Message from the Dean

Masatoshi Ishikawa Masatoshi Ishikawa
Dean
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
The University of Tokyo

Now more than ever, various winds are blowing in the field of Information Science Technology. Development and deployment of fundamental technologies that will shape the future of society, such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, data science, IoT, sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, virtual reality, information security, intelligent robots, autonomous driving, and 5G, are crucial. Drastic change in the basic structure of Science Technology is a background factor. In contrast with “Solving” science based on traditional analysis—in other words, science technology for the purpose of exploration of truth by positivistic induction and forming and deepening the disciplines—the need for “Creating” science based on synthesis—in other words, science technology that aims to create and integrates the value of creation and discipline by constructive deduction—is growing rapidly. The latter science is an approach that is often used in Information Science Technology, which is an approach that theoretically or experimentally supports the valuable hypotheses generated from abundant ideas, not necessarily given problems. New value arises from “Creating” science and deepens with “Solving” science.

New science technology is cultivated in a complementary cooperation between “Solving” science and “Creating” science, in which this new academic aspect appears. Only pioneers based on the latest form of science technology can create a future developed by Information Science Technology. The ability to create completely new value, the courage to lead ahead where no foot ever stepped, an element reductionism approach, a problem-solving approach, and a departure from a linear model in research and development are essential. With advances in computers and networks, modern society seeks new social value in Information Science Technology; and in the process of its development, the information environment surrounding society and humans is also undergoing major changes. Among them, Information Science Technology, as a new common foundation of science technology that creates value, plays an extremely important role. And now, to make Information Science Technology a foundation of knowledge for society, it is vital to push the boundaries of academia and encourage new ways of thinking, and to foster human resources who will facilitate new knowledge in the academic and industrial world, which is the goal of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology.

The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology consists of six majors and three centers:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical Informatics
  • Information Physics & Computing
  • Information & Communication Engineering
  • Mechano-Informatics
  • Creative Informatics

  • Social ICT Research Center
  • International Center for Information Science and Technology
  • Center for Education and Research in Information Science and Technology

Our pursuit is to concentrate on the vast range of knowledge in Information Science Technology, and to develop human resources with the power to create new knowledge in the future. In addition to deepening the fields related to Information Science Technology as an academic discipline, we aim to forge new horizons from both analysis and synthesis, aiming to develop new applications in various forms.

In recent years, the Graduate School of Information Science Technology has promoted new educational research activities to drive the advancement of Information Science Technology. The following Integrated Research Systems centers were established by the university as a whole:

  • Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Research Center (established on October 1, 2016)
  • Mathematics and Informatics Center (established on February 1, 2017)
  • Virtual Reality Educational Research Center (established on February 1, 2018)
  • Security Informatics Education and Research Center (established on February 1, 2019)

Also, we are planning to establish the Research in Smart Society Education and Research Center (tentative name). These Integrated Research Systems are the organizations for which our department becomes responsible for promoting educational research of related technologies within the whole university in collaboration with other graduate schools.

In addition, several education and research programs are being conducted and led by the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. Graduate Program for Social ICT Global Creative Leaders is a postgraduate education program that fosters globally active leaders in industry, academia and government, with integrated vision and creative ideas. We produce human resources with the ability and technology to discover essential problems and possibilities from the viewpoint of information and social and economic systems. Furthermore, since last year, we have implemented the Intelligence Society World-leading Innovative Graduate Study Program as one of the Doctoral Programs for World-leading Innovative Graduate Study Program. In this program, for present and future generations, where social structure and value are rapidly changing due to information technology and theory, we aim to develop human resources who deepen information and create new fields and completely new social value with cutting-edge information.

On the other hand, in the Data Science School, a data scientist training course, by using mathematical methods and information processing technology to increase problem-solving skills within the field of business, we aim to train human resources who can extract knowledge with high social value from large-scale data.

Furthermore, there is a field integration development project that utilizes information technology; by actively introducing information and communication technology (ICT) into non-information system fields, it provides an effective means for the relevant field of study. Moreover, we intend to rapidly develop the field by applying new knowledge.

By actively promoting such activities, the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology will raise the bar for the standard of scientific and technological knowledge to an extreme degree related to Information Science Technology, and contribute to its development, promoting student education and cutting-edge research as education, and being a research organization that generates the power to create new social values, consequently taking the lead in a future science technology and information society.

May 2019

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