Since April 2012, the University of Tsukuba has transitioned to a new educational and research structure. This reform focuses on distinguishing between the academic staff’s affiliated organizations and each education and research organization, and establishing a new organizational structure for academic staff in the form of “faculties.”
The new academic staff organizations or “faculties” have a fundamental responsibility for both education and research. They comprehensively and systematically promote the development of each field, as well as collaboration with other fields, from a university-wide perspective. They also aim to further enhance activities across the whole of education, research, and corporate management.
Academic staff belong to one of the “faculties,” and individual staff members, while fulfilling their fundamental and on-going duty to conduct research, are responsible for education and research in accordance with the purposes of each school, college, graduate school, master’s/doctoral program, or center to which they belong.
The University of Tsukuba Faculty of Engineering, Information, and Systems, which was launched on October 1, 2011, comprises academic staff promoting education and research in science and engineering in new interdisciplinary fields aimed at bringing together information, systems, and society. It consists of four administrative units, namely the Division of Policy and Planning Sciences, the Division of Information Engineering, the Division of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, and the Division of Engineering Mechanics and Energy, and is home to 202 academic staff members (as of September 1, 2016).
Through taught classes and supervision, the academic staff of the Faculty are responsible for education in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, as well as in the School of Science and Engineering, the School of Informatics, and the School of Social and International Studies. As well as utilizing the education and research budget allocated to the Faculty, we conduct research through publicly offered grants, such as the Grants‐in‐Aid for Scientific Research and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and through external funds for collaborative research. Furthermore, by advancing our fields of education and research, we are actively contributing to local industries and the local community.
The Faculty conducts a wide range of research activities that contribute to humanity’s progress in the 21st century. This research focuses on information systems that support social infrastructure, engineering systems that represent new fields of engineering, and social systems that view society from an engineering perspective. We also aim to play a leading role in research and development by integrating these fields from a holistic, global perspective.
A particular strength of our Faculty’s education and research is our integrative applied research based on, for example, information science and social and safety systems science. In the 2013 redefinition of the mission of national universities (in the engineering field), our research achievements in many areas were evaluated highly. These include the interdisciplinary research mentioned above (e.g., in computational sciences and cybernics), research and development of information infrastructure technologies (e.g., security and wide-area distributed files) conducted with large-scale external funding, collaborative research with JAXA and other research institutes in Tsukuba City, collaboration with secondary schools, and collaborative research with the local municipality and industries in areas such as disaster recovery and promotion of the service industry. For the future, we have set our sights on improving people’s quality of life and contributing to national information technology policies through research and development in human-related fields, including health, welfare, sports, and art, as well as engineering system technologies and social policies that respond to the need for strengthening the nation in terms of land, society, and energy.
In order to stimulate research that contributes to solving social or global problems, the Faculty prioritizes the allocation of the education and research budget through a research group registration scheme. We also run the Young Integrated Research Project scheme, aimed at interdisciplinary research groups that cut across divisions. The purpose of this scheme is to promote budding integrated research based on free thinking by young academic staff.
Furthermore, academic staff affiliated with the Faculty follow the University’s code of ethics for teachers and researchers, and we implement policies that promote social trust in the university and compliance within the university’s education, research, and corporate management.
We thank all those involved for their continued guidance and support of the Faculty of Engineering, Information, and Systems.