For Prospective Members

 

We are looking for highly-motivated students who have strong passion in building and evaluating interactive systems, deploying novel technologies and applications at large, and creating new values through reshaping interactions between users and computers. If you are interested in working with us, please read the following note before contacting me. As I receive many emails and messages everyday, your understanding would be much appreciated.

IIS Labではインタラクティブなシステムの構築と評価,新しいテクノロジーやアプリケーションの大規模な公開,コンピュータとユーザとのあり方を見直すことによる新しい価値の創造に興味と熱意がある学生さんを募集しています.IIS Labで研究をしたいという人はこのページに書かれていることを読んだうえで,矢谷までご連絡ください.矢谷は日々多くのメールやメッセージを受け取っていますので,ご協力いただけますと大変助かります.

A few things I really appreciate when you email me / メールを送っていただく前に

  • Please send me a research proposal. I strongly would like to see your research proposal even if the program you are applying for does not require. Additional materials (e.g., published papers, links to videos, and portfolios) would be helpful to know about you, but the most important document is your research proposal.
  • The majority of your research proposal proposal should cover what you want to do here. Your proposal should include a clear description of your idea, motivation, a brief summary of related work, and project execution plan. I would like to see your capability of describing ideas, understanding related work, and claiming the novelty of your idea. It is highly unlikely to impress me if your research proposal only includes generic research statements (e.g., “I am interested in HCI.”) as well as merely talks about facts that I can know from your transcripts and other materials (e.g., “My GPA was 3.8.”). You need to demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and uniqueness as well as project execution skills in your research proposal. The following pages may help to construct a strong research proposal:
  • Your research proposal must not be a repetition of other materials, such as your CV, portfolio, and transcripts. Make sure that your research proposal really states what you want to work on here and why it is important.
  • It often takes time to process your email due to the large volume of emails I receive. I will do my best to reply to you in two or three days. So, just wait a while and ping me again if you do not receive a reply even after a week. Do not send emails to others (e.g., my students or department office) to ask whether I have checked your email or not because they are very busy on their work.
  • Your email should look like being sent by a human. For example, a blank email with only attachments will likely be thrown to a spam box. I generally do not reply to emails that start with a cliche (e.g., “Respected sir” or “Dear professor”) and do not mention my name.

 

For prospective Ph.D. students / 博士課程を目指す方へ

If you want to pursue a Ph.D. at IIS Lab, you must be confident on working independently and collaboratively with proficient technical skills and strong research motivations. Publications at top venues are of course great, but I rather expect you to have strong research passions that keep you to enjoy challenging yourself to the hardest problems. I also expect Ph.D. students to have strong background and experience in HCI. This does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a chance to join us if you are trained in different fields. But you may have to work even harder to catch up. You are also expected to work internationally. Thus, English communication skills are mandatory. We use English for regular face-to-face meetings. I also expect you to advise junior students to accumulate teaching experience though you should not expect them to work **for** you. You will collaborate with them on your side projects rather than use them as your resource.

Note that Koji belongs to two departments: Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems (EEIS), School of Engineering and Emerging Design and Informatics Course, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies. So applicants must choose either of the departments. Although I treat students in both departments equally (I mean, with equally high quality bars 🙂 ), there are some differences in entrance examination process and curricula. So please carefully examine which department would be more suitable for you before applying.

If you are interested in working with us, please send me your CV and your research proposal by email. Your CV and research proposal must be written in English even if you are native or proficient in Japanese. Your research proposal is up to 2 pages long and must state what projects you would like to work on and why you want to work here. It should also include a brief literature review to exhibit the novelty of your idea. Please be specific about your research interests (simply saying “I am interested in HCI and ubiquitous computing” is not anything at all).

In addition, please share with me three accomplishments you are most proud of. They are not limited to academic papers. Anything that demonstrates your technical capabilities would work. Examples are: artwork portfolios, mobile apps you publish in a market, hackathon outcomes (not awards. I am more interested in what you built.), and any artifact you created. If you worked as a group, please clarify what role you took and what contributions you made in each project.

You are also strongly recommended to visit us before applying. You will likely be asked to give a talk upon your visit. You also have to be prepared for a paper exam that is part of our admission process.

For prospective Master students / 修士課程を目指す方へ

You are more than welcome to join us regardless of your technical backgrounds. All you need is a determination and passion that you will work and learn hard. 🙂 I also expect you to work internationally. So, English skills are important. You do not need to have strong English skills by when you start working with us. However, you must work hard on writing and speaking in English as well as executing your research projects.

Note that Koji belongs to two departments: Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems (EEIS), School of Engineering and Emerging Design and Informatics Course, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies. So applicants must choose either of the departments. Although I treat students in both departments equally (I mean, with equally high quality bars 🙂 ), there are some differences in entrance examination process and curricula. So please carefully examine which department would be more suitable for you before applying.

Like prospective Ph.D. students, you are encouraged to visit us before applying. Please contact Koji and set up time to visit. For an admission, you have to take a paper exam and interview which test your ability to answer basic computer science and electrical engineering problems as well as English and math. The exam will be in summer (usually in late August). You should be able to find more details at the department’s website.

IIS Labはいろんな技術的バックグラウンドをお持ちの方を歓迎します.必要なのはよく働き,よく学ぶ覚悟と情熱です.:) それからできるかぎり国際的に活躍してほしいと思っていますので,英語は重要なスキルになります.ラボに入る前までに英語に長けている必要はありませんが,研究をするだけでなく,英語で話したり書いたりすることも努力してもらうことになります.

矢谷は工学系研究科電気系工学専攻学際情報学府先端表現情報学コースの2つに所属しています.このためどちらかの専攻を選んでいただくことになります.ラボでは同じように扱われる(同じ要求レベルで扱われる 🙂 )ことになりますが,入試やカリキュラムにいくつか違いがあります.ですので,どちらの専攻が自分に合っているかよく調べた上で,応募してください.

博士課程志望者と同じく,応募する前にラボの見学に来ていただくことをおすすめします.矢谷に連絡の上,お越しくださる時間を決めてください.入学に際して,英語,数学,情報工学,電気・電子工学に関する知識を問うペーパーテストと面接があります.入試は主に夏に行われます(8月下旬).詳細は各専攻のホームページから確認してください.

For prospective undergraduate students / 学部生の方へ

Even if you are an undergrad, I expect you to conduct your own research projects. I and your senior students will help you, but do not expect that we prepare everything for you. You have to be proactive on coming up with ideas, work hard, learn a lot, and lead your project. I strongly recommend you to take my visualization class offered in the hands-on project course (in third year’s fall semester). You should be able to better see what kind of a person I am and what I really expect my students. 🙂 You can also see the titles of past theses in a separate page, and check if we executed project you may be interested in.

You are welcome to visit us before deciding a lab for your undergraduate thesis projects. You can just talk to me at my visualization class or send me an email. But it will steal a lot of our time if you visit us individually.  So please visit us in a group (at least four people).

We recruit undergraduate students together with Prof. Hitoshi Aida. As our research fields are different, we will split students into two groups. We will try our best to accommodate students’ preferences, but we may ask some of them to consider the other lab in case we have a very skewed distribution. This is all for maintaining my quality of teaching, so please understand.

IIS Labでは卒論生であっても自分自身のプロジェクトを行うことが期待されています.矢谷やラボのメンバーもお手伝いしますが,全部おぜん立てしてくれることはありません.自分自身で積極的にアイデアを提案し,手を動かし,いろいろなことを勉強し,プロジェクトを率いてください.また3年生の冬学期で行われる実験において,矢谷が行っている情報可視化の実験を取ることを強くお勧めしています.この授業で矢谷がどんな人間で,どのようなことを学生さんに期待しているか,よくわかると思います.:) また過去にどのような卒業論文があったかはこちらのページで確認できますので,自分の興味に合うようなプロジェクトがあったかを確認してみてください.

卒論配属を決める前にラボの見学に来ていただくことをお勧めしています.情報可視化の講義の時かメールで矢谷まで連絡してください.ただし一人ひとり対応していると数が多くなることがありますので,できる限りグループ(4人以上)でお越しになれるように各自で調整してください.

卒論配属では相田・矢谷研として募集を行っています.相田先生とは研究分野の違いがあるため,学生は2つのグループに分かれることになります.学生個人の希望ができる限り反映されるようにグループ分けしますが,場合によっては希望にそえないケースもあることをご容赦ください.教育の質を落とさないための方針ですのでご理解いただけますと助かります.

For prospective international students

We always welcome international students. We strongly appreciate diversity, and your unique backgrounds would contribute substantially. However, simply being international does not make your case any stronger at all. You still need to have deep knowledge and strong research passions. As our lab already has many junior students, please understand that we have to be extremely selective.

Please send your email well in advance, say 6 – 8 weeks before your application deadline. This will help both of us secure enough time if we decide to move forward in your case. So earlier is always better.

Note that admission for international students can be different from that for Japanese. You should consult with the admission office. In addition, please send me your CV and your research proposal by email. Your CV and research proposal must be written in English even if you are native or proficient in Japanese. Your research proposal is up to 2 pages long and must state what projects you would like to work on and why you want to work here. It should also include a brief literature review to exhibit the novelty of your idea. Please be specific about your research interests (simply saying “I am interested in HCI and ubiquitous computing” is not anything at all).

In addition, please share with me three accomplishments you are most proud of. They are not limited to academic papers. Anything that demonstrates your technical capabilities would work. Examples are: artwork portfolios, mobile apps you publish in a market, hackathon outcomes (not awards. I am more interested in what you built.), and any artifact you created. If you worked as a group, please clarify what role you took and what contributions you made in each project.

For prospective interns, visiting students and exchange students (undergrads and Masters)

Currently, we do not have bandwidth to take junior research visitors, interns, and exchange students (generally undergrads and Masters) because I already have so much teaching and supervising workload and our laboratory space is pretty close to full. This also applies for Graduate International Research Students (“kenkyusei” in Japanese). Please understand that we have to be extremely selective.

If you are really serious, you are welcome to send us an email along with your CV and research proposal. Please send them before you make any application. Your research proposal is up to 2 pages long and must clearly state what projects you would like to work on and illustrate how skillful and confident you are to conduct your research. Your materials should clearly describe what unique intellectual contributions you can offer to our lab.

For visiting researchers (Ph.D. students and above)

If you are an experienced researcher (e.g., a visiting researcher, a post-doc, or a senior Ph.D. student), please contact Koji along with your CV and research proposal. Your CV and research proposal must be written in English (even if you are a Japanese). In addition, please share with me three accomplishments you are proud of the most. They are not limited to academic papers, and anything that demonstrates your technical capabilities would work. Examples are: artwork portfolios, mobile apps you publish in a market, hackathon outcomes (not awards. I am more interested in what you built.), and any artifact you created.