Messages from Current and Former Students

Q1. What is the difference between your present job and your studies at Hokudai?

My job is doing management for our company especially in the field of technology. I identify issues to solve, and then solve the issues. In that sense it’s not so different from what I did at school. What I am doing now and the subject of my research at school are difficult to connect in a simple way. That being said, I am working with computers and I occasionally feel the relationship between them. In term of working style, especially for my case, the large part of my research was individual-centered. On the other hand, I am now working in teams.

Q2. What were the advantages in obtaining a Ph.D at Hokkaido University?

I’m so happy to have studied in the beautiful campus in Sapporo, my favourite place. It also was such a fortunate to have great mentors, colleagues and friends with a variety of backgrounds.

Q3. What are the advantages of having this degree?

It is worth for me to have had much time to sit down and try to answer fundamental questions. In addition, learning how to conduct research, discuss, write articles and make presentations, directly helps me to work everyday.

Q4. What are your plans for the future?

I’m going to make a better world so that we can live in happiness, as an engineer.

Q5. What would you like to tell current students?

Live your life, because it’s your life. Youthful years passed much more quickly than expected.

Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning Lab (2009, Ph.D) Enishi Tech (Co.), CTO

Yoji Shidara