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School of Arts and Sciences

School of Arts and Sciences

About School of Arts and Sciences

The objective of the School of Arts and Sciences is to provide education and conduct researches in the basic areas supplementing the engineering major education and the interdisciplinary areas which are not limited to traditional areas of specializations. While belonging to the College of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences does not have its own quota of students. It offers basic subjects in the mathematic major, languages/information subjects, humanities and social sciences, physical education, and courses for teaching profession, to all students enrolled in the College of Engineering. Students can learn basic ideas in each area through these subjects and the cluster aims at developing talents with a wider, multifaceted view based on the basic knowledge of engineering.

Research Domain

Mathematics

This subject develops graduate engineers who can contribute to the development of science and technology, with transferable quantitative skills and reasoning, logical and systematic mindsets. Such attributes are founded on basic academic intellect combined with the lectures tailored with subject components designed to steadily develop the skills according to an individual’s abilities.

Physics

This fundamental subject develop graduate engineers with fundamental academic intellect in physics, being a premise of the specialist engineering education of the College of Engineering, and combined with essential principles, methodologies, and morality pertaining to natural sciences necessary to contribute to science and technology-based development in society.

Chemistry

Teaching and research are geared to appreciate that the study of chemistry underpins materials manufacturing technology and is also vital for many manufacturing practices. Develop graduate engineers with broad-ranging chemistry knowledge regardless of their individual expertise via a combination of basic studies of chemistry and practical demonstrations.

English

Develop globally competent engineers with effective English communication skills. Lectures are organized using a step-by-step approach in order to build a solid skills base, improve English skills to meet future needs and aspirations, and also to ensure that such skills can be transferable to engineering research and work.

Information Technology

Acquire the fundamental information-related technological skills necessary for the studies of a specialist engineering education offered by the College of Engineering, and skills applicable to respond to an information society. The lectures combine a fundamental knowledge related to computers and networks together with programming demonstrations, which are now becoming an essential skill for engineering professionals.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Acquire a broad knowledge, perspectives, and mindsets regarding the links between science, technology, and human society. The lectures highlight human psychology and behavioral aspects closely related to technology and manufacturing, diverse manmade cultures and ideologies, political institutions and economic systems, and a variety of challenges involving the economy, society and the environment in today’s world.

Physical Education and Health

With aims to maintain and enhance one’s physical strength, reflect and establish a healthy lifestyle, and forge good sportsmanship traits, the subjects prepare students with the skills necessary to maintain healthy mind and body, appreciating the coordinated balance of exercise, nutrition, and rest. Implementation of SIT’s proprietary sports education plays a role in moral development and nurtures individuals having pride and confidence as a member of the society.

Teaching Profession

The focus is to comprehensively understand education in a form of human enterprises and learn to teach from a scientific viewpoint. A systematic approach focuses on studies of human growth and development, the interrelationships between educational history and society, the subject contents include theories/skills of teaching strategies, and practical knowledge and skills of teaching professions. The ultimate aspirations are for individuals to have a broad academic intellect and perspectives to nurture personality traits beyond engineering expertise.

Investigate human factors to decrease traffic accidents and to provide safe mobility.

Nobuyo Kasuga

My research field covers Human Factors related to traffic safety issues. Recently, I focus on those associated with advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies. In particular, my research is dedicated to designing a human machine interface (HMI) to preventing drivers’ behaviors from tending to rely unsafely on the assistance systems. I am also engaged in designing HMIs to promote drivers’ understanding on the function of those systems.
As the first step, experimental studies were conducted to verify if driving behaviors would change by using advanced driver assistance systems including lane keep assist systems (LKAS), blind spot detection systems (BSD), and collision mitigation brake systems (CMBS). The results indicate that with BSDs, drivers tend to rely on the assistance systems, leading to unsafe driving. Based on the results, further research is conducted to design an HMI system for drivers to keep their driving manner safe by using an appropriate BSDS as well as to propose an HMI measure to promote drivers to substantially understand the functions and limitations of the BSDS.

Human Factor Laboratory
Human Factor Laboratory
Human Factor Laboratory

Mathematics Highlights
The College of Engineering facilitates the studies of mathematics and quantitative skills required by an engineer dedicated to the fields of engineering and science technology. Mathematics exhibits aspects of a language that is used to precisely understand and explain phenomena that occur in natural sciences and technology. A detailed knowledge of this language, therefore, facilitates a simpler way to understand and explain phenomena, and gain in-depth knowledge by reading technical reports when advancing to further specialist fields.

Through the studies of mathematics, students are trained to rationally consider a range of problems, predict or calculate the implications, and develop logical reasoning, ultimately developing the core skills required by an engineering professional. It is often difficult to comprehend upcoming topics without fundamental knowledge and skills in natural sciences including mathematics. As the curriculum is organized in accordance with the learning progress, the studies steadily strengthen an intellectual capacity of mathematics.

Physics Highlights
The physics lectures underpin the fundamental topics required for engineering education. The objectives are for students to build an analytical mindset targeting an array of phenomena, exploiting experimental findings, numerical expression, and logic reasoning. Physics questions at senior high school were easily answered by a degree of memorizing combined with some formulation of mathematical-physics theories. The curriculum, however, thrives on learning objectives where such conventional methods are not applied at all. This may seem confusing for most students, at first, but once it becomes the norm, students will reach a point where “a word to the wise is enough”. The curriculum aims to build such ways of thinking and a tolerant trait towards dealing with more or less elementary calculations, as well as presentation skills to clearly explain their findings to others. Faculty and staff are committed to teaching and research, with strong desires of cultivating graduates with such skills.

Chemistry Highlights
Engage students to appreciate that the study of chemistry underpins materials manufacturing technology, and is also the foundation of many manufacturing practices. Develop graduate engineers with broad-ranging chemistry knowledge regardless of their individual expertise via a combination of basic studies of chemistry coupled with practical demonstrations.

English Highlights
Communication abilities in English are necessary for globally competent engineers and those researchers working in an engineering field. The focus is to develop professionals with proficient communication skills suited today’s global society. A step-by-step approach is adopted in the curriculum, designed to empower students with firm foundation skills of the English language, communication skills that are satisfactory to meet the future needs of students, and applied skills in research and work. Faculty and staff are responsible for not only English language education but also broad-based language and communication studies from a global perspective.

Information Highlights
The curriculum focuses on both educational and research activities to develop applied technology skills to act to the rapidly growing information society as well as information related fundamental skills to meet the specialist engineering education offered by the University of Engineering. Nowadays, learning to deal with information-system equipment is essential in an advanced information society. Understanding the fundamentals of information technology is a minimum requirement for all engineers to significantly develop their technological skills and research initiatives in the areas of individual expertise. The curriculum aims to deliver such knowledge, thereby developing professionals having fundamental knowledge and skills applicable to successfully serve in the future information society.

Humanities and Social Science Highlights
Acquire a broad knowledge, perspective, and mindset regarding the link between science, technology, and human society. The lectures highlight human psychology and behavioral aspects closely related to technology and manufacturing, diverse manmade cultures and ideologies, political institutions and economic systems, and a variety of challenges involving the economy, society and the environment in today’s world. A high-level of professional ethics, broad knowledge, and effective communication skills are required for graduates to adapt to society and their organizations so that they can become a competent engineer who realizes technology and manufacturing practices to act to the needs of people and society. The subject is essential for those who intend to learn the multidimensional links between technology/manufacturing and human/society.

Physical and Health Education Highlights
With aims to maintain and enhance one’s physical strength, reflect and establish a healthy lifestyle, and forge good sportsmanship traits, the subjects prepare students with the skills to maintain a healthy mind and body, appreciating the coordinated balance between exercise, nutrition, and rest. Implementation of the University’s proprietary sports education plays a role in moral development and nurtures individuals having pride and confidence as a member of society.

Teaching Profession Highlights
To qualify for the Professional Education Certificate, teaching in either junior or high schools (hitherto Teachers’ Licenses), students need to serve an internship program in addition to mastering the subjects specified under the “School Education Law” and the “Law for Licensing Educational Personnel” (hitherto Enforcement). Such qualifications for teaching in junior high schools are also obligatory for “nursing care experiences”. SIT facilitates the Teaching Profession curriculum strictly complying with the laws and regulations, for those who aspire for Teachers’ Licenses and to become junior and high school teachers.
The certified Teacher License at SIT recognizes four subjects, mathematics and science for junior and high schools, and industry and information for high schools. The Teachers’ Licenses for these subjects, however, varies dependent on one’s own department.

Mathematics

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
SciVal Profile Soichi Ikeda  
SciVal Profile Yasuhiro Kurokawa  
SciVal Profile Nobuhisa Sakakibara  
Generalized Functions Lab. Detail Masanori Suwa Hyperfunctions, Analytic functionals
SciVal Profile Tsuyoshi Nishimura  
SciVal Profile Haruhide Matsuda  
SciVal Profile Ryota Matsubara Graph Theory
SciVal Profile Hajime Moriya  
YOKOTA lab. Detail Hisashi Yokota  

Physics

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Physics in Multiple Extreme Conditions Lab. Detail Yasuyuki Ishii strongly correlated electron systems, magnetic measurements, high-pressure technique
Low temperature physics Lab. Detail Takao Suzuki quantum spin system, high field, μSR
Laboratory of Theoretical Quantum Physics Detail Toshihide Takagahara  
Computational Material Science Lab. Detail Yusuke Tomita Monte Carlo simulations, statistical physics, phase transition, critical phenomena
Statistical Physics Detail Tota Nakamura Monte Carlo simulations, non-equilibrium relaxation method, Gaussian kernel regressions
Relativity and Cosmology Lab. Detail Kengo Maeda AdS/CFT, black hole

Chemistry

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
SciVal Profile Toshifumi Konishi  
SciVal Profile Asao Nakamura  
Biomolecular Chemistry Lab. Detail Akihiko Hatano Enzyme, Nucleoside, DNA, RNA, Molecule
Lab. of Molecular Assemblies Detail Akiko Hori Crystal Engineering, Coordination Chemistry, Fluorine Chemistry, Suplamolecular Chemistry

English

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Discourse Analysis and its Application to English Education Detail Keiko Kawaguchi discourse analysis, functional grammar, ESP, EFL, TESOL
Berrar Lab. Detail Daniel Peter Berrar machine learning, data science, statistics, bioinformatics
SciVal Profile Emiko Horton Hirose  
Tourism & Linguistic Information Lab. Detail Kayoko H. Murakami tourism informatics, linguistic information, text-mining, SNS, English education
SciVal Profile Atsuko Yamazaki  
SciVal Profile Yuko Yamashita  

Information Technology

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Multisensory Affect Computing Lab. Detail Yoshiko Arimoto Emotion recognition, Affect computing, Spoken language processing, Acoustics, Multimodal information processing
Intelligence Information Processing Lab. Detail Shingo Nakamura Image inspection, Reinforcement leaning, Drone Contorol
Intelligent System Lab. Detail Yoshiaki Yasumura Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Web Intelligence, Media Processing

Humanities and Social Sciences

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Human Factor Lab. Detail Nobuyo Kasuga Human factor, Traffic safety, Human Machine Interface, Autonomous driving technology, Driver assistance system
SciVal Profile Hideaki Kurishima  
SciVal Profile Yasushi Koide  
SciVal Profile Tatsuya Chiba  
Economics Lab. Detail Toru Nagahara Applied Economics, Macroeconomics, Keynesian Economics
SciVal Profile Hiroyuki Nakamura  
Lab. for Life and Law Detail Mari Honda Medicine and Law, Bioethics

Physical Education and Health

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Sports Science Lab. Detail Satoshi Ishizaki Exercise physiology, Health promotion, Game analysis
Sports Psychology & Coaching Effectiveness Lab. Detail Ken Ubukata Sports Psychology, Coaching, Football, American Football
Sport Medicine and Science laboratory Detail Manabu Hamano  

Teaching Profession

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Educational Psychology Lab. Detail Yoshiko Okada social skills, psychoeducational program
Mathematics Education Lab. Detail Hideyo Makishita SSH, ICT, Technology, Wasan
Sociology of Education Lab. Detail Rumi Yatagawa Sociology of Education, Higher Education, Student Culture, Career, Gender

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