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Environmental and Information Studies

Introduction of Fields of Study

The Course consists of the master’s and doctoral programs. The master’s program provides research and education in four fields of study: Environmental Management, Communication Environment, Information Systems, and Regional/Urban Environment. The outlines are as follows:

Environmental Management Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities on environmental policies including their international perspectives production/consumption style with consideration for nature and regional environmental conservation, environmental management in relation to business administration, and optimization of corporate management.

Communication Environment Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities on methods that facilitate communication using mass media and computers in modern society from a social scientific perspective, such as sociology, cultural anthropology, and cognitive science.

Information System Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities in the fundamental technologies of information and telecommunication, which is rapidly developing in modern society, especially user interfaces, from a social scientific and engineering perspective.

Regional / Urban Environment Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities with a focus on the conservation and restoration of ecosystems in and around buildings, cities, and the surrounding regional environments from the perspective of biology, architectural environment studies, environmental design, and urban engineering.
The doctoral program consists of two fields: environment and information. The program further deepens and develops sophisticated research from an interdisciplinary point of view with the goal of developing human resources who can demonstrate competency as researchers, educators, or leaders in these two fields.

Educational Goals and Outcomes

Students in the Graduate School are advised by professors from the relevant discipline and acquire the ability as researchers through direct or indirect involvement in research activities. Intensive education through daily personal interaction with teaching staff is a characteristic of the education at the graduate level. Thirty-nine full-time instructors are allocated to the quota of 40 students in the master’s program and eight instructors to six students in the doctoral program.

The Graduate School makes every effort to enhance education with an emphasis on processes. We consider it very important that graduate students convey their ideas to other people. During the master’s program, each student has an opportunity to give two presentations in English in the middle and the latter half of the first year, a poster session in Japanese or English at the beginning of the second year, and an interim presentation of the master’s thesis in Japanese a half year later to be prepared for the presentation of the thesis at the end of the course.

In the process of compiling the master’s thesis, students experience a part of the leading-edge research activities regarding the environment and information, sophisticate logical and constructional abilities, and enhance the power of expression. The School also recommends making a presentation at a relevant academic conference. In this way, students acquire the aforementioned abilities and strengths, which are required for any position in society through substantial research on the environment and information.

Three Policies

Admission Policy

Master’s Program
[Invited Personality]
The Master’s Program of Environmental and Information division seeks students with the following skills who are interested in the four fields such as “Environmental Management”, “Communication Environment”, “Information System”, and “Regional/Urban Environment”.
  1. Basic knowledge at the level of graduation with a bachelor’s degree that is required of a researcher to undertake studies in the chosen field (However, it is not necessarily required to have taken environmental-and information-related classes.)
  2. Language skills to participate in lectures and conduct research on a global scale
  3. Specific awareness of environmental- and information-related issues and the skill to explain the issues to others

In seeking such students, we carry out admission examinations, including written exams and interviews, for the General Admission examination. We also provide Screening for working adults (requiring two years of work experience), and Special Screening for international students (application document must be created after a consultation about language used in education before an application is submitted), which waives the written exam.

Doctoral Program
[Invited Personality]
The Doctoral Program of Environmental and Information division seeks students who have strong interest in either environmental field or information field with the following capabilities.
  1. Specialized knowledge at the level of graduation with a master’s degree that is required to research on one of the selected academic field from “Environmental Management”, “Communication Environment”, “Information System”, and “Regional/Urban Environment”.
  2. Language skills to participate in lectures and conduct research on a global scale.
  3. Specific awareness of environmental- and information-related issues and the skill to explain the issues to others.

In seeking such students, we carry out admission examinations, including written exams and interviews, for the General Admission examination. We also provide Screening for working adults (requiring two years of work experience), and Special Screening for international students (application document must be created after a consultation about language used in education before an application is submitted), which waives the written exam.

Curriculum Policy

Master’s Program
[Required Subjects]
Students should take required subjects in relation to complete master thesis under guidance and instruction by teachers of belonging laboratory. Throughout these research process, students enhance their required capabilities on scientific way of thinking, survey, investigation and analysis in terms of solving problems on environmental or information issues.
[Specialized Studies]
Students should take subscribed number of “Basic Specialized Subject” in order to obtain interdisciplinary broad knowledge, and also take subscribed number of “Specialized Subject“ in order to understand more specialized knowledge of each study field.
[General Common Subjects]
Student should take some General Common Subjects in order to be a human resource who has practical capability for success in the international society, and are required to make presentations on your research.
Doctoral Program
[Advanced Research and Teaching Skills]
In order to be a professional researcher as well as teacher and academic member of the society, students should acquire various advanced skills in the circumstance of easily taking advices from any teachers in the whole graduate school.
[Making Progress on Academic Wisdom]
In the academic field of environmental or information studies, students promote and carry out their doctoral research with advanced methodologies of investigation or analysis, integrate these findings, and complete a consistent doctoral dissertation. Throughout these process, each student are expected to be an independent professional researcher who has international and interdisciplinary perspective.

Diploma Policy

Master’s Program
[Specialized Knowledge and Applicable Skills]
Acquired the abilities of profound consideration with specialized knowledge for seeking practical resolutions on specific issues in the field of environmental or information studies.
[Analytical Capacity and Imagination Ability]
Acquired the abilities to find practical solutions through scientific way of thinking, survey, investigation and analysis in terms of modern issues of environmental or information studies.
[Communication Ability and Sense of Responsibility]
Having potentialities for making more progress in research and practices with excellent communication ability and sense of responsibility in order to contribute for international society.
[Research Ethics]
Having morality and ethical mind as a scientific researcher.
Doctoral Program
[Advanced Capability for Scientific Research]
Acquired the advanced and profound research capability in terms of to accomplish a specific research issue in the academic field of environmental or information studies in order to find practical resolutions and to contribute for accumulation of wisdom.
[Interdisciplinary Perspective]
Acquired interdisciplinary capabilities in terms of to contribute to create brand new value by finding different issues with bird eye’s view and connecting them with advanced knowledge and technologies on environmental or information study fields.
[Research Ethics]
Having morality and ethical mind as a scientific researcher.

Examples of Elective Subjects Available in English (April 1, 2018)

Environmental Management Field

  • Environmental and Social Systems
  • Assessment Methods and Indicators for Economy Environment
  • Environment and Risk Society
  • Advanced Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Environmental Communication and Governance

Communication Environment Field

  • Social Research and Data Analysis
  • Information Society
  • Mass Media in Modern Society

Information System Field

  • Intelligent Science

Regional / Urban Environment Field

  • Urban Environment Modeling
  • Environmental and Ecological Symbiosis
  • Biogeochemical Cycle
  • Lectures on Environmental Architecture
  • Regional and Local Environmental Planning Theory

Common Subjects

  • Presentation Skills in English
  • Academic Presentations
  • Advanced Comprehension Skills
  • Reading & Discussion
  • Special Course (Global Management, Culture and Strategy)
  • Special Course (Artificial Intelligence)

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Academic Staff

Professor

  1. (1) Visualization using point clouds
  2. (2) Quantitative measurement of e-sports skills
  1. Symbiotic Evolution
  2. Automatic music composition
  1. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  2. Interaction with Public Display
  3. Creative Activities Support System
  4. Virtual / Mixed / Augmented Reality (VR / MR / AR)
  5. Empirical Study of How People Relate to Technologies
  1. (1) Subjective assessment of video communications:
  2. (2) Transport algorithm of high quality video over WiFi:
  1. (1) Speaker verification
  2. (2) Processing multi-speaker conversational speech
  3. (3) Application of image recognition
  1. (1) Intellectual collaborative work support technology
  2. (2) Knowledge sharing network technology
  3. (3) Information security behavior support technology
  1. (1) Indoor Location Estimation w/ WLAN
  2. (2) Education on Computer Simulation Techology
  1. (1)Risk communication, Scientific(numeric/probabilistic) information, Numeracy
  2. (2)Video-mediated & web communication, web community
  3. (3)Buzz and consumer behaviors in web
  1. 1. Social construction of information systems
  2. 2. Participatory design of information
  3. 3. Design of learning environment
  4. 4. University–community collaboration
  1. Social robot
  2. Living lab
  3. Space science education
  4. Infographics
  1. Investigative Journalism
  2. Internet media
  1. cognitive science
  2. situated learning
  3. fieldwork study
  1. (1) Media industry
  2. (2) Information society
  3. (3) Research on digital editing practices
  1. (1) Sociology of biotechnology
  2. (2) Sociology of environmental communication
  1. (1) Development and practice of participatory approaches and integrated scenario building method
  2. (2) Environmental policy innovation and process analysis
  3. (3) Citizens’ environment-conscious attitude and behavior analysis
  1. Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategy
  2. Meta-algorithms
  3. Data Mining Technology and its Application on Inventory Control
  4. LaaS and MaaS with EV
  1. Sustainable lifestyle, Lifestyle innovation, Nature technology, Backcasting, Ontology engineering
  1. (1) Business modelling and simulation for sustainable development
  2. (2) Program and project management for business transformation
  1. life cycle assessment, economic impact assessment, carbon-neutral technology, circular economy, biodiversity assessment
  1. Environmental Education
  1. 1) Measure of heavy metal soil pollution utilized phytoremediation
  2. 2) Study on the hot environment relaxation effect brought about by railway track greening
  1. Biodiversity Offset, Biodiversity Banking, Habitat Evaluation Procedure, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Mitigation Policies
  1. 1.Residential environment and community design
  2. 2. Factor analysis of residential environment and development of the methods of renewal
  3. 3. Analysis of the change in residents' awareness by Covid-19
  1. (1) GIS Data acquisition and processing
  2. (2) GPS-Supported Visual SLAM
  3. (3) Remote sensing data fusion
  1. (1) Thermal environment
  2. (2) Adaptive thermal comfort
  3. (3) Occupant behaviour
  4. (4) Energy use in building
  5. (5) Indoor air quality

Associate Professor

  1. Software development, language and tools
  2. Signal processing algorithms
  1. International Marriage Family, Family Psychology, Qualitative Research
  1. (1) Kansei evaluation
  2. (2) Design evaluation
  3. (3) Graphic Design
  1. Architectural designing and planning
  2. Cognitive Science
  3. Creativity
  1. 1. Acculturation at individual levels
  2. 2. Attitude formation toward Japanese people among Asian international students
  3. 3. Risk perception and public trust
  1. (1) Evaluation of policies to mitigate environmental impact from International Maritime Transport
  2. (2) Relationship between environmental impact and transportation
  1. (1) Research on improvement of the production process using MFCA (Material Flow Cost Accounting)
  2. (2) Research on business continuity planning (BCP) and management control system
  3. (3) Research on recycling flow of used products
  1. Ecosystem approach and land use policy
  1. (1) Support for improving the productivity of service operations based on business structure
  2. (2)Development of production-sales cooperation system using production simulator
  1. (1) Water quality monitoring & assessment
  2. (2) Air quality monitoring & assessment
  3. (3) Soil quality monitoring & assessment
  1. (1) Solving conflict between energy and biodiversity
  2. (2) Conservation of endangered species
  3. (3) Urban greening and ecological network
  1. Thermodynamics, Mathematical Modeling, Building Simulation, Environmental Design, Energy Community
  1. (1) Green infrastructure planning
  2. (2) Urban ecological network
  3. (3) Landscape management
  1. (1) Disaster prevention for vulnerable people
  2. (2) Urban Riverfront Safety & QOL

Lecturer

  1. 1) Refactoring detection
  2. 2) Analysis of student activities in programming exercise
  3. 3) Analysis of competitor's program in the programming competition site