Creating a livable climate means balancing the complex relations among manmade information, technology, and economics with the natural environment of our planet within the framework of physical principles. Understanding these components and developing new methods to interpret and ultimately to resolve conflicting forces are the major objectives of our educational and research endeavors.
Faculty members representing a variety of scholarly and technical backgrounds with fundamental interest in physics have gathered to establish the Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics. The faculty members' research is based on modern applied physics spanning a broad range of disciplines including measurement and control engineering, materials physics, and biomedical engineering. The first part of the department name Applied Physics represents the application of physical principles to numerous fields in science and technology. The second part Physico-Informatics emphasizes the importance of the advanced mathematical analysis of information governed by the laws of physics. It also shows the department's strong commitment to develop applied physics as a new key for the advancement of today's information technology. The Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics provides a unique opportunity to create new research directions and to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers. The variety in the world class research conducted by the faculty members and the educational curriculum that has been carefully planned motivate students to develop their research and engineering skills. These activities are well supported by state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities.
Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to educate highly capable scientists and engineers with strong backgrounds in fundamentals of physics and electrical engineering.
The Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics administers an undergraduate program with a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizing both lecture courses and laboratory research. Students who have completed their first year requirements in general physics, mathematics, and chemistry enroll in departmental lecture courses in applied physics, engineering mathematics, and information technology. The curriculum is designed to show the close connection among these three areas. The integration of these fields of study is essential in preparing students to pursue emerging fields in applied physics. Students also gain hands-on experience in a variety of laboratory courses emphasizing data acquisition and analysis, signal processing, control techniques, and materials characterization. Extensive knowledge in a range of computer-based skills from simple data processing to advanced simulation is achieved through these courses. In addition the department offers programs leading to professional development. These include a seminar series of invited speakers from other universities and industrial laboratories and a course teaching oral and written presentation techniques in both Japanese and English.
All seniors actively participate in research under the guidance of a faculty member of the department. The senior project enables students to apply the knowledge gained during their years of study to scientific and technological problems of their interest. As a requirement for graduation, seniors write a thesis with high technical and professional standards summarizing their research accomplishments. Results from outstanding senior theses are submitted to technical journals and conferences.
Upon completing this program of study, the graduates of the Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics are well prepared to pursue a variety of professional careers or continue in the academic path at the graduate school level. Currently, sixty percent of graduates enter graduate schools all around the world. Forty percent choose industrial careers in information technology, biotechnology, and environmental technology.