About TAC-MI

Objective and Overview of TAC-MI

Objective

The TAC-MI program is a seamless educational program provided throughout graduate learning. It aims to empower students to become multitalented individuals capable of promoting creative, interdisciplinary research in materials science and informatics.

The program, in collaboration with partners from industry and the National Institute for Materials Science, will enable students to connect information and materials* by utilizing information science and multifaceted thinking, as well as by taking a broad perspective.

Students will have the potential to become informatics experts, inventors of original materials, and creators of new industries.

We expect our students to take a leading role in the ‘complex space’ of a transdisciplinary framework as multitalented individuals that includes materials science, information science, and services to society, pursuing a path toward sustainability.


* In this context, “materials” refers not only to material goods and chemical compounds but also to devices and processes.


The program empowers students to think from a broad perspective free from a traditional classification of materials, devices/processes, and social services as they can easily cross the boundaries of “materials science” and “informatics”. These individuals not only create new products and services, but are passionate about contributing to a sustainable society.

Overview

Cutting-edge facilities such as the Materials Research Center for Element Strategy andthe supercomputer TSUBAME, combined with the Institute’s collective strength, will allow TAC-MI students to acquire the following four attributes necessary to become multitalented individuals , as well as experts in materials science and information science:
  • (1) Creativity: Ability to create methods and ideas involving materials science and information science
  • (2) Broad perspective: Ability to extract an essence by sifting through vast amounts of information, identify issues, and set goals
  • (3) Planning and execution ability: Ability to design and manage projects, spiraling outward and expanding from the atomic or molecular level to social innovation
  • (4) Global leadership: Ability to lead a diverse team, and to take the initiative in setting and implementing visions on a global scale

TAC-MI aims to create an environment that promotes interactions among students with diverse backgrounds and specializations. They are encouraged to exchange opinions and ideas in pursuit of a shared goal and take on interdisciplinary challenges.

The academy has designed the following ①-⑫ educational modules to help students develop the desired attributes as multitalented individuals:

(1)OriginalityLectures on materials science and information science, emphasizing hands-on exercises
Independent research project on materials science or information science
Self-designed thesis: By discovering and solving problems requiring interdisciplinary research, students will develop originality with a multifaced approach.
(2)Broad
perspec-
tive
Lectures on social service creation (cources designated by TAC-MI as a part of the educational program)
Business Model Training Camp
⑥ Industrial Mentor System: Students will learn how to extract an essence by sifting through vast amounts of information and identify social issues.
(3)Practical
ability
Practice School courses: Participants will work as a team and tackle cutting-edge issues facing companies.
TAC-MI Research Grant: In addition to self-designed thesis writing (see &#9314), students will become independent to find problems and to solve them.
(4)Global
leadership
⑨ Leadership development courses provided by the Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership (ToTAL)
International internships
International forums on materials science and information science: Participants engage in collaborative group works.
⑫ International mentorship facilitating development of leadership and a global mindset

For details, refer to the TAC-MI curriculum.

Management System of TAC-MI

Program Staffs

Messages from
Program Coordinator・Sub-coordinator

 The Tokyo Tech Academy for Convergence of Materials and Informatics (TAC-MI) aims to empower students to become multitalented individuals capable of generating new ideas by leveraging academic expertise in materials (r) and information (i), treating the unique Japanese monotsukuri* mindset with consequent social services. A combination of information science prowess and the tenets of monotsukuri develops an insight for creating not only devices and manufacturing methods, but also innovation that benefits society. It is also hoped that students’ creativity will pave the way for new industries and academic disciplines that lead us into a more sustainable world.
In order to foster such multitalented individuals, TAC-MI offers a world-leading educational program for students throughout their graduate studies. This will be enabled by our excellent education and research resources spanning materials and information science, and by close collaboration with industry.

Within the academy’s acronym, TAC-MI, lies the idea of ‘tackling challenges in materials and informatics.’ We welcome students ready to take on such challenges and become successful global leaders, and all those in industry willing to collaborate and support the Institute’s lofty endeavors.

* The Japanese work ethic and philosophy in which one possesses the spirit or state of mind to manufacture goods of utmost quality and excellence as well as the ability to continue improving the processes thereof.



Takeo Yamaguchi
Director of TAC-MI, Program Coordinator

To students:
As our world is always changing, I hope to develop individuals who can embrace and accelerate ongoing change. There can be no progress if you insist on the same old thing. It is important to keep challenging yourself by moving forward strategically with an open mind and without self-imposed limits.
By studying at TAC-MI, students with a background in laboratory experiments will become able to utilize information science tools as expertly as they wield X-ray diffractometers and gas chromatographs. However, this is just the beginning.
I want students to become aware of their standing position in the world and the era through a solid liberal arts education, to identify social trends, and to develop creative ideas by leveraging their expertise in materials science and informatics.

To corporations:
I hope that together we can shape and build a new form of education. We aim to develop individuals who can change society by flexibly adopting the cutting-edge theories and technology of the time. Building a new education system is an incredibly challenging task.

TAC-MI’s mission is to build a new industry-academia collaborative education system without being restricted by the precedents and customs of traditional higher education. My role is to hear the opinions of companies, give positive consideration, and materialize something that embodies their ideas.

Taro Hitosugi
Chair, Committee of Public Relations and Collaboration with Industry
Associate Director of TAC-MI, Program Sub-coordinator

Holding a PhD is becoming increasingly important not only for those who pursue a career in academia but also for those who pursue a career in industry.

I hope many students will study at TAC-MI and acquire the abilities required to lead globalized society in the 21st century, becoming PhD holders with expertise both in materials science and engineering and in information science.

Susumu Saito
Chair, Committee of Admission and Examination
Program Sub-coordinator

By the time current graduate students are leading society, I believe that the fundamentals of materials science research will change drastically through the integration with information science. New concepts and methodologies that current researchers cannot fathom may become prevalent. In addition, new fields that do not exist at present may become the core of materials science. Using a new approach, “Monotsukuri” can produce innovative industries and social services. To train talents who can lead the way to such a new era, the Academy offers curriculum to not only develop the capacity to seamlessly use both materials science and informatics but also the ability to link research to social services. Features of the Academy include materials informatics lectures focusing on practice and practicums, and the Practice School to solve corporate challenges. The doctoral program provides students valuable experience in research methodologies through the experience of building new mountains in their respective fields of expertise. I hope that you will become a trailblazer and scale untamed mountains, by acquiring the expertise to build mountains high in your own course, and learning new approaches that integrate materials and informatics at the Academy.

Kei Goto
Chair, Committee of Education
Program Sub-coordinator

 Our society is radically changing as AI and robots progressively become more commonplace. TAC-MI was born from the Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education (WISE Program) supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. By the time the WISE Program ends, the world around us will have changed even more. Out of such drastic changes will spring various opportunities for young students. TAC-MI offers a new educational framework in which students develop themselves in order to seize these opportunities and play an active part in our transforming society.

There also exists a number of global issues including SDGs that must be addressed. By developing yourself through our new educational framework, I hope you will not only be able to learn and utilize the latest technology in materials and information science, but also turn your eyes to wider societal problems and solve them. We offer lectures and exercises for learning the latest technology, practice school courses in which students gain hands-on experience of tackling problems faced by real companies, symposiums on business models, and international forums — all of which will help students in acquiring advanced knowledge and vital experience.

TAC-MI will also emphasize liberal arts education, on which Tokyo Tech places great importance, to encourage students to reflect on broader societal issues.

We call on all students with a progressive spirit to join us and become part of this new, dynamic educational environment.

Masakazu Sekijima
Chair, Committee of Planning and Events
Program Sub-coordinator

Messages from
TAC-MI faculty member

This year, I joined the Academy as an expert in computational chemistry. With recent advances in computational power, computational chemistry can be applied to elucidate the mechanism of chemical reactions or to predict the reactivity and physical properties. Consequently, it is an indispensable skill for experimental researchers. Computational chemistry also plays an important role in materials informatics. However, understanding the background of computational chemistry is often difficult for students. My goal is to use my 30 years of experience in computational chemistry and 11 years of experience in a chemical company to support students through lectures and research that make use of the TSUBAME3.0 supercomputer.

Susumu Kawauchi
TAC-MI Specially Appointed Professor Susumu Kawauchi

My specialization is theoretical materials science based on quantum mechanics and quantum-computer algorithms. Specifically, I work to elucidate the physical properties, explore novel functional materials, and develop devices by using first-principles calculations. Furthermore, I have been involved with the development of new calculation methods (using classical computers, quantum computers, and hybrid computers that incorporate both). With the recent increase in computing power and the appearance of new types of computers, massive computation and analysis, which were not previously possible, are becoming attainable. Let’s tackle the challenging problems of the present era with unlimited imaginations, flexible thinking, and computer powers.

Yuichiro Matsushita
TAC-MI Specially Appointed Associate Professor

My research uses machine learning for drug discovery. Recently, I have applied machine learning to new practical methods and the discovery of innovative materials in material design. I am happy to see that so many students are interested in informatics. We will most likely interact through the Practice School and materials informatics lectures. However, I am eager to cheer you on as you build a bridge between materials science and informatics. I look forward to providing guidance in your endeavors.

Nobuaki Yasuo
TAC-MI Specially Appointed Associate Professor(Lecturer)

For the past 35 years, I led R&D of lithography exposure equipments for semiconductors, industrial X-ray CTs, and high energy X-ray sources in a private corporation. In my experience, the property limit of available materials restricts product specifications. For example, only fused silica and calcium fluoride can be adopted as stable and high transmission materials for Deep UV light, super-invar steel as high stiffness and low expansion metal, permalloy as a magnetic shield, tungsten as a high melting point material, etc. I joined the TAC-MI office as an Industry-Academia Collaboration Coordinator on March 1, 2019. From the view point of my long experience of industrial equipment supplier, efficient and optimum material design and process optimization using materials science and information science are promising techniques to provide infinite possibilities for a sustainable earth and better future for all human beings. The use of super computers for high-speed simulations and automatic data acquisition using robots are also powerful means for quick turn-around time in the above optimizations. I look forward to helping students of TAC-MI and researchers in TAC-MI member companies blossom into individuals capable of designing future social services and establishing a material revolution using material informatics through the TAC-MI program. To nurture such individuals, I will incorporate feedback from them and features of excellent doctors who satisfy companies and societies’ need into the TAC-MI program.

Kazuaki Suzuki
TAC-MI Industry-Academia Collaboration Coordinator

Contact Address Tokyo Institute of Technology TAC-MI Office
tac-mi[at]jim.titech.ac.jp