The Research Institute for Electronic Science, which started in 1943 as the Research Institute for Ultrashort Waves, is one of the most historic institutes of Hokkaido University. In 1948, the name of the Research Institute for Ultrashort Waves was changed to the Research Institute for Applied Electricity, and in 1993 to the Research Institute for Electronic Science.
Mission of “Advanced Research” Contributing to the Promotion of Academia and Industry
The primary mission of the Research Institute for Electronic Science is to develop “studies of electronic science that form a basis for electronic technologies.” We have promoted studies using more freewheeling thinking and methods, based on a concept that we have inherited from the times of the Research Institute for Applied Electricity. Specifically, studies are conducted using not only the traditional methods based on physics and chemistry, but also on new methods such as the utilization or imitation of biological structures and functions, the introduction of the most advanced quantum photonics and nanotechnologies, and the utilization of mathematical analysis. Our institute currently has fifteen laboratories (each addressing a distinct research field) in which there are staffs with diverse specialized knowledge such as physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Without sticking to their special areas, these staffs have produced many advanced and interdisciplinary consequences, in collaboration with other laboratories in the Institute or the laboratories of other universities, thus contributing to the development of academia and industry.
Mission of “Education” to Develop Potential Students
The mission of the Research Institute for Electronic Science is not only to promote world-level studies but also to produce next-generation researchers through the promotion of these studies, or to “educate” students. The latter is another great mission. To this end, all the staffs in the Institute hold their courses in the Graduate School of Science, the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the Graduate School of Life Science, the Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, and the Graduate School of Environmental Science, where undergraduate and graduate students are taught, while being given research guidance in their laboratories. At present, about 100 students are studying in the Research Institute for Electronic Science and are acquiring knowledge and experience of different specialized fields through the most advanced studies.
Good Educational Opportunities for Learning “Entirely New Sciences” Across the Most Advanced Studies and Fields
The Research Institute for Electronic Science provides good educational opportunities especially to students wanting to become researchers in the future (regardless of whether they work for companies, universities, or national institutes). The main reason for this is that the Institute has many staffs that are active in world-class research projects. It is very important for the students to be part of the most advanced studies with these world-class researchers in the process of becoming a researcher. The Institute’s high-quality research facilities also help them to widen or deepen their studies. Furthermore, since researchers from a wide range of research fields in science and engineering conduct joint studies in the Institute, they will have many opportunities to experience studies outside their own specialized areas, and will also be able to witness the moment when the boundary between the areas gives rise to an entirely new science.
We expect that all young aspirants will be interested in the Research Institute for Electronic Science and our studies, and will want to undertake research with us.