新板 窮理図解

After graduation from Keio, what experiences did you acquire?
      After completing the doctoral course in March 2005, I became a research associate at Tokyo University of Science (TUS) in April. At TUS, I belonged to the Department of Management Science, Faculty of Engineering that covers disciplines similar to those of Keio. I had important experiences at TUS – guiding students in their graduation theses in addition to teaching exercises in mathematics and computer-based experimental courses. Then, in October 2008, I moved to The University of Electro-Communications (UEC). It was around that time that I was blessed with a son, three of us living together near the campus. During that period I devoted myself to research at UEC. So the years with UEC were when I tackled research themes that constitute the cores of my current work. Indeed, new ideas for research I conceived then turned to be a great asset for what I am doing now.
      After five and a half years of teaching and research activities at UEC, I returned to Keio in 2014.

What is the current organization of your lab?
photo      Established only three years ago, my lab has a modest number of member students: two master-course first year and five undergraduate students. Our policy here is to allow the students to proactively address themes they have found interesting. Naturally, their research themes range very widely, from a problem for ranking sports teams to mathematical analysis of cityscapes. They appear excited about approaching diverse social problems by developing mathematical models. When it comes to themes brought in by students, it is often the case that I also need to join them and rack our brains together, which in turn is another opportunity for me to learn anew and can lead to new discoveries.

How do you spend your days off?
      My family consists of four members – a son who is an elementary school second grader, a daughter turning two years of age soon, my wife and myself. Maybe due to my influence, my son likes insect hunting (Laughter), impatiently looking for the summer vacation. My daughter seems to like singing, dancing and “Anpanman”. Recently she is becoming able to speak more and more words, which makes me happy. Going to aquariums and museums together and making trips are pleasant refreshers. My family is a source of my power.
      Especially, my wife, who works as an editor for an academic publishing company, is a good adviser for me. She is originally from a law faculty and often offers useful advice on my new research themes because my studies mostly concern social problems. If I fail to make my wife understand my points, my research work is bound to go nowhere (Laughter). Don’t you think so?

What do you think are the merits of Keio University?
      Actually there are many. But especially I’d like to point out the fact that both the teaching staff and students maintain a strong attachment to the Keio organization. It’s wonderful to find everyone always aware of and practicing the calls: “Keio should deliver impactful research results to the world” and “What should be done to make Keio an even better organization?”
      Speaking of the Faculty of Science and Technology overall, it has an atmosphere of supporting young people. The whole faculty is willing to support young researchers in terms of research funds and opportunities for studying overseas. The strong feeling of unity and identity is the source of strength for Keio.

Some words from students
Student : Whatever questions we ask, Dr. Tanaka always responds sincerely and kindly with easy-to-understand answers. He is a really good teacher. Dr. Tanaka’s scope of knowledge is extremely wide, meaning he has many topics to talk about. What we can learn from Dr. Tanaka seems endless.

(Reporter & text writer: Madoka Tainaka)