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Electronic and Information Engineering [Doctoral Course]

3. Electronic and Information Engineering

The modern world entirely depends on the benefit of the electrical, electronic and information sciences and technologies. Extensively acknowledged is the importance of the pursuit of amenities in life through the efficient and effective manufacturing and social activities with the full support of high performance computers. In order to realize this goal, flexibly cooperated and distributed processing technology of computers and fast and reliable telecommunication networks for gigantic amount of information as well as the highly advanced performance to computers are indispensable. Thus, the need of education and research in these subjects are extremely high. Furthermore, in the future society of extended amenities various kinds of applications require the particular electrical and electronic instruments developed and designed by highly educated engineers with appropriate backgrounds.
Before the reorganization, in the old System Information Engineering Program the education and research were focused on the composing elements of computers and large complex system including human being. Now, the new Electronic and Information Engineering Program has incorporated the electrical and electronic engineering groups in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering, so that the basis of technology is established to strengthen the education and research in the field of the information and telecommunication oriented society.
Today manufacturing system is highly required to meet customer satisfaction agilely under diversified demands through integration and automation in the aid of information technology. To associate with such societal circumstances, the production planning division in the department of production systems engineering will be joined in our program. The information science and functional information research groups in the Knowledge Information Engineering have also joined the new Program to facilitate the research on synthesizing and processing capabilities of human and other biological substances and to develop the more human friendly information processing system. Also incorporated in the new Program are the research groups of human languages and cultures in the Humanities and Social Engineering in order to support the development of software with more affinity to human thinking, judgement and behavior by overcoming the shortcomings of conventional information processing technology based on the computer hardware. The reshuffle of the Program is clearly aimed at the high level of education and research in the interdisciplinary collaboration of the relevant research fields.
In 2007, Electronic and Information Engineering Program was adopted as Global COE(Center of Exellence)program(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), which is the successor to the 21st Century COE program, targetting doctoral courses. Our GCOE program aims to train "sensing architects" who can conduct pioneering research on intelligent sensors at the highest level in the world, in which advanced intelligence, sensor material technology, LSI design technology, MEMS/NEMS, CMOS device manufacturing technology, evaluation technology, mining technology, and applied technology of sensing systems are comprehensively integrated.

Contents of Lectures [Electronic and Information Engineering]

Field Advanced Courses Contents
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Electric Energy Engineering Lecture on advanced technologies together with their fundamental backgrounds in energy conversion, electrical insulation and power electronic engineering to realize efficiency and high reliability in generation, transmission and conversion of electric energy.
Renewable Energy Application Engineering Solar photovoltaic generation, solar heat utilization, wind power generator, geothermal power plant, hydraulic power plant, wave power generation, biomass energy technology are lectured from view points of their principle, conversion technology, development level and global environmental problem.
Physical properties of electronic materials Physical properties of electronic materials such as semiconductors, magnetic and / or dielectric materials are lectured based upon macro-and microscopic electron theories. The lecture covers engineering applications of these materials, including recent topics of great interest.
Electronic Materials Engineering Lecture program on Electronic Materials Engineering is mainly concerned with design and fabrication of functional electronic materials that make an important role in recent development of advanced electronic technologies. Subjects deal with, but are not limited to high-temperature superconductors, thin-film processing and nano-scale technologies etc.
Physics and Engineering of Semiconductor Devices Fundamentals of solid-state electronics and semiconductor physics. The physical principles and fabrication process of new and important semiconductor devices are also given.
Integrated Circuit Engineering Basic and advanced technologies are lectured on the fundamental devices and circuits, and logic and memory VLSI systems in digital LSIs. The fundamental aspects of modern VLSI technology, such as epitaxy, doping and diagnostic techniques, are also described.
Discharge Plasma Engineering Concerning with electric discharge plasma (corona,glow,arc), particle behavior in the plasma, diagnostics of the plasma parameters, analysis, and application technology are lectured as well as introducing recent research and results.
Energy Conversion Engineering Electrochemical energy conversion devices,such as batteries and fuel cells,will be introduced and discussed with the emphasis on material properties. Based on the fundamental understanding of electrochemical reaction and materials,history of these energy conversion devices and the technological trend will be also overviewed.
Systems and Information Engineering Computer System Engineering This course provides the fundamental concepts of two advanced technologies in computer engineering, parallel processing and distributed processing. The parallel processing course discusses fundamentals of parallel computers focusing on hardware architecture and programming language implementation. The distributed processing course focuses on the distributed object oriented system that enables us to use a flexible data mode.
Software Engineering Briefly covers the entire software development activities from the upstream to the downstream, specifically, needs analysis, requirements analysis, design, coding, testing, and maintenance. Then focuses on the emerging technologies including object-oriented analysis and design, software architecture, and software reuse.
Database System Engineering DBMS (Data Base Managements System) is one of the best examples for large scale softwares. In this lecture, we will discuss the technologies for design and implementation of centralized and distributed DBMS and related topics.
Theoretical Computer Science, Advanced In this lecture, theory of computing is discussed. Topics treated in this lecture includes 1. Computation model (Turing machine, RAM, e.t.c), 2. Computability, 3. Effective computability and NP-completeness, 4. Parallel computing and P-completeness, 5. Hierarchy of computational complexity.
Computational Neuroscience Mathematical foundations of neural networks, learning in neural networks, and information processing by neural networks.
Speech and Language Processing This lecture covers advanced topics about speech and language processing on the basis of phonetics, linguistics, signal processing, statistics, pattern recognition, information theory, automata & formal language, artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering, and machine learning theory.
Web Data Engineering This lecture covers "intelligent" data processing algorithms based on massive datasets available on the web. Topics include web mining , web crawling, web data filtering, and their visualizations.
Brain and Neural System Engineering Lecture on higher-order brain and neural system functions, approaches toward understanding neural system and application for brain-like information processing systems.
Control Systems Engineering Dynamical control system theory such that modeling, system structure, optimal control, servo-control system, estimation, robust control and nonlinear control is systematically lectured with various engineering applications. (K.T.)The brain has excellent abilities such as visual perception, object recognition, motor control.The main topic of our lectures is the mechanism of motor learning in mammals. Trajectory planning and motor control in human arm movements are discussed from the viewpoint of computational theory. Many advanced studies of the motion mechanism in engineering, neuroscience and psychophysics are introduced. In addition, the application of motor theory to technology is talked. (N.F.)
Systems Analysis This course provides a methodology for mathematical modeling and analysis of various systems. It begins with the description and classification of systems arising in socio-econo-techno problem-solving.
It then moves to discussion of fundamental methodologies for analyzing static/dynamic systems.Emphasis is on the theory of variational inequalities that is a unifying framework for analyzing equilibrium problems.
It also discusses the non-linear dynamical systems that are natural derivatives of variational inequalities. (T.A.) Another concern is on the rational decision making for a problematic system associated both with multiple objectives and multiple decision makers. Therefore it deeply related to the topics how to reveal and design the intent structure, to formulate the problem, and to resolve conflicts. (Y.S.) Further, it often happens that exact modeling is difficult when systems are complex. The course introduces qualitative analysis and complex systems approach for such cases. (Y.I.) Also covered are methods for improving safety of engineered processes and artifacts.
Information Communication Engineering Lecture consists of two parts. The first part of the lecture is on broadband network and optical network technology, in particular, architecture of photonic network, algorithm and protocol for routing, technology of photonic switching and routing, optical signal processing system, optical information computing system, and optical quantum information and quantum communication systems. The second part of the lecture is on computer network programming and network security.
Signal Processing Lecture on multidimensional signal processing, multirate sampling signal processing, oversampling signal processing, non-stationary signal analysis by means of Wigner distribution and Wavelet transform, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, and continuous-and discrete-time analog signal processing systems.
Communication System Engineering This course is intended for students to learn the principle, modeling and analysis of individual technologies constituting wireless communication systems and networks. This course offers methods to describe systems mathematically from the viewpoint of design and control, and also provides techniques to analyze and solve them.
Robotics Intelligence Several Important topics on robotics intelligence will be discussed.
This lecture is composed of two parts. Part I deals with environment recognition and action planning of robots. Part II deals with social interaction and communication of robots.
Humanity System Applied Linguistics First, applying the latest fruits of Phonetics, Linguistics,and Japanese Literature to the study of learning Japanese, English,and Sign Language, fresh theories and practical methods are provided. Second, how to approach the speech production model or the factors of a speech defect is sought out through a phonetic and phonological analysis of fluency disorders.
Idea of Nature in Western Culture Students pursue interdisciplinary studies of the idea of nature in Western culture, especially in philosophy, social thought, literature, and art from the epistemological, hermenrutical semiological standpoint. Their subjects are concerned with different views of nature founded on modern science as well as those repressed by it.
Western Culture and Civilization The course covers how the Industrial Revolution in England influenced 19th century writers' views of man and society. Critical theories and world views held by English men of letters like Carlyle and Dickens are studied in relation to contemporary social and scientific thought.
Linguistics The course covers the areas of theoretical linguistics (historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonology, lexicography, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, stylistics, orthography, erc.) which are the basis for studying natural language processing by computer. The course also deals with bilingualism. The primary focus is on the mental lexicon of bilinguals.
Management of Technology The perspective is input-output standpoint for technological change. The course covers manufacturing, production technology, product design, R&D, and product planning.
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