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Graduate School of Applied Informatics, Applied Informatics Major
  Policy and Management Informatics Course
  Healthcare Informatics Course
  High Confidence Informatics Course 
  [We are also offering Dual-Degree Program with Carnegie Mellon University
   As of April 2011:
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Policy and Management Informatics Course
 The objectives of Policy and Management Informatics Course are to produce creative researchers and engineers who can independently carry out practical research and development using applied technologies to construct and operate on the information system dealing with policy and administrative sciences, particularly those associated with capturing, analyzing, and processing of the information for policymaking, as well as environmental and economic issues among various other social challenges, and furthermore to cultivate highly-advanced professionals who can independently engage in technological development through fieldwork as well as industry-government-university joint research. In order to achieve these objectives, this course comprises two specialized areas, "Policy Informatics" and "Management Informatics".

Strive to make "e-" everything
Possibility of revolutionary corporate strategies amid the innovation of information and communication technologies (ICT)
Development of operational methods and creation of business models using wireless tags that are applied to distribution, manufacturing, and service industries

Harmonaization with new media life
Development of globally-thought-out environmental modeling and simulator integrating society, economy, transportation, medicine, crisis management among various other fields.
Assessment of international policy on global warming and other environmental issues, and evaluation of the roles of multipurpose forest ecosystem and eco management.

Opening the door to the post-information society
Quantitative studies on optimization of corporate locations using GIS (geographic information system)
Research on the impact of e-municipality on local governments and regional societies from the policy standpoint

This course comprises two specialized areas, "Policy Informatics" and "Management Informatics".
Policy Informatics
 The objective of the Policy Informatics is to provide students with opportunity to conduct advanced educational research associated with application of information science and technology to public administration and policymaking. The information network in recent years has become highly sophisticated and multi-functional, and is increasingly expediting the computerization of administrative organs. Therefore, it is very important to find solutions to create an information system through which multiple levels of massive policy information are efficiently processed and an optimal solution may be, by design, selected out of various options, as well as to find a solution to implement a risk management associated with information security accompanying electronic authentication as well as data searching, saving, and encryption, and ultimately to find out how such functions may be applied to day-to-day administration. This area will not only focus on the important themes that already exist, but also on unknown problems that may be arisen out of full-scale implementation of e-government and e-municipality in the future, and further pursue a broader educational research on computerized administration and policy. Hyogo Prefecture, which is home to the campus of Graduate School of Applied Informatics, has a variety of forest resources and natural environment, and is a region resourceful for educational researches on environmental informatics. By capitalizing on such geographical advantage, this research course focuses on practical education research on the analysis and simulation of the information associated with environmental issues as well as other academic areas, and with a multi-level standpoint on social sciences and informatics technologies, promotes a unique opportunity for educational research where such advanced technologies can be readily applied to the real world administration and policy.

Career opportunities for graduates
(1) Local governments in the areas of designing, information system, information security, and environment
(2) Areas associated with regional economic grouping, including designing, planning, incubation, and support for computerization of small- and medium-sized enterprises
(3) Functions that provide measures and support for municipal industries and small businesses
(4) Researchers in private think tanks, etc.
(5) Universities and special schools specialized in information technology and integrated policy

Management Informatics
 The objective of the Management Informatics is to provide advanced educational research associated with application of information science and technology to the area of management. The specific educational/research topics on which Management Informatics works include, for instance; Supply Chain Management (SCM) associated with procurement of resources, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for efficient uses of managerial resources pertinent to corporate strategy, Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) pertinent to business operation, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Electronic Learning (e-Learning) for employee education and training, Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) for overall business operation, Data Analysis and Data Mining associated with corporate decision makings, and knowledge management to make tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge in a corporation. Management Informatics is also engaging in researches associated with area marketing which is recently getting attentions as a corporate marketing tactic, and spatially-conscious regional management method, which is increasingly drawing the attention of local governments, as well as geographical information system which sets foundation for these methodologies. The application of informatics technologies to the real world can improve the level of convenience and safety in everyday life, and thereby enables to create new businesses, expand markets, and improve profitability. Educational research associated with these functions also include engineering research on the technology development of mobile telecommunication, information appliances, and electronic tags. These issues concerning educational research on informatics technologies associated with management activities are applicable not only to corporations and municipalities but also to NPO and NGO, for which Management Informatics promotes highly-advanced and practical solutions.

Career opportunities for graduates
(1) Areas associated with corporations, including operational designing, information system, and information security
(2) Areas associated with regional economic grouping, including incubation, and support for computerization of small- and medium-sized enterprises
(3) Functions that provide measures and support for municipal industries and small businesses in the areas of entrepreneurship and computerization
(4) Business consultants and SEs in private think tanks, etc.
(5) Universities and special schools specialized in information technology, business, commercial science, and environmental studies
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Healthcare Informatics Course
 While the dramatic progress of medical technologies in recent years has enabled treatment of various diseases that have once been intractable and incurable, there are an increasing number of patients with chronic diseases that are lifestyle related, for which there is a growing demand for home treatment and healthcare for those who cannot regularly visit hospitals. Also, the coming of the aged society manifests an increasing number of patients requiring a long-term home treatment and healthcare, requiring new needs for regional medicine, and raising various issues thereto related, which require our society to implement a more extensive healthcare scheme with emphasis on regionally-based preventive medicine and health maintenance, a significant shift from the traditional hospital-centered health care system, which demands not only in-hospital and regional medical care and checkups, but also an integration, sharing, and computerization of the information associated with healthcare, the key elements to success. Healthcare Informatics Course strives to cultivate and bring out researchers and highly-advanced professionals who are independent and creative in carrying out research and development using applied technologies to construct and operate on the information system required to analyze and integrate ever complex and diversified healthcare information, and efficiently administer in-hospital and regional health, medical, and welfare systems. In order to achieve these objectives, this course comprises two specialized areas, "Healthcare Informatics" and "Nursing Informatics". Knowing "information" to approach "people and society"

Knowing "information" to approach "people and society"
Development of telemedicine system for home healthcare using multimedia for biometric analysis
Evaluating the effectiveness of telenursing for monitoring body temperatures, pulse rates, blood pressures, and other vital signs, as well as for new monitoring technologies such as digital plethysmogram
Development of monitoring robot for perinatal health care management

Converting data and information into knowledge and intelligence
Solutions to various healthcare issues with informatics approach based on flexible computational intelligence technologies and neuro-informatics findings
Research on the analysis and pattern-recognition of chronological biometric data including EEG and ECG, to enable early diagnosis and treatment
Detection of abnormal patterns from biomedical imaging data applied to grasp patients' conditions and to select appropriate treatment options

Solution to media life/quality and convivial society
Application of IC (wireless) tags for medical safety
Laboratory analysis using state-of-the-art medical devices and a virtual 3-D visual diagnostic system that is easy for patients to grasp their conditions
Standardization of nursing activities by creating electronic medical records, and evaluation and assessment of the meta-database

This course comprises two specialized areas, "Healthcare Informatics" and "Nursing Informatics".
Healthcare Informatics
 Healthcare Informatics engages in educational researches of not only the information directly related to medical care such as examinations, diagnosis, treatment, medications, and nursing, but also the process method for analysis and management of and to create and operate on the information system for various medical information concerning medical affairs and hospital management, as well as preventive medicine, health management, and nursing, in particular, the research and development of electronic medical records, remote medical system, medical imaging, medical data mining, and other processing technologies associated with the subsystem, components, and technical elements of the medical information system, as well as other highly-advanced analysis and application of various biometric, brain, and genomic information. Also, in this area, we provide practical educational research, from the perspective of Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBH) and information security, to create information system that effectively provides medical information required for end users, the factors of which are closely associated with clinical practices and administrative body, including not only patients' medical and health information, but also informed consent, heath consciousness and prophylaxis, as well as the health insurance system, medical econometrics, aged society, and the nursing-care insurance system.

Career opportunities for graduates
(1) Hospital departments associated with medical information, medical records, imaging diagnosis, and risk management
(2) Universities specialized in health information/medical engineering
(3) Research laboratory of medical engineering
(4) Medical, health, and welfare services of municipalities
(5) Corporations specialized in development of medical and welfare information system
(6) Corporations specialized in development of medical and welfare information system

Nursing Informatics
 Nursing Informatics carries out research and development of hospital and regional database for nursing related information, which is integrated into a robust information system intended to improve the nursing services and enable effective and efficient service operations. One of the key elements to successfully construct an information system in the nursing area is to standardize databases and to appropriately provide and evaluate the information system; furthermore, due to changes in medical environment accompanied by shortening of hospital stays, day-to-day nursing activities are becoming increasingly advanced and complex, for which there is a growing demand for human resources who are able to apply informatics technologies, construct algorithms for nursing interventions, and develop and evaluate systems that enable to visualize the day-to-day nursing activities. Also, due to an increasing number of patients in home care, creation of the information network for nursing support is strongly demanded. To cultivate human resources who can perform research and development of regional home care support systems based on such home nursing network, and develop practical technologies for effective operations thereof is another function expected from this discipline.

Career opportunities for graduates
(1) Hospital departments associated with nursing (especially, nursing management), medical information, and risk management
(2) Home nursing visit stations, home health care support centers
(3) Nursing colleges and schools
(4) Medical, health, and welfare services of municipalities
(5) Corporations specialized in development of medical and welfare information system
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High Confidence Informatics Course
 In 1990's, the safety and security of information were discussed predominantly from the technical standpoint, for instance, encryption technology. Since then, a series of events such as Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake, enshrining of information security into laws like Personal Information Protection Law, and frequent occurrence of large-scale window-dressing incidences, made us focus on the importance of "information management". Meanwhile, we have been facing cyber crimes using the internet, and have now come to realize the importance of cyber literacy on the part of information users, by which, the quality of information and the surrounding environment in consideration of affinity among people has been manifested as a challenge that we must overcome. These are all equally important aspects, and should be discussed uniformly within a certain framework, but in reality are not practiced as they should be. This course is intended to attain high confidence system and environment with which people "can utilize information with confidence" and can persistently accept, and while implementing academic approach, work on various themes associated with safety/security and quality of information at multiple levels; for which, we will nurture human resources who are able to understand the diversities that are substantial in the safety/security and quality of information, and are responsive to resolve social needs as experts of high confidence informatics.

Pursue for safety and security of "information"
Research on encryption, protocol design, access control, detection technique, and other information security technologies that support safety and security of information infrastructure.
Development of information technologies associated with policymaking, risk management, business continuation plan, and others associated with information management, and dependable software and software technologies to attain safe and secure information system
Systematization of information literacy and morality that facilitates safe and secure usage of information, and is specifically designed for individual cases, such as personal use, schools, municipalities, corporations, and medical institution.

Create quality of "information"
Research on information technologies that create quality of information in the multimedia, standard generalized markup language, and Web services, among others
Research on the quality of information and new services in cloud computing, SNS, Twitter, ubiquitous system, and other elements in ever-evolving information environment
Research on data mining, machine learning, computational intelligence technology, and intelligence system science, intended for the improvement of information system and its environment

Make "high confidence society" come into fruition
Development of information systems that fully utilize the characteristics of high confidence informatics in municipalities, enterprises, and medical institutions, to create new values in our society
Research on system environment that enables to maintain the balance between the information security and quality of life
Creation of socio-scientific mechanism and social technologies which support confidence in the information and system

This course offers a Dual-Degree Program in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S., which enables students to obtain two master's degrees, one from University of Hyogo and the other from Carnegie Mellon University, over a course of two years.
 "High confidence information" is defined as information that is "safe, secure, and high-quality". In a complex environment accompanying the emergence of cloud computing, the implementation of high confidence informatics is the only solution to effectively utilize the information in the society. This course emphasizes on research on technologies concerning information handling and as to "how the information should be" in terms of "safety/security" and "quality", and also research on the information system by which "high confidence information" is effectively utilized in our society. "Safety and security" of information comprises three elements, creation of information infrastructure, management of information, and implementation of information; the important factors for which include confidentiality (no divulgation), robustness (no alteration), and availability (available when needed). When developing an information infrastructure, technologies of information security including cryptology must be looked at from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Information management requires development of practical methodologies in consideration of systematization based on authentication system such as ISMS and international standards such as ISO27001, and also specific case studies such as of Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake (best practice and challenges). Implementation of information accompanies various unsolved challenges requiring systematization of information literacy on a case-by-case basis. Meanwhile, the "quality" of information boils down to the credibility of the information itself, and therefore, in an environment where information is excessively exchanged in the internet, the issues concerning "quality" assurance within the context of social mechanism are yet to be solved. This course is intended to generate experts of high confidence informatics who are able to respond to the recently emerging needs of private enterprises, and understand and handle safety, security, and quality of information from both technical and managerial standpoints.

Career opportunities for graduates
(1) Private enterprises and local governments in the areas of designing, information system, and information security
(2) Executive trainees particularly in the area of information policymaking in an organization as a candidate for high-ranking positions such as chief information officer (CIO)
(3) Areas associated with designing, development, and research in manufacturers of information devices
(4) Areas associated with designing, development, and research in software development companies

Dual-Degree Program with Carnegie Mellon University
 Carnegie Mellon University is renowned for its research on information science among others, and has won recognition as No. 1 school in the area of computer science over a number of years. Particularly, it is known as home to CERT, which is recognized as one of the world most prestigious research center for information security. Also, the U.S. is a step ahead of Japan in developing experts of information security who specialize in both technology and management to provide integrated solutions; for which, Carnegie Mellon University has pioneered and is leading other U.S. universities in the development of a suitable curriculum, and has produced a number of brilliant experts to the industry sectors. This course offers a Dual-Degree Program in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, in which students, upon completion, earn Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security (MSIT-IS) from Carnegie Mellon University, the degree of which is granted to information security experts, and the Master of Applied Informatics from the Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo. In the first year of this 2-year program, students take courses in Kobe in accordance with the curriculum of the University of Hyogo, Graduate School of Applied Informatics, and in the second year students take courses at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh in accordance with its curriculum. All lectures are provided in English language. This program strives to produce experts of information security well equipped with world standard expertise and at the same time familiar with Japan-specific challenges, and whose skills are readily available for various solutions at everyday work places.

Career opportunities for graduates
(1) Private enterprises and local governments in the areas of designing, information system, and information security
(2) Executive trainees particularly in the area of information policymaking in an organization as a candidate for high-ranking positions such as chief information officer (CIO)
(3) Areas associated with designing, development, and research in manufacturers of information devices
(4) Areas associated with designing, development, and research in software development companies
(5) Areas associated with designing, information system, and information security in foreign corporations
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