Challenge new academic subjects with new methodologies

First of all

The Social Computing Laboratory, NAIST, was established in September 2015 to pursue cutting-edge research activities.
Positioned under the umbrella of the Institute for Research Initiatives (IRI) and the Graduate School of Information Science, our laboratory is engaged in interdisciplinary research and education in a new scientific arena.

August 3, 2016, Assoc. Prof. Eiji Aramaki

New Science & New Methodologies

A 3-dimensional chronological display of tweets from a single day that contains the word “pollen,” presented at the Science of Pollen and Pollinosis Exhibition, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.


The mission of the Social Computing Laboratory is to explore a new interdisciplinary branch of informatics that is both practical and theoretical. Its research interests relate to healthcare and other real-life challenges, as well as to the application of natural language processing (NLP) and other information retrieval techniques. Our approaches are:
Interdisciplinary and practical: we address practical problems in collaboration with experts from a wide range of fields, including informatics, medicine, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology.
Theoretical: in addition to practical informatics applications, scientific rigor is our major interest.

Big Data Processing

Tweets are used to estimate the seasonal influenza severity and prevalence in Japan.
EMNLP2011 (The most cited Japanese paper in EMNLP)

Disease Speaks for Itself

Quantitative linguistics are applied to discover dementia and developmental disorders.
PLoSONE (2016), patent pending, 2016 IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award

Come and See!

The NAIST offers a “Come and See Anytime You Like” program for individuals who would like to visit laboratories and facilities they are interested in.
Those who wish to do so are invited to visit the program’s dedicated website.