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Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University

General Information

The below information is for the 2016 academic year.
This information has been translated by a translation company. Due to the many technical terms used, the text may contain translation errors. For the latest information and for inquiries concerning important matters, please contact the Informatics Graduate School at gs-info@www.bunkyo.ac.jp.

The following universities have entered into agreements with the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University. As each university has their own program for admission upon recommendation for their enrolled students and graduates, please direct inquiries to the department in charge of international exchange at that university.
FPT University (Vietnam), Mongolian University of Science and Technology (Mongolia), and STICOM Bali (Indonesia)

The academic year for universities and graduate schools in Japan runs from April to March.
International students require visas to study in Japan.
Entrance exams for graduate schools are conducted several times a year. For example, those wishing to enroll at the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University for the year beginning April 2019 will need to pass the exam by December 2018 and apply for a visa.
However, those who are currently studying at Bunkyo University, another university, a Japanese language school, or other such institution in Japan and who already have an international student visa will be able to enroll for April if they pass the entrance exam offered sometime around February.
As exams are offered on different dates every year, please ensure you have up-to-date information.

Only those who have the qualifications noted below will be able to take the entrance exam for the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University:

  1. Those who have already graduated or who plan to graduate before entering the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University
  2. Those who have already completed or who plan to complete 16 years of education, including university study, in countries other than Japan before entering the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University.
  3. Those approved through the screening process of the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University (must be at least 22 years of age as of April 1 of the year of enrollment at the graduate school. Interested students should inquire early.)

Those who satisfy the above conditions and wish to enroll may be permitted to do so even if they have not graduated from a university.
Another option available is to enroll at the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University after completing studies as a research student at the Graduate School of Information and Communications of Bunkyo University.

Reserch Themes

Associate Professor ABE Hidenao

Data Mining and Knowledge Engineering
With the development of information systems, automation services and SNS, the volume of data keeps growing every day. It is more and more important to dig out information useful for improving organization activity.
The main research topic is to develop co-creation methods of expertise based on data mining by using data from WebAPI of SNS and multi-modal data through robots and sensors.

Associate Professor IKEBE Masanori

Web Mining, Community Informatization, Information Ethics
Information on the Internet is collected, analyzed and studied with the Web mining method that can obtain new knowledge and opinions. This research applies to open data, SNS and other contents used in the flexible use of information by local municipalities. It aims at providing information ethics related technical applications that can effectively avoid conflicts among customers in the fields above.

Professor ISHIDA Harumi

Public Sector Accounting, Public Performance Measurement, Financial Accounting
Nonprofit organizations are also required to use limited resources effectively, efficiently and economically. Furthermore, it is important to maintain a viable and sustainable financial condition. We should use accounting as a management tool and as a communication tool. We will study which accounting standards and accounting treatments are adequate for the public sector to fulfill public accountability and contribute to useful decision making.

Professor ISHIZUKA Hiroshi

Management Strategy and Management Organization
I re-examine the role of knowledge capital at enterprises and explore the process of dynamically shaping knowledge capital. Knowledge capital can be considered as a decisive factor in the differentiation strategies of management strategy, and how organizations should be formed in order to build knowledge capital is a critical issue. My work involves designing ways to bring strategic and organizational approaches together.

Professor ISHINO Masahiko

Business model by the information technology utilization
For the efficiency of the management system with the IoT system and realization of the information-intensive society that it is comfortable, and security is reliable, the profits such as IoT and AI, the wearable sensor study business model of inflecting.

Professor ERA Hiroshi

Graph Theory, Discrete Mathematics
We now live in an age where computers are used as tools to analyze and solve problem, and the ideas expressed in discrete mathematics are producing solutions to problems in a range of social systems. By deeply exploring these ideas, my students acquire a knowledge and understanding of necessary mathematical concepts and develop the ability to contemplate and solve actual problems.

Professor OKANO Masao

Communication Theory, Psycholinguistics, Symbol Theory
The form and function of any informational content can be analyzed. This might take the form of looking at the characteristics of symbols and languages and examining how they can be evaluated and the impressions they give. I use an approach based on symbol theory and linguistics to provide guidance on things such as research aimed at improving communication effectiveness. I also advise on students’ research themes with respect to methods for gauging the impact of languages and symbols, and for analyzing language and creating models using computers.

Professor KAWAI Yasuo

Information Design, Media Informatics
Information design is used for planning for, developing and evaluating the systems and contents as solutions for social problems. In particular, in 3D information such as CG, CAD and GIS and VR, AR and MR, various devices and body sensors are used for input and output interface. The research covers information systems related to games, smart phone applications and so on and social simulation system about cities, landscapes, disasters and so on, which are evaluated by user-friendly excellent designs.

Professor SAKUMA Isao

Social Psychology
The main research thema is on stereotypes. My interest is basic research and applied research on stereotypes by social surveys and experiments. As basic research, I explore the mechanism on maintenance, formation, and change of stereotypes. As the applied research, I explore the effects of media on stereotypes formation and change.

Professor SANO Masami

Computer Graphics, Animation, Database, Collaboration
With the development of information devices, people now have great expectation and demand for animation contents that are the leaders of new media and the goal of regional rejuvenation. However, conditions of the sites of animation making are severe, which is different from the expectation. Animation making is taken as an example in this research about the technologies, commercial systems and international cooperation about the making of contents.

Professor SHIMURA Tadashi

Management Accounting, Cost Accounting
My research focuses mainly on themes involving balanced scorecards (BSC), a tool for executing strategies. Balanced scorecards were originally thought up in response to the over-emphasis on finance when it comes to evaluating performance. They were devised as a means of conducting pluralistic performance evaluations in the interest of achieving a balance with non-finance indicators. In recent years, they have also come to serve as a system for strategic management. My students can also choose research themes that focus on elucidating, through structural analysis and logical examination, the significance and usefulness of TDABC (time-driven activity-based costing) as a simplified and practical version of ABC. I plan to hold discussions centered on these sorts of issues.

Professor SUZUKI Makoto

Finance, Investment, Corporate Governance
My research field is very broad on Finance. I forcus on Financeia Theroy, Financial system, Investment and Behavior of investors. I mainly study the relation between Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance and Pension Investment. For exambple, I studied the corporate managers bahvior with the cash flow of the corporation and the pension funds management under negative yield in Japan and Sweden. Recentry I have a plan to study for regional minor banks, Shinkin and Shinso, management under negative yield in Japan, since thier ordinary financial business faced more difficulty.

Professor SEKI Tetsuro

Project Management, Software Development Management
Accidents arising from information system and software bugs have become a serious problem with wide-ranging ramifications. Project management (PM) is garnering attention as one means of solving this problem. I aim to closely and comprehensively examine the issue in order to propose problem-solving methods for software development environments. My aim is to develop problem solving methods for product development environments through comprehensive study. This study includes an application based on related matured area e.g., quality management and reliability engineering, is introduced into the consideration to solve the problem in project management.

Professor TAKADA Tetsuo

Research Supervisor, 3D Content Advanced
My research centers on exploring the potential of 3D digital content such as 3D CG and 3D scenography while my guidance allows for crossover with other fields, encouraging students to look at issues concerning the world of content production and media usage from a bird’s eye view. I also provide guidance on research themes involving the field of entertainment and new fields such as mobile content development.

Professor TAKEBAYASHI Norio

Visual Media, Broadcasting, Visual Image
The environments for 4K and 8K ultra HD images are improving. We analyze the possibility of image expression and study new ultra HD images here, regardless of the form of works in the media. Besides, while making image works, we here discuss about possible new image forms with the help of the high-definition technology HDR (High Dynamic Range) that all of us have interest in.

Professor NEMOTO Toshio

Mathematical Problem Resolution Methods and their Application
As examples of my fields of study, I identify problems and create mathematical models to solve them, using a variety of societal problems as source material. I also devise more efficient methods of arriving at solutions and methods for supporting decision-making aimed at problem resolution. What is “optimal” becomes the key in these endeavors, and my students conduct discussions with particular attention paid to innovative ideas related to methods for effectively handling this key and applying it.

Professor HATAKAMA Hiroshi

Management Informatics, Information Strategy, Intellectual Propert
Through means that include examining case studies and creating models, my students research topics such as methods and methodologies for establishing information system strategies relevant to enterprise strategies. Our primary subject is to establish approaches and methods that, through the use of IT, will allow for developing a competitive edge in core operations or services in business and building business models in e-business and multichannel sales. For some students’ research themes, I may also advise on problems concerning intellectual property or innovation.

Associate Professor HIYOSHI Akihiko

Mass Communication, Media Sociology
My research interests concern sociological and empirical approaches to communication studies and theory of media and media culure, methodology of survey research ? specifically, methodology of media content analysis. Recently my research has focused on portrayal of racial minority on the television and the media’s representation of cultural diversity.

Professor FUJIKAKE Masakuni

Visual Communication Design
My research has focused on visual art ? specifically, advertising expression, an applied art that is a marriage between art and science. In line with this I will continue to develop content and messages for society through wide-ranging research and production efforts including artistic direction and illustration for advertisements, cover graphics for books, and formative art as our changing media and society dictate.

Professor MATSUBARA Yasuo

Computer Science, Informatics
Games have advanced over the years by utilizing all manner of computer -related technologies, and I am interested in how various technologies benefit games. My current research is focused on giving a structured form to Japanese grammar that can even be applied to games. Words expressed through natural language need to be converted into some manner of semantic representation, and I am currently exploring the use of things like RDF, which is now being used for the Semantic Web.

Associate Professor MATSUMOTO Shuichi

Traffic Planning, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
As a subject about regions and traffic, it studies the traffic systems integrating information systems and ergonomics. Viewed from regions, different regions have different characteristics, it serves as hardware element such as social systems and includes human element that is a software element. In future, the research activities using such methodology will be more and more important. The following subjects are studied on the basis of the issues above.
1. Creation of mobile space convenient for human;
2. Evaluation on implementation of the policies about sustainable traffic systems

Associate Professor MUTO Takeshi

Human interface system, Rehabilitation Engineering
In developmental psychology and rehabilitation science, human will get new capabilities (such as learning, rehabilitation and development) and, like echokinesis, we need to interact and exchange with the external environment (third interactant) through body movements. However, the methods for the researches about capabilities obtaining technologies have been different from the methods for the researches about the technologies involved in the exchange, support and interaction among human, i.e. the correlation among human. I will study with a research method including these two aspects, i.e. a technology design theory that obtains human capabilities by supporting the connection among human.

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Social Systems Advanced

In recent years, numerous social systems have been developed and deployed that have been instrumental in making our current lifestyles possible. When building these systems, their design must take into account how technological innovation may necessitate making changes to system requirements. This course examines the fundamentals behind, as well as the classic methodologies, modeling methods, and data analysis techniques for designing and building systems pertaining to social infrastructure and the transport and transportation industries as part of the many social systems that support our way of life. Students will also learn the ideas behind the methodologies, modeling methods and data analysis techniques, as well as the technologies involved.

Social Survey Advanced

Social survey is one of methods used to understand human attitudes and behaviors. Public opinion polls and marketing research are representative examples of social survey. This course is lecture and seminar on social survey. This course covers the basics on social survey, the planning of social surveys, the conducting social survey, the analysis of data, the writing of research paper, and so on. The goal of this course is to get the knowledge and the skill of the social survey which is necessary to complete master theses.

Informatics Advanced

The world we live in not only have substances and energy but also diversified signs of different meanings. Furthermore, with the development of informatization, the practical world and the virtual world are integrated gradually. To survive in this world, we need not only to master ICT technologies but also to think about the essence of information and what kind of world we live in from the aspect of information. In this lecture, we study the knowledge and thinking ways about information and explore the due forms of informatics. Specifically, a lot of discussion subjects showing a favorable or opposed position are proposed with the brainstorming method.

Information Systems Advanced

Information systems have become an indispensable part of our lives. Because of the many tasks they can help us with, these systems ? primarily computer systems ? are being developed according to the needs of the workplace and the restrictions of that field. Thus, information system developers need to take a more objective view of how humans and information systems should interact and to manage the process whereby better products can be made. In this course, students analyze operational tasks with a focus on gathering data, the foundation for any scientific management system. Students then develop and use information systems based on these data analyses in a practical approach to methodologies that more accurately support operational tasks.

Information Mathematics Advanced

In this lecture, we study basic knowledge about the discrete mathematics necessary for the information science and develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving abilities. It would be better to regard discrete mathematics as an integration of skills for solving some problems that cannot be solved with the existing mathematical methods than to regard it as a academic field. This lecture shows this characteristic of discrete mathematics and proposes solution of specific problems in detail. It mainly includes understanding of sets and correlation (such as ordinal relation and equivalent relation), calculation skills (such as recurrence relation, generating function and permutation group) and foundation and simple applications of graph theory.

Project Management Advanced

In the information-based society, enterprises and individuals have changed greatly, making it necessary for enterprises to set definite goals and objectives in their activities. Moreover, unprecedented speed and cost awareness are key for the success of enterprises. Project management is the modern society’s problem solving tool for accepting the changes. In this lecture, the foundation and applicable circumstances of modern project management and project management knowledge about project management, project portfolio management and so on are briefly introduced; the typical circumstances of new manufacturing in the 21st century are studied comprehensively.

Qualitative Analysis Method

This course introduces the foundations of methodology for qualitative data analysis to students taking this course. The aim of this course is to help acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for qualitative researcher. The goals of this course are to (1) obtain basic knowledge about methodology of qualitaive analysis and history of qualitaive survey. (2) Understand importance and relevance of fieldwork, life history or ethnographic approaches , ethnomethodology. It also enhances the development of student’s skill in carrying out media content analysis.

Informatics: Study Practice

This course is designed for graduate students who wish to acquire the fundamentals of English/Japanese academic writing. The objectives are to understand the differences in logical organization between English and Japanese and to be able to write essays/papers in English and Japanese. Students write three kinds of essays/papers ? with a focus on explanation, persuasion and research ? after reading short texts on a theme, idea or issue. Students develop their writing, editing and rewriting skills through this process. The course combines lectures and discussions with other activities, including critical thinking, grammar for writing, vocabulary building, peer editing, and group analysis and editing. Emphasis will be placed on individual students’ needs.

3D Content Advanced

People are increasingly concerning 3D printing. However, if there is no original 3D data, new tools will be insignificant, even if there is 3D printing. The presentation technologies of 3DCG are more and more important for design, entertainment, sports, medical treatment, service, etc. This lecture focuses on experiencing the work flow of 3D digital content based on subjects selected, actual CG experience and actual program writing. Besides, the latest 3D presentation techniques are studied in this lecture.

Web Content Advanced

Students in this course create content through a series of exercises that focus on various phases, from Web content planning to design, implementation, utilization, and management. To begin, the planning phase has students explore topics such as establishing the user base and surveying competing content. In the design phase that follows, students get into designing site structure and user interfaces, as well as calculating costs and forecasting earnings. The implementation phase then has students focus on content that must be implemented into systems. Along with programming, this includes schedule management, project management, verification, and version control. In the last phase, utilization and management, students engage in exercises that focus on evaluating and improving web content and attracting users using SEO after systems go live.

Video Media Advanced

Throughout the 20th century, video became the largest and only form of representational media, and showed us the various aspects of each time period. At the same time, expressions in video form have arisen in a number of forms. This course explores the general potential for video media of every genre, whether dramas, documentaries, or media art and other such gvideo-as-art h creations, and looks at the potential of all media, including existing media such as TV and movies. We focus on the entire history of video, from the pre-video age in the 19th century to modern works, and proceed based on themes of interest to the students, which may include various topics, writers, themes, and technologies.

Graphic Design Advanced

In this lecture, we study graphic design by carrying out a practice research about the possible effects of image design by means of study on the theories and exercises about graphs, typesetting art and layout design. In this lecture, we aim at studying the knowledge and making technologies about the foundation and applications of image design.

Content Planning Advanced

In light of the vast size of the content market and its being one of the few industries expected to see growth in the future, many countries are incorporating content industry development into national strategy. However, the enormous scope of the market has fostered a high-risk, high-return oriented investment climate. This has made careful consideration and strategy formulation at the planning stage keys to success when creating content. Through primarily movies and animations, this course teaches students methods for analyzing content (which comes before planning) by examining existing content. Students then discuss means for formulating strategy plans with the goal of achieving success in the content market.

Content Evaluation Advanced

Analysis on the influence of content on the actual receivers can improve the exchange effect and is significant for the planning of new content. Therefore, this lecture studies the ways to use contents effectively on the basis of a deep understanding of the evaluation methods of content. Specifically, it briefly introduces the representative research methods for the measurement methods used in the impression evaluation of content, from aspects including desired content analysis (the appeal content of contents) and received content analysis (the impression of the receiver) and analyzes cases.

Information Design Advanced

This course teaches students about information expression. Information expression involves collecting and analyzing the various and voluminous information that exists between people and things and between people and the environment, and is a method for designing a form that accurately conveys information. Through exercises, students learn how to design information according to different objectives and information consumers. They also improve information expression by evaluating and measuring whether information was correctly conveyed. This expression is not done based on subjective feelings; rather, students give various ideas a specific form by structuring and visually representing information. These ways of thinking foster the ability to identify problems when conducting research and help with analyzing data and conveying results.

Human interface system advanced

Based on the latest research reports about human interfaces (HI), this lecture aims at letting us master the related basic technologies. In particular, it interprets the latest HI topics about exchange support technologies, brain measurement, physiological measurement, welfare projects, body interaction technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data.

Managerial Accounting Information Advanced

This lecture discusses about the strategy of managerial accounting information and its applications. Specifically, it includes product related meaning decisions by means of ABC (activity-based costing), comparison between TDABC and ABC, study on the theories and practices of ABM (activity-based management) and ABB (activity-based budgeting), strategic application of SC (balanced score card), strategic price management, budgeting and strategy of price planning, and strategic analysis for managerial accounting information, and surveys and issuing of the contents above as well.

Management Strategy Advanced

In the first half of the lecture, we read some management strategy books, introduce the advantages of enterprise competition and get an understanding of the necessity to integrate the competition strategy mode and the resource dependence mode. In the second half part, we analyze some cases of enterprise management, get a better understanding from the application of management strategy theories, think about the success and failure of enterprises by studying the logics of strategic actions of enterprises and develop the strategic thinking ability by investigating into the management problems in the cases and their solutions. Even the students who are not of the management science major can understand this lecture well.

Financial Accounting Information Advanced

Four sets of standards compose Japan fs current accounting standards: (1) Japanese Accounting Standards, (2) Japan fs Modified International Standards (JMIS), (3) Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S.), and (4) gPure h IFRS. How did this come to pass? Students in this course learn the historical context for this development and about the biggest differences between Japanese Accounting Standards and IFRS, as well as the effects of each. With this knowledge, students examine the kind of accounting standards Japan should adopt in the future. Students also consider the nature of integrated reports, which are being issued by an increasing number of enterprises in recent years, and study the role and limits of finance and accounting. The course also fosters skill in gauging an enterprise fs performance based on publicly disclosed financial statements.

Information Strategy Advanced

In this lecture, we study the methods of e-commerce, the cooperation among enterprises and the issues about intellectual property rights. In the part about the methods of e-commerce, we study the ways to combine the Internet and the real-world commerce with help of information systems, sales methods such as 020 and full-channel market, and the community methods for online shopping and the internet market. In the part about the cooperation among enterprises, the support for intermediary business or dealership using ASP, management based on combination of SCM and e-market price and inventory information, and information sharing among enterprises through Web service, is studied. In the part about intellectual property rights, contents such as commercial method patents, software asset rights, resource sharing, flexible use methods of open resources and advantages of resource openness are studied.

Finance Advanced

Finance has become more intimately involved with mathematical economics and microeconomics. In the Finance Advanced Course, students learn about general finance theory and, specifically, the fundamentals of derivative pricing theory. Because of the focus on mathematical expressions, this course provides in-depth training to students without a mathematical background. The training covers everything from the basics of differentials and integrals to the usage of stochastic differential equations. Salih N. Neftici fs An Introduction to the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives is used as a reference.

Mathematical Modeling Advanced

There are a lots of social problems needing to be solved, so excellent people can solve these problems are needed. The most important thing in problem solution discussion is how to treat these problems. The course to discover problems and treat them as models is called modeling. Mathematical and physical modeling is not limited to informatics but also is the foundation of scientific solution of problems. In this lecture, social problems are interpreted with the standard modeling skills; the solutions and analytical techniques for the problems in modeling are introduced. Usually, simple solutions have many technical difficulties. It is expected that learners understand that the flexible use of problem structures can help with problem solving.

Management system Advanced

Business deployment under the big management environment of the risk is demanded from the modern company by globalization and innovation. I regard management as a system to practice sustainable management in such an environment, and the high management technology that utilized information technology and communication technology is necessary. By this lecture, I recognize management about the efficiency of business model and the management system with the IoT system from the viewpoint of the system.