First established in 2014 as “Global Innovation Laboratory” at the graduate school, the laboratory acquired its present name in 2017 when the undergraduate International Program of Information Systems Science and Engineering (ISSE) was launched at the College of Information Science and Engineering. This is one of the four research laboratories founding the ISSE program (for more information about ISSE, please visit http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/ise/course/global/ ).

Currently, e-Society Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary research and learning space centering its work around individuals, social groups, organizational networks as well as public administrations in the age of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Research fields of laboratory members include (but are not limited to) social network analysis and its applications, statistical simulation and modeling, computational linguistics, man-machine interaction and human interface, operations research, machine learning and topic modeling, IoT intelligent agents, and authentication systems. Classical engineering projects are typically envisaged in a broader environmental and social perspective encompassing the exchange with experts from architecture, education, linguistics, sociology, and cognitive science, but also from manufacturing and physics.

One of the distinctive features of the laboratory is its international character. The working language is English. Student members, both undergraduate and graduate are expected to report results of their work at professional meetings, including international conferences, while graduate research projects are aimed at producing results that would be reported in international journals. Undergraduate research projects are often conducted in collaboration with domestic and overseas partner organizations, such as local governments (e.g. of the European Union, Indonesia, and Shri-Lanka) and universities (e.g. Kobe University, Tokyo University of Science, and Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences). Graduate students’ work is, as a rule, also coupled with external international affiliates of the laboratory that include research groups from the University of Zurich, Danube University Krems, and Brawijaya University.

Extracurricular laboratory events include birthday cake-parties, cross-cultural BBQs, and city tours. Members of the laboratory are active in sport, and regularly participate in various sporting events, such as marathon and powerlifting competitions.

Business Intelligence
Smart City
Natural Language Processing
Digital Governance
Complex System Modeling


Associated Members


“ICT for Human Enhancement”
e-Society Laboratory

2nd Floor, Creation Core Building,

College of Information Science and Engineering,
Ritsumeikan University,
1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu,
Shiga, 525-8577,