At the Department of Informatics, by systematically educating and researching information science and technology (a new discipline investigating the nature of the various phenomena called information related to nature, society, and humanity from both the viewpoints of form and meaning), we develop advanced technologies for an advanced information society and foster human resources who are capable of demonstrating new visions for information science and technology with an international perspective.
Students will study the knowledge and theories behind informatics as well as how to apply them to society at large. The Master’s Program offers three courses each corresponding to the last period of six years of integrated education to learn the knowledge, theories, and application for each field in informatics as well as further increase expertise on how to integrate each field of study into society at large. The three established courses are the Information Architecture and Security Course, the Data Science Course, and the AI and Robotics Course, all of which are essential subjects for current and future societies.
Students conduct research into and develop ground-breaking technologies related to information architecture and security that are the bedrock of our highly digitized society as well as learn ways to convey new insights into informatics using a global perspective.
Students train to become expert data scientists and researchers capable of working with the fundamentals of data science.
Students study to become expert researchers and technicians with the skills to pioneer and develop new fields in AI, IoT, and robotics in order to create Cyber Physical Systems.
Q1 What did you study at the Kyushu University Graduate School?
Naturally, I studied the knowledge related to Informatics, but at ISEE I also learned methods and approaches for active research as opposed to the passive education I had received up until then. I also gained in-depth knowledge on the topics that interested me, honed my theoretical thinking, and acquired practical techniques. On top of that, I also learned the skills and techniques to explain my resulting achievements to a wide array of people, from researchers to elementary school students and every level in between. The achievements and experiences gained from a thorough and complete investigation into one subject will always be valuable resources when you enter the workforce, regardless of your field.
Q2 What is your current occupation?
I am currently an assistant professor at Tohoku University, working on research and education. The job entails a lot of work unrelated to research that I didn’t even consider as student, like classroom and lab management and advising students. But the experiences I had as a teaching assistant, in research labs, and mentoring other students while in university have all proven extremely useful in those situations.
Q3 Is there anything that has stayed with you from your university days?
While I was studying for my Master’s, a professor asked me if I wanted to start a business based on some research and I helped launch that business. I had no idea what I was doing and learned about a variety of things completely disconnected to my research, like obtaining patents, creating business plans, carrying out market research, managing a company, etc. After that I won a business plan competition. That experience and the people I met through it have been valuable assets in my life.
Q4 What would you say to those who want to enter the School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering?
It is a truly wonderful place. The ISEE has world-class teachers, superb research equipment, and exceptional peers. Every part of it will satisfy your thirst for knowledge while you learn the skills and thought processes needed in society.
I finished my Master’s in Informatics in 2005 and was then hired at Denso. My company hired me after a trial period and I’ve been designing and developing automobile communication software ever since. It’s even possible your car might use software that I developed.
I still have opportunities to talk with students face to face. They often ask me questions like if what they are learning at university will help them with their work. My answer to that is yes.
To me, work means collaborating with your superiors and colleagues to solve problems that don’t have clear answers. University prepares you for that with opportunities to learn the techniques to do just that. You won’t learn as much just by listening to a lecture. You gain that experience for the future by thinking about the why of what you learn and proactively discussing research topics with professors and advisors.
The School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering is filled with outstanding professors, staff, and colleagues to help you improve. Take advantage of that incredible environment to develop cognitive and communication skills and make them an invaluable asset for you.