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Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences

The Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences
 – for those seeking to pursue science, technology and innovation in an integrated environment

The Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences established in 2018 with Kanazawa University consists of collaborative educational courses to educate those pursuing science, technology and innovation. The goal is to establish a new scientific paradigm by integrating multiple disciplines, while providing students with the opportunity to acquire scientific insights and the state-of-the-art technology, develop an integrated and comprehensive perspective, and grow as creative individuals, by exposing them to various specializations and values.

We live in a complex and rapidly changing world where the future is difficult to predict. In such an environment, the pursuit of a single discipline alone will neither adequately equip students with abilities to flexibly deal with sudden changes nor increase their value in the job market. It is necessary that students, upon acquiring specific expertise, learn how to integrate multiple disciplines and collaborate with scientists and engineers from different backgrounds to utilize insights from various fields. Transdisciplinary sciences can give rise to new innovations and scientific disciplines because we live in an era with ever-deepening scientific insights. Students will grow as individuals who can identify and solve fresh problems and challenges by studying side by side with peers who have diverse backgrounds under instructors from another university specializing in different disciplines. The collaborative educational courses are offered by instructors from JAIST and Kanazawa University. These instructors, are working on cutting-edge research with clear understanding of transdisciplinary sciences. JAIST, a graduate school pursuing advanced education and research, and Kanazawa University, a comprehensive university located nearby, are both national institutions. We will take advantage of our respective “strengths” to provide guidance to students for their learning and research in “transdisciplinary sciences”.

The Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences, as a framework for creating a systematic learning and research environment, offers 1: Life Innovation; II: Green Innovation; and III: System Innovation. Students are encouraged to pursue these innovation challenges, study under a curriculum designed to lead solutions to a variety of issues, and carry out research to gain new insights and create new innovations in the field of science for the betterment of society.

Students are encouraged to study and research under the guidance of the supervisors, aiming to acquire a degree in “Transdisciplinary Sciences” which is available only in Japan.

Please note that the Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences is a collaborative educational courses that requires students to acquire at least 10 credit units from Kanazawa University. For this reason, we provide students with various types of support, including financial assistance, to ease them into their academic life and keep them motivated.

Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences Faculty member list

NameResearch areasKeywords
Toshifumi Tsukahara
/Professor
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology RNA splicing, RNA editing, Gene Expression, Genetic-code Restoration
Noriyoshi Matsumi
/Professor
Creation of Energy Related Materials Lithium ion secondary batteries, Metal-air batteries, Electrocatalysis (oxygen reduction, photo-electrochemical water splitting), Solid polymer electrolytes, Ionic liquids, Organoboron compounds/materials
Mikio Koyano
/Professor
Develop next-generation energy conversion using thermoelectric technology, Condensed matter physics Thermoelectrics, DFT calculation, Waste-heat recovery, Energy harvesting, Low-dimensional materials
Susumu Horita
/Professor
Electron devices, Electronic materials Thin film, Low-temperature process, Silicon-based materials, Crystallization, Semiconductor, Insulator, Cellulous nanopaper, Environmentally friendly materials
Yukio Hayashi
/Professor
Complex Network Science, Self-organized Adaptive System Algorithm(Machine-Learning), Optimization, Network-data analysis,
Fractal statistical physics, Wireless communication, Influencer, Resilience
Kazunori Kotani
/Professor
Image Processing, Computer Vision Image Pattern Recognition, Facial Image Analysis, Facial Expression Recognition, Color Engineering, Medical Image Analysis, Morphology, Computer Graphics, Visual Information Processing, Human-Robot Interaction, Emotional Communication, Multi-modal Interaction, 3 Dimensional Image Processing, Motion Image Analysis
Toshiaki Aoki
/Professor
Software engineering, Software science Formal methods, Formal verification, Testing, Model checking, Theorem proving, Automotive systems, Safety critical systems
Anh Van Ho
Associate Professor
Intelligent robotics Soft robotics, Soft robotic hands, Soft sensor, Morphological computation, Bio-inspired robots
Shun Nishimura
Associate Professor
Catalyst chemistry, Solid catalyst, Alloy catalyst, Biomass transformation New energy sources, Metal nanoparticle, Solid acid/base catalyst, Catalyst design, Mechanistic study
Hirokazu Tanaka
Associate Professor
Computational neuroscience, Biological signal processing, Human psychophysics, Motor control Neural networks, Optimal control,
Computational modeling, Mobile brain/Body imaging
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