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Introduction

Message from the Dean

As introduced in detail in "Foundation Objectives and Philosophy", Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University, was founded in April 2002, by reorganizing organizations related to computer science, which were distributed in Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science, and Graduate School of Science. It consists of seven departments, and we deal with various fields in information science and technology, ranging from fundamental mathematics to advanced applied technology. Its target ranges from hardware, software, networking to content technologies. In 2015, the third building of our Graduate School was completed, which made it possible to further accelerate our educational and research endeavors.

However, it is nearly 20 years since the Graduate School was established. Also, it has been 50 years since the Department of Information Science was established in the Faculty of Engineering Science at Osaka University in 1970. The research target of information science and technology is no longer just "computers." Its role has become a realization of an indispensable social infrastructure like electricity and water, and industrial and economic societies are changing dramatically with the advancement of information science and technology. Also, the development of the Web and smartphones has spread information science and technology throughout every day of our daily lives, leading to changes in our lifestyle. As a result, information science and technology has become involved in almost all academic fields, and the role of the graduate school is now changing. In the future, in addition to advanced researches in information science and technology, we develop information science and technology to realize a prosperous future society centered on people and to create innovative social innovation.

To this end, the Graduate School of Information Science aims to create a new academic field beyond the boundaries of existing academic fields and promotes boundary-area and fusion-area researches through collaboration with other research areas such as life sciences. Not confined to the field of information science and technology, many researchers at the Graduate School are actively participating in the research and educational activities of many organizations at Osaka University, including Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), Global Center for Medical Engineering and Information (MEI), Center for Mathematical Modeling and Data Science (MMDS), Institution for Datability Science (IDS), and Institute for Open a Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives (OTRI).

With respect to human resource development, since its establishment, the 21st Century COE Program, the Global COE Program, and the MEXT Program for Leading Graduate Schools have been utilized to train students as top leaders who can succeed globally as well as lead researches in the field, especially in the interdisciplinary fields. Also, we have run the "Project for establishing a nationwide practical educational network for IT human resources" and the following "Project for developing the educational foundation for information technologies in the growing fields." In addition, we are supporting overseas internships in the master and doctoral courses and developed the "Information Technology English Special Program" in which all courses can be completed in English only.

In order to promote the world's highest level of education and research, we make continuous efforts to create a research and educational environment that attracts excellent brains and talents and can work together with each other. In particular, it is indispensable to support young researchers who can play an active role globally while pursuing globally top-level researches. It is also necessary to create human resources who can lead innovation and thereby create new industries while promoting the transformation of the social system itself. To that end, we have revised the organizational management in the Graduate School and formulated the strategic plan for improving the capabilities of young researchers, "The integrated package for improving the brand power of the Graduate School," aiming at improving the global research capacity. We will continue to take prompt actions for realizing those plans.

The mission of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University, is to further advance the information science and technology through the above-mentioned efforts and to realize a prosperous society while overcoming the diversified problems of the modern society with information science and technology as the core. Of course, this cannot be achieved by the activities of our Graduate School alone. Collaboration with people working in various areas of society, as well as on-campus, is essential. We kindly ask for your cooperation. We also hope that young researchers and students, who want to open up a new future with the power of information science and technology, will also participate in the activities of our graduate school.


Professor Masayuki Murata, Dean,
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Osaka University