Message from the Dean

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the College of Information Science and Engineering established at Ritsumeikan University in April 2004. Graduate-level studies, on the other hand, such as the master's program in Advanced Information Science and Engineering and the doctoral program in Integrated Science and Engineering, continued to be offered by the Graduate School of Science and Engineering as part of a unified approach to education and research in science and engineering. We continued to meet society's demand for global human resources skilled in information and communication technology and contributed greatly to the development of Ritsumeikan University.

Since then information and communication technology has permeated into society, industry, education and a multitude of other realms and has come to form the infrastructure of society. The rapid development of mobile information technology has brought about major changes to our lifestyles, societal decision making processes, and service provision.

Therefore, what society requires today is not simply people with ICT knowledge and skills but people who also have the ability to predict the trends of society and provide high quality services in answer to those trends. It is the cultivation of such individuals that we consider to be our mission. And, of course, since services today transcend national borders, these individuals must also be globally-minded.

In response to these rapidly changing circumstances and the demands of society as well as to advance research and increase academic rigor, we established the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering in April 2012, following in the footsteps of the College of Information Science and Engineering. However, this does not mean that education and research in the field is pursued independently of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. The changes are for the purpose of increasing the flexibility and specialization of the field thereby refining collaborations and partnerships.

In fact, the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering collaborates with other graduate schools in our university across a wide variety of fields including medical and biological engineering, disaster mitigation, food and agriculture, environmental engineering, energy engineering, and sports and health.

At the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, we have taken on advanced international educational projects, such as the Hanoi University of Technology HEDSPI project and the Career Gateway to Asia project. Building upon these experiences, we started the Career Development Program for Foreign Studies in Japan (Mirai-Juku), which has the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. We 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.

We have made several significant research developments in unique areas such as mixed reality technology which combines the real world and the virtual world (e.g., Mixed Reality Pre-visualization in Filmmaking project), the Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures projectfor 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. Our researchers and students have publicized their accomplishments in academic journals and at conferences domestically and worldwide and we are proud to say that over the course of our history many have received international acclaim.

Yoshio Nakatani
Yoshio Nakatani
Professor and Dean
Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering