Postdoctoral research stay en Japan (1995-1997)

 


This report shows the main activities during my postdoctoral research stay in The University of Electrocommunications of Tokyo.

The University of Electro-Communications of Tokio (UEC) is great known as:Denki Tsushin Daigaku in Japan. It was founded in May 1949. However, its experience cames from The Technical Institute for Wireless-Communications, founded by the Wireless Association in December 1918.

At the time, the UEC is a public university depending from the Ministry of Education of Japan. The UEC is formed by the followings School and Faculties:

Faculty of Electro-Communication.
Graduate School of Information Systems
Graduate School of Electro-Communication.
Graduate School of Information Systems.
Institute for Laser Science.
Information Processing Center.
Center for Instrumental Analysis.
Cooperative Research Center.
International Student Center.
University Library.
Health Administration Center.

Graduate School of Information Systems

As our advanced information society progresses further, a variety of information systems, such as online banking systems, seat reservation systems, information systems for distribution networs, and many other, are developed and became operational. It is a sure fact that our human society can not longer survive without the supports of this information. The formal education and research of information systems have been however, negleted so far. This has caused serius problem of lack or shortage of professional people who are critically needed in the design and construction of information systems. In April 1992, this situation lead the University of Electro-Communication, which has been known for its comprehensive research and education programs in the vast area of information and communication technologies, to establish a new and independent graduate school for the field of information systems. The new graduate school, Graduate School of Information Systems, has now been expanded to three departaments: Departament of Information Systems Science, Departament of Information Network Science, and Departament of Information Management Science.

Departament of Information Management Science

The Departament of Information Management Science studies the third important area of information systems science. It is the application, operation and management of information systems, and their impact on and relations with the human societies. The Departament of Information Management Science consist of the fowolling five full-staff principal research laboratories: Information Systems Management Science Research Laboratory covers the problems in the operation, management and maintenance of information systems. The laboatory also covers the problems of how information systems can grow with the changes of social and natural environments. Manufacturing Information Systems Research Laboratory studies factory automation (FA), computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), computer integrated manufactory (CIM) and robotics, with hav been major driving force to promote Japan into a major industrial country in the world. Social Information Systems Research Laboratory studies the various problems wich are necessary to be solved for information systems to be smoothly introduced into human societies, as well as those problems caused by introduction systems into the human societies. Management Information Research Laboratory conducts the research and education of corporate management information systems. Mathematical System Research Laboratory studies operations research, optimization theory, and other mathematical modelling.

Takase Laboratory and Kimura laboratory.


The Takase Laboratory is under the supervision of Professor Kunikatsu Takase. It is formed for several rooms where professors and postgraduate students are dedicated to research activities. These activities include develop, design and integrate devices and tools to improve solutions for information systems problems (robotic systems, network communication systems, and so on).

The Kimura laboratory is under the supervision of Professor Hiroshi Kimura. It is formed for several rooms where professors and students are concentrated for research activities. At the time, Takase and Kimura Laboratories are using rooms as: experimental research room, meeting room and students rooms.

Activities.

During the research stay in UEC from October '95 to March '97. There are many activities as include not only academic fields,but also culture, art,and many others fields as let me rich my spirit. Here is short list of the main Academic activities in UEC

      1. Studing Japanese Language.
      2. Researching in the field of walking robots.
      3. Researching in the field of telepresence systems.
      4. Researching a remote crane machine prototype.
      5. Visiting others research laboratories.
      6. Directing thesis of students.
      7. Organizing an International Summer Course.

Finally, I want to thanks the Japanese Goverment for all the expenses during my stay. This thanks are extended to professors Takase, Kimura and Yoshiro for the nice relationship in the lab.