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Welcome message from the head of the department

 

Now is the time to demonstrate your skills in society!

Over the past few years, our department has been working together to address the changes in the way human civilization interacts with the Earth. I am sure this topic is of great interest to you. Frequent abnormal weather events such as guerrilla rains and abnormally high temperatures are clear signals from the Earth. Witnessing these warnings from Mother Nature, human beings are now beginning to take action to change to a carbon neutral society. The trend to transform the large amount of energy we consume every day is a typical example, and we are considering various concrete methods to ensure the survival of the human race. The Division is home to many such energy and resource specialists.

We are also aware that new infectious diseases such as the COVID19 are forcing us to change our social patterns, and that conflicts and wars caused by ethnic rivalries and hegemonic struggles will never end, and that we are in danger of losing our lifelines of energy, resources, food, and all the other goods of our daily lives. Not a day goes by that we do not feel the danger of the disruption of energy, resources, food and all the material lifelines of our lives. The puzzle of how to build a new society and nation-state that we must now solve is more difficult than ever. The history of human progress since the Industrial Revolution can be seen in retrospect as a collection of efficiency improvements in every field. In order to continue to develop human civilization in the future, it will be necessary to build a highly designed society, not one that focuses on efficiency based on a single index.

At the same time, artifact technologies are undergoing dramatic growth. Among them, new technologies centered on AI, quantum, telecommunications, etc., known as digital transformation, are not only making modern society more convenient, but may also become a savior that can save us from a security crisis. The department is home to top researchers in this field. With the help of the faculty, and using these tools that are advancing at such a dramatic rate, I hope that all of you will rise to the challenge and turn this crisis into an opportunity.
Now is the time for “people” to create systems in many places on the front lines of global and national issues represented by energy and resources. I think. A group of generalists who know a little bit about a wide range of fields cannot lead a strong change. Simply organizing many specialists in different fields into a single group will rarely produce a chemical reaction. We need people who have deep expertise and experience, and who can also lead us to the right solution from a holistic perspective. We are now at a major turning point in society, and I am convinced that this will be an opportunity to create systems in various fields and bring about major changes, such as the creation of new industries and the metabolism of existing industries. I hope that each of you in this generation, while maintaining a high level of awareness of the issues, will deepen your individual fields and develop a perspective that looks at the whole. The goal of the Department of Systems Innovation is to nurture such individuals. It is our shared hope that in two or three years, all of you who are enrolled in the program today will go out into the world as well-rounded, dependable individuals.

Best wishes,

Tomoya Kawabata, PhD
Head of the department and professor,
Department of Systems Innovation

Department of Systems Innovation

Department of Systems Innovation

New Horizons for Education and Research

In modern days, multifaceted challenges involving humans, artificial objects and nature require attention and more versatile personnel are requisite. We at Department of Systems Innovation, based on systems science to comprehend phenomena from multilateral and panoramic viewpoints, are committed to implementing both education and research on principles and methodology to materialize innovative systems for better harmony between nature and human society through integrating engineering knowledge that has been subdivided into specialized areas.

Creation of New Values

Systematic ways of thinking to comprehend phenomena from multilateral and panoramic viewpoints are becoming increasingly important in modern days as we need to find solutions for sprouting various challenges in our society where we see globalization accelerating and complexity growing deeper. Engineering of today is expected to make a clear departure from a conventional perception of engineering such as extraction and analysis of basic elements of the subject matter. What is expected in modern society is having solutions presented for challenges in our society such as environmental issues, realization of safe and secure society and many other tasks. These solutions need to happen while trying to integrate processes with due consideration for the relationship or interaction among factors as well as putting together our knowledge and technology previously obtained in specialized fields. For instance, we have a challenge to harmonize nature, society and technology. This challenge calls for more commitment in factors around human-made objects such as humanware, management, service or social system in addition to other familiar human-made industrial product objects. We are seeing more importance in considering the impact of human-made objects to our society as well as their installation method with more economic-soundness while continuing to pursue better design and production processes for each human-made object. The expectation is the possibility for creating unrivaled, multidisciplinary values by overall redesigning the mechanisms for society and the environment but doing so not only for individual product values.

Exploring New Fields

For engineering to meet the expectations of our society and to be more extensively applied, we at Department of Systems Innovation wish to explore new engineering fields toward the goal of functional fusion of natural systems, human-made objects and social systems based upon integrated knowledge of engineering as well as system thinking.

Research

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