Information and Communications Engineering

About Information and Communications Engineering

Studies involve a good balance of both hardware and software related to the various ways to convey information using communications network technologies, electronics, mobile wireless communications technologies, photonics, and information processing technologies (technology related to computers).

Research Domain

information and communication systems, ubiquitous computing, data mining, fuzzy theory, ICT for safe and secure life, wireless ad hoc network, wireless local area network, wireless ubiquitous network, sensor engineering, odor sensor and its application, microwave circuit design, wireless power transmission, electromagnetic wave problems, antenna analysis and design, brain-computer interface, biocybernetics, quality of service in networking, information security, acoustic signal processing, active noise control, mobile computing and networking, disaster communication

Research

Microwave Devices and Circuits Lab.

Shinichi Tanaka

We focus on developing state-of-the-art microwave function devices utilizing advanced circuit design technology based on metamaterial technology. Metamaterials* can be realized using circuit technology but for electromagnetic waves they behave like smart “materials” with properties that have not yet been found in nature. The new technology has been widely applied to passive microwave components, such as antennas, hybrid couplers and filters. Recently, we have proposed a new design method of metamaterial circuits, leading to high-performance, compact, and even low-cost design of active microwave components such as oscillators, amplifiers and rectifiers. This is crucial for microwave systems because the active components are the key to the overall performance, size and cost of the total system. Our recent achievements includes development of a triple-band rectifier for wireless power transmission or RF-energy harvesting systems [1], a low-phase noise oscillator for X-band radar systems [2], and highly efficient L-band power amplifier for cellular phone applications [3].

References; [1] T. Oka, T. Ogata, K. Saito, and S. Tanaka, Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC), Sendai, 2014. [2] S. Tanaka, H. Nishizawa, K. Takata and K. Saito, IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Phoenix, 2015. [3] To be published
Information and Communications EngineeringTriple-band rectifier using metamaterial frequency tuner
Information and Communications EngineeringX-band low phase-noise oscillator using metamaterial resonator
Information and Communications EngineeringHigh efficiency amplifier using metamaterial harmonic tuning circuit

Networking and sensing through user terminal participation

Hiroaki Morino

We are interested in designing the next generation mobile network architecture and mobile computing systems. One of topics we are focusing on is realizing collaborative sensor networks by using user terminal participation, in which each user’s mobile terminal obtains live information from the real world by exploiting radio information or a variety of sensors equipped with them, and it uploads them to the server in the Internet to recognize the situation of the specific place. For example, we try to estimate crowd density at some place using users’ mobile phones, by that they obtain the signal strength and packet loss information of public WiFi access points there. We also address mitigating natural congestion that frequently occurs in highway through detecting congestion phenomena and sharing the congestion information by using vehicle ad hoc networks(VANET) and each car adjusts the velocity to reduce the congestion. The last example is assisting disaster relief. We address a method to record evacuation route trajectory of each person in indoor environment without GPS when the Internet is not available after the disaster occurs, by utilizing smartphone sensors such as acceleration sensors, gyro or air pressure sensors.
Networking and sensing through user terminal participation
Networking and sensing through user terminal participation

Laboratories

Lab. Head of Lab. Keyword
Diversity Communication Research Laboratory Atsuko Yamazaki Detail Kansei engineering, Ergonomics, Language acquisition, Brain science, Aged society, English education, Brain function measurement, Agricultural support system
Functional information engineering Lab. Atsushi Saitoh Detail sensor, gas sensor, odor sensor, SAW, monitoring system for the elderly, olfaction display
Mobile Multimedia Communications Laboratory Eiji Kamioka Detail Bluetooth, Communication Engineering, Engineering, LTE, Mobile Communications, Telecommunications Engineering, UMTS, WiFi, WiMAX, Wireless Communications, Wireless Computing, Wireless LAN
Discrete Mathematics Laboratory Haruhide Matsuda Detail Graph theory, Discrete mathematics, Discrete geometry, Geometry, Teacher training, Development of teaching materials, Mathematical science

Heeyoung Lee


Mobile Information Networking Lab. Hiroaki Morino Detail Mobile computing, Wireless mesh networks, Sensor networks, Vehicle networks, P2PTV networks
Wireless Communications Lab. Kazuhide Hirose Detail Radio wave, antenna, numerical analysis, measurement
Relativity and Cosmology Laboratory Kengo Maeda Detail Mathematical science, Physics, Theory
Acoustic Information Lab. Kenji Muto Detail Acoustical Noise, Active Control, Environmental sound
Wireless Communications Network Laboratory Koichi Gyoda Detail ICT for Disaster Management and Mitigation, ICT for Safe and Secure Life, Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Antenna Engineering
Laboratory for Life and Law Mari Honda Detail Medical, Law, Bioethics, Regenerative medicine, Disabled person, Biotechnology, Medical information, Intellectual property
Laboratory for Bionic Communication Engineering Ryota Horie Detail Brain Computer Interface, Natural Interface, Biomedical Signal Processing, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neural Networks, Nonlinear Dynamics, Compact EEG Recorder, Smart Devices, Communication Protocols, Life Support System, Smart House Controller, Entertainment, Neuro Game, Optimization, Mathematical Biology
Microwave Communication Devices Laboratory Shinichi Tanaka Detail microwave, circuit design, RFIC, MMIC, microstrip line, wireless power transmission, left-handed metamaterial, composite right-/left-handed (CRLH) transmission line, high efficiency power amplifier, low phase-noise oscillator, rectifier, rectenna, CAD simulation, electro-magnetic analysis, compound semiconductor devices, device physics
Wireless Ubiquitous Lab. Shuji Kubota Detail Forward error correction, modulation and demodulation, multiple access, Wireless LAN, Wireless PAN, OFDM, MIMO
Information and Communication Network Lab. Sumiko Miyata Detail Resource allocation and admission control in networks,Media access control analysis for the optical network (EPON),Cooperative networks, Game theory, queueing theory and its applications in networks, Coalitional Game theory, Security of wireless and communication networks.
Applied Informathematics Lab. Yuchi Kanzawa Detail Fuzzy clustering

Objectives in Education and Research

The vision of the Department of Information and Communications Engineering is to develop individuals having the following skills: Basic academic intellect related to information and communications engineering and an attitude to pursue the problems facing ones’ field of expertise. 2. Systematic comprehension of the essence of information and communications engineering and thereby able to address any issues arising. 3. Problem-solving methodologies by exploiting multi-objective approaches, the trade-offs, and take into account potential impacts to society.

Career

The recruitment opportunities come from information communications related manufacturers, information system development/ICT solution companies, optical equipment/measurement equipment/audio equipment manufacturers, and telecom companies. Graduates are highly sought after for system design work required by society, by exploiting an integral knowledge of hardware, networks, and software.