Information Technology

Hiroshi Nakano

Professor, Instructional Systems
Born in 1959. Engaged in physics-oriented and IT-based education research in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, and also at the School of Informatics and Science, Nagoya University, before becoming a professor at the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies, Kumamoto University in June 2002. Current research area: IT-enhanced teaching and learning support systems, Internet-based remote experiments, virtual experiments, etc. Doctorate in science (Kyushu University, 1987)

Toshihiro Kita

Professor, Instructional Systems
Born in Nara in 1967. Withdrew from his doctoral program with certification accredited by his academic advisor, of Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He served as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Kumamoto University, associate professor at the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies. Currently a professor at the Institute for e-Learning Development. Ph.D. in Engineering (Nagoya University, 2005). Fields of interest: e-learning systems, nonlinear systems, electronic music.
Website: http://tkita.net

Ryuichi Matsuba

Associate Professor, Instructional Systems
Born in 1969. Active member of the Institute for e-Learning Development, Kumamoto University. In April 2007, Ryuichi Matsuba became an assistant professor at the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies, Kumamoto University before taking up his present position. Current research area: information education and educational technology. Doctorate in science. Member of Japan Society for Educational Technology/AACE.

Hidenori Akiyama

Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology
Graduated from his doctoral program at the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University. Doctorate in engineering (Nagoya University, March 1979). Specialist area: remote education systems, pulse power engineering, and discharge/high tension/plasma engineering. Member of American Society of Engineering Education, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, the Physical Society of Japan, the Japan Society of Plasma Science and Nuclear Fusion Research, and the Laser Society of Japan.

Tsuyoshi Usagawa

Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology
Born in 1959. In 1983, completed his master's program in information engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. Doctorate in engineering (Tohoku University, 1988). After becoming an assistant at Kumamoto University in 1983, Tsuyoshi Usagawa served as lecturer and assistant professor before taking up his present position in 2003. Research area: acoustic information engineering, information education, etc. Co-author of "Information Literacy in the Network Era" and author of two books on acoustics.

Kenichi Sugitani

Professor, Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies
Born in 1959. After becoming engaged in student education and research guidance in the Faculty of Engineering, Kumamoto University, in August 1994, Kenichi Sugitani began designing and managing computer networks and systems for the entire campus at the Integrated Information Processing Center (present Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies). Research area: network technology application systems development, signal conversion circuits, etc.

Yasuo Musashi

Associate Professor, Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies
Born in 1965. In September 1994, completed his doctoral program at the Graduate School of Natural Studies, Kumamoto University (doctorate in philosophy); became an assistant in October 1994 and a lecturer in 1997 at the Integrated Information Processing Center, Kumamoto University before taking up his present position in 2002. From January 2005 to July 2005, Yasuo Musashi served as visiting researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt. Specialist area: information security, computer hacking, virus detection, etc.

Takayuki Nagai

Associate Professor, Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies
In March 2000, completed his doctoral program at the Department of Informatics and Mathematical Science Graduate School of Engineering Science Osaka University (doctorate in engineering); after serving at Tottori University of emviromental Studies, took up his present position in September 2008.

Masahiro Migita

Assistant professor, Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies
Following Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Masahiro Migita became an assistant at the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies, Kumamoto University in April 2000. In present position since April 2002. Research area: computer science. Fields of interest: design and analysis of data structures and algorithms, especially parallel algorithms.

Kiyoshi Nakabayashi

Visiting Professor, Kumamoto University
Born in 1958. Professor, Center of ICT and Distance Education, The Open University of Japan. Following research and development of parallel processing processors, character recognition systems, education support systems, etc. at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, Kiyoshi Nakabayashi became engaged in e-learning services development and operation at NTT Resonant Inc. Research area: e-learning systems architecture, e-learning technology standardization, etc. Doctorate in human science. Board member of Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education, and a vice-chairman of the editorial committee of the same society; visiting professor, Nagaoka University of Technology.

Shinichiro Kubota

Assistant Professor, Instructional Systems
Born in 1975. In April 2002, became an administrative official at the Integrated Information Processing Center, Kagoshima University; in April 2003, became a technical staff member at the Computing & Communications Center, Kagoshima University before taking up his present position in October 2007. In 2006, doctorate in science from Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University. Fields of interest: computer systems research and development, ICT-based education, theory of elementary particles including gravity.

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