ABOUT Humanics

Message from the Program Coordinator

The Ph.D. Program in Humanics cultivates leaders equipped with doctoral-level knowledge and skills in the fields of both biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics, together with the scientific expertise to achieve integration of these fields and the capacity to apply them in wider society. The program aims thereby to address challenges to human life and health and enables the sustainable prosperity of all humankind. We will welcome students who have studied either biomedical sciences or physical sciences/engineering/informatics, and who are willing to study the other discipline and fuse them together. People who have worked as a physician or an engineer are also very welcome.

Masashi Yanagisawa
Director/Professor, International Institute for Integrative
Sleep Medicine(WPI-IIIS),University of Tsukuba

Why Humanics now?

What is Humanics?

“Humanics” is a discipline that sheds light on the fundamental principles of physiology and pathology of the human, generating new science and technology to achieve a healthy and comfortable life of human beings in the society.

Why Humanics now?

In order to solve the present and future life and health problems and to prosper humankind sustainably, we have to incorporate knowledge and technology in different fields into the knowledge and technology of biomedical science, and create a new paradigm.
To create a new paradigm by integrating biomedical science and different fields, we have to cultivate the leaders who can talk with each other using the languages of both fields, understand both deeply, and integrate them. However, there had been no such an educational system in Japan. This program is born to create such a new talent.

Our Mission

In this program, we cultivate leaders with doctoral-level knowledge and skills in the fields of both biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics, as well as the capacity to integrate two or more research fields and to apply them in human society.

Future image of students

Career path of Humanics students

  • Researchers creating a new interdisciplinary field
  • Entrepreneurs who industrialize complementary technology of human function
  • Medical doctors with knowledge of cybernics and informatics
  • Government administrators who can make a novel plan of medical administration

Researchers creating
a

new interdisciplinary
field

Entrepreneurs who
industrialize
complementary
technology of human
function

Medical doctors with
knowledge of
cybernics
and
informatics

Government
administrators who
can

make a novel plan
of

medical
administration

Four Features of our Program

1 Double Mentor and Reverse Mentor Systems

Students earn Ph.D. degree through the “double mentor system”, in which faculty members from both biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics initiate a research collaboration to provide guidance to students. “Reverse mentor system” means that students impart knowledge from one field to another and act as a bridge between different research fields. Students will learn bi-disciplinary expertise as well as communication skills.


2 Financial supports

Various financial supports are provided for students so that they can concentrate in study and research.


3 Learning with friends from all over the world

We have curriculums in English so that you can earn Ph.D. degrees with English taught classes. Also we have multilingual staffs to support your student life. You will be able to meet students from all over the world with different backgrounds, so you can exchange ideas each other and cultivate internationality. We have travel grant to support your domestic/international researches.


4 Combination of biomedical sciences and physical sciences/ engineering/informatics

The program will build structures for collaboration between the fields of biomedical sciences and physical sciences/engineering/informatics, through a variety of horizontal linkages with university research centers, centering on the internationally competitive and outstanding International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, the Center for Cybernics Research that develops medical/nursing care robots and other cutting-edge human assistive technologies, and the Center for Computational Sciences and the Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics (TARA), both of which are working at the front lines of research internationally. The linkages will also be developed with national research and development corporations within the Tsukuba Science City (National Institute for Materials Science, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), international partner universities, and private companies.

Private companies

  • CYBERDYNE Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Coporation (R&D Center for Strategic Frontiers in Social Planning)
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • S’UIMIN Inc.

Research centers

  • International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS)
  • Center for Cybernics Research
  • R&D Center for Precision Medicine (PMC)
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS,WPI-MANA)

Oversea Universities

  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Bordeaux
  • National Taiwan University

Leaflets and Brochures

Here you can download the leaflets and brochures of our program.