Engineering is expected to play an increasingly important role in meeting the challenges of modern society, which is becoming more complex and diversified than ever. Although there are many issues that cannot be solved by technology alone, the development of society depends on the development of new technology.
The Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) is the largest university-affiliated research institute in Japan. With a commitment to pursuing academic truth, the UTokyo-IIS carries out a wide range of educational and research activities, such as cross-disciplinary research that transcends academic boundaries -- which is a traditional feature of the UTokyo-IIS -- as well as practical industry-academic collaboration, international collaboration, and hands-on research aimed at social implementation.
The unique feature of the UTokyo-IIS is its “freedom and challenging spirit.” We have a culture that treats graduate students as full-fledged researchers. Students receive abundant support from their academic advisors and laboratory members. They are encouraged to find their own research themes, and there are also many opportunities to develop themselves in and outside of UTokyo-IIS.
At UTokyo-IIS, there is a strong sense of unity, and students work closely with faculty members, industry and overseas researchers. Therefore, students are exposed to diverse research outputs and values on a daily basis. The UTokyo-IIS community has more than 1200 members, consisting of around 400 faculty and staff members with 800 graduate students and postdocs. Together, let us take great strides towards our dreams for the future to create new technologies and innovations through our academic research activities.
Toru H. Okabe
Institute of Industrial Science