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Formation of Global COE Project for Research and Education

IST’s Global COE Program theoretically and experimentally analyzes the diverse behaviors of cells and animal as well as focuses on hardware, software and various information media, including contents.  It covers a wide range of fields from fundamental mathematical and physical theories that bear on information and networking techniques to advanced applied technologies.  Therefore, to advance this COE program, taking into account the above research goal, it is necessary to have a strong collaborative framework consisting of researchers in fields of applied bioengineering, information networking science, software engineering, database engineering, human interface engineering, information security, and dependability.  Also, the participation of social researchers in fields dealing intimately with human thoughts and actions, such as naturally language processing and interpersonal psychology, is essential.  Furthermore, it is vital that IST’s GCOE create information technologies, including the development of devices, as its final results.  Thus we also need researchers in system LSI techniques.  IST has therefore assembled 22 principal investigators who are active domestically and aboard in these areas for its research organizational structure.

  1. In an ambient information environment, techniques for anticipating and processing requests from users, who are difficult to predict, in a constantly changing environment, are critical.  To mathematically model these difficult-to-predict phenomena, IST’s GCOE has established the “Biological Dynamics” area of research.  This domain further develops the outstanding result of IST’s previous 21st Century COE program, called “attractor selection” theory, which has applications for information technologies.  By analyzing higher order biological networks, we will establish the theories of “attractor perturbation” and “attractor superimposition,” currently at the conceptual stage, as new fundamental theories which can bear on information technologies.
  2. To provide active services from the surrounding environment to users, we are working on R&D of information networking technologies based on the theories described above and on user-dependent interface technologies.  Therefore we have established the “Ambient Networking” and “Ambient Interface” areas of research.  To respond individually to human beings, who are composed of an indeterminate number of elements, these areas of research will include research into natural language processing and social psychology.
  3. To establish the “Ambient Platform” area of research, we will confirm the effectiveness of the information foundation of the ambient information environment aimed for by IST’s GCOE through construction and experimentation of systems based on the three areas of researches above.  We aim to commercialize our achievements through collaboration with industry as implemented by the already-existing “Academia-Industry Partnership Planning Office.”
  4. Because we value fostering human resources, we are carrying out the Global PI Training Program, which nurtures outstanding young scientists and engineers who can make major contributions to the development of 21st century information science and technology with international outlook.  (Please note that this program covers not just research but includes projects such as the development of information systems).  Therefore, by organizing under the Office for Promotion of Graduate Education a student advisory system, a support system for research proposals from students, and international workshops for young researchers, we will foster scientists and engineers with the following three qualities: design ability to conceive, research, and develop new information systems; communication ability to work with an international outlook; and management ability to carry out collaborative projects.
  5. Because we believe that continuing to foster human resources is of the essence, we plan to maintain and develop similar programs after MEXT-related educational projects currently being implemented end.  Toward this end, we will maintain and strengthen the Office for Promotion of Graduate Education, which advances academic cooperation in the Kansai region, as well as the newly established Office for Promotion of International Collaboration, which fosters young talent by creating international collaborations that create visible result through tight working relationships.  Through these activities, we will build a high-level international network for fostering human resources, and contribute greatly to the international transmission and community of higher education.

The Global COE Programs in general attach great importance to educational programs for young scientists and engineers, such as goals 4 and 5 described above.  Therefore, the Global PI Training Program, which targets Ph.D.  students in IST’s six departments as well as those in the Graduate School of Engineering’s Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, has the following four specific goals:

  • Develop top human resources who have the capability to be assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows in overseas universities, or research team leaders or project managers in businesses with international activities. 
  • Produce at least 50% of Ph.D. graduates with the three abilities above.  As specific examples, produce Ph.Ds with TOEIC scores in at least the B rank (able to appropriately communicate under any circumstance), who have presented papers in international conferences at least twice, and who have participated in group projects organized by the internship system.
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