- e-Society, Complex Systems Theory, Human Interface
- Statistical Analysis, Simulation, Modeling (1 and 2), Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Informatics (1)
- Human interface, Creative Thinking, Communication Theories, Social Network Analysis, e-society, Intelligent Agent Systems
- Soccer (Football)
- Physics, Mathematics, Biology
- not a particular one but would recommend reading science fiction books
What are the appealing and interesting points of Information Science and Engineering?
This is one of the largest ICT colleges in the world, providing high quality education in pretty much all areas of computer science and information technology. Its laboratories are equipped with everything necessary for conducting world leading-level research, while its classrooms are modern, clean, and convenient for both studying with and without instructors. Also, this is one of the most internationalized colleges in Japan, as it has many students, faculty members, and global collaborators literarily from all around the globe.
How will the knowledge gained in the College of Information Science and Engineering be useful for students after graduation?
The whole educational system of the College is built to prepare the students to deal with and successfully solve real-world problems. Through laboratory and project work, as well as through extracurricular activities, our students get numerous opportunities to acquire social and communication skills, in addition to professional knowledge, that help them enormously to find jobs fitting individual preferences and abilities, and to quickly adapt to and excel in their professional life.
Please describe your major research, activities, and current research themes.
My research focus has always been on how to make life better for both every single person and whole society. I studied human creativity and developed methods and systems for assisting people in solving complex problems in a creative way. Together with students, we developed advanced interfaces that help people with serious disabilities to use computer systems just as non-disabled people do. Also, we designed and developed systems to assist people in disastrous situations, such as earthquakes and fires, and to mitigate damages caused by the disasters. On the theoretical side, I have developed a mathematical theory of complex system representation that can be used to analyze any type of human communication, and to make better communication systems. My current research is about how to use computers to make our social life easier and better (reduce bureaucracy, increase safety but promote freedom, etc.) and also about how to enhance human individual abilities (to see unseen, reach unreachable, feel nonexistent, etc.)
What are your expectations for new students entering the university? How would you like to see them progress during their time at the university?
New students entering our college should prepare for hard work and patience: it takes a lot of time and effort to become a qualified ICT professional. I also expect our new students to be courageous and “hungry” to try new things and get new experience – these characteristics are essential for making a successful career in our field.Essentially, I would like to see two major changes in our students as they make progress during their study at the College: 1) When students learn basic professional knowledge and skills, they stop asking the teacher about how to do something and then, as they “mature” via project and laboratory work, they stop asking what to do – they become professionals ready to recognize and deal with real world problems. 2) As students recognize the complexity of real world problems, they learn to work in teams and solve the problems together, working with their peers and college external partners from Japan and around the world.