Dean’s Message

Information Science and Electrical Engineering into the Future

In April 2021, the Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University has reorganized its educational departments into new ones. The aim is, anticipating the rapid changes in the new era, to nurture the top experts in AI, mathematics and data science in the information science and technology field, and, in the electrical and electronic engineering area, to educate the students into the engineers and researchers who contribute, from the hardware aspects, to development of information technology and social infrastructures. To this end, the Department of Informatics and the Department of Advanced Information Technology have been merged into the new Department of Information Science and Technology, which effectively offers the education that enhances students’ understanding of the fundamental theories and abilities of implementation in the real world. This department has, in its master’s program, three courses (programs): Information Architecture and Security, Data Science, and AI and Robotics. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has reorganized its courses into Devices and Systems for Information and Devices and Systems for Energy. The names of the five courses indicate where and how the students are expected to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in the real world. In other words, the graduate school offers education on the fundamental theories and skills in the fields that the name of each department signifies and also education on their applications and implementations that correspond to each of the courses. We believe that it is clear for those who are thinking of joining the graduate school and those who are thinking of hiring the students what types of education is given in which filed and for what type of applications.

The Graduate School/Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University covers both of information science and technology field and electrical and electronic engineering area, which is unique among the major universities in the country. IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies are advancing, are going to be applied, as in ‘Society 5.0’, in all the aspects and functions of our society such as industry, agriculture, commerce, transport, education, health care and daily life, and are expected to contribute to the sustainable and prosperous society. They require the technologies such as sensing, communication, data analytics, decision making and control, the fundamental theories underlying these technologies, and the foundation of their implementations such as electronic devices and energy supply. We further the comprehensive research and education on all of these. Envisaging the future society, the area of information science and technology and the field of electrical and electronic engineering are not isolated but tightly related to each other. We call this tightly combined filed Shisutemu Joho Kagaku, meaning information science and technology, communication engineering, electronics and electrical engineering all combined into systems.

The newly reorganized Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering are promoting research on Shisutemu Joho Kagaku for the society in new era and nurturing engineers and researchers in the field to contribute to the safe and secure society rich in humanity in cooperation with the following related centers that are performing active research and education: Quantum and Photonics Technology Research Center, Research Institute of Advanced Electric Propulsion Aircrafts, Education and Research Center for Mathematical and Data Science, Research and Development Center for Five-Sense Devices, Center for Japan-Egypt Cooperation in Science and Technology, Center of Plasma Nano-interface Engineering, Research Institute for Information Technology, Research Institute of Superconductor Science and Systems, and System LSI Research Center.

Junichi Murata
Dean and Professor
Graduate School and Faculty of
Information Science and
Electrical Engineering