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Message from the Chair

Today, both the government and corporations are working to realize a new society and industries that utilize information technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, and big data processing.

Also in our daily lives, convenient applications and information services on the Internet are emerging every day, making our lives richer and more interesting. In light of these developments, there is a greater need than ever for engineers and researchers with a thorough understanding of information technology.

In our Information Technology course, students learn the fundamentals and applications of information technology in order to become engineers and researchers who will be responsible for the information society of the future. Through lectures, exercises, and experiments, students can systematically learn the basics of mathematics, information and computation theory, hardware, and software, as well as programming, speech, image and natural language processing, artificial intelligence, information networks, databases, and information security. About 70% of our graduates go on to graduate school, where they pursue cutting-edge research.

Okayama University is located on a large campus in the warm Okayama Plain, close to Okayama Station, making it a great place to study.

Why don’t you study exciting information technology with us here in Okayama?

Minoru Watanabe, Chair of Information Technology Track

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.