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Message from the Dean of the Faculty of System Design

The Dean YASUCHIKA MORI
Dean YASUCHIKA MORI

  The structure of industry is continuously evolving in order to meet the needs of the times, and soon “Industry 4.0” will be here.

  The first industrial revolution began in England at the end of 18th century, with the mechanization of factories by the steam engine. The second industrial revolution was brought about by the practical use of electric power, and the third industrial revolution occurred with the automation of production by the computer. Finally, the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is arising with the digitization of industries. With the advent of Industry 4.0, the industrial structure is noticeably changing. For example, a number of manufacturing-related companies and factories are connected through the Internet and satellite communications. New value has been created and productivity has improved remarkably, through the use of artificial intelligence. Moreover, the form of production, which has changed from small lot multi-production to high-mix low-volume production, is changing again to individual production, customizing products in accordance to the user's liking.

  In addition to component-based technology, in order to adapt to such dynamic changes in the industrial structure, integrated technology, or systems which unite various domains in a cross-sectional way, are also indispensable.

  The goal of the Faculty of System Design is two-fold. First, through the analysis of conventional engineering techniques we develop talented individuals with the expertise to realize innovative ideas. Second, by integrating the whole system across disciplines, our faculty aims to nurture creative minds with the empathy and sensibility to inspire cutting edge inventions.

  Five programs have been established, namely, Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Information and Communication Systems, Aerospace Engineering, Management Systems Engineering and Industrial Art. Each course has its own curriculum covering the fundamental academic principles and required skills. There is also flexibility in the curriculum with arrangements made to allow opportunities for cross-disciplinary education.

  The Faculty of System Design offers a unique opportunity at a state of the art facility, which is committed to delivering research education in a comprehensive manner, focusing on scientific knowledge and technology, while also considering human factors and the sensitivity of design.