The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at Osaka University was established in April 2002. The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology is formed of seven departments: Pure and Applied Mathematics, Information and Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Information Systems Engineering, Information Networking, Multimedia Engineering, and Bioinformatic Engineering. The subjects of research cover a wide range of fields from fundamental mathematical theory to advanced applied information technology, including hardware, software, and content that supports the development of information science and technology. In addition, we have expanded our research focus from data to value, knowledge, and intelligence. In 2015, our graduate school completed buildings A, B, and C, and the educational and research environment has much been improved.
However, "computers" are no longer the only subject of research in information science and technology. Information science and technology has become as indispensable social infrastructure as electricity or water, and its development dramatically is dramatically changing industrial and economic society. With the development of the Web, smart phones, and other devices, information science and technology has penetrated into every part of our daily lives, changing our lifestyles. As a result, the field is now intertwined with all other academic fields, causing the role of our graduate school to change. Moving forward, we need to develop the field both to create advanced research in information science and technology, and to create revolutionary social innovations to help create a prosperous, people-oriented future society.
To achieve this goal, we aim to produce active international leaders that can develop original and outstanding research in information science and technology, and innovation leaders that can create new industries and lead the transformation of social systems themselves. We have also developed and implemented a "Graduate School of Information Science and Technology Brand Enhancement Package" to improve the international research capabilities of young researchers. Osaka University's research strength in information science is currently ranked second in Japan, for example, in terms of the number of papers published, FWCI (Field Weighted Citation Impact), and externa funds (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science).
For the purpose of fostering the creation of new academic fields, we actively promote research in boundary/interdisciplinary areas through collaboration with collaboration with other research fields, transcending the existing framework of academic disciplines. We have identified four themes as the next priority issues to be addressed in 2021, and are now making collaboration with researchers in other fields.
1. The fusion of the real and virtual for a digital revolution
We are working to contribute to the creation of a smart society to suit the new normal era through the integration of the virtual world into reality through digital reforms, including cyber-physical and digital twin systems in support of Society 5.0.
2. The fusion of "big data" with AI
By combining analytical capabilities through machine learning and mathematical optimization with big data, we are contributing to the realization of an advanced and affluent society by rapidly solving social issues through a variety of approaches.
3. The scientific elucidation of life information and its application to the information and communication technology
We are striving to create a paradigm shift in information and communication technology through the pioneering of new brain-based computing and information/communication technology by elucidating the functions of the brain and other biological functions.
4. Rebooting Computing
As miniaturization approaches its limits and Moore's Law approaches its final stages, we are developing new computer architectures and methods of processing information, such as quantum and optical computing, as well as new software designs and interfaces, which will create a new era of computing.
To bring information science and technology to new frontiers and help overcome the diverse issues faced by modern society is the mission of the Osaka University Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. Young researchers and students who have the ambition to open up a new future with the power of information science and technology are welcome to join our activities.