Objectives in Education and Research
Japan in the 20th century placed an emphasis on efficiency and convenience, and strived towards manufacturing things, seeking to increase profitability. As a result, this approach put Japan in a situation where it faced contradictions such as the destruction of environment. Currently, Japan possesses technologies, which lead the world in such fields as automobiles, robotics, electronics and telecommunications, whilst resolving such contradictions. These technologies are becoming increasingly more complex. In order to contribute to the world as a leader of science and technology in the global society going forward, Japan will be required to exercise high-level design capabilities and technology management skills, which will enable Japan to grasp the overall picture of increasingly complex technologies and promote harmony within the overall system, in addition to the ability to deeply analyze and comprehend objects.
For example, at the nuclear accident, which occurred immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the importance of systemized technology regarding the use of technology in a society including its implementation and operation was reaffirmed. This suggests that it is time for us to reconsider practical education. At the same time, this also means that nurturing researchers and engineers who will acquire the global values and capabilities required to work internationally.
Based on such a background, the Functional Control Systems Course aims to provide education and to conduct research to nurture outstanding researchers and engineers who have global values and the ability to fully grasp the truth of science and make use of it in practical education. This course consists of a number of different education and research fields, such as communication function control, functional device control, system control, and biosystems and biomolecule control, and operates interdisciplinary education and research. Taking this approach ensures that the course is not specialized in education and research being exclusively relevant to the areas of its academic staff’s expertise. The course also aims to nurture researchers and engineers with basic skills for technology management and proficiency in English for engineers as well as shared values and ethics, while the course as a whole is aware of the relevance based on the diversity in the course and actively promotes collaboration with each other.