SSP Research Project List for Prospective Students


Please choose one SSP research project which you wish to join and send by email a completed Pre-Application Request to the leader of your preferred project. (Use KUT official Pre-application Request form.) Only applicants who obtain the permission of the project leader are eligible to submit application documents. Only one pre-application request should be sent to the leader of a project during a given enrollment period. The project leader's email address is provided in the project's description.

*SSP applicant must have a high ability of writing and communication in English with the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work in the following research projects.

(1) This research project list is only applicable to SSP, not to other postgraduate programs.
(2) Information on the list is subject to change without notice.

Last updated: Sep 2, 2019

Environmental Systems Engineering (Kami campus)

Research FieldProject LeaderPast Doctoral StudentsProject Description (PDF)Required Skills and Knowledge
Molecular and Physiological Plant Cell Biology Prof.Takeshi OHAMA Past Doctoral Students Molecular and Physiological Studies on Acutely Induced Disorders in a Wide Range of Algae Caused by Co-Incubation with Acrylic Resin Nanoparticles - Basic knowledge for molecular biology
- Basic knowledge for bioinformatics
- Basic knowledge for cell biology
Applied Molecular Cellular Genetics Development of an Efficient Hydrocarbon Producing Algae by Genetic Modification of the Genome - Molecular Genetics
- Biochemistry
Organic Synthetic Chemistry, Heterocyclic Chemistry, Nitro Chemistry Prof. Nagatoshi NISHIWAKI Past Doctoral Students Development of Novel Methods for Polyfunctionalized Compounds Using Nitro Systems - Fundamental Organic Chemistry
- Spectral Analyses (1H NMK, 13C NMR, IR, MS)
- Fundamental Experimental Manipulations
Theoretical Physics, Quantum Engineering Prof. Taksu CHEON Past Doctoral Students Foundation of Quantum Technology - College level mathematics
- Programming skill
Semiconductor Materials and Device Physics, Flexible Devices, Transparent Electronics, Flat Panel Displays Prof. Mamoru FURUTA Past Doctoral Students Transparent Oxide Semiconductors for Flexible Device Applications - Semiconductor materials and device physics, evaluation techniques of materials and devices
- Material processing techniques (PVDs, CVDs, and photolithography), vacuum system
Polymerization Catalysts and Polymer Chemistry Prof. Ryuichi SUGIMOTO Design of Chiral Molecular Catalysts and the Development of Precision Polymerization Processes using them - Fundamental Organic Chemistry
- Spectral Analyses (1H, 13C NMR, IR, MS)
- Fundamental Experimental Manipulations
Nanomaterial Chemistry,
Organic-inorganic Hybrid Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry
Prof. Kazuya KOBIRO Past Doctoral Students Synthesis and Application of a New Class of Nanomaterials

- Knowledge and skills of inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry
- Basic knowledge and skills to operate XRD, SEM, and TEM
- Ability to characterize nanomaterials

Nanostructure, Electron Microscopy Prof. Hideo KOHNO Fabrication and TEM Characterization of New Nanostructures - Materials science, crystallography, vacuum system, electron microscopy
-English speaking and writing
- Programming and data analysis on Linux, and glass work
Molecular Developmental Biology Prof. Yusuke KAMACHI   Molecular Analysis of Gene Regulatory Networks during the Embryonic Development of Zebrafish - A solid understanding of molecular and cellular biology
- An understanding of developmental biology (preferred)
- General molecular biology skills
Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics Prof. Seiji TANAKA Molecular Analysis of Genetic Pathways Coping with Genotoxic Stress Caused by DNA Over-Replication

- A solid understanding on molecular biology, cell biology, and molecular genetics
- Basic knowledge of the eukaryotic cell cycle (preferred)
- General molecular biology skills

Chromosome Biology Prof. Kojiro ISHII Elucidation of the Molecular Mechanism of Chromosome Evolution - A solid understanding of molecular biology, cell biology and genetics
- An understanding of chromosome biology (preferred)
- General skills for molecular biology and cytogenetics
Nano-meter Scale Fabrication,
Ion Beam Technology,
Material Science
Assoc. Prof. Sadao MOMOTA Past Doctoral Students Micro-Nano Manufacturing and Modification of Materials by Use of Highly-Charged Ion Beams - Dynamics
- Electromagnetics
- Material Science
Coordination Chemistry,
Analytical Chemistry
Assist. Prof. Akitaka ITO Development of Novel Light-Absorbing and Emitting Materials Based on Molecular Supramolecular Systems - Photochemistry and coordination chemistry
- Fundamental experimental manipulations
- Operating absorption/emission spectrometers and pulsed laser
Nanomaterial Chemistry,
Physical Chemistry,
Polymer Chemistry
Assist. Prof. Masataka OHTANI Design and Development of Functional Nanomaterials - Knowledge and skills for synthetic chemistry based on organic, inorganic, and polymer chemistry
- Basic knowledge of, and skills for, operating TEM, SEM, and XRD to analyze the structure of nanomaterials
- Fundamental knowledge of electrochemistry and photochemistry


Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering (Kami campus)

Research FieldProject LeaderPast Doctoral StudentsProject Description (PDF)Required Skills and Knowledge
Dynamics of Liquid Crystal Prof. Shigeomi CHONO Past Doctoral Students Development of Liquid Crystalline Microactuators - Fluid Dynamics
- Applied Physics
Prof. Tomohiro TSUJI Past Doctoral Students
Control Theory, Intelligent Robotics Prof. Shuoyu WANG Past Doctoral Students Development of a Novel Walking Training Machine - Control Theory (Robust,Adaptive)
- Robotics (Dynamics,Intelligence)
- Programming Skill(VC++,Java)
Mechanical Control System Engineering, Robotics Prof. Koichi OKA Past Doctoral Students Advanced Mechatronics (Magnetic Suspension System, Mechanical Control System, Robotics) - Control Theory
- Dynamical Analysis
- Electromagnetics
Available from April 2022 enrollment
Thin Film Fabrication, Semiconductor Device Fabrication, Reaction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Fluid Dynamics, Quantum Mechanics Prof. Toshiyuki KAWAHARAMURA   Development of Functional Thin Film Fabrication Techniques Using Mist Droplets for Fabricating High Quality Thin Film under Open-air Atmospheric Press - Physical Chemistry
- Chemical (Reaction) Engineering
- Quantum Physics
- Fluid (Thermo)dynamics
- X-ray
Composite Materials Smart Materials Assoc. Prof. Tatsuro KOSAKA Multi-scale Simulation of Process-induced Stress of FRP and Optimization of Molding Process - Fundamental knowledge of FEM (finite element method)
- Fundamental knowledge of composites
- Fundamental knowledge of optimization
Nano Composite Materials Study on Improvement of Strength of ERP Reinforced by Grafting CNF (Cellulose Nano Fibers) onto the Reinforcements

- Fundamental knowledge of composites

- Fundamental knowledge of mechanical simulation such as FEM (finite element method)

- Fundamental knowledge of observation techniques of materials

Surface Science,
Scanning Probe Microscopy,
Single Atom/Molecule Manipulation,

Assoc. Prof. Eiichi INAMI Controlling Chemical Reactions at the Single-molecule Level using Scanning Probe Microscopy - Basic knowledge of surface science and organic chemistry
- Knowledge and skills for operating ultra-high vacuum (UHV) system, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and ultra-short laser pulses
- Knowledge of LabVIEW and programming skills (C++, python etc.)
Hypersonic Flow Computation, Nonequilibrium Plasma, Radiative Heat Transfer, Collisional-Radiative Model Assist. Prof. Yousuke OGINO Computational Code Development of a Collisional-Radiative Model for Nonequilibrium Flows - Fundamental knowledge of compressible CFD (computational fluid dynamics)
- Fundamental knowledge of plasma physics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, chemical reactions, and molecular quantum mechanics
- Resilient character and abundant intellectual curiosity
Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) Technologies Assist. Prof. Akinori HARADA Exploring Novel ATM & CNS Technologies for Future Air Traffic System - Fundamental knowledge of Flight Dynamics, Guidance and Control, and Nonlinear Optimization
- Practical knowledge of aircraft flight operation and ATC (Air Traffic Control)
- General knowledge of FMS and AP (Auto Pilot)


Electronic and Photonic Systems Engineering (Kami campus)

Research FieldProject LeaderPast Doctoral StudentsProject Description (PDF)Required Skills and Knowledge
Optical Communications Prof. Katsushi IWASHITA Past Doctoral Students High Capacity Optical Networks - Fundamental knowledge on analogue circuit
- Optical electrical devices and signal processing
- Ability of communication and writing in English
Plasma Electronics, Plasma Science and Engineering, Gas Discharges, Plasma Processing, Nanotechnology, and Nano-material Prof. Akimitsu HATTA Past Doctoral Students Production and Control of Reactive Plasmas for Processing of Advanced Materials - Physics, chemistry, electromagnetics, electronics and electrical engineering
- Basic knowledge of principles of gas discharge and plasma science, vacuum system and engineering
- Some experience in plasma production and diagnosis
- Basic knowledge of material science and the skills to operate material analyzers such as SEM, TEM, EDS, XRD, Raman, FT-IR, XPS, etc
Analog Mixed-Signal Circuit Design Prof. Masayoshi TACHIBANA Past Doctoral Students Built-In-Self-Test Systems for Analog Mixed-Signal System LSI - Analog circuit design (Deep Sub-micron MOS)
- Logic circuit design (Verilog, VHDL)
Upper Atmospheric Science and Space Engineering Prof. Masa-yuki YAMAMOTO Past Doctoral Students Development of a New Thermospheric Neutral Atmosphere Sounding Technique and Study on Upper Atmospheric Science - Dynamics
- Electromagnetics
- Geophysics
- Electronics
- Software technique
High Power Electronics, Wide-band-gap Semiconductors, Film Growth Prof. Tetsuya YAMAMOTO   Low Temperature AlN Film Growth for the Foreseeable-Future Power Electronics - Basic knowledge of Semiconductors
- Film Growth such as sputtering, CVD, Ion-plating
- X-ray diffraction measurements and analysis
Nanotechnology for Semiconductor Prof. LI Chaoyang Past Doctoral Students Metal-oxide Thin Films and Nanostructures Applying for Optoelectronic Devices - Study or research background in material science (particularly oxide-metal semiconductor material), optoelectronics, physics, and chemical physics
-Experience in the fabrication and evaluation of nano-scale materials
- Good English conversation and academic writing skills
- Good IT skills to manage the data and simulation
Physics of Optoelectronic Materials Prof. Hisao MAKINO Past Doctoral Students Control and Characterization of Surface and Interface in Functional Oxide Thin Films - Characterization of inorganic materials
- Thin film growth
- Solid state physics
Computer Science and Engineering Assoc. Prof. Yukinobu HOSHINO Past Doctoral Students  Development the Pattern Classification Hardware System based on Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing Technique - Deep knowledge in image processing, image feature descriptors
-Deep understanding in machine learning
- Boosting, decision tree algorithms, etc
- C++, OpenCV, FPGA programming languages
- Understanding in human emotion and sense
- Computer vision, image processing
- Modeling data by machine learning and reasoning
Material Science, Thin Film Engineering Assoc. Prof. Hiroshi FURUTA Past Doctoral Students Growth Control of Carbon Nanotube Forest for Electronic and Photonic Devices - Thin Film Engineering
- Material Science
- Electromagnetics
Optical Wavefront Control,
Optical Measurement,
Quantum Measurement,
Quantum Optics
Assoc. Prof. Hirokazu KOBAYASHI   Experimental Study of Quantum Measurement Utilizing Optical Vortex - Undergraduate level mathematics (calculus and linear algebra)
- Quantum physics
- Geometric optics, wave optics, polarization optics
Available from October 2020
Computer Architecture and VLSI design, Reconfigurable Architecture and its CAD Assoc. Prof. Yukio MITSUYAMA   Highly Flexible Integrated System and its Development Platform - Computer architecture and FPGA architecture
- HDL design and FPGA implementation
- C and/or C++ language for computer programming


Information Systems Engineering (Kami campus)

Research FieldProject LeaderPast Doctoral StudentsProject Description (PDF)Required Skills and Knowledge
Computer Architecture and LSI Design Prof. Makoto IWATA Past Doctoral Students Multicore System-on-Chip Based on Low-Power Self-Timed Pipeline

- Computer science and engineering
- LSI design skills
-Embedded software programming skill

Frontier of User Interface Research Prof. Xiangshi REN Past Doctoral Students Development and Generation of Next Generation User Interfaces

The applicant must have an outstanding track record in Computer Science, information Technology and/or HCI.
The applicant should demonstrate outstanding academic performance (e.g. good programming skills, strong knowledge of math and statistics, interaction technologies e.g. Microsoft Kinect, eye tracking system, smartphones, etc.), research ability, communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently in the Ren Lab.
The applicant must have strong ability in the English language (Japanese is a plus, but not essential).

Available from October 2020 enrollment
Human Computer Interaction User Interface Design for the Ageing Population

Outstanding track record in Computer Science, information technology and/or HCI.
Outstanding academic performance (e.g., good programming skills, strong knowledge of mathematics and statistics, experience with interaction technologies e.g. eye tracking systems, smartphones and motion tracking systems), research ability, good communication and interpersonal skills

Human-Computer Interaction

Designing Motion Video Games for Cognitive Enhancement of the Elderly

- Strong background in HCI, Computer Science, Design, Psychology or Cognitive Science

-Strong software development skills

- Strong communication ability and interpersonal skills

-Strong verbal and written English skills

- Ability to meet tight work deadlines

- Ability to work independently as well as in an international team

Human-Engaged Computing Human-Engaged Computing

- Strong background in HCI, Computer Science, Design, Psychology or Neuroscience
- Strong software development skills
- Strong communication ability and interpersonal skills
- Strong verbal and written English skills
- Ability to meet tight work deadlines
- Ability to work independently as well as in an international team

Vision Psychophysics, Vision Science and Color Vision Prof. Keizo SHINOMORI Past Doctoral Students Human Color and Visual Information Processing Investigated by Psychophysical Approaches and Development of Applications with Computational Model Simulation

- Some background in vision, brain and /or psychological research is strongly preferred
- Ability to adapt quickly to new research areas
- High motivation to conduct foundation research on human factors
- Ability to communicate effectively in English, including writing research papers in English
- Ability to collect, analyze and report to English research publications
- Programming skill (MATLAB), and strong ability in mathematics are preferred

Non-invasive Brain Research, Vision Science, Color Vision Brain Information Processing for Affective (kansei) Response Investigated by Simultaneous Non-Invasive Brain Measurement and Psychophysical Approaches, and Development of Brain Function Models

- Experience of measurement by EEG and fMRI is preferred.
- Some background in vision, brain and/or psychological research is strongly preferred.
- Ability to adapt quickly to new research areas
- High motivation to conduct basic research on human factors
- Ability to communicate effectively in English, including writing research papers in English
- Ability to collect and analyze data and report to English research publications
- Programming skill (MATLAB), and strong ability in mathematics are preferred.

Cognitive Neuroscience, Functional Brain Imaging Prof. Kiyoshi NAKAHARA Past Doctoral Students Functional Imaging of the Brain Network Activity Supporting Visual Recognition and Memory

- Good communication and writing skills in English
- Strong research background in neuroscience, or related areas
- Familiarity with Matlab, statistical methods and programming skills is a plus.

Neuroscience, Functional Imaging, Brain Stimulation Functional and Causal Role of Sleep on Memory Consolidation in Human
Signal Processing, Information Distribution, New Generation Network (Future Internet) Prof. Masahiro FUKUMOTO Past Doctoral Students Signal Processing for Virtualization Technology Environments

- Algebra, Linear algebra
- Information theory
- Programming (C language, etc.)
- IP network

Wireless Communications and Networking Prof. Masanori HAMAMURA Signal Design and Network Architecture for Wireless Communications

- Communication systems, information theory, signal processing, statistics, etc.
- Programming skill (MATLAB, C)
- Experience of writing at least one technical paper in English as primary author

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Network Service, and Cloud Computing Prof. Mikifumi SHIKIDA Evolving New Collaboration Services for Future Network

- Ability to communicate and discuss in English
- Knowledge of TCP/IP networks and network applications
- Programming skill (C, Java, etc.)

Structured Parallel Programming Prof. Kiminori MATSUZAKI Theory, Implementation, and Applications for Structured Parallel Programming

- Superior skills in programming (C, C++, Java, etc.) and problem solving with algorithms
- Mathematics, especially algebra and statistics
- Experience in functional programming (Haskell, ML, Scheme, etc.) and parallel programming (OpenMP, MPI, CUDA, MapReduce, TBB, Cilk) are desirable.

Game Informatics and Artificial Intelligence Game Informatics with Advanced Computer Players and Machine Learning Methods

- Excellent programming skill in C++, Java, Python, and similar programming languages
- Experience of applying machine-learning techniques to solve real problems
- Mathematical capability to build a theory from new findings

Human 3D Visual Perception Assoc. Prof. Hiroaki SHIGEMASU Past Doctoral Students Human 3D Visual Perception

- Programming (Matlab, C/C++, R)
- Statistical data analysis
- Excellent writing skills

Available from October 2022 enrollment
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning for Brain Decoding and Neuroscience Assoc. Prof. Shinichi YOSHIDA Past Doctoral Students Fundamental Theory of Brain Decoding and its Applications to Non-verbal Information Retrieval

- Mathematical theories related to machine learning and computational intelligence, e.g., kernel trick for support vector machine (SVM), regression (SVR), and clustering (SVC)
- Linear algebra for singular value decomposition (SVD) and probability,  statistics for Bayesian inference and particle filter (sequential Monte Carlo filter or extended Karman filter) are also required.
- Programming skill to implement above algorithm using C/C++/Matlab
- Programming skills using MPI (Message Passing Interface) on Linux clusters may highly improve result of research
- Ability to communicate and discuss in English

Not available
Systems Neuroscience, Brain Imaging, Motor Control Assoc. Prof. Hiroshi KADOTA Real-time fMRI Neurofeedback Training for Motor Control

- Background in neuroscience and/or motor control research
- Proficiency in Matlab programming, and statistical methods
- Ability to communicate through spoken and written English

Image Processing and Understanding Assoc. Prof. Toru KURIHARA Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Using Complex Valued Images

- Mathematics, especially algebra and statistics
- Image Processing, Machine Vision, Signal Processing
- Programming skill (C/C++/Cuda)
- Ability to communicate and discuss in English

Garbage Collection, Programming Languages and Systems, Computer Science Assoc. Prof. Tomoharu UGAWA Construction of Reliable and High Performance Managed Language Virtual Machines for Embedded Systems

- Fundamental knowledge on discrete math and algorithms
- Superior skills in programming (C, C++, Java, and JavaScript) and experience in large scale (5000 loc -) software development (individually or as a main contributor of a group)
- Wide knowledge in computer science

Formal Specification and Verification of Software Assoc. Prof. Yoshiaki TAKATA Construction of a Formal Software Verification System Practically Usable in Software Development

- Fundamental knowledge on the automata theory and the theory of computation
- Mathematical capability to develop a new formal method
- Excellent programming skill in C, C++, Java, Python, and similar programming languages

e-Learning Systems and Its Support System, Learning Analytics Assoc. Prof. Takahiko MENDORI Past Doctoral Students Development of a Learning Support System - Willingness to conduct basic qualitative user data collection
- Ability to communicate effectively English
- Capable of collecting, analyzing and reporting for English research publication
- Programming experience in PHP, Java, JavaScript, HTML5, XML and SQL
- Strong knowledge of statistics
- Fundamental knowledge of technologies on e-Learning (ex. LMS, LRS, SCORM, xAPI, ePub, etc.)


Infrastructure Systems Engineering (Kami campus)

Research FieldProject LeaderPast Doctoral StudentsProject Description (PDF)Required Skills and Knowledge
Concrete Engineering Prof. Masahiro OUCHI Past Doctoral Students Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) as Standard Concrete - A fundamental knowledge of concrete engineering
- The knowledge and skills required for basic concrete testing
Remote Sensing Prof. Masataka TAKAGI Past Doctoral Students Slope Failure Monitoring by using Remote Sensing - Digital Photogrammetry
- Geo Science
- Geographic Information Science
- Computer Science
Not available
Building Environmental, Engineering
Energy Conservation
Assoc. Prof. Masaki TAJIMA   Development of Methods to Evaluate the Indoor Environment and Energy Conservation of Dwellings - Building/housing environmental engineering, or public health
- Building/housing equipment
- Numerical calculation of heating & cooling load, fluid analysis, and/or energy consumption
Traffic Engineering and Infrastructure Planning

Assist.Prof. Hiroaki NISHIUCHI

Mixed Traffic Flow Management Condensing the Impact of the Air Pollution

- Knowledge on Traffic engineering, infrastructure planning and statistics

- Programming skills and knowledge of relevant computer technologies, including Python, R, and SPSS



Economics and Management(Eikokuji campus)

Research FieldProject LeaderPast Doctoral StudentsProject Description (PDF)Required Skills and Knowledge
Environmental & Infrastructure Management Prof. Tsunemi WATANABE Past Doctoral Students Multi-party Risk and Uncertainty Management Process (MRUMP) for Local Environmental Management - Strong motivation to do research on human being and society
- High communication skill
- Basic Knowledge on Environmental Systems Engineering
- Basic Knowledge on Project Management
Available from October 2020 enrollment
Construction Management Enhancement of Work Motivation of Construction Practitioners - Strong motivation to do research on human being and society
- High communication skill
- Basic knowledge on construction management
- Having practical work experiences is desirable
- Basic knowledge on project management
New Public Management, Hydrology Economics (Input Output Table), Psychology and Regression Analysis Prof. Seigo NASU Past Doctoral Students Climate Change Simulation and Regional Adaptation Policy - Basic knowledge of civil engineering, especially hydrology and water resource management
- Computational programming knowledge and skill
- Basic psychological knowledge
- Experience in water resource management research
Economics (Input Output Table), Psychology and Regression Analysis, Science of Management A Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Regional Planning Simulation Using Renewable Energy Clusters - Basic knowledge of civil engineering and economics
- Computational programming knowledge and skill
- Basic psychology knowledge
- Research experience in policy making
Infrastructure Maintenance Engineering, Social System Management Practical Asset Management System for Developing Countries - Fundamental knowledge of civil engineering, such as concrete engineering, structural engineering
- Ability of programming, computing and numerical simulation
- Especially good at communication in English
Game Theory and Experimental Economics Prof. Yoshio KAMIJO Past Doctoral Students Game Theoretic and Experimental Investigations of Institutions - Masters level in economics including microeconomics, econometrics, statistics and mathematics
- Basic game theory
- Basic experimental and/or behavioral economics
Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Economics Prof. Koji KOTANI Past Doctoral Students Public Perception, Adaptation and Pro-Social Behavior toward Climatic Change and Related Natural Disasters under Deep Uncertainty - Some training in calculus, probability and statistics
- Intermediate microeconomics
- Strong intellectual interest in one of the following fields: agriculture, natural
resource management and environmental economics
Available from April 2021
Social Research, Narrative Analysis Assoc. Prof. Yoshinori NAKAGAWA Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research in Rural Communities in Developing Countries - Some statistical knowledge (To be able to provide detailed explains of terms such as linear regression, logistic regression, dummy variables, and statistical significance)
- Some psychometric knowledge (To be able to provide detailed explanations of terms such as reliability, validity, and Cronbach's alpha coefficient)
- Computer literacy (Microsoft Excel)
- Interest in local people and what and how they narrate (Note that is the most important item among the four)

Not available

Mathematical Biology

Assoc.Prof. Yutaka KOBAYASHI

Theoretical Research on Cultural Evolution by Means of Computer Simulations and Statistical Modeling

- Understanding of the modern theory of biological evolution

- Understanding of the basics of applied mathematics related to dynamical systems and stochastic processes

- Understanding of the basics of statistical methods related to Bayesian inference

- More than two years of experience in computer programming

- Experience in Linux/Unix and multiple programming languages including those for fast-speed computation such as C/Julia and those for data processing such as R/Python