What do we study?
Our laboratory is roughly divided into three groups, such as VSG for visual science, VEG for visual electroencephalogram, and VTG for visual technology. We are also focusing on improving presentation skills through weekly progress reports for each research group, as well as through research reports throughout the laboratory held every month. In reward for that, at the information technology engineering prize award that began in FY 2003, 6 students received the Best Special Research Presentation Award (2004: Yukiko Nishi, 2007: Shunsuke Tsurumi, 2008: Ken Nishino, 2010: Kae Nakajima, 2015: Hideki Tamura, 2017: Taisei Kondo), 4 received the Best Graduation Research Presentation Award (2003: Hiroaki Iwasaki, 2004: Kenta Uchio, 2013: Takahiro Shinkai, 2015: Taisei Kondo, 2019: Kazuya Onodera) from our laboratory.
What kind of companies are graduated students working for?
Some major electric information companies (Panasonic Corporation, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., etc) are still popular. Several students are also employed in automobile-related companies (Toyota Motor Corporation, Suzuki Co., Ltd., etc.). We have many links with companies for whom we are focusing on joint research. Even if there is no direct connection with the research theme, the skills and knowledge acquired through research activities are evaluated, and job hunting activities in a wide variety of fields are possible.
I’m interested in vision, but I have no knowledge in the field.
It is no problem. More than half of the laboratory members have started their research with almost no knowledge at the beginning. The knowledge and technology will be acquired with support from senior students and professors after the assignment to the laboratory.
How do I decide on my research topic?
Basically, a research theme is presented by the teachers and seniors around July, and you can choose what you want to do from a large number of candidates. Besides that, if there is a field in which you are interested, you can discuss the topic with the teacher and conduct research in a well-equipped environment.
Is there any opportunity to present at academic conferences and research societies?
We have a lot. Most of the students participate in international conferences as well as domestic conferences every year.
Can I possibly do a part-time job?
You can do it. However, when you are busy with research activities, we recommend you to work only on feasible days by consulting with your schedule. Some members of the laboratory are managing a well-balanced schedule of both research study and part-time jobs.
How do I choose the company for the training program?
Basically, we choose the one from a list of companies that accept practical training program. But in our laboratory, more than half of our students participate in overseas practical training each year. The countries that students have participated so far include Finland, Germany, England, Spain, Netherlands, France, Norway, Portugal, etc.
What do I do at the seminar?
We report on the progress of our research activities. We have discussions with teachers and seniors, and actively discuss the policy and considerations of research activities. Some groups read and introduce papers.
What is the annual event?
We have a welcome party for new students and also travel with all the lab members. There is also a year-end party and compulsion party, while drinking alcohol we deepen interchange between the newcomer and senior students. Click here for more information.
How long do I stay in the laboratory?
Between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, We have a time called “core time” that students are recommended to stay laboratory and do research as much as possible.
What is the environment of the laboratory like?
All students are given a PC, a few displays, and their own seats. We have all the rooms on the 7th floor of the building called the Soken Building, and each room is assigned to each grade. Click here for the room images. In addition, we have a number of different rooms to conduct experiments, and the experimental equipment is also very sufficient. Please see here for the equipment and experimental equipment owned by each group.