The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) currently comprises 10 faculties, 11 institutes, 15 graduate schools, and a number of shared facilities. Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) is the largest of these institutes; currently, IIS comprises five research departments, one extraordinary research department, one guest chair, three corporate sponsored research programs, five social cooperation programs, ten research centers, five collaborative research centers, two international collaborative research centers, Chiba experiment station, common facilities, and administrative offices. In addition to pursuing research in their respective fields, the faculty members of the Institute play an active role in the graduate school by conducting courses, experiments, exercises, and research meetings, as well as supervising graduate students for their master’s and doctoral theses in the divisions of engineering and science.
IIS has been managing five research departments in which fundamental research activities are conducted in the individual research laboratories, and thereafter, on the basis of the results of these activities, collaborative research, extensive research, general research, and project research activities are promoted with the close cooperation of researchers from different disciplines. In particular, project research activities are conducted at research centers, as is the case with research strategy facilities, and the entire research organization is supported by the common facilities, technical staff group and administrative offices.