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.