The Keio Research Institute was founded in 1990 with the establishment of the Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) of Keio University. KRI’s role is to promote research activities at SFC in collaboration with its three faculties (Policy Management, Environment and Information Studies, Language Communication) and graduate school (Media and Governance). The Institute oversees all research on the SFC campus, including government-academia collaboration.
The Institute is made up of independent “laboratories” made up of researchers, experts, and leading thinkers drawn from Keio University’s multiple faculties and campuses, as well as collaboration with public/private institutions.
KRI fosters cross-cutting and interdisciplinary research activities with over 200 researchers and through the SFC Research Consortia engages with more than 400 collaborative experts and leaders.
KRI researchers work within the government and private sector organizations to produce cutting-edge advancements in technology, policy, and more with other prestigious global universities and organizations to produce real-world results that have impacts at-home and abroad.
The Institute has served as the host organization for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)-East Asia region since September 1996. It is also actively engaged in collaboration with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MTI-CSAIL) in the United States and the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) in France.