Cross-disciplinary research environment with “information” at its core

The widespread use of PCs, cell phones, and other means of communication, and their connection via networks, has allowed society to store, send, receive, transmit, and process sizable information in various forms, including text, images, voice, and video, with significant speed and ease. Along with this technological development, individuals, and business entities, both being the major constituents of modern society, have also developed a new set of values. Values, knowledge, wisdom, and experience, are produced as the result of fully utilizing the vast pool of information bestowed upon humanity. “Information Society” is the name we call the modern world not only in which we have the universal method to access and transmit information, but also where we could discover knowledge, wisdom, and experience of humanity. Pursuing safety and accessibility as the ultimate goal, it strives to achieve its full potential in nurturing the vital activities performed by people and society.

The Information Science Division aims to foster creative minds with solid armor of a deep understanding of humans and society through information. Wielding strong knowledge of basic and applied information science, students will be able to cut through the formidable complexities of the study, analyze mechanisms, and develop systems for fast-developing human-information dynamics.

Curriculum

The faculty is headed by experts representing the three fields of human information, social information, and electronic information. The master’s degree program trains advanced professionals who can respond to the advanced information society, while the doctoral degree program trains outstanding researchers. Students from liberal arts field are also welcome.

Degrees conferred

  • Master’s Program: Master (Engineering)
  • Doctoral Course: Doctor (Engineering)

Available teaching licenses and licensed subjects

  • Junior High School Specialization (Mathematics/Science)
  • High School Specialization (Mathematics/Science/Industry/Information)

*Only Master’s degree programs are eligible for a teacher license. If you wish to obtain a teacher’s license, a Type 1 license should be already obtained or the requirements for obtaining a Type 1 license should be fulfilled in advance for the subjects you wish to be licensed on, for otherwise, it is not possible.

Program Features

Diversity of research themes

A variety of research themes can be explored in human information systems, social information systems, and electronic information systems. Not only are themes directly relevant to the department, but also inter-disciplinary themes developed with alternative perspectives and technologies through various joint activities with other departments/faculties, off-campus projects, and business entities.

Enhanced research guidance

Graduate students pursue advanced research themes under the careful guidance of faculty members. Students are trained to conduct highly independent research. We will provide substantial research guidance so that the results can be presented in academic journal papers, international conferences, etc.

Selected Thesis Topics

  • The Influence of Native Language on the Production and Perception of Foreign Language Speech – From an Acousto-Phonetic Standpoint
  • Practical research on optimization of state-of-the-art logistics centers at the core of the supply chain
  • Methods for Improving User Experience Quality in Mobile Video Streaming
  • Research on methodologies and supporting environments to improve the efficiency of information systems development
  • Partial retrieval of 3D image model using projection around the vertical axis
  • Development of image recognition algorithms that utilize gaze information
  • Displacement and viscoelastic modulus distribution imaging in human tissue using photoacoustics
  • Evolutionary Algorithm for Ad Optimization on Web Pages
  • Hazard-Aware Raw Material Variance Minimization in Food Traceability
  • A Comparative Study in Category Classification Using Natural Language Processing
  • Brain Network Structure of Self-Image
  • Study on the Application of Visual Decryption Type Secret Sharing Method

Educational Policy

Master’s Program

With an aim to foster human resources who can serve the advancement of Information Science and contribute to developing human society and conserving the global environment by using expertise, the Information Science Division (Master’s Program) sets standards for the skills and knowledge students should acquire before graduation as described below: Those who fulfill the requirements and pass their thesis defense shall be deemed to have acquired these qualities and will be awarded a diploma.

1. The ability to multidimensionally identify how technology can impact human society and the global environment, acquired by studying a wide range of disciplines, including natural science disciplines beyond one’s disciplinary specialty or interdisciplinary fields covering the social sciences.

2. The ability to acquire expertise that enables one to independently play an active role at the forefront of Information Science and associated fields as well as to creatively conduct research and development that will contribute to human evolution and wellbeing.

3. A level of English proficiency that enables high performance in society and accommodates further developments in globalization.

4. The ability to put together academic papers on the findings of research in a specialized field.

Doctoral Program

With an aim to foster human resources who have acquired high expertise in Information Science as well as the interdisciplinary competence to comprehensively understand the associated impacts on human society and the global environment, and can thus conduct research and development independently in their field of expertise, the Information Science Division (Doctoral Program) sets standards for the skills and knowledge students should acquire before graduation as described below: Those who fulfill the requirements and pass their dissertation defense shall be deemed to have acquired these qualities and will be awarded a diploma.

1. The ability to multidimensionally identify how technology can affect human society and the global environment, acquired by studying not only one’s disciplinary specialty, but also a wide range of disciplines, including associated interdisciplinary fields.

2. The ability to acquire expertise that enables one to independently play an active role at the forefront of Information Science and associated fields as well as to creatively conduct research and development that will contribute to human evolution and wellbeing.

3. A level of English proficiency that enables one to stand on the forefront of globalization and independently lead international society.

4. The ability to conduct highly specialized research, communicate the research findings widely, and put together academic papers with significant academic value.

Master’s Program

The Information Science Division (Master’s Program) seeks to cultivate the ability to contribute to the further development of Information Science and associated disciplines, as well as to the development of human society and global environment conservation, by having students take courses in Information Science and other divisions and receive research guidance.

1. Students will take courses in divisions other than Information Science as well as general science and engineering courses to acquire broad knowledge of disciplines other than their disciplinary specialty.

2. Students will take courses offered by the Information Science Division to acquire expertise on these subjects. Furthermore, they will conduct research on a specific theme; and therefore acquire profound professional knowledge of their theme in a broad context and learn about research procedures, organization and ethics.

3. Students will improve their English proficiency by taking English for Science and Technology and English-taught courses, presenting research outcomes in English, and writing academic papers in English.

Doctoral Program

The Information Science Division (Doctoral Program) seeks to cultivate the ability to independently conduct research and development based on high expertise in Information Science and broad knowledge of associated fields, by having students take Seminars and receive research guidance

  1. Students will read academic papers and commentaries in interdisciplinary fields other than Information Science to acquire broad knowledge of these disciplines.
  2. Students will conduct intensive research supported by research guidance provided by faculty; and therefore acquire profound expertise of their theme in a broad context, learn about research procedures, organization and ethics, and submit their dissertation as a culmination of their research.
  3. Students will present their research outcomes in Japan and overseas in English, compile and submit academic papers in English, and conduct research at overseas institutions as required; and therefore, they will actively improve their communication skills.

Master’s Program

The Information Science Division (Master’s Program)e seeks students with the following qualities:

1. Students who have studied the field of Information Science and are motivated to perform research

2. Students who possess the standard academic skills associated with Information Science and Mathematics required to study Information Science and pursue research in the field

Doctoral Program

The Information Science Division (Doctoral Program) seeks students with the following qualities:

1. Students who are motivated to independently pursue creative research and development in the field of Information Science.

2. Students with the expertise and English skills required to independently pursue creative research and development in the field of Information Science

Faculty Members

Takayuki ARAI Professor

Gonsalves TAD Professor

Yasuhisa TAMURA Professor

Masaki BANDAI Professor

Ryo KAWABATA Associate Professor

Chikayoshi SUMI Associate Professor

Yuichiro MIYAMOTO Associate Professor

Ikuko YAIRI Associate Professor

Haruka YAMASHITA Associate Professor

Takao YAMANAKA Associate Professor

Yusuke KAMEDA Assistant Professor

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