02.Industry and International Collaborations

Industry and International Collaborations

To develop global leaders, the program provides a unique research guidance system with which students can subjectively organize a “Multidisciplinary Research Advisory Team” of their own consisting of members from diverse disciplines, domestic and foreign institutions, as well as from industrial, governmental, and academic organizations.

1. Participation from multiple disciplines

To develop the interdisciplinary abilities of students, we have more than 90 dedicated and Cooperative faculties. These instructors are mainly from human informatics, which is comprised of intelligent informatics, virtual reality, human machine systems, Distributed Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Information Security, and cybernics. In addition, they are joined by instructors from other disciplines, including medical and health sciences, arts, and business science. Our medical and health sciences faculties have received acclaim not only for their excellent research results but also for their global education activities, while our arts faculties, as represented by Kansei science and design or science visualization, are committed to creating new forms of graduate school education that integrate theory and practice within the university. Meanwhile, our business science faculties provide education in global communications and applied information education, which are indispensable for global business operations.

2. Participation from Foreign Universities

Empowerment Informatics is comprised of three pillars: Supplementation, Harmony, and Extension. Instructors from major 5 foreign universities participate in regular research guidance, degree examinations, and student admissions.

3. Participation from industry (including Research Institutes operating as Independent Administrative Agencies)

For each pillar in Empowerment Informatics, researchers from the industrial sector participate in the program as visiting instructors. They come from companies in partnership with our university through our industry–academia cooperation projects. Major participants include Panasonic Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Shiseido Co., Ltd., Entropy Control, Inc. (USA), and Ars Electronica Linz GmbH (Austria). In addition, Researchers from National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) participate in the program.
We also provide a “Practical Training in Engineering Residence” where students in collaboration with visiting instructors from corporations conceive a joint research plan. Then students are expected to take the initiative in research and development as project leaders for six months. This residence program is designed for the students to develop the capability to solve real problems found in industrial, governmental, and academic spheres and to enhance the frontline ability, which is essential for leaders to successfully address problems in society and to design systems that empower people.