About Joint Graduate School

Greetings From Educational Delegates

Acquiring Comprehensive Engineering Technology and Leadership by Manufacturing Practice of Intelligent Robots

Shuji Hayase
Dean of Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering,
Kyushu Institute of Technology

The Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering marks its interdisciplinary research and education and it consists of two departments: the Department of Biological Functions and Engineering (focusing on the environment and the energy fields) and the Department of Brain Science and Engineering (investigates the information processing functions of the brain that will advance engineering applications of brain functions). The role of our departments in the Car Robotics Course is mainly to develop advanced robotics and information technology. Especially in the Department of Brain Science and Engineering, we have played a major role in the fifth consecutive victory at Japan Open of The RoboCup Soccer Middle-Size-League as well as participation in The RoboCup@Home League. We hope to make good use of these results in this Joint Graduate School. In information technology, while referring to the fruit of Brain Science, we plan to utilize in our education the results of Brain-Inspired Systems (Brain-IS), which create the intelligent systems. In this Course, we hope to foster highly-skilled personnel who can make full use of the comprehensive engineering technology required for developing advanced robots.

Training Highly-skilled Personnel with Leading-edge Engineering to Create Cars and Robots That Continue to Evolve

Hiroshi Maeda
Dean of Graduate School of Engineering,
Kyushu Institute of Technology

The Graduate school of Engineering has educated graduates throughout most-advanced research and development and produces them as highly skilled engineers and researchers. Those excellent graduates have supported important heavy industries like steel, chemical industries during the high-growth period, while they have contributed to the broad-based automotive industries in the age of automobiles. In ubiquitous society, where information is highly developed, they have contributed to both soft and hard infrastructure industries. Due to the declining birth rate and an increase of the aging population, the working population is shrinking. The most serious concerns in our society are the environment, energy, safety and security. For example, the control technologies for autonomous vehicles, which are High Intelligence Technologies, are indispensable to realize an unmanned transportation system. In addition, using intelligent robots to assist with household chores and nursing is also essential to maintain quality of life.
Our department collaborates with The Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering, The Graduate School of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kitakyushu University Graduate School of Environmental Engineering, and Waseda University Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems. We train highly-skilled engineers by providing them with lectures and training with the outcome of up-to-date engineering. This is the most fundamental technology to realize advanced cars and robots that will clear a path for our future. To this end, The Graduate School of Engineering provides you with design theory and manufacturing technology of the next generation creative manufacturing that will help you to become highly-skilled global engineers leading the world.

Nurturing Information Technology Engineers Who Make Full Use of Image Processing Technology, Flying High in the Industrial World

Eitaku Nobuyama
Dean of Graduate School of Computer Science and Systems Engineering,
Kyushu Institute of Technology

Semiconductor parts were introduced in automobiles in the 1960’s. Information processing devices (microcomputers) and automobiles (engines) started to work together to clear the strict gas emission regulations for environmental issues in the 1970’s. Recently, safe automobiles are about to be popularized. A need for intelligent cars is increasing such as in-vehicle driving assistance with functions like crash avoidance.
In this course, The Graduate school of Computer Science and Systems Engineering provides students with the opportunity to master image processing technology in the classes of“Advanced Topics in Image Processing” and “Video Image Processing”. Furthermore, students may take “Recognition Programing Comprehensive Practicum” to practice applying the acquired image processing technology. In this practicum, we make the acquired technology more reliable by attaching sensors such as smart devices with a camera and GPS in an actual automobile and by working on creating specific systems such as driver’s state recognition and detecting pedestrians running in front of the car.
The modern world is explosively diversifying and requires information technology for cars. In this course, the student can gain that experience and knowledge to flourish and fly high in an industrial world.

Effort to Improve the Level of Technological Development Capability with a Practical Education System by Cooperation between Academia, Government, and Industry.

Yuji Ryu
Dean of Graduate School of Environmental Engineering,
The University of Kitakyushu

We believe that students joining this course from graduate, undergraduate, and colleges of technology will be satisfied with intellectual curiosity and inquiring minds because academia-government-industry in the northern Kyushu area actively cooperates in this course. If a targeted base of highly-specialized human resource development is established, we can contribute not only to continuously producing “human resources” supporting high technological development, but also to activating local industry. In this course, a cross-sectional education system is developed beyond the boundaries of affiliated graduated schools. In addition, established parties are acting together as colleges of technology, undergraduate faculties, graduate schools, companies, and governments. If we compare this cross-sectional education to woof and the established parties to warp (in weaving), a practical and attractive education system like a fabric is expected, tightening woof and warp. Among those we will provide mostly education fields of mechanics, sensing and wireless communications and also cooperate with course operation by using our experience to represent the joint graduate school of “Car Electronics Course” starting from 2008.

Advanced Technology Course for Autonomous Vehicle Control and Robotics

Toshitsugu Ueda
Dean of Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems,
Waseda University

The Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems at Waseda University, located in Kitakyushu Science and Research Park, is an extremely unique graduate school which gathers excellent students together from all over Asia and provides a high-level education. At this time, we will establish our Joint Graduate School in Intelligent Car & Robotics, which we believe should create a higher goal with graduate schools working together in harmony and become a unique graduate school that will produce world standards of superior human resources. In this graduate school, students can learn practical techniques from teachers from the affiliated graduate schools. The main contents of our graduate school are advanced technology in autonomous vehicle control and robotics. We think that by providing practical education contents, what students learn here can be put into practical use as soon as they enter the industrial world. However, contents in the curriculum will be planned and implemented in such a way that does not become obsolete as the years go by. We would like students taking the course to not just simply get into the industrial world, but also graduate the school as a human resource combining various abilities that can keep up with the changes in the world.