Philosophy and History (System Information Engineering)

Philosophy and History (System Information Engineering)


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The System Information Engineering course aims at systematic understanding of the mechanism of "recognition and behavior" and its engineering realization. In other words, the collection of element information from the target physical world (sensing), a new theory and an algorithm are pursued for all steps of the knowledge level information extraction (recognition) based on the obtained many element information, and the approach to the object to achieve the purpose (control), this will try to achieve a new system of functionality based on. This approach is also important in terms of understanding the function of the organism and applying it to engineering. We are interested in the problem of what kind of "function" is achieved by what "mechanism" and "hardware" when seeing this as a system whether it is an artificial thing or a life body.

In undergraduate-level subjects, the basic subjects, such as sensing, signal processing, recognition, control, circuits, and computational machines, are developed into applied subjects such as biometric measurements, robot vision, remote sensing, speech information, and biological information systems. Although it does not appear directly in the name of the subject, it is also dealt with problems such as sensor fusion, adaptation, learning, intelligent robot, and artificial reality, and experiments of "system" that realize them are also performed.

In this course, we actively utilize a broad curriculum of physics, mathematics, information, and systems, and educate students on specialized subjects related to information and systems on the basis of their well-balanced knowledge of physics and mathematics. The engineering of "recognition and action" is a field that is developing with unresolved problems, and by having a wide range of basic knowledge learned, we are trying to nurture people who are able to solve new problems that they will encounter after graduation in a broader perspective, and also to raise new problems and develop new fields.


1945Established the Department of Measurement Engineering, Tokyo Imperial University
1951The Department of Applied Physical Engineering is established as a measurement course.
1962Department of counting engineering established, Measurement engineering course is installed.
1965Applied Measurement Engineering Course and renamed Course
1970Measurement engineering Course and re-renaming of applied Measurement Course
1972New information Engineering course in Engineering Graduate School Information Processing Engineering course is institutes to the Department of Counting engineering
1985Change from English name "Instrumentation Physics" to "Physics"
2001The course of measurement Engineering was renamed as the System Information Engineering course.
Change from English name "Instrumentation Physics" to "Physics"

At the end of World War II, the Department of Measurement Engineering was newly established in the first Department of Engineering, Tokyo Imperial University, and the first year of 40 students entered in April 1945.According to the prospectus of Prof. Shou-ichi Majima, the goal of the Department of Measurement Engineering has a wide range of physical knowledge and the ability to freely apply it (2) we have the ability to construct a logical system by abstracting the phenomenon and to express it mathematically, and (3) devise the most appropriate measurement method from a total standpoint, It was to train the engineer who was able to develop the measuring instrument to respond to this. The Department of Measurement Engineering consisted of six courses in charge of measuring instrument materials science, Measurement principles, electro-magnetic measurement, optical measurement, mechanical measurement, measurement mathematics, and thermal measurement.

The Department of Applied Physics, which consists of three courses of 11 lectures, has been established since new University in 1985. The six courses in the Department of Measurement Engineering were renamed the measurement Engineering course, and were to educate the new, unique students.In this merger, the mechanical measurement course of the Department of Measurement engineering shifted to the physical engineering course.

After that, the engineering department expanded greatly with the rapid development of industry in Japan, and the Department of Applied Physics was reorganized in 1962, and it became two departments of the Department of counting engineering and the physical engineering. The measurement engineering course was established in the Department of Computational Engineering. In this case, two courses have been established, in addition to the one course that was shifted to the mathematical engineering course, the two courses were reduced to four courses, so it was expanded to a total of five courses in 1966, and it became the fifth course. The Measurement engineering course was renamed the Applied Measurement Course in 1965, but returned to the measurement engineering course in 1970.

In 1972, in the Graduate School of Engineering, the Department of Information Engineering was newly established as a so-called horizontal department (a major in cooperation with instructors from many departments in education and Research), and the Information Processing engineering course was institutes to the Department of Computational Engineering. Many instructors in the Department of Computational Engineering U.C. the Department of Information Engineering, and the Department of Computational Engineering became a central role in the Department of Information Engineering.

With the Graduate school emphasis at the University of Tokyo, the Graduate school was turned into a department, and in 1993, the Faculty of Engineering was transferred from the Faculty of Engineering to the Graduate School of Engineering, and U.C. the faculty of Engineering (formerly, they belonged to the Faculty of Engineering and The Graduate School of Engineering). As a result of this change, each course was made into a major course in measurement engineering, and the principles course of measurement control systems engineering was added. Moreover, the name of the research group in the Department of mathematical engineering and information physics was changed from "Lecture" to "laboratory" because it was made a large course.

In 1999, a new department of Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Frontier Sciences was newly established, and some of the instructors in the Department of Computational Engineering transferred to the Department of complex Science and engineering. In 2000, the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary information science and technology, which is a research and education on the information of the humanities and Sciences, was newly established, and two instructors moved to the information science ring as a flow course from the Department of Computational Engineering.

Research and education related to science information at the University of Tokyo although it was separated into the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, the Graduate School of Information Science and technology was newly established in 2001, in order to perform more substantial education and research. As a result, we moved to the Department of System Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and engineering. In response to the change of the organization, the course name of the Department of Computational Engineering was changed from the measurement engineering course to the System Information engineering course.

Currently, the System Information Engineering course consists of 8 laboratories (including laboratories in the field of information physics systems, advanced Science and Technology Research Center), and the Faculty of Information Science and Engineering, Department of Systems and Informatics, interdisciplinary Graduate School of Frontier Science, Department of Informatics, each faculty member belongs to one of the advanced science and technology research centers.