Doctoral Programs

Introduction of Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering

Following the key policy that emphasis should be placed on graduate level programs, the University of Tsukuba is independently administered by each graduate school. In the master’s program students are provided with extensive knowledge and methods of technological development. In the doctoral program our goal is to create people who have a high level of self-sustained research ability in specific fields. The Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering comprises five doctoral programs:  Policy and Planning Sciences, Risk Engineering, Computer Science, Intelligent Interaction technologies, Engineering Mechanics and Energy. There are also six master’s programs: Policy and Planning Sciences, Service Engineering, Risk Engineering, Computer Science, Intelligent Interaction Technologies, Engineering Machines and Energy. By using a Cooperative Graduate School System, we are able to receive research guidance from other national research institute located in Tsukuba Science City. The Graduate School welcomes people currently in employment who wish to study for a master’s or doctor’s degree while continuing to hold their posts.

This Graduate School integrates a wide range of academic fields in information, engineering, and social systems. Through this integration, we hope to go beyond the framework of technical fields that have conventionally been studied individually. The educational aim of this Graduate School is to develop human resources from a global and comprehensive viewpoint that contribute to the further development of humanity in the 21st century. Two special Programs are ongoing. The first is the “One year doctoral program for working students.” The second is “Practical software development specialization program for advanced IT professionals” in the Department of Computer Science.


Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Aiming to develop problem specification skills based on problem‐finding, quantitative modeling and abstraction, resulting in solution‐oriented personnel capable of engineering the futures they imagine, our educational program is composed of the following 3 pillars:

(1)Acquisition of broad‐based knowledge through the graduate school’s common classes and classes in other fields.
(2)Multi‐dimensional research supervision through participation in formal Research Units and other research projects.
(3)Offering a management ability development program that starts with self‐discovery of research objectives, and fosters the ability to construct research methodologies.

Besides the standard 3‐year course of study, the program includes various alternative plans such as the Early Completion Course which permits finishing in 1 year, an extended 5‐year course of studies.


Doctoral Program in Risk Engineering

Our society is exposed to various risks stemming from accidents of technological artifacts, e.g., transportation systems and complex plants, and natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes. As recent information technologies have advanced, there are new types of risks, such as dissemination of personal information and identity theft scams. The Risk Engineering Major helps students to acquire broader viewpoints, high level of skills, and profound knowledge to investigate and solve risk-related problems in our society, and trains them so that they can exercise worldwide leadership in advanced research projects.

The Risk Engineering Major consists of four fields: “Total Risk Management,” “Cyber Risk,”  “Urban Risk”, and “Environmental and Energy System Risk.”

The Total Risk Management field deals with intelligent methods for risk analysis and evaluation, such as data mining, probabilistic or statistical models, fuzzy systems theory, evolutionary computation, and theory of evidence. Cognitive systems engineering aspects are also investigated for smart collaborations between humans and machines so that risks can be perceived correctly and controlled properly.

The Cyber Risk field develops advanced methods to ensure information security, network security and system security through cryptography and security control. Modern information theory is also investigated to support the basics of cyber risk engineering and to develop multimedia information processing systems for applications in the real world.

The Urban Risk field focuses countermeasures and management against natural hazards and threats including fire, earthquakes, and human-made accidents. It integrates the current diverse expertise and research related to the following areas: risk identification of urban disaster, vulnerability analysis, crisis and emergency management, development of crisis and contingency plans including hazard mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery planning, risk-based decision making, risk communication, and information management.

The Environmental and Energy System Risk field aims to develop methods for analyzing local environmental pollution and global environmental issues that are related to energy supply systems, as well as investigating the development of a sustainable society from interdisciplinary points of view. Prior and ex post facto measures are also investigated to mitigate social damages induced by large-scale technologies such as nuclear facilities, oil refinery, and so on.

Since 2009, the Risk Engineering Major has also offered both day and evening classes system for PhD courses in which people working in the Tokyo area can study at the Tokyo campus of the University of Tsukuba while holding their jobs.


Doctoral Program in Computer Science

The department covers a wide range of research and education from fundamental information technologies to leading-edge technologies. The development of the Internet and mobile communications, the rapid expansion of digital data, and the explosive growth of multimedia require people who have a knowledge of computer science, to take a new point of view, develop fundamental theory, and foster the development of technology. Our philosophy is “creating advanced and original information technologies responding to diversified social needs, and fostering decisive leaders in a highly-sophisticated information society.” We seek to cultivate leaders who are creative and flexible researchers supported by highly specialized knowledge for Information Technology or professional engineers who have both knowledge and practical skills that can meet the demands of the global society.

In particular, we focus on research and education for practical technologies and skills. Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has described the work of this department as work which “emphases cooperation base concerning advanced ICT human resources development.”  Nippon Keidanren has promised to work with us to find ways to develop talent in advanced telecommunications.

Furthermore, the department has two special programs that are supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. The first is “Program for the development of ICT solution architects,” and the second is “Human resource development with practical IT skills in advanced information science program.” (See our home page for details.)

The specific research fields include: Information Mathematics and Modeling, Intelligent Software, Software System, Computer Architecture, Media Engineering, and Intelligent Systems. Our department consists of about sixty faculty members (the largest class in Japan) who are engaged in  research of a high quality on a variety of fields. Consequently, each student can do his/her research with sufficient communication and support from advisors. Graduate students develop keen skills on theoretical and mathematical methods for information modeling, analysis as well as resolution methods from the synthetic viewpoint of hardware and software. The department of Computer Science fosters researchers capable of analyzing and solving various problems in computer systems and related fields as well as engineers capable of developing and utilizing actual systems.


Doctoral Program in Intelligent Interaction Technologies

The department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies offers both Master’s and Doctoral programs. The teaching and research activities of our academic staff share common keywords,  concerning human, computer, machines, communication, and sensing, and can be grouped into the following four fields:
System Design
Man-Machine Systems and Robotics
Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Communication Systems

Every student will have opportunities to learn from fundamental theories to state of the art technologies and to carry out research on a chosen topic under the guidance of a supervisor and two co-supervisors. We offer excellent development prospects for our students to be powerful researchers and engineers who, by integrating interdisciplinary knowledge, can solve challenging engineering problems.

The department plays a central role in the Global COE Program, “Cybernics: Fusion of human, machine and information systems,” which is run as a collaboration of six departments at the University of Tsukuba and in cooperation with the Graduate School of Medicine at Osaka University. The program aims to foster highly creative young researchers who will go on to become world leaders in their respective fields. Our department has evolved to reflect the needs of the society and changes in the technologies, and so can you!


Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy

The Engineering Mechanics and Energy Major covers diverse engineering fields such as the improvement of infrastructure and environment, construction and maintenance of transportation systems, and energy supply systems. The major places emphasis not only on traditional academic training related to the planning, design and manufacture of hardware, but also on developing an ability to solve problems within a global framework. The newly revised curriculum consists of subjects in four fundamental courses: (1) Structure, Disaster Mitigation and Reliability Engineering, (2) Solid Mechanics and Material Science, (3) Fluid and Environmental Engineering, and (4) Energy and Thermal Engineering. The research and education activities extend to conventional engineering fields, e.g., energy engineering, mechanical engineering, naval architecture, aerospace engineering, civil engineering and structural engineering. Most research currently conducted concerns advanced topics in engineering mechanics commonly underlying some of the above subjects rather being free from conventional classification.