Short-term Research Support Program for International Graduate Students from Partner Universities

What is "Short-term Research Support Program for International Graduate Students"?

As part of our efforts to attract outstanding doctoral students, "Short-term Research Support Program" is mainly intended for international master students from KUT's partner universities who are considering KUT's doctoral program as their future career path option. The prospective candidates can experience the research activities, research environment, and life in Japan before applying for our doctoral program. Also, starting from this year 2024, to further enhance the appeal of our university, we will expand the eligible applicants to include doctoral students.

【Annual acceptable student number】
KUT accept international master and doctoral studetns who join this program up to 20 students per year. If the number of applicants exceeds the maximum number, KUT will conduct selection and reject the applicants although he/she has nomination from his/her home university.

【Supporting period】
More than 2 months but less than 3 months*
*In order to achieve certain research results, those who wish to apply for this program are required to spend at least two months at Kochi University of Technology as an intern or a special research student. If the applicants wish to stay longer than 3 months, they can stay longer. However, they should be responsible for accommodation fees on any excess periods.

The benefit offered includes;
1)Traveling cost
KUT will cover traveling cost up to 100,000JPY
2) Accommodation fees
KUT will waive dormitory fees (International House in Kami Campus/ Takasone Dormitory in Eikokuji Campus) and utility fees for 3 months.
3) If you are from KUT's partner universities with student exchange agreement, KUT can also waive tuition fees during your stay*1.

*1 The status offered at KUT under this program is basically research intern student. However, if you are from the KUT's partner universities which signed student exchange agreement, you can be accepted as "special research student" as long as the number of student sent from your university doesn't exceed the muxmium number stipulated in the exchange agreement.

How to apply for this program

If you have an intention to apply for this program, you are required to ask for nomination from international office in charge of outbound student selection at your universtiy. The nominaton process will be the same as "Special Reserch Student". So please check the website for short term exchange program to obtain necessary information. Application format of this program will be sent to you through your university after nomination. The nomination deadline is approximately 6 months prior to the month you wish to start research at KUT.

Select Laboratory at KUT

Those who wish to apply for this program are expected to choose one of the laboratories in the table below.
Most of the supervisors in the table are also project leaders of KUT's Special Scholarship Program (SSP) offered for international PhD students.The table below also shows whether the superviser recruits SSP student in their laboratory.

Informatics Course

Name of LaboratoryName of SuperviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Signal Processing and New Generation Network Laboratory Prof. Masahiro FUKUMOTO

Information, computing and storage rsoureces can be shared all over the world by using the internet. Information resources in a remote locations and distributed information in widespread area can be used efficiently by utilizing network virtualization technique for signal processing algorithms. These algorithms have made it possible to reproduce high realistic information on demand by an ordinary handheld unit. Furthermore, information can be used safely and conveniently.

Lab for Human-Engaged Computing (LHEC)

Xiangshi REN

Computer technologies can be found in every corner of our world and in every field of human endeavor. The design and evaluation are critically important for more efficient interaction between humans and technologies.The Lab for Human-Engaged Computing Lab (LHEC) focuses on developing next-generation user interfaces that enable synergized interactions between humans and computers. The outcomes of our research will be useful in the design of more fully synergized next-generation user interfaces.

Brain-Muscle Coordination Laboratory

Assoc. Prof. Hiroshi KADOTA Humans can perform daily activities without any difficulties despite the physical state changes that accompany their growth. They can master various tools such as a car or a powered exoskeleton suit that are produced through engineering innovation. Our laboratory conducts studies on human motor adaptability by using psychophysiological methods and/or non-invasive measurements, such as MRI. The applictaion and development of research outcomes will contribute to the field of education, medical services, and information technology, which include physical movements.

Creative and Cultural Computing Laboratory

Assoc. Prof. Hiroki NISHINO

Our lab investigates how information technology can help growing creativity and empathy among individuals in our society. Research topics include but not limited to programming languages for creative coding serious games, computer music, digital arts, and interaction design in general.

Game Informatics Laboratory

Assis. Prof.

Games have been well studied as applications of artificial intelligence technology. Thanks to reserach developments in this field, in many games there are now computer players that are stronger than humans. In this laboratory, we study both the development of strong computer players and the generation of new ideas in scenarios involving strong players. For example, we are studying means of evaluating the players.

Electronic and Photonic Engineering Course / Energy Engineering Course / Aerospace Engineering Course

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Plasma Engineering Laboratory Prof. Akimitsu HATTA

Non-equilibrium discharge plasma in which electron temperature easily exceeds several tens of thousands degrees exists everywhere, such as lightning in nature and discharge lamp. The matter in plasma phase is highly excited state and/or highly reactive condition inducing active chemical reactions and/or intense light emission. Plasma application technologies will be established through the studies on production and control of discharge plasma in atmospheric environment, in water, or in reactive gases, and analysis on fabricated thin films and reactive chemical species.

Laboratory of Advanced Energy Nanomaterials

Prof. Hiroshi FURUTA

Recent progress of nanotechnologies in observation techniques and fabrication processes allows us to address novel electric and photonic properties of nanomaterials, which properties are directly derived from their size and structure. By controlling size and structure of the nanomaterials, we develop designed photonic metamaterials for high-efficient energy devices, aming to solve the global and local energy issues.

Radiation Transfer Laboratory

Prof. Chaoyang LI In our group, we are focusing on semiconductor electronics research using oxide semiconductor materials to fabricate thin film and nanostructured semiconductor such as nanoparticles, nanorods by the novel fabrication methods, as well as reveal the synthesis mechanisms. The advanced nano-structures will apply for the lighting, solar cells, sensors, antibacterial fields etc.

Space and Earth Exploration Systems Laboratory

Prof. Masa-yuki YAMAMOTO

With developing of new exploration methods for unknown regions spread in space and on the Earth, thus increasing knowledge of human habitable environment on our living planet of the Earth, we are studying on topics deeply concerned with difficult problems as space exploration, disaster prevention, and energy consumption, etc. to be solved in near future. In particular, we are developing self-control and low-energy-consumption exploration systems aboard balloons, rockets, and satellites, with working capabilities under severe environmental conditions with practical flight experiments as well as developing useful sensors available on regional disaster prevention.

Optical Measurement and Engineering Laboratory

Assoc. Prof. Shuji TAUE

We study optical measurement technologies utilizing light-matter interactions and the characteristics of light. Our research fields are optical fiber sensors and optically pumped magnetometers. The optical fiber sensor can detect refractive index change with high sensitivity. The sensor structure is very simple and easy to fabricate. And the optical characteristics realize fast and remote detection without electromagnetic interference. One of our research theme is to detect concentration change of liquid solution such as water salinity. The optically pumped magnetometer is based on an interaction between laser light and electron's spin of alkali atom. We fabricate the sensor system and detect AC magnetic fields at around 100kHz. And we focus on magnetic field imaging. The imaging method is newly developed and demonstrated with high performance. These sensors have various applications for industrial and medical fields, and we collaborate with other universities and companies.

Ubiquitous Imperceptible Electronics Laboratory

Assoc. Prof. Akihito NODA

Our mission is to make human life and society better by utilizing electronics. We aim to embed electronic circuits anywhere we can imagine, or, even we cannot imagine for now. Technically, we mainly deal with high-frequency circuits and electromagnetic waves, but we also try to think and challenge flexibly.

Soft Intelligent System On Chip Laboratory

Assoc. Prof. Yukinobu HOSHINO

Main topic is Fuzzy theory and the machine learning system research for implement SoC. SoC is integrated Circuit (IC) technology accumulating all components of a computer and other electronic systems for an IC chip. Normally, software programs are used, but SoC is a technology that implements electric circuits without using software programs or processors. Saving spaces, low power and high-speed calculation can be expected. The soft computing is a research field the empirical knowledge processing like the human being, is based on Fuzzy theory. These are implemented a lots in industrial equipment. In the laboratory, the conventional theory and system is researched as a system toward SoC. The application to a more complicated systems is expected.

Life Science and Technology Course

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Molecular Developmental Biology Laboratory Prof. Yusuke KAMACHI

In animal development, cells divide and subsequently differentiate into diverse cell types in a spatio-temporally controlled manner, which results in formation of tissues and organs. Our group investigates the molecular basis underlying these processes by focusing on gene regulatory mechanisms. Our research utilizes Danio rerio, a small tropical fish known as zebrafish.

Chemistry Course

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Laboratory of Organic Synthesis Prof. Nagatoshi NISHIWAKI

It is greatly attractive to create the desired thing at will. The organic synthesis realizes it at molecular level. Cyclic compounds including a nitrogen or an oxygen in the framework (heterocyclic compounds) are widely used as functional materials such as medicines, agrochemicals, and dyes. However, these compounds are often difficult to obtain easily, and sometimes are hitherto unknown. Our group studies development of facile and efficient synthetic methods for such compounds.

Laboratory for Photofunctional Chemistry Assoc. Prof. Akitaka ITO

This laboratory focuses on the development and detailed characterization of light-absorbing and emitting materials, toward a variety of photochemical applications such as sensors, light-emitting diodes, dye-sensitized solar cells and artificial-photosynthesis systems.

Laboratory for Functional Nanomaterials Assoc. Prof. Masataka OHTANI

Taking advantage of intermolecular interactions and chemical bonding, we are working to create novel functional nanomaterials composed of various combinations of organic materials, inorganic materials, and macromolecules. In particular, by precisely controlling kinetics and equilibriums of chemical reactions in terms of physical chemistry, we can develop a new synthetic methodology for achieving beyond the range of conventional approaches. Through our innovations, we open up a new horizon and an opportunity for nanomaterial chemistry to contribute to next-generation energy production and technology.  

Materials Science and Engineering Course

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Microstructual Control Laboratory Prof. Takeshi FUJITA

For both structural and functional materials, microstructure is controlled at the micro-and-nano-levels. Microstructure control and microanalysis are closely intertwined, so development of microanalysis technique is also necessary. Through the microstructual control of nanomaterials and bulk samples, it is possible to develop unique multifunctionalities (mechanical, electronic, magnetic, thermoelectronic, energetic and catalytic).

Advanced materials and device science laboratory Prof. Mamoru FURUTA

Advanced devices and materials enable us to improve quality of life and environmental loading. In addition, device science is an essential to enhance material functionality. In this laboratory, wide variety of researches have been carried out from material to device science based semiconductor as core materials. Our aim is to improve the quality of life through advanced functional devices for information technology.

Environmental and Mathematical Science Cousrse

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Statistical Physics Laboratory Prof. Hiroshi FRUSAWA

Our laboratory is devoted to advancing the data science of plant metabolomics for cosmetics and functional food industries. While non-targeted phytochemical analysis is a promissing methodology for identifying unknown compounds of metabolites, data generated from liquid chromatography/ high-resolution mass spectrometry contains thousands of detected compounds in a single sample. Therefore, we aim to develop a new metabolomics methodology that combines network analysis and machine learning.

Intelligent Mechanical Engineering Course

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Mechanical and Aerospace Control Systems Laboratory Prof. Koichi OKA

This laboratory investigates control system for a variety of systems, particulary magnetic suspension, aerospace and robotics. In control technology, model expressions are used to formulate control strategies to get systems to achieve their intended purposes. This laboratory uses this approach to develop comprehensive control systems applying intelligent and optimal control, sensing technology, and mechanical technology.

Infrastructure Systems Engineering Course

Name of LaboratoryName of AdviserIntroduction of Laboratory

SSP Project

Urban and Transport Planning Laboratory Assoc. Prof. Hiroaki NISHIUCHI

The Urban and Transport Planning Lab contributes to the creation of sustainable urban and transport systems. We are committed to research and development towards the resolution of recent urban and transport issues. This work involves the collection and utilization of huge data sets obtained by monitoring real world phenomena. We aim to generate urban and transport innovation in response to low birth rate and aging population challenges.