INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TRACK

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Message from the Department chair

Information technologies have now become essential in our daily life, and their exciting applications and services are emerging every day, making our life better and more enjoyable than ever before. For example, a singing synthesizer software named “Hatsune Miku,” in which various signal processing techniques are used, has stimulated the creativity of many media creators. Now, a new Japan-made culture to enjoy music clips with synthesized virtual voices has become very popular. In the field of artificial intelligence, Google’s AI system “AlphaGo” has recently beaten a world’s top human Go player. It uses an artificial neural network, which approximates human brain functions, with its powerful learning technique called deep learning. Isn’t it exciting? Today’s automobiles are full of emerging information technologies including integrated vehicle control and automatic braking. Researchers are now working on autonomous vehicles that can navigate without human input by employing computer vision, pathfinding algorithms, and so on. In our department of information technology, to become a key personnel in such an information technology-oriented society in future, students learn basic and application of various information technologies. As shown in the curriculum and the syllabus web pages, students start learning from fundamentals of advanced mathematics, hardware, software, information theory and computation theory, and proceed to more advanced topics including signal processing, natural language processing, image processing, artificial intelligence, information networks, database, and so on, by lectures, exercises and training classes. Also, about 60% of students go to graduate school, and study on the cutting edge theories and technologies at laboratories. Okayama University is an excellent place to learn. It has a huge campus in the middle of warm Okayama Plain, near from Okayama Station. We welcome you to come to Okayama and learn exciting information technologies with us.

Norikazu Takahashi, Department Chair, Department of Information Technology

Systematic Education of Information Processing Studies

In modern society, which has long been called a highly networked information society, the Department of Information Technology trains engineers and researchers essential for maintaining the society’s infrastructure. For that purpose, the Department systematically educates students with a balanced mix of theory classes and practical training programs about information processing, in order to gain various knowledge covering computer software and hardware, artificial intelligence that may substitute for human intelligence, information and computing science, and technologies that apply these to intelligence and social information systems. Technologies taught at the Department are essential for industrial and social development as well as underlying technologies for all information services reaching into every corner of society.

Well-Designed Department Specialty Subjects and Flexibility in Course Selection

The Department provides well-designed classes as Department Specialty Subjects in four categories: programming languages, information processing systems, information processing architectures, and experiments. Students can systematically learn basic computer theory, system configuration skills and advanced programming skills. They can also learn about advanced themes including artificial intelligence, media information processing, information networking and information ethics. Since there are many classes and practical training programs common to the Department’s Computer Engineering and Intelligent Software Courses, flexibility is allowed in course selection.

Development of Future Leaders in Technological Innovation

Through lectures, experiments, seminars and special studies, the Department fosters not only information processing expertise but also logical thinking and writing abilities, applied skills for addressing specific problems, system design skills, and international communication skills. The Department emphasizes the discipline of computer science and encourages students to go on to the Master’s or Doctoral Program. Its curricula are well designed to provide specialty knowledge to develop future leaders with a holistic view and high ethics who can lead technological innovation in a wide range of fields including industry, culture, environment and healthcare.