Department of International Collaborative Informatics, NITech Graduate School of Engineering Doctor's Degree Program
Research Introduction: With the development of information technology, people from all over the world can communicate with each other via Internet in different ways such as email, blog and social networks. As more and more people join in the Internet, it becomes possible for people to cooperate with each other to solve problems which are difficult for individuals and small groups. In this background, online discussion systems have recently attracted great attention as an enabling approach of realizing collective intelligence. During online discussions, human facilitators are introduced in order to help these discussions to proceed more efficiently and productively. However, there are a number of challenges such as human bias and time restriction that need to be solved in the human facilitator-based online discussion systems. As a result, automated facilitation becomes necessary in order to overcome these shortcomings. In our research, we propose a novel approach for automated facilitation that utilizes case based reasoning (CBR) in order to imitate the human facilitator thinking style. The proposed approach works in issue based information system (IBIS) discussion style where complex problems are designed as a conversation amongst several stockholders. These stockholders, in turn, bring their expertise in order to resolve the discussion point.
As a doctoral student: The reason why I decided to proceed doctoral course is that Artificial Intelligence is an attractive research field which has made great progress recently and will bring more changes to our life in the future. I have the feeling that it is both fascinating and challenging to do research in this field. Also, in the doctoral course, students will have more chances to get international communications via international conferences, studying abroad and symposiums. These sorts of experiences will help us have a much better understanding of our researches and our lives. So I highly recommend master students to proceed your research in the doctoral course if you have the same interest in your research field and want to have a better improvement of yourself.