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Introduction

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University.

In recent years, research and education fields regarding "computer science" and "information technology" become to have very important roles to enrich our social life in which ubiquitous information in nano- and micro-materials, human body, and even virtual space is efficiently utilized by state-of-the-art techniques such as big-data processing and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology, whereas just 15 years back a part of such information was only processed by an ordinary computer.

Application fields of information science and technology grow very rapidly and now there are strong demands even in medical, disaster prevention, and social fields. A report "Top 100 Global Innovator 2014" by Thomson Reuters lists 40+ companies related to information science and technology field, demonstrating that sustainable research and development efforts in the field are carried out.

The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University, comprises seven departments. We aim at coordinating advanced education and researches which cover from fundamental theory in mathematics, physics, and computer science through cutting edge applications in various information media by utilizing hardware, software, and content processing technologies.

Specifically, one of our focused projects is "Humanware Innovation Program", in which we foster leading researchers/engineers in interdisciplinary area among information science and technology and other fields. In order to develop expertise related to humanware, comprehensive understanding of "biological dynamics," "information dynamics", and "cognitive dynamics", is promoted.

On the other hand, our school also presides over a nation-wide project named "Education Network for Practical Information Technologies (enPiT)", in which 15 universities are cooperatively involved in four sub-projects (enPiT-Cloud, enPiT-Security, enPiT-Emb, enPiT-BizApp).

To turn out international leaders, our school encourages overseas internship to master and PhD students. In 2014, our school also opened new course Information Technology Special Course in English (ITSCE). The ITSCE has been developed with the goal of nurturing students from around the world, by providing them - in English - with top-quality knowledge and research skills in information science and technology fields.

As information science and related technologies are in the promising development area owing to their increasing importance in the modern society. We, the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University, will continue to innovate and to educate students who will dedicate themselves to the development of the future IT society.

Information science and the related technologies are a promising development area due to their increasing importance in the modern society. We will continue to innovate and to educate students who will dedicate themselves to the development of the future IT society.

Professor Takao Onoye, Dean,
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Osaka University