Message from the President
Toyohashi University of Technology
For 38 years since it’s establishment in 1976, Toyohashi University of Technology has focused on graduate school courses to nurture industry-leading professional engineers.
We accept a variety of students, mainly from the College of Technology, but also from technical and academic high schools, with half of the students being admitted through a recommendation system. Our students are educated through our “spiral-up curriculum”, which alternates between basic and specialized subjects so that students understand not only the basic science but are also nurtured as engineers with a strong interest in technology.
Our integrated undergraduate and master’s courses, as well as an emphasis on graduate education, are based on our desire to respond to both the demand for global human resource development and to change in the structure of society and industry.
Previous programs that our alumni have worked on include the 21st Century Center Of Excellence Program “Intelligent Human Sensing – Ecological Engineering for Stable Human Activities” during the period around 2002-2006, the Global Center of Excellence Program “Frontiers of Intelligent Sensing” 2007-2011, and the promotion of interdisciplinary education to correspond with the needs of society through the “Tailor-Made Baton-Zone Program” 2009-2015.
Our newest program “Training Brain Information Architects ” builds on these previous programs, and aims to discover solutions to the scientific and technical problems of today, a period sometimes referred to as “the century of the brain”. The program fosters the development of global human resources who can create technology that improves human society and the global environment.
Through our university credo “Master Technology, Create Technology”, we hope to nurture and educate students who will design technology for a happy and prosperous future.
Message from the Program Director / Coordinator
Our society is filled with electronic information technology. Mobile phones, which are a necessity, have become smartphones that have a processing power greater than the large computers of a decade ago. Not only can they do audio and video, these smartphones also do real-time processing of large amounts of information such as position, vibration, and temperature.
Automobiles have also become loaded with electronic technologies. Driving assistance, automatic brakes, and autonomous operation have become a reality through the real-time processing of data from a number of sensors, such as laser and camera systems.
For good or bad, the development of electronic information technologies have resulted in significant changes to modern society. For example, the complexity and size of information to be processed has significantly grown, the environmental impact of these technologies has increased, and the “digital divide” has expanded. To address these issues, we need to have a paradigm shift from looking at information technology as something only for high-speed transmission and storage, to “information technology grounded in scientific understanding of human or social cognition, understanding, decision-making and action-taking.”
In this program, we focus on the “brain.” We explore the brain as a source of a large amount of information, from the microscopic (the genome) to the macro-social (organizations) with the aim of creating innovative information technology based on what is learned about the brain’s functions and systems.
Brain and mind are the final frontier of science. The elucidation of the brain requires the development of new analytical methods and measurement technique. EIIRIS, The Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute, has engaged in the development of a implantable microprobe array using a selective vapor-liquid-solid growth technique and microfabrication processes (the Toyohashi Probe) for recording and stimulating nerve cells, as well as a medical biosensor chip that uses ion image sensor technology, among others.
At EIIRIS we collaborate with researchers on and off campus and research institutions on information technology, neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, and other medical fields, to strengthen five areas of advanced science and technology: functional genomics, bio-sensing, nanophotonics, brain information decoding, and virtual brain simulation. We also conduct close educational cooperation with industry.
We also apply the sensing devices and simulation techniques to approach the brain information, on a wide variety of spatial and time scalesfrom the genome to the individual and society, we engage in brain science. And we are sure that problem-solving activity in the science develops “Brain Information Architects”, who are capable of applying new principles learned from the brain to new electronic devices and information processing systems.
About the Program for Leading Graduate Schools
The purpose of MEXT’s Leading Program is to guide top-tier students that have a broad outlook and creative flair to become globally active leaders in industry, academia, and government. We gather first-rate internal and external faculties and students, obtain the participation of industrial, academic, and governmental groups, support the radical reform of masters and doctoral education programs into interdisciplinary programs, and promote the spread of world-leading, guaranteed quality, degree programs.
Between the year 2011 and 2013, a total of 30 universities and 62 programs were selected, and as of the year 2014 a number of seven-year programs are currently in progress. The entire budget is 17.8 billion yen. Three different budgets are available for the programs selected: All Round type (first year budget cap: 300 million yen), Compound Territorial type (first year budget cap: 250 million yen) and Only-One type (first year budget cap: 150 million yen).
Our project belongs to the Compound Territorial category. There are seven universities in this category: the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, the University of Tsukuba, Nagoya University, Toyohashi University of Technology and Waseda University.
Please refer to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science homepage at http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-hakasekatei/ for further details.