Smart Information Systems
Program

Features of the program

Training talented people with a world-class level of education and specialist knowledge

The objective of the Smart Information Systems Program is to provide solutions to various issues that arise as smart information systems interact with the earth, humankind, and society, by equipping students with a broad knowledge in the field of smart information systems and enabling them to pursue global careers as specialists in various fields.
This program provides a well-developed education and research environment in which students are able to study a wide range of knowledge and technology, from basic knowledge related to computer software and hardware to the cutting-edge information processing technology and the advanced network technology that support smart information systems such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, big data, and robots.

Program of education

The curriculum of the “Smart Information Systems Program” is aimed at equipping students with a wide range of knowledge in the field of smart information systems and allowing them to pursue global careers as specialists in various fields.
In the first year, students receive an introduction to the program through basic subjects related to the field of engineering as a whole, allowing them to cultivate a wide outlook and a deep insight and also develop an understanding of the social and ethical responsibilities of technical experts. They also acquire the basic knowledge and skills in computers and programming required for the specialist subjects taken from the second year onward.
From the second year onward, students take specialist subjects related to the field of smart information systems. The specialist subjects cover areas such as the foundations of computer networks Students also take applied subjects in fields such as artificial intelligence, multimedia, and human assistance technology. Through laboratory work, practical classes, and graduation research projects, they also acquire communication skills and the abilities to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to research and development.
From the first to the fourth year of the program, the seminars and laboratory work, held in small groups of students, ensure that students are members of small communities in which they are able to receive close guidance from their supervising faculty members, regarding not only their studies, but also their lives in general.

Flow of the course

  • First year
  • The courses predominantly consist of liberal arts subjects such as languages, social sciences and humanities, and mathematics, as well as basic subjects related to the field of engineering as a whole. Through seminars in small groups, students learn the skills for study at university level and basics of mathematical thinking approaches. Practical training in programming is also included from the first year of the program.

  • Second year
  • In addition to liberal arts and introductory-level specialist subjects, students study the basics of computer software and hardware. For their basic practical training in information systems, students work in groups to tackle practical exercises in various topics, learning the processes of problem solving hands-on.

  • Third year
  • Students study areas such as developments in smart information systems including artificial intelligence, networks, multimedia, and robots, and technical English. These studies also help them to turn the knowledge they acquired in laboratory work and seminars into knowledge that they are able to use.

  • Fourth year
  • In their graduation research projects, students take part in cutting-edge research in various fields, working alongside graduate students and receiving guidance from faculty members. In addition to polishing their ability to apply their knowledge, students are able to cultivate their skills to learn for themselves and generate new knowledge, and learn methods of unearthing and solving problems and techniques for delivering technical presentations through hands-on experience.

Introduction to classes

Computer networks

There are various kinds of technology that support the information-oriented society we live in today. While it goes without saying that computers and software (such as operating systems and applications) are a key part of such support, computer networks are an equally important form of technology. A typical example of a computer network is the Internet. We regularly use the Internet for services such as emails, accessing webpages, social networking services, and online shopping, and it is reasonable to suggest that such services have become an indispensable part of our lifestyles.
In addition to lectures on computer hardware and software, the Smart Information Systems Program teaches students about networks (computer networks and network engineering). The lectures on computer networks allow students to learn the fundamentals of computer networks, such as the history of computer networks, basic concepts, and the basic technology and services. While studying the mechanisms of communication based on the use of “packets”—which is becoming a common term—and communication protocols (rules and procedures for communication) such as TCP/IP, which ensure the function of the Internet, we consider the mechanisms that enable us to access the web, emails, and other such services that we use on a regular basis. The program includes not only lectures, but also laboratory work that allows students to develop their understanding of computer networks.

Figure 1: On the Internet, data is divided into packets, and is transferred to the appropriate destination using a device known as a router. The destination computer reorganizes the packets it has received and extracts the information. Figure 2: Network experiments

Advanced research pursued by the program

Researching means of detecting similar trademarks using search systems in step with the diversification of forms of expression

Associate Professor
Takahiro Hayashi

When purchasing products and selecting services to use, we generally use trademarks—such as company logos or product and service names—as a guide for making choices. Trademarks are the “faces” of companies and their products, and with the progressive globalization of our society, the protection of these trademarks is becoming ever more important.
Trademarks are managed in the Japan Patent Office database, and it is not permitted to register a trademark that resembles an existing trademark. With a growing number of trademark registrations every year, a huge amount of labor is involved in screening new applications to ensure that no similar trademarks already exist. In recent years, it has also become possible to register not only text and graphics, but also movement, sound, and combinations of colors as trademarks. As the number of trademark registrations rises, and the forms of expression used in trademarks becomes increasingly diverse, it has become impossible to screen such a diverse range of trademarks using human labor alone, and it is essential to draw on the support of computers.
In our laboratory, we engage in the research and development of means of detecting similar trademarks using search systems that are in step with the diversification of forms of expression. This involves the use of state-of-the-art smart information systems, such as image and video processing, audio signal processing and other such multimedia information processing technology and technology for searching huge databases at high speed.

Figure 1: Development of systems for searching similar trademark graphics
Figure 2: Assisting trademark screening using systems for searching for similar trademarks

Licenses and qualifications that can be acquired

Licenses

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

Employment paths

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

Career paths after graduation

Around 60% of graduates of the Smart Information Systems Program go on to study at graduate school, and around 40% of graduates pursue professional careers. Despite the recent economic recession, we receive information on job opportunities from around three to five companies per student (both undergraduate and graduate students). The job opportunities are in a diverse range of industry types. The main types of occupation are as experts in information and communication technology, system engineers, and programmers, and graduates are able to play significant roles in cutting-edge industries. The career paths followed by graduates last academic year are as follows. Major companies that place emphasis on research and development prioritize hiring graduates who have completed a master’s program.

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