Information technology (IT) has become the basic technology to permeate all fields such as society, industry, and education, and with the spread of the Internet, applications in these domains continue to expand. With the ever-rapid development of information science and technology, the demand for advanced technicians and researchers who possess and can apply an in-depth understanding of fundamental and applied technology is increasing.

Training advanced information technologists and researchers on a graduate level is a necessity for remaining internationally competitive with countries pursuing an edge in IT.

In order to answer these social demands, the Advanced Information Science and Engineering major presents three courses centered around the following themes: “Computer Science”, “Human Information Science”, and “Bioscience and Bioinformatics”. We are achieving cutting-edge IT education and research in technology ranging from basic applications, such as information processing and network/system construction, to practical ones, human, and even intelligent or biological, for information and media.

Computer Science Course
21 century is called the information era because the world has changed dramatically by computers and the internet. In order to realize the information-oriented society, it is necessary for us to establish high level information processing, system and network technologies. On the basis of information science and computer engineering, we, all staffs of the computer science course are doing research on computer software, hardware, network, agent-based communication, human interface and so force that aim to development of technologies supporting “ubiquitous” society where we can access various computers any time and anywhere, and help communication between person and artificial system, and among persons through artificial systems. Our educational goal is to let students be high skilled engineers in information system and computer network who can develop useful, easy-to use for children through seniors, wide-ranged information and communication systems on the bases of the internet, wireless communication and mobile computers. The range covers personal systems to world-wide ones.
Human Information Science Course

As computing power increases, and the viability of complex, high-speed processing on computers is realised, the relationship between humans and computers becomes ever-more important. This technological progress now allows us to realise our information processing potential on computers and also enables human-computer information interchange via advanced human-machine interfaces.

With respect to realising human potential on computers, we are working on the measurement and analysis of biological intelligence in the research areas of human engineering and brain science, the design and development of computational intelligence based on soft computing, and the analysis and utilization of machine intelligence using intelligent robotics. Furthermore, in the field of human-machine interfaces, we are conducting research for the development of information processing platforms that can flexibly express and handle media information sources such as images, sound, and (written) characters.

Our goal is to realise a richer and more user-friendly human-machine interface using a variety of information platforms. In the course of Human Information Science, we aim to train advanced researchers and engineers who will make exceptional contributions to the above research areas using vastly improved computing power and interfaces.

Bioscience and Bioinformatics Course

Today, huge amount of biological data have been accumulated by the progress of the genomics and proteomics research. The explosion in data has led to the growth of the new research field, bioinformatics. Bioinformatics involves the design and implementation of advanced information and computational technologies to address problems in biology. In the near future, results achieved from the study in the field of bioinformatics will be used for medical diagnostic and therapeutic purposes as well as other industrial applications.

The mission of Bioscience and Bioinformatics Course is to promote useful talent in the field. To accommodate the broad range of interests, we will open 10 lectures: Structural Biology, Molecular Design, Genome Informatics, Molecular Medicinal Science, Proteomics, Applied Molecular Physiology, Pharmacology, Biological Information Processing, Biosignaling, and Systems Biology. We will also offer research opportunities to learn cutting-edge techniques in bioscience and bioinformatics.

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