Greetings from Director General

KITSUREGAWA, Masaru / Director General, National Institute of Informatics

喜連川 優
Informatics changes the world.

The field of informatics is widely expected to become one of the dominant areas of academic inquiry in the 21st century. Rising from the traditional foundations of information science and engineering, informatics represents a new, comprehensive, interdisciplinary research field that examines information-related issues, including issues in the humanities and the social sciences.

The Department of informatics established in the National Institute of Informatics (NII), which is only comprehensive academic informatics institute in Japan, offers a Ph.D. program in informatics to educate and cultivate researchers to have a solid grounding in advanced informatics and expertise across a broad range of disciplines, as well as flexible perspectives and sophisticated technical knowledge. Candidates for the Ph.D. program are also expected enter the ranks of international and interdisciplinary professionals well-versed in informatics.

NII has a clear vision of the students we hope to cultivate: researchers with a keen interest in informatics -- an inter-disciplinary field encompassing the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences -- dedicated to realizing an advanced information-based society, and capable of serving as leaders in the field of informatics. We seek students with the aptitude to become sophisticated professionals devoted to the development of information technologies that will contribute to societal progress, as well as members of society with a strong interest in acquiring broader perspectives and deeper technical knowledge as they serve in the workforce.

In the Department of Informatics, we look forward to our future students and the challenges we expect them to tackle. We fully expect that the progress and development of these students in informatics will change the world.

Greetings from Chair of Department

INOUE, Katsumi / Chair, Department of Informatics

INOUE, Katsumi
What is Informatics?

The Department of Informatics consists of six fields: Foundations of Informatics, Information Infrastructure Science, Software Science, Multimedia Information Science, Intelligent Systems Science, and Information Environment Science. These fields are based on the traditional domains of computer science and information engineering, and are also multi-disciplinary sciences, encompassing the humanities and social sciences. Moreover, our department covers research and education in all three phases: basic, applied and practical phases.

We aim to develop not only researchers, but also highly-skilled professionals, who would become the next leaders in the field of informatics.

Our department has Five-year Ph.D. Course and Three-year Ph.D. Course: the former for undergraduate university graduates, where students can take plenty of time to develop appropriate research subjects , and the latter for students coming from a master course, where students can concentrate on themes extending their research experiences.

Informatics students are students of The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI as well as members of NII. They can study in an internationally collaborative environment on a daily basis, participate in various research projects at NII, and are trained to become international researchers through exchange programs with foreign universities and institutes.

The fact that we have a high percentage of foreign students is also an important feature of our department. Many of the lectures are available in English, quite a few laboratories have seminars in English, and cross-cultural communication occurs frequently. Thus, we offer a valuable environment for students envisioning an international career.

Greetings from Vice Chairs of Department

SUGIMOTO, Akihiro / Vice chair, Department of Informatics (In charge of Research and Education)

Getting a PhD at NII

The department of Informatics has been installed in the National Institute of Informatics (NII). Each student belongs to the laboratory of a supervisor, and engages in research activities as a researcher of NII. For this purpose, NII employs every student as a research assistant (except students with full-time jobs and government-sponsored foreign students). Students study ever-progressing theories and technologies of informatics, while they receive research advice from their supervisors and advisors, then make presentations at top-level international conferences and write papers for international journals, and finally should complete excellent and original PhD work at NII. It is the mission of the department of Informatics that the researchers of NII educate and foster world's top-level researchers at NII.

JI, Yusheng / Vice chair, Department of Informatics (In charge of International affairs)

JI, Yusheng
Enriched global research environment in NII

The Department of Informatics is based on the National Institute of Informatics, which has international exchange programs with about 100 universities and institutions in the world. Visited by many students and researchers from foreign countries every year, NII conducts collaborative researches in a full spectrum of informatics. In our department, more than half of the students are from foreign countries, and a large part of the curriculums and research supervisions are provided in English. We also have various kinds of scholarship programs, as well as support for internships abroad. Students are encouraged to present their research results in high-level international conferences. By offering an enriched cross-cultural environment, we aim to have our students trained with global perspectives and visions in building their extensive knowledge and high expertise in the field of informatics.

(The Graduate University
for Advanced Studies)
School of Multidisciplinary Sciences,
Department of Informatics

国立大学法人 総合研究大学院大学 大学共同利用機関法人 情報・システム研究機構 国立情報学研究所 / National Institute of Informatics