Organization and History

Organization

The Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering (ISEE) consists of the following three departments.

The Department of Informatics studies Information Science from the viewpoints of theoretical foundations of sciences and tools for sciences, which provide us a deeper understanding of “information.”

The Department of Advanced Information Technology aims to create sophisticated systems to support a variety of human social activities by combining computer engineering, communication technology and real-world information processing. To provide effective education in specialized skills in this field, we have two different educational courses in this department: Social Information Systems Engineering and Intelligent Information Systems Engineering.

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering aims to construct the bases of the industrial systems in the advanced information society by combining electrical, electronic and communication engineering. There are two educational courses under this department: Electrical Engineering and Information Electronics.

These three departments collaborate to provide a comprehensive education ranging from the fundamentals, to the applications of our new academic discipline, Information Science and Electrical Engineering.

Departments

Students Admitted

Departments Doctoral Course Master Course
Department of Informatics 14 40
Department of Advanced Information Technology
(Intelligent Information Systems Engineering Course)
(Social Information Systems Engineering Course)
15 45
(25)
(20)
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(Information Electronics Course)
(Electrical Engineering Course)
16 55
(27)
(28)
Total 45 140

Graduate School and Graduate Faculty System

Kyushu University was the first of all graduate schools in Japan to adopt this new system in 2000 following the revision of the School Education Law. Splitting the former Graduate School into the Graduate School (the education body) and Graduate Faculty (the research body to which faculty members belong), seeks to re-vitalize relationships between the Graduate Faculty and the Graduate School as well as the Graduate Faculty and the Undergraduate School. This contributes to more dynamics and flexibility in the Graduate Faculty in its relation to the Graduate School and the Undergraduate School.

Along with the general shift to the Graduate School and Graduate Faculty System, all faculty members under the new structure have been transferred from the Undergraduate Faculty to the Graduate Faculty. In addition, the educational body (Graduate School) and the research body (Graduate Faculty) are technically separated. Doing so, creates a more flexible administrative organization, enabling Graduate Faculty members to participate easier, in the education of both the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools. In this way, we are able to promote a more dynamic relationship between the education bodies (Undergraduate and Graduate Schools) and the research body (Graduate Faculty), and thereby accommodate changes and shifts of pedagogic and research focus as these may occur in the future.

At present, departments in the Graduate School correspond to departments in the Graduate Faculty, except for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The advantage of separating research from education is to allow more flexibility in the Graduate School system. This flexibility has enabled the “System LSI Research Center” to be established in 2001. It is a new-type of research institute, the first of its kind in universities in Japan, comprised of faculty members from this Graduate Faculty as well as the Graduate Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate Faculty of Economics. All of these faculty members also hold a teaching post. The foundation of new graduate schools, the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences and Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences, is another result of this new system. The former consists of four departments, Bioinformatics, Life Engineering, Medical Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Life Sciences and the latter consists of two departments, Kansei Science and Automotive Science. A number of faculty members from our Graduate Faculty are in charge of education in these new schools. Activities of these newly established institutes have attracted attention nationwide.

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History

The Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering (ISEE) was established in May 1996 to form a new type of organization for research and education aiming to go beyond the existing organizational structure. It was made up of five departments: the Department of Informatics, the Department of Intelligent Systems, the Department of Computer Science and Communication Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering and the Department of Electronics. Faculty members were made up from the departments of Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Computer Science and Communication Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering; Department of Information Systems in the Graduate School of Engineering Sciences; Research Institute of Fundamental Information Science attached to Faculty of Science; the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science; as well as the Faculty of Literature and Faculty of Education. In addition, professors from the University Computer Center, Educational Center for Information Processing and Research Institute for Superconductivity also joined this team. This reorganization was in the result of the ‘Graduate School Priority Program’, which followed the outline of the plan for reorganizing Kyushu University.

ISEE was reorganized in April 2000 into a dual structure system consisting of Graduate School and Graduate Faculty. The Research Institute of Superconductor Science and Systems (RISS), which was attached to the Faculty of Engineering, joined the Graduate Faculty. In April 2009, ISEE was reorganized again to reflect the recent research issues in the information and the electricity-electronics fields and to adapt to the recent educational needs from industry and society. Presently the Graduate School consists of three departments and the Graduate Faculty consists of four departments. The student body consists of 140 students in the master’s program and 45 students in the doctoral program. A large majority of the faculty members in the Graduate School serve concurrently as professors in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the others serve as professors in the Informatics Course in the Department of Physics, teaching undergraduates.