Department of Digital Media
The Department of Digital Media Science conducts education and research on information and applied systems that rely on computer and network infrastructure.
Elementary courses provide instruction in computer fundamentals as well as the basics of computer programming required for the advanced study of Information Science and Digital Media. In addition, students receive a solid grounding in the core disciplines of Mathematics and Physics, and acquire the skills needed to write research papers and deliver presentations on their research projects and accomplishments.
The department's mission is to cultivate human resources for service in the digital media field and who will be skilled in the use of various computer systems. The digital media field itself comprises an array of disciplines, including the recognition of computer-input images and patterns, computer graphics (CG), which blends imagery from the real world with images created using computers, and visualization technologies which are used to express computer-generated images in forms that humans can understand.
Among the advanced courses, the Computer Graphics and Visualization course allows students to intensify their focus on areas where computer graphics technology has come into wide use. For example, this course provides opportunities to study ways of adapting computer graphics to art, visualizing blends of imagery from the real and virtual worlds, and finding graphical expressions for mathematical equations. In the Multimedia Recognition course, students study such topics ranging from the recognition of images and audio to communications technologies for the transfer of multimedia data.
The curriculum also includes an information science project that students start in their first year as a means of honing their skills in conceptualization and the recognition and solution of problems, an Education Assistance course that allows students to serve as assistants in high-school computer education programs, a Special Digital Media Seminar that exposes students to the latest papers of relevance to their graduate thesis, and a Digital Media Graduate Thesis course.
Message from Department Chair of Digital Media
Hiroshi HOSOBE, Professor, Dr.
Department Chair of Digital Media
Welcome to the Department of Digital Media.
There are a lot of computers around us such as smart phones and car navigation systems. Thanks to advancements of visualization techniques, we enjoy 3D movies almost everywhere. Popularity of GPS provides us fewer times to get lost when we are out driving and get lost in new places. These largely depend on the progress of computer utilization technologies. It is quite familiar for us, by computer-processing, to retouch deformed photographs and images, and to read and recognize blurring letters. Voice recognition technology also has greatly developed to gets rid of noises, and recognize important words as well. In other word, computer and its utilization technologies seem to be a part of our lives.
To this commodity, highly developed IT technologies such as programing languages, physics based calculations, rendering technique, image processing, speech information processing are contributed. Microscopically, each one is an accumulation of element technologies. However, each of them is not used independently in a computer today, but we move on a new age of systematic use of various kinds of technologies.
As the development of computer and its utilization are quite fast, new ideas including mathematical processing and physics based calculations are also required for it. As you know, multimedia society is flooded with information. You have to lean the most promising basic techniques, and to be a logical person.
Students of Department of Digital Medea start with programing languages, which is the basis for various applications in the fields, and to learn mathematics and physics, which are important to strengthen your logical thinking. In addition, the department provides various kinds of curriculums, which you can choose the course you want according to your developing expertise. We sure believe that you will find the current of advanced technologies when you make use of the knowledge and technology that you acquired through the research in Department. We will aim for advanced science with logical perception of your new ideas.