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∼ Telecommunications Soaring Throughout the World ∼
Seminar by Professor Mitsuji Matsumoto

Mr. Kenta Tada
March 2009 Graduate of Master Program of the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies (GITS)

The Matsumoto Research Laboratory has an international atmosphere. Currently, there are students from 10 different countries studying at the laboratory, and the ratio of foreign students is a very high 85%. Only 3 Japanese students are studying at the laboratory. Even for the foreign students themselves, it was their first opportunity to interact with strangers from a different country. Although there was some confusion at first, everyone soon adjusted to one another and there is now lively communication between students. The social events which are held after every seminar are the creation of Professor Matsumoto, who interacts with foreigners from many different countries at the Global Standardization Conference and who states that "communication is the best way to remove borders". These social events help to create a peaceful atmosphere in the laboratory, as well as leading to a feeling of unity and improved motivation. At the Matsumoto Research Laboratory, English is used as the language of everyday conversation, seminars, and research presentations. During my time as an undergraduate student, I had not been in an environment where English was used, but I was able to naturally acquire English ability.

Research activities focus on infrastructure technology such as optical wireless communication and mobile communication. Research is also performed regarding application systems such as remote learning, emergency disaster notifications, accessibility by the physically challenged, and prevention measures for information leaks that occur when using web applications. Furthermore, international and practical joint research is conducted with universities and research institutions in countries throughout the world. Graduates of the seminar are currently active in a variety of fields ranging from major corporations to venture companies.

Surprisingly, in the Matsumoto Research Laboratory, there are many students who have graduated from humanities schools and who have an interest in personal computers and software. The research results of such students are highly evaluated by Professor Matsumoto. I graduated from the Department of Science at the Waseda University School of Education and conducted research in information mathematics used by computers. The knowledge that I gained in undergraduate school was also useful in graduate school. However, when compared to other graduate schools focusing on science and other engineering fields, GITS handles a greater amount of practical contents which are closely linked with industry. Therefore, it is not always true that a background in science will be enough to lead to successful research. There are students who have graduate from a variety of backgrounds such as the School of Human Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Mathematics Department of the School of Science and Engineering. All of these students are conducting research by utilizing their own unique knowledge. In my case, my experience as a part-time programmer and experience gained through an internship were useful in my research.

Research requires diligent work, and sometimes the expected results cannot be attained no matter how much effort is given. However, I decided that I would not lose to the passionate work performed by foreign exchange students, and I received great encouragement from Professor Matsumoto's statement that "mistakes are progress, not regression". I was able to overcome the challenges of research and gain employment at a major corporation. Telecommunications technology is used to connect people, and the Matsumoto Research Laboratory is the ideal environment for conducting research in telecommunications. I hope that anyone with interest will visit the Matsumoto Research Laboratory (http://evangelion.ml.giti.waseda.ac.jp/).

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)