growing societal demand for the research at universities. In order to carry out the mission stated above, the research activities of the RDI are conducted by individual Research Units, each of which is established on a project-by-project basis and executes its research aiming at clearly defined objectives based on a carefully designed plan. The leader of each Research Unit can organize a suitable research team so as to execute research smoothly. Hence, the RDI provides a frame for the leader to tackle a challenging subject. The research results are published to contribute to the development of society, and are evaluated and checked by the financial supporters.
The RDI is a unique organization in our university in that the research is conducted by external funds completely and the unit leader has authority as much as possible. Since its establishment at Ichigaya campus, the RDI has collected information about external funds and delivers it to all the members in our university. After the move to Korakuen campus, facilities such as individual research rooms, meeting rooms, information network, and support from the office staff were provided for every Research Unit, and collaborations with researchers in the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Institute of Science and Engineering have progressed smoothly. Due to the dedication of RDI members, totally 90 Research Units have been established, and various invaluable research results have been published.
Those results are not only in the field of science and technologies, such as "Information Security," "Effective Use of Algae," "Catalyst and Material Transformation," "River Basins Management and Geotechnical Engineering," "System for Big Data Processing," but also in the fields of psychology, brain science, and law, such as "Clarification of Perceptive and Cognitive Functions of Infants," "Industrial Application of Cognitive Brain Information," and “Legal Engineering for Supporting Lawmakers and Interpreters.”
From now on, we promote researches for establishing sustainable society by activating collaborations among natural science, social science, and humanities, and make the RDI be one of leading centers challenging to problems that our society faces. I sincerely appreciate your support and cooperation given to the RDI and would like to request your continued support.
Shuji Tsukiyama, Director, RDI