Greetings from Director General

KUROHASHI, Sadao / Director General, National Institute of Informatics

Cultivating creative talents with a broad interdisciplinary perspective and a high level of original insight.

As we strive to realize a smart society where new values and services are created one after another through the innovative information technology developed on a daily basis, the importance of "Informatics" continues to increase both now and in the future. Furthermore, as the significance of real interactions between people is being reevaluated, society is rapidly digitizing, leading to a renewed recognition of the importance of information technology. Informatics is a comprehensive academic discipline that encompasses traditional information science and engineering while incorporating fields such as AI, data science, and humanities and social informatics.

The National Institute of Informatics, a research institution for information and systems, conducts comprehensive research in the field of informatics and operates as a facility for developing and maintaining cutting-edge infrastructure for the dissemination of academic information. We actively promote collaborative research with domestic universities and collaborate with top-level universities and research institutions worldwide to contribute to the development and progress of the information society. On the business front, we are implementing various projects that quickly reflect research outcomes. Through this approach, we strive to promote innovative research and education by organically linking research and education with business, which cannot be achieved elsewhere.

The Graduate University for Advanced Studies is an internationally unique national research university supported by 20 joint-use institutions that serve as the driving force behind Japan's scientific, technological, and academic research. The National Institute of Informatics is responsible for the Informatics Course within the university.

The education provided in the Informatics Course at the National Institute of Informatics involves the participation of world-class professors, associate professors, and assistant professors from the institute. We hope that our students will develop a broad perspective beyond their own domains, concentrate on their individual problems, and become creative individuals with a high level of insight. Through studying in this course, we aim for students to develop the following abilities: 1) the ability to plan and operate projects in their specialized fields, 2) passion to complete projects, 3) the ability to discover and create new challenges in their specialized fields and solve them, 4) the ability to gather information related to problem-solving, and 5) the ability to summarize and present their achievements as researchers.

We eagerly anticipate that motivated students will join the Informatics Course and take on new challenges, aiming to contribute to an advanced information society. We hope that as many students as possible will enroll and embark on this journey with us.

Greetings from Chair of Program

YAMADA, Seiji / Chair, Informatics Program

Ultimating Informatics.

The Informatics Program 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 program 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 program has the Five-year Doctoral Program course and the three-year Doctral Program 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 program. 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 Program

TAKEDA, Hideaki / Vice chair, Informatics Program (In charge of Research and Education)

TAKEDA, Hideaki
The graduate school for world-class researchers

The Informatics Program is installed in the National Institute of Informatics (NII), and research staff (professors and associate professors) of NII supervise Sokendai students. Since NII is an internationally well-known research institute in Informatics, researchers from all over the world come and work there. As a member of the institute, students will be able to learn and conduct research while experiencing international research daily. Students conduct their research under the supervision of their professors and advisors, present their findings at international conferences and in journal papers, and receive their PhD degree. It is the mission of the Informatics Program: to foster world-class, top-level researchers by the world-class research staff and the environment. To assist the research activities of the students, the institute employs students (excluding working students and government-sponsored students) as research assistants to provide financial support for them.

GOSHIMA, Masahiro / Vice chair, Informatics Program (In charge of International affairs)

GOSHIMA, Masahiro
Global Education Environment in the Informatics Program

The Informatics Program is based on the National Institute of Informatics, which has international exchange programs with about 100 universities and institutions around the world, and conducts collaborative research activities in a full spectrum of informatics. In our program, more than half of the students are from foreign countries, and the lectures and research supervision are mostly provided in English. We also have various kinds of scholarship programs as well as support for internships abroad, and the students are encouraged to present their research results at high-level international conferences. We aim to have our students acquire extensive knowledge and high expertise in the field of informatics with global perspectives in our cross-cultural environment.

Informatics Program, Graduate Institute for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI

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