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School of Multidisciplinary Sciences


School of Multidisciplinary Sciences

The School of Multidisciplinary Science conducts research and education on complicated natural and social phenomena, as systems that govern the occurrences, functions, and interactions of these phenomena, from the comprehensive and transdisciplinary viewpoint.Through such research and educational activities, the School aims to nurture researchers and highly specialized professionals in the area of information and systems who will take the lead in academic research and address various important issues relating to changes in human society in the 21st Century. The School, consisting of the Department of Statistical Science, the Department of Polar Science, and the Department of Informatics, has been involved in multidisciplinary research fields from the beginning. In addition, the School further strives to enhance its research and education by promoting close collaboration between the Departments by, for example, setting common subjects in curricula.
The School covers diverse research subjects but studies the principles of multidisciplinary science, research approaches, and methodologies as an essential part of the School’s research and education activities.

The Department of Statistical Science and the Department of Informatics seek to determine the common probability or complexity among various phenomena by statistical mathematics and data analysis. The Department of Polar Science studies the geophysical and the biological complex system in the polar regions of extremes on Earth and approaches its subject from the viewpoint of multidisciplinary science.
By continuing to explore new research fields, including advanced and leading research fields, and systematizing them through such activities, the School strives for further development of the multidisciplinary sciences.


School of Multidisciplinary Sciences

Special field: Software Engineering

Departments under the School

Statistical science researches statistical models and methods for rational inference, effective prediction and discovery of new knowledge based on the effective use of data in the face of complex and uncertain phenomenon and information explosion.
The Department of Statistical Science, which is based on the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) serving as its underlying platform, aims to cultivate individuals who possess creative research skills to contribute to solving various important intricately-intertwined problems. To this end, the Department conducts education and research related to the basis, mathematics and applications of data collection designs, modeling, inference and prediction, and equip students with the ability to extract information and knowledge from the real world based on the effective use of data.

The Earth is an only one aqua-planet in the Solar system. Many kinds of organism including mankind have been living on it. When we long for sustainable development on this planet, we have to better understand evolution and change of its environments. Recently, we come to realize that environmental change of the Earth, in each aspect of ionosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere, appears in advance from both polar regions. The objectives of Department of Polar Science are to study characteristics of the changes and their relation in the framework of the seamless Earth system. Polar Science stands strongly on the fieldwork; therefore we attach importance to educate or study together practical methodology to carry out the research.
We train “Earth scientists” who are creative and flexible in studying the past, current and future figure of the Earth.

Informatics is a new science field which deals with many problems on information extensively and synthetically. It is a multidisciplinary science which covers traditional information science and engineering, as well as humanity informatics and social informatics. It includes expression, collection, circulation, management, processing and usage of information as well as the information technology (IT) for supporting them.
The Department of Informatics aims to foster researchers and highly skilled professionals with ability in broad range from foundations to practices and advanced speciality by utilizing cutting-edge research environment and cyber science infrastructure of the National Institute of Informatics in an international atmosphere with many researchers and students from various countries.


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