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Greetings from the Leader

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PROGRAM

Greetings from the Leader

Greetings from the Leader

The “Education-and-Research Hub for Math-for-Industry” is a collaborative effort between the Graduate School of Mathematics of Kyushu University in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science and Communication Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science, and Electrical Engineering at Kyushu University and the Department of Mathematics, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University. It has been adopted as a FY2008 Global COE Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Math-for-Industry is a new research field in mathematics, which will serve as the foundation for creating future technologies. It is developed by integrating and reorganizing pure and applied mathematics into a fluid and versatile form capable of responding to the needs of industrial technologies.

What is the purpose of Math-for-Industry, then? With the drastic improvement in computer performance, there is a heightened expectation towards mathematics, mainly from practitioners of research and development. In fact, mathematics and technologies in recent years are so closely related as never have been before. In the past, mathematics and technologies were connected only through sciences like physics, but now mathematics and technologies are amalgamating as they directly influence one another. For example, advances in computation techniques have led to practical applications of statistical science in technology, and the list of similar examples is nearly endless, encompassing information security and number theory, mathematical finance and probability theory, and visualization and discrete differential geometry. Now that mathematics plays such a vital role in technological advances, mathematics research can no more respond to heightened expectations if the conventional framework of pure and applied mathematics is maintained. Moreover, it is also expected that research activities on this new paradigm generate new and interesting research topics, which will enrich mathematics as an academic field.

In this program, we will build upon our achievements in theoretical research to strongly thrust our pioneering and systematic initiatives towards an unprecedented collaboration between mathematics and industry. This collaboration will establish a world class education and research hub for Math-for-Industry. To this end, this program will actively engage in developing curriculum such as expanding our long-term internship in the Ph.D. program to the international one as well as early implementation of a new system to obtain a degree, enhanced financial support for Ph.D. students, and introduction of a substantial postdoctoral program.

For Math-for-Industry to succeed, bilateral collaboration between academia and industry is essential. Hence, the major objectives of this program include further enhancement of academia-industry collaboration in education and research in mathematics, and training people so that they possess a strong mathematical background and play an active part in diverse fields in the international arena. Understanding that talented young researchers who excel in one specialty while possessing a broad range of interests and knowledge will open up a future, we intend to strive toward achieving the objectives.

Kyushu University will be celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2011. As part of its commemorative projects, we plan to elevate the current Mathematical Research Center for Industrial Technology by launching the International Institute for Math-for-Industry. This Institute will serve as an international hub of education and research activities, which will be developed through our Global COE program.

To contribute to mathematics in the 21st century as well as to the advancement of a diverse range of science and technology through mathematics, program members of our program as well as the entire faculty of the Graduate School of Mathematics are determined to whole-heartedly support our mission. With this mindset, we would appreciate your continued support in our endeavors.

July 2007
Masato Wakayama
Program Leader, Global COE Program
Dean, Graduate School of Mathematics and Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University