Message from the Dean

Ritsumeikan University established the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering (GSISE) in April, 2012, by reconstructing and extending the Major of Information Science and Engineering in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, in order to meet the social demand to develop researchers and engineers in the field of information technology (IT) who can actively participate at the international level. GSISE currently has over 90 researchers who engage in the advanced and various research and education involving IT, and is one of the best graduate schools in the IT field in Japan.

Today, IT is an indispensable infrastructure that supports the various scenes of the society, such as transportation, finance, logistics, education, and so on. IT has drastically changed our life style of information commination, methods of decision-making, various services, entertainments, and so on. We believe that this trends are still accelerated. The society requires engineers which can contribute to the society from the global viewpoint observing social trends and utilizing knowledge and skills. Our mission is to foster such skilled professionals.

GSISE encourages several international education projects and takes in international students under the partnership with oversea universities, such as Dual Master Degree Program (DMDP) and Dual Doctor Degree Program (DDDP). GSISE continues creating an environment where Japanese and foreign students study together beyond the cultural difference and values and produce a global workforce that can play a leading role in society. GSISE will strengthen the link between undergraduate and graduate studies and, through education and research where Japanese students and international students work together (in both English and Japanese-medium courses), produce a global workforce that can play a leading role in society.

In the close cooperation with industry, government and the local community, GSISE has made significant research developments in unique areas such as mixed reality technology which combines the real world and the virtual world, the Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures project for digitally archiving Japanese culture such as the Gion festival and Noh dance, the Frontier Research for Natural Disaster Mitigation project which involves the collaboration of researchers in civil engineering, sensing technologies, and information and communication technologies, and a project to improve the sound-scape of daily life through the application of acoustic technology. GSISE receives significant amount of research budget from the government because of these unique researches that have been highly praised both at home and abroad. Our researchers and students have publicized their accomplishments in academic journals and at conferences domestically as well as worldwide and we are proud to say that over the course of our history many have received international acclaim.

Yoichi Yamashita
Professor and Dean
Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering