●Information Systems Engineering ●Environmental Engineering ●Biotechnology
Mechanical Systems Engineering
The department offers three advanced courses of study for students enrolled in the doctoral and master’s programs: Mechanical Energy Engineering, Eco-Design Engineering, and Eco-Materials Engineering.
1 Mechanical Energy Engineering
The objective of the Mechanical Energy Engineering Course is to enhance knowledge of theories and applications of effective energy conversion and utilization for environmental harmony. Current research topics are as follows:
- Cooling of electronic equipment
- High-temperature gas dynamics
- Shock wave phenomena
- Heat and mass transfer
- Non-intrusive flow measurement
- Thermodynamic property measurement and modeling
2 Eco-Design Engineering
There are three major research fields in this course. These are Mechanical Design, Materials and Mechanics, and Design Methodologies. Current research topics are as follows:
(1) Mechanical Design
- Tribological properties of hard coatings
- Evaluation of mechanical properties of micro materials
(2) Materials and Mechanics
- Structural reliability
- Structural design
- Experimental mechanics
- Large scale finite element method
- Molecular dynamics method
(3) Design Methodologies
- Shape modeling with free-form deformation and interactive design
- Life cycle design method by LCA and CAE
- Analysis of automotive vibration and noise
3 Eco-Materials Engineering
This program is composed of three research fields, i.e., Structural Materials, Material Processing, and Environmental Conscious Materials. Current research topics are as follows:
(1) Structural Materials
- Fatigue and fracture of polymers and composites
- Mechanics of nanocomposites and smart composites
(2) Material Processing
- Plastic forming of advanced lightweight alloys
- Powder metallurgy of advanced materials
- Characterization of advanced sintered materials
- Creep analyses of Mg and Al alloys
(3) Environmental Conscious Materials
- Biomedical material science and engineering using green lithography
- Eco-friendly electronic material derived from biomass
Intelligent Systems Design Engineering
The graduate school offers masters and doctoral programs in Intelligent Systems Design Engineering to promote international-level cutting-edge research in the following four advanced courses of study:
1 Intelligent Systems Engineering
In this advanced course of study, students conduct research on next generation of intelligent systems that will require sensing, modeling, designing, evaluating and manipulating:
- Next generation robots uninhibited by early general ideas of robotics
- Flexible production systems with future generation robots
- User-friendly welfare applications
2 Intelligent Interface Engineering
In this advanced course of study, students conduct research on human interface design and sophisticated pattern recognition systems. Current research projects include:
- Key-input systems using eye-gaze and eye-blink
- Real-time personal authentication using iris patterns
- Super-realistic auditory telepresence robot
- Dynamic binaural technologies for 3-D sound reproduction
- Computer-aided learning for the visually impaired
- Brain-machine interface
- Handwritten character recognition
3 Micro-/Nano-Systems Engineering
In this advanced course of study, students conduct research on fabricating micro-/nano-scale materials and nondestructive measurements. Key technologies include:
- Micro-/nano-processing for micromachines
- Micro-/nano-measurements using laser technology
- Nano-bioengineering for nano-medicine
4 Electronic Nano-Device Engineering
In this advanced course of study, students conduct research on the following, covering both fundamental and applied themes:
- Preparation and application of ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials
- Synthesis of carbon-based new materials, magnetic properties and transport phenomena
Information Systems Engineering
The graduate school offers masters and doctoral research programs in Information Systems Engineering for the following three advanced courses of study: Information Media Engineering, Communication Network Engineering, and Software Engineering. These programs are designed for the practicing professional engineer.
1 Information Media Engineering
This laboratory is tasked with promoting the development and establishment of various innovative information technologies. The scope of the laboratory includes cloud computing, information networks, bio-information engineering with an emphasis on brain-machine interfaces, video image processing as well as system planning and optimization. The laboratory is also engaged in more theoretical fields such as formal language and computation theories.
2 Communication Network Engineering
This laboratory provides diverse research on broadband network services, ubiquitous networks and satellite communications. Current projects include the development of support systems in daily life, the functionality of the Internet using photonic technologies and semiconductor devices (VLSI, CMOS devices, etc.) for advanced systems. Space environment measurements are carried out using sounding rockets, spacecraft, and computer simulations for satellite communications for the future.
3 Software Engineering
The objective of this laboratory is to develop information systems for various industries, including medical and welfare supports systems, home healthcare systems, education support systems, utilizing a variety of sensor devices, computers, WWW/Internet, based on the following fundamental technologies: sensor integration/fusion, human behavior recognition, information visualization, web-based programming and so on.
With increasing diversity of target substances, scale enlargement of problems, and complex interactions between many phenomena, environmental problems must now be tackled from a comprehensive perspective, advanced technology, and international corporation. Educational principles of this program aim to develop individuals with the capability to propose solutions for complex and diverse environmental issues and make technological proposals and policies for building a sound material-cycle society considering creativity and practical skills. Environmental issues entail many aspects, including environmental pollution by various substances, energy resources, waste disposal, biodiversity conservation, and symbiosis between nature and human life. Therefore, this program provides education and research opportunities to cultivate capabilities in developing advanced environmental technology for handling these issues and in acquiring management skills in environmental businesses and administrative agencies.
1 Engineering Hydrology
Research on efficient and advanced use of sustainable water resource. Some current projects are as follows:
- Water Resource Engineering
- Soil Improvement Technology
- Water Quality Engineering
- Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
- Snow and Ice Chemistry
- Water Treatment Engineering
- Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology
2 Resource Recovery Engineering, Environmental Policy
Research on effective recycling of resources, as well as environment policy and management to actualize these technologies. Some current projects are as follows:
- Function and Safety Engineering for Recycled Resources
- Energy System for Low Carbon Society
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Policy (Environmental Assessment)
- Environmental Communication
3 Ecological Engineering on Regional Design
Research on development of social infrastructures as the foundation for a safe, secure, and sustainable society. Some current projects are as follows:
- Structural Engineering
- Concrete Engineering
- Concrete Structural Engineering
- Geo Hazards and Disaster Prevention
- Remote Sensing, GIS, and Regional Planning
The graduate school offers masters and doctoral research programs in Biotechnology in seven research areas. The faculty is responsible for education and research in advanced courses of study covering the following themes under each research area.
1 Enzyme Chemistry
Extensive screening for novel enzymes catalyzing new reactions; Intensive basic studies to understand enzymological characteristics; Molecular evolutionary approach to alter the properties of enzymes, thus achieving industrial use of enzymes.
2 Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing
The use of enzymes and/or microorganisms (biocatalysts) for the efficient production of useful compounds, such as pharmaceutical and agrochemical intermediates; Asymmetric bioreduction/biooxidation; Metagenomics for biocatalysis; Functional food materials; Protein engineering of biologics.
3 Microbial Engineering
Bioprospecting of underexploited marine or terrestrial species for new bioactive molecules; structure elucidation; evaluation of bioactivity; biosynthesis.
4 Bioorganic Chemistry
Studies on structure and functionality of natural and unnatural-products that have important biological activity and reactivity; Studies on structure and reactivity of lignin and other woody biomass.
5 Food Science and Technology
Metabolism of biofactors including physiological and dietary compounds; DNA microarray analysis of dietary compound-induced gene expression.
6 Plant and Cell Engineering
Engineering of plants and plant cells for their use in bioactive compound production and biomass utilization; Studies on plant secondary metabolic enzymes in biochemistry and organic chemistry.
7 Applied Bioinformatics
Elucidation of genome evolution mechanism and establishment of genome creation of microbial cells with the designed genome.
8 Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Formulation
Organic chemistry, process chemistry, fine chemistry, analytical chemistry, advanced lithography, functional materials, chemical engineering, powder engineering, drug delivery system.
9 Biopharmaceutical Engineering
Biochemistry, genetic engineering, drug metabolism, cell engineering, protein chemistry, bioinformatics, protein design, antibody engineering, drug discovery, pharmacology, regenerative medicine.