Curriculum and Environment

Three Reasons to Study Here

  • Curriculum of International Standard
     We offer a world-class curriculum at all levels. At the undergraduate level, classes are divided into four layers: “Foundations and Theory”, “Basics of Computers and Software”, “Networks and Media” and “Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.” Individual lectures are distributed into these layers as appropriate. Students proceed through the layers, obtaining knowledge at each level that they build upon in later lectures. Practical skills are trained through programming exercises and a yearlong class focusing on experiments that meets three times per week. The undergraduate thesis provides students an opportunity to demonstrate and use the knowledge they’ve obtained. In the graduate program, students build upon the knowledge they’ve already obtained and mainly focus on doing individual advanced research. In addition to the core subjects and classes available in this division, students gain breadth by studying a secondary subject. This gives students the opportunity to learn both in depth and breadth. Combined with the focus on individual research, this explains why many of our graduate students go on to become leading researchers and engineers.
  • Natural Environment and Comfortable Location
     Sapporo is frequently chosen as one of the best places in Japan to live. Hokkaido University is conveniently located a short walk from Sapporo Station, and boasts a large campus despite being in the center of a large city. Considered one of the most beautiful in Japan, campus is green in spring and summer, yellow and red in autumn, and covered in fresh snow throughout winter. Such an environment is ideal for study and research, and also provides many opportunities for relaxation. University facilities are completely satisfactory: a variety of modern lecture rooms, libraries, and several kinds of experimental facilities. This allows students to concentrate on their work. Mountains and the sea are less than an hour from campus. Living expenses are relatively low compared with other large cities and commutes are also short. Hokkaido is particularly known for delicious, affordable food.
  • Internationally-Active Staff with Great Individuality
     Our professors are very active in their fields. As leading researchers, they organize and chair famous international conferences and often give invited talks. They also have individual personalities and enjoy interacting with students. Some receive teaching awards as the best teachers in the university. This is because they deliver understandable lectures. Our hope is that our students grow both academically but also as humans, and we enjoy spending time working with our students.

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Curriculum for Undergraduates

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02 Learning at Hokkaido University

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Student Interviews

  • Jana Backhus

    Intelligent Information Systems Lab
    Doctor course 3rd year

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  • Benjamin EVANS

    Human Computer Interaction Lab
    Doctor Course 2nd year

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  • Yuma Inoue

    Large-Scale Knowledge Processing Lab
    Doctor course 3rd year

    Yuma Inoue

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  • Sun Lu

    Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning Lab
    Doctor course 3rd year

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03 World-class Faculty

Masahito Kurihara
Masahito Kurihara
Laboratory
Laboratory of Intelligent Software
Position
Professor
MessageYour daily life is full of research topics for Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. WIth no expensive devices and with a lot of fun, you can transform your fresh ideas into innovative software and services usable all over the world!
Satoshi Oyama
Satoshi Oyama
Laboratory
Laboratory of Intelligent Software
Position
Associate Professor
MessageArtificial Intelligence is expected to solve various problems in the real world. We welcome students who are passionate about contributing to the society by the development of Artificial Intelligence technologies.
Masahito Yamamoto
Masahito Yamamoto
Laboratory
Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering
Position
Professor
Message
Hiroyuki Iizuka
Hiroyuki Iizuka
Laboratory
Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering
Position
Associate Professor
Message
Hidenori Kawamura
Hidenori Kawamura
Laboratory
Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering
Position
Professor
MessageWe are developing new ideas with artificial intelligence techniques, i.e., deep learning, machine learning, and multiagent simulation. We give a welcome to everyone who wants to join our laboratory and change the world with those studies.
Tomohisa Yamashita
Tomohisa Yamashita
Laboratory
Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering
Position
Associate Professor
MessageArtificial Intelligence which is one of our research subject has the power to greatly change the world in the future. Let’s make full use of the cutting edge IT to create never-seen-before social system. May AI be with you!
Soichiro Yokoyama
Soichiro Yokoyama
Laboratory
Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering
Position
Assistant Professor
MessageIf you encounter something hard to understand while you are studying, you should not hesitate to discuss about that with other students or faculty members like me. It would enable you to understand the problem from different perspectives and to have more creative ideas.
Tetsuo Ono
Tetsuo Ono
Laboratory
Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction
Position
Professor
MessageI have done researches on human-robot interaction from its dawning age. I love "a research of dream, ambition and vision". Trying to realize your dreams together in our lab!
Daisuke Sakamoto
Daisuke Sakamoto
Laboratory
Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction
Position
Associate Professor
MessageI would welcome students who are motivated to publish papers in top-tier international conferences and journals. As a result of showing your work to the world brings you to the world-class engineer and researcher. Let's "wow the world!"
Shin-ichi Minato
Shin-ichi Minato
Laboratory
Laboratory of Large-Scale Knowledge Processing
Position
Professor
MessageBecome a person who will propose original and useful ideas. Make your effort to consider the insufficient points in the current technology and how to improve them.
Ichigaku Takigawa
Ichigaku Takigawa
Laboratory
Laboratory of Large-Scale Knowledge Processing
Position
Associate Professor
MessageThink hard, work hard and enjoy it!
Makoto Haraguchi
Makoto Haraguchi
Laboratory
Laboratory of Knowledge Base
Position
Professor
MessagePaying attention to changes or trends just happening in the world we live in, universal features and theories not depending on each time and place will guide you to realize what are essential features and aspects we have to make aware of. Some of those features and theories are written in textbooks. However we are always required to interpret and modify them so as to make use of them for our problem solving activities.
Masaharu Yoshioka
Masaharu Yoshioka
Laboratory
Laboratory of Knowledge Base
Position
Associate Professor
MessageStudying computer science and information technology offers you a new tool to analyze the real world. You can see different perspective of human activities from the view point of information processing.
Yoshiaki Okubo
Yoshiaki Okubo
Laboratory
Laboratory of Knowledge Base
Position
Assistant Professor
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Hiroki Arimura
Hiroki Arimura
Laboratory
Laboratory of Information and Knowledge Network
Position
Professor
Message
Takuya Kida
Takuya Kida
Laboratory
Laboratory of Information and Knowledge Network
Position
Associate Professor
Message
Thomas Zeugmann
Thomas Zeugmann
Laboratory
Laboratory of Algorithmics
Position
Professor
MessageCuriosity, persistence, creativity, and a deep understanding of the foundations of your chosen research are the key ingredients to be successful. There is nothing more practical than a sound theory.
Charles Jordan
Charles Jordan
Laboratory
Laboratory of Algorithmics
Position
Assistant Professor
MessageComputer science is everywhere!
Akira Tanaka
Akira Tanaka
Laboratory
Laboratory of Mathematical Science for Computing
Position
Professor
MessageI feel that recent students tend to downplay the importance of the theoretical aspects of researches. I think it is crucial to clarify what is guaranteed. In your student days, please find at least one theoretically firm knowledge.
Mayuka F. Kawaguchi
Mayuka F. Kawaguchi
Laboratory
Laboratory of Mathematical Science for Computing
Position
Associate Professor
MessageParticipate proactively to lectures, exercises, experiments provided in our course, not passively. Any proactive approach should give you a clue to find out your research theme. Also, the basic knowledge and learning techniques should be assets through your life as any specialist. I’m looking forward to being inspired by you own unique challenges.
Mineichi Kudo
Mineichi Kudo
Laboratory
Laboratory of Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
Position
Professor
MessageFavor yourself. The aim in undergraduate education is to obtain basic skills, so that the lectures are not easy to understand. You might feel uncomfortable about learning without specific goals. However, once you got them, they will be your strong tools for tackling your own problems. Sharpen your tools. It supports you in your life-time. Do not regret to use time for it. By the way, when you start your own study, what if you don't have any idea to do ? For doing an original study, you have to have your own ideas or viewpoints unlike the others. If not, what your past effort is for. That is what I meant in the beginning. Favor yourself because you are unique in viewpoint and thinking. Some bitter experiences would contribute to build your original personality. Let's do something interesting so as to hear "it's interesting."
Atsuyoshi Nakamura
Atsuyoshi Nakamura
Laboratory
Laboratory of Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
Position
Associate Professor
MessageI welcome your questions. I was also a question monster in my primary school days. Most students have not understood what you cannot have understood. I have learned many things from student questions. So, please ask questions not only for yourself but also for me.
Masanori Sugimoto
Masanori Sugimoto
Laboratory
Laboratory of Intelligent Information Systems
Position
Professor
MessageChallenge your limit! Extend your limit to go further!
Hiroki Watanabe
Hiroki Watanabe
Laboratory
Laboratory of Intelligent Information Systems
Position
Assistant Professor
MessageThe experience of working hard on your interest is important to your life. I will do my best to make a research environment to do that. Let’s do an amazing research together!
Hideyuki Imai
Hideyuki Imai
Laboratory
Laboratory of Information and Data Analysis
Position
Professor
Message
Yoshihiro Hirose
Yoshihiro Hirose
Laboratory
Laboratory of Information and Data Analysis
Position
Associate Professor
MessageWe will help you make progress. Enjoy your life in Hokkaido University!
Manabu Omiya
Manabu Omiya
Laboratory
Laboratory of High-performance Computing
Position
Professor
MessageI hope you acquire basic knowledge surely and try to apply it to various problems. Please make use of knowledge and the experience that you got in the classes, practices and experiments for the our society.
Takeshi Iwashita
Takeshi Iwashita
Laboratory
Laboratory of High-performance Computing
Position
Professor
MessageMake a challenge to various things. Enjoy a process to reach your goal.
Takeshi Fukaya
Takeshi Fukaya
Laboratory
Laboratory of High-performance Computing
Position
Assistant Professor
Message
Masaharu Munetomo
Masaharu Munetomo Masaharu Munetomo
Laboratory
Laboratory of Information Systems Design
Position
Professor
MessageWe conduct research projects related to systems design and optimization. As a chief architect of "Hokkaido university academic cloud", which is the largest academic private cloud in Japan, I also engage in community activities related cloud computing such as SIG-Cloud in AXIES (Japanese academic ITC society) and Japanese national supercomputing centers, Cloud Utilization Promotion Agency (CUPA), Managed Service Providers society in Japan (MSPJ), and Open Computing Project in Japan (OCPJ).
Akiyoshi Sugiki
Akiyoshi Sugiki
Laboratory
Laboratory of Information Systems Design
Position
Associate Professor
Message
Yoshiaki Takai
Yoshiaki Takai
Laboratory
Laboratory of Advanced Information Networks
Position
Professor
MessageWe value playfulness. Take a broad view of things. "Demo or Death".
Katsuyoshi Iida
Katsuyoshi Iida
Laboratory
Laboratory of Advanced Information Networks
Position
Associate Professor
Message
Masahiro Mizuta
Masahiro Mizuta
Laboratory
Laboratory of Advanced Data Science
Position
Professor
Message
Hiroyuki Minami
Hiroyuki Minami
Laboratory
Laboratory of Advanced Data Science
Position
Professor
Message
Yuriko Komiya
Yuriko Komiya
Laboratory
Laboratory of Advanced Data Science
Position
Assistant Professor
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