Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Keywords

  • Internet of Things
  • Division of roles
  • Leading complex technology

At Nara Institute of Science and Technology, we strive for development of brilliant entrepreneurs in the field of IoT (Internet of Things). Practical skills are cultivated through PBLs (problem based learning) using project teams with emphasis on role- division, and with cooperation from Osaka Innovation Hub and others, various supports are provided up to the point when actual business startup takes place.

Talents we cultivate

At Nara Institute of Science and Technology, we have been working on development of leading engineers in the field of advanced complex technology (such as software, robotics, networks or media). In this program, we treat IoT as a symbol of these fields, and strive to develop talents who can lead “overall design and realization of products or services” or “business startups or business creations with international perspectives” in IoT. However, we are not looking for a generalist; rather, we are aiming for development of talents who are oriented towards task division necessary for business creations, such as innovators, marketers, and fundraisers.

Contents of the program

In this program, Graduate School of Information Science and Center for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration of Nara Institute of Science and Technology take the main roles and be in charge of technical oriented and business oriented developments respectively. In addition, practical trainings that keep realistic business creation in sight are provided in cooperation with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ART) that operates Osaka Innovation Hub, and Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center.

To be more specific, the program (official acceptance of participants is from 2015) is made up from below four contents:

  1. Fermentation of entrepreneur mindset: visions towards business creation are formed through lectures by well-known entrepreneurs
  2. Practical education / research guidance on elemental technology: based on existing leading engineer development programs, lectures and workshops with emphasis on the aspect of social implementation are provided on elemental technology education
  3. Role-oriented PBL: using a team structure that is strongly oriented towards division of roles, project-type exercises are carried out that comprehensively covers the process from technical innovation to business startup or business creation
  4. Overseas workshop: selected projects that have achieved outstandingly good results would be participating in workshops that are in collaboration with overseas institutions

Individual follow-ups such as support on business startup are given even after completion of the program, with cooperation from Osaka Innovation Hub and others.

Main program personnel

  • Tsukasa Ogasawara - Head of Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Hirokazu Kato - Deputy Head of Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Hajimu Iida – Professor, Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Kazutoshi Fujikawa – Professor, Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Naokazu Yokoya, Director, Vice President and Head of Center for Industry – Government - Academia Collaboration, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Kozo Kubo – Professor, Deputy Head of Center for Industry – Government - Academia Collaboration, Head of Division of Research Strategy in Center for Frontier Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Yoshikazu Nishiura - Specially Appointed Professor, Center for Industry - Government - Academia Collaboration, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Takahiro Miyashita - Head of Research Planning, Social Media Research laboratory Group, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
  • Yoshifumi Nakagawa – researcher, Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
  • Toshiyuki Segawa – Project Manager, Global Innovation Project, Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center

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