Name OKABE Daisuke
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Sociology and Media Studies, Informatics
Profile My specialty is cognitive science (especially, situated learning). Situated Learning applications include learning environment design, design of artifacts, designing community of practices, creative workshop design, and participatory design. Among them, I am interested in research on “mundane creativity" of ordinary people and "participatory media culture".
As research methods, I mainly use fieldwork and ethnography. I've interviewed participants in craft communities and fan cultures, for example. The interview data is categorized and concepts rooted in the data will be constructed.
The type of research is to describe design plinciples of informal learning from fieldwork studies. Research results are clarified through presentations at domestic/international conferences and publications in journals.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. cognitive science

    An interdisciplinary science that deals not only with human and animal intelligence, but also with intelligence in computer programs, organizations, and society. Members include researchers in psychology, information science including artificial intelligence, philosophy, linguistics, education, sociology, economics, anthropology, and brain science. Methods used include behavioral experiments, brain measurements, computational modeling and simulation, and ethnography.

  2. situated learning

    A learning theory proposed by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger in the early 1990s. It is characterized by its view of learning as a social practice, rather than as a teaching act according to an educational curriculum.

  3. fieldwork study

    We study the ways in which people collaborate to produce observable social activities. We focus on the fact that social order is always achieved through the methods of its members.

Representative Papers
  1. Generating a Melody Based on Symbiotic Evolution for Musicians' Creative Activities Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2018 197 - 204
  2. Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe Computers, Phones, and the Internet: Domesticating Information Technology 2012
  3. Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected Age Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, Izumi Tsuji Yale University Press 2012
  4. The Reconstruction of Space and Time through Mobile Communication Practices. Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe(Portable Objects in Three Global Cities: Coordinating People, Technologies, and Urban Infrastructures) Transaction Books 2008
  5. Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media Daisuke Okabe, Mizuko Ito(Purikura as a Social Management Tool)Kul 2008
  6. Mobile Communication in Everyday Life Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe(Everyday Contexts of Camera Phone Use: Steps Toward Technosocial Ethnographic Frameworks.” In Joachim Höflich and Maren Hartmann Ed.,)Frank & Timme. 2006
  7. Computers, Phones,and the Internet Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe(Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging) Oxford 2006
  8. Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, Misa Matsuda MIT Press 2005
  9. Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging. In Social Perspectives on SMS in the Mobile Age Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe(Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging. In Social Perspectives on SMS in the Mobile Age)Kluwer 2005
  10. Mobile Communications: Re-negotiation of the Social Sphere. Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe(Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Re-placement of Social Contact)New York: Springer-Verlag 2005
Award Nojima Hisao Award from Japanese Cognitive Science Society, Best Paper Award from Japanese Association for Qualitative Psychology
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Digital Media and Learning
Japanese Cognitive Science Society
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Cognitive science, Media Culture, Fieldwork Method
Education Field (Graduate level) Situated Learning, Interaction Analysis, Ethnographic Study