Title: Professional graduate school system in Japan and some experiences in AIIT
Professional graduate school system was established in 2003 by enacting the Japanese School Education Law, Article 99 paragraph 2. The description of this law is that a professional graduate school "is a graduate school that offers both courses and research on the theories and applied studies of a given discipline and that seeks to train students to acquire profound knowledge and excellent expertise, which they are required to have when pursuing work that demands a high degree of expertise".
After enacting this law, 119 Japanese universities run 169 programs in the fields of teacher education, law school, business school, management of technology, accountancy, public policy, public health, psychology, nuclear professional, information technology, innovation for design and engineering, etc.
In this talk, we would like to explain why so many professional graduate schools have started in Japan and what kinds of engineering professional school are run in Japan and how they teach to educate high level professional in such kinds of graduate schools.
Then we would like to show some experiences in Advanced Institute of Technology (AIIT) in Japan. There from 22 years old student up to 75 years old student and from the new company employee or just after the graduate students and also manager class industry person or president of their own company come together and learn new technology. It is very unique challenge of professional engineering education and we could show that our curriculum includes not only engineering disciplines but also design school disciplines, management, finance and ethics.
Prof. Seiichi Kawata is a President of Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Tokyo Metropolitan University Public University Corporation. He is also a Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Tokyo Metropolitan University Public University Corporation. He was a Research Associate at Osaka University during 1982-1986. He was a Research Associate at Tokyo Metropolitan University during 1986-1990. He was an Associate Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University during 1990-2000. He was a Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University during 2000-2006. He was a Dean and Professor at Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology during 2006-2016.
Prof. Seiichi Kawata is SICE (The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Japan) Fellow, He is a Chairperson of APEN (Asia Professional Education Network). He is a member of IEEE, JSME (The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers), SICE (The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Japan) and JSAI (The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence).
Prof. Seiichi Kawata published many papers in the field of Control engineering application for the industrial problem, Soft computing application for the manufacturing systems optimization, Development of the integrated simulator of discrete event systems and continuous systems and Service engineering. His research interest includes Industrial control systems design, Optimization of manufacturing systems, Machine Learning, Discrete/continuous hybrid systems modeling and simulation, and Service Engineering.
2. Simon Xu, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science Algoma University, Canada
Title: Integrating Evolutionary Software Development in Software Engineering Course Projects
Evolutionary Software Development (ESD) has been widely used in industry. However, most of higher education institutions have not yet fully integrated it into the software engineering courses, especially the course projects. In this talk, we will briefly introduce the evolutionary software development, and then discuss its impact on software engineering education. Case studies with increment change and other practices as the core requirement for the course projects will be presented, and case study results will be discussed to illustrate their merits. The challenges and issues with integrating the ESD into software engineering course projects will also be explored.
Dr. Simon Xu is the department chair and a full professor in the Computer Science Department at Algoma University, Canada. He is also a guest professor of Wuhan University and the adjunct professor of China University of Mining and Technology, China. Dr. Xu is the CEO of the International Association for Computer and Information Science (ACIS) and an advisory board member for IIAI – International Institute of Applied Informatics. He received his Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University, USA and University of Liege, Belgium. His research interests include software evolution, program comprehension, big data, and cognitive process during software development. Dr. Xu has published more than 90 articles in referred journals and conference proceedings and a few authored/co-authored books. He has also chaired seven IEEE international conferences and has been invited to give talks by IEEE international conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.
3. Dr. Minjuan Wang
Professor of Learning Design and Technology, San Diego State University (USA);
Executive Board Member, the Immersive Learning Research Network
Title: Trends and Challenges in Higher Education: Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Learning
Dr. Wang will discuss the roots of American Higher Education and then proceed to address some of the fundamental challenges Higher Education currently faces. Some of these challenges have the very real possibility of being transformative in nature and forebode major changes in the current Higher Education system. Whereas many around the world believe that Higher Education in America continues to enjoy preeminent world status, maintaining that status is challenged internally by changing demographics, and socio-cultural and economic changes taking place in the United States.
In addition, Dr. Wang will review the evolution of learning, from classroom to E-learning, from online to mobile learning, and to the recently emerged XR (Cross-Reality) and immersive learning. Her presentation will focus on trends and issues related to XR and immersive learning, including the needs for global collaboration and design frameworks that can guide XR’s implementation in various settings of education.
Dr. Minjuan Wang is Professor of Learning Design and Technology at San Diego State University (SDSU), and was a distinguished visiting professor of Shanghai International Studies University. She also worked as a project manager for the Chancellor’s Office of California State University, where she assisted in forming two IEEE-sponsored editorial boards for the MERLOT project.
In her 19 years at SDSU, she teaches Methods of Inquiry, Designing and Developing Learning for the Global Audience, Mobile Learning and AR Design, and Technologies for Course Delivery. Her research specialties are multidisciplinary, focusing on the X-Reality and Immersive Learning, sociocultural aspects of online learning, mobile learning, Augmented Reality, and intelligent environments. She served as the Chief Editor for the EAI Transactions on E-Learning, and was a guest editor to two premiere journals, Virtual Reality and Interactive Learning Environments. In addition, she serves on editorial boards for four other education technology journals.
As a winner of several research awards and international grants, Minjuan is recognized as one of the high impact authors in blended and mobile learning. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in indexed journals and conference proceedings, including Educational Technology Research and Development, IEEE Transactions on Education, and British Journal of Educational Technology. She was a keynote and invited speaker to nearly 30 international conferences and also participated in the organization of numerous conferences.