Information Science for Sustainable, Prosperous and Peaceful Society
Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) and Division of Information Science (previously, Graduate School of Information Science) celebrated its 30th anniversary in October 2021. Division of Information Science started with core technologies such as algorithms, software, hardware, and networks, as well as media processing technologies for image, acoustics, speech, language, etc., and has been increasing the potential of information science in multiple ways by deepening individual technologies and expanding the frontiers of information science.
SDGs, which aim for a better and more sustainable future; Society 5.0, a human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by highly integrating cyber and physical spaces; and DX, which uses information technology to better transform society, are all concepts that are deeply related to information science for our present and future. Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research and to nurture the human resources that will build the society of the future.
Research in information science is becoming more and more closely related to humans and society. In our Division of Information Science, new laboratories such as "Human Robotics," "Robot Learning," and "Computational Behavioral Neuroscience" are pioneering new research areas. In addition, interdisciplinary research with Divisions of Biological Science and Materials Science, is also being strengthened. In order to further expand the possibilities of information science with free and unique thinking, it is also important to have a diversity of our community. It is important to increase the number of women and foreigners, who are currently minorities. I hope that Division of Information Science will become one that brings together diverse human resources, creates new value, and contributes to a sustainable, prosperous, and peaceful society.