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

SUGIMOTO, Akihiro / Chair, Department of Informatics

Pushing Informatics ahead.

The department of Informatics consists of six multi-disciplinary research fields: Foundations of Informatics, Information Infrastructure Science, Software Science, Multimedia Information Science, Intelligent Systems Science, and Information Environment Science. These fields cover not only the traditional domains of computer science and information engineering, but also the domains in data science such as artificial intelligence or mathematical modeling, and even issues in the humanities and the social sciences. Our department is aiming at resolving problems in these domains from basic, applied, and practical points of view, and, at the same time, at educating and fostering not only researchers but also highly-skilled professionals, who will be eligible for next leaders in the field of informatics.

Our department has the five-year Ph.D. course and the three-year Ph.D. course: the former is for students having a bachelor degree where students can take plenty of time to develop their research subjects, while the latter is for students who earned a master degree where students can concentrate on research themes through enriching their research experiences. Our dual-degree program provides students with opportunities to go abroad to be supervised on their Ph.D. research topics at our partner universities/institutions. Moreover, as members of the National Institute of Informatics (NII), students 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. The fact that we have a high percentage of foreign students is also an important feature of our department. Many of lectures are available in English, seminars at quite a few laboratories are held in English, and cross-cultural communication is frequently exchanged.

By offering an enriched cross-cultural environment, we aim at having our students trained with global perspectives and visions in building their extensive knowledge and high expertise in the field of informatics.

Greetings from Vice Chairs of Department

YAMADA, Seiji / 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 actively employs 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.

AIZAWA, Akiko / Vice chair, Department of Informatics (In charge of International affairs)

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