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The various systems that support today's advanced information society are becoming increasingly huge and complicated; today they are normally the amalgams of a variety of disciplines of engineering. To cope with such conditions, it is necessary to investigate information, which is the basis of modern science and technology, and to identify its roles. In addition, to grasp each entire system from a standpoint across the system and to pursue solutions, the thinking of mathematic science is essential.

Under such circumstances, the School of Information and Mathematical Science performs comprehensive education and research, intending to develop people who have a wide range of knowledge and can cope with rapid changes in society, such as globalization and the progress of science and technology. The School of Information and Mathematical Science places special emphasis on developing the capability of combining the theories and practices of information science organically, and solving mathematical-science structures with unknown problems based on mathematics and physics, applying the solutions to actual problems , and designing and utilizing advanced information systems provided with cutting-edge technology.

Accordingly, the School of Information and Mathematical Science is looking for the students who have not only the ability of fully understanding of basic theories taught at the Faculty of Engineering but also the ability of examining and understanding matters carefully, with their own vision free from conventional ideas, and the vitality and creativity of pioneering new worlds.

For such students having great vitality to acquire a wide range of knowledge deeply and the ability to make judgments from a comprehensive point of view in the field of information science, the School of Information and Mathematical Science provides a curriculum system that begins with the basics and proceeds to advanced fields. Instructors from the Graduate School of Informatics (Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Department of Social Informatics, Department of Applied Analysis and Complex Dynamical Systems, Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Department of Systems Science, and Department of Communications and Computer Engineering) are in charge of education and research at the School of Information and Mathematical Science. Computer science, and applied mathematics and physics, are essentially associated with all academic disciplines; therefore, the School of Information and Mathematical Science provides students with lectures, experiments, workshops, and seminars in various fields, to provide them with a broad perspective. The students of this School separate into the Computer Science Course (50 students) and Applied Mathematics and Physics Course (40 students), generally at the end of the first academic year, to undergo more specialized education.

In the Applied Mathematics and Physics Course, students chiefly study mathematics and physics as the basis of mathematical science, control theory that is the basic field of systems engineering, and operations research that applies the methods of mathematical science, along with such fields as systems theory, optimization theory, and discrete mathematics. Of course the School curriculum includes classes to learn about computers, information and communications required to specifically apply the achievements of study. Applied mathematics and physics is an academic discipline that plays the role of comprehensive engineering while placing emphasis on both the basics and flexible idea development in engineering. This Course aims at developing the academic ability required to achieve this objective.

The Computer Science Course offers educational and research opportunities concerning the processing, transmission and accumulation of information, pursuing the question: What is information? Students learn a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies, such as the theories of information and communications; theories of calculation; design of logic circuits; design and analysis of calculation algorithms; architectural principles of computer hardware and software and various techniques concerning them; processing of language, audio and image data by computers; artificial intelligence and knowledge engineering; computer networks; information systems and how to build them; and media processing and their various applications. Thus the Course intends to develop engineers and researchers who will play major roles in the information society.