Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering
Program

Features of the program

Acquiring comprehensive skills that support advanced-technology societies

The fields of electronics, information and communication engineering provide key technology that plays a highly significant role in ensuring the development and progress of a society with advanced science and technology. Electronics, information and communication engineering cover a highly diverse range of areas, from hardware to software, and such knowledge and technology are in demand from many directions. This program responds to such demands from society by providing a broad range of basic to applied level education and research in areas such as the development and use of electronic devices, optoelectronics, information and communications, signal processing, system control, and electric energy, and thereby turning students into competent specialists with a combination of sound academic ability and creativity.
We also discover and research unique interdisciplinary research topics, and pursue the development of cutting-edge technology.

Program of education

Electronics, information and communication engineering cover a vast range of specialist fields— such as electronic devices, information transmission, processing, and measurement using electromagnetic waves and light, information and communication theory, signal and image processing, and the generation and distribution of electrical energy—and there is widespread demand for knowledge and technology in these areas. The curriculum of this program therefore allows students to build on a foundation of mathematics and physics through classes in small groups that allow them to gradually acquire knowledge and skills in specialist fields. The curriculum has also been devised such that students equip themselves with the skills they need to play key roles in society, such as the ability to make interpretations from various angles, to communicate effectively, and to adopt an ethical perspective.

Flow of the course

  • First year
  • Upon entering the program, students start by studying a significant amount of mathematics and physics, which prepares them for studying specialist subjects, as well as a substantial amount of electrical circuits and programming, which provides them with a basis for studying a wide range of subjects in the fields of electronics, information and communication. Courses such as Introduction to Engineering Literacy, which introduce students to topics in small groups, are also provided with the aim of developing students’ motivation to study specialist fields.

  • Second year
  • Students take a greater number of subjects with more specialist content, such as electronic circuits and electronic device engineering. In the second year they also start laboratory work in electronics, information and communication, in which they tackle hands-on exercises to deepen their understanding of what they have learned in classes.

  • Third year
  • The third year course focusses on advanced specialist subjects such as power electronics, electronic solid-state engineering, applied optical engineering, visual information engineering and other such subjects related to electric power systems, electronics, and information and communications.

  • Fourth year
  • As well as continuing their specialist subjects, students engage in graduation training and research projects, allowing them to participate in cutting-edge research activities. Through their research activities, students acquire more advanced knowledge and skills in electronics, information and communication, enabling them to graduate as technical experts capable of fulfilling roles in industrial society.

Introduction to classes

Basics of Communications Systems

The progress of information communication technology (ICT), represented by technology such as cell phones and smartphones, has led to significant changes in our lifestyles.
We believe that in the future, ICT will evolve from technology that connects people with people—such as cell phones—into technology that connects equipment with equipment—such as sensors—and will generate innovative reform in lifestyle infrastructure such as electric power and gas supply, transportation systems, and medical and healthcare. ICT is a key form of technology that is prompting a shift from simply “crafting and manufacturing products” (monozukuri), to using such products as a basis for “creating new systems and services” (kotozukuri), thereby generating the fourth industrial revolution, or “Industry 4.0,” the fourth stage of industrial development following on from the stages brought about by steam engines, electricity, and computers respectively.
This course allows students to learn basic knowledge in communications as “systems that transmit information signals,” by drawing on the knowledge and expertise that they learn on the Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering Program—the fundamental knowledge that supports monozukuri, such as electromagnetics and electric circuiting, and the expertise that forms the basis of kotozukuri, such as programming. Along with the other courses of the program, this course ensures that students acquire knowledge and skills related to ICT, and develop into competent new engineers who connect monozukuri with kotozukuri.

Experimental devices for millimeter-wave radio transmission Screen of experiment on communication methods using software-defined radio

Advanced research pursued by the program

Basic and applied research in organic electronics and electronic devices

Professor
Kazunari Shinbo

While the basic research of electronics using organic materials has been pursued since the 1970s, it is in recent years that progress has been made in its applications in areas close to home, such as liquid crystal displays and organic electroluminescence, and there have been increasingly exciting developments in the field. As organic devices have different advantages to the conventional silicon-based inorganic devices, and are developed into devices through the assembling of molecules, they entail various possibilities, such as the potential to develop the flexibility for bending and stretching, and to develop devices using printing technology. Our research has a particular focus on using “surface plasmon,” which is excited in the vicinity of metallic thin-film surfaces, to develop supersensitive evaluation technology for organic thin film and devices. We are making advances in basic and applied research in next-generation high-performance organic devices using electric fields highly strengthened through the excitation of surface plasmon. These have a wide range of practical applications such as organic solar cells, organic FET, and biosensors.

Production of organic devices using vacuum equipment
Measuring system using a transmission-type surface plasmon resonance biosensor

Licenses and qualifications that can be acquired

Licenses

  • First class upper secondary school teacher's license (industry)

Qualifications

  • Technical Radio Operator for On-The-Ground Services (exemption from certain examination categories)
  • On-The-Ground/Maritime Special Radio Operator (qualification)
  • Chief telecommunications engineer (exemption from certain examination categories)
  • Chief electrical engineer (practical experience required)

Employment paths

*The information provided here refers to students’ employment paths for the department prior to reorganization.

Career paths after graduation

Along with recent advances in technology, companies and research institutions have a strong tendency to employ students who have completed a graduate program (master’s program), and the majority of graduates with technical backgrounds hired by general electric product manufacturers and other such enterprises are graduates who have completed graduate school programs. Given this trend, each year around 70% of program graduates continue their studies at graduate school, where they can acquire more advanced knowledge before going on to playing key roles in society.
In 2015 (as of July 1) we received information on job opportunities from a total of 720 companies. With 21 undergraduate students and 57 graduate students seeking employment, and companies offering multiple job opportunities, there were over 10 job opportunities per applicant. This is due to factors such as the highly positive recognition of the achievements of program graduates, and, as electronics, information, and communication cover a wide range of fields, the demand for electrical and electronic technology experts in various fields such as the energy industry, electric machinery industry, transportation, infrastructure, and information and communications industry.

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