Greetings from the New President
- Making Your Academic Activities Exciting -

Masayuki Murata
President, IEICE Communications Society
Professor, Osaka University, Japan

Junji NAMIKI

 


It is my great honor to serve as the President of IEICE Communications Society (IEICE-CS). First, I would like to express my gratitude for all of many enthusiastic volunteers involved in the activities of IEICE-CS. I promise to do my best to further promote valuable activities of IEICE-CS as expected by members.

Our Society will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the next year, 2017, and we are now preparing a lot of fascinating 100th-anniversary memorial projects. We would like to avail of this occasion to express my respect for researchers and engineers contributing to the advancement of information and communications technologies. At the same time, we must start to prepare the next 100 years of development.

For this, we now reconsider what a mission of the Society is. An important mission, and probably a most important one, is that we must establish the foundation for the next generation of researchers and engineers to become renowned around the world. For that purpose, we need to provide various forums promoting open discussion/to pioneer the new research fields with them. These are natural, but how?

Due to the recent progress of globalization, the industry is no longer afford to carry out employee training enough under the tough competition. Also, under globalization, general-purpose and/or standardized technologies become more appreciated than proprietary ones originally owned by the company. That is, the company is losing the importance of inheriting its own know-how. What happens then? The industry is now seeking “work-ready” university students. Does this would be desirable for true socioeconomic development?

Of course, the role of academia and industry would not be clearly separated in truly beneficial advanced human resource development, and both should have complementary responsibilities. Still, we must never forget that human resources education in the university should be for the students in anticipation of growth in 10 years and 20 years in their future. It means that the purpose is not to foster researchers or engineers who can work in the specific narrow technological field. Instead, our target should be human resources who have a design capability of a truly useful system in the industry and our daily life, and sufficient knowledge of the system working in the real world, i.e., the architect. Of course, communicability in a broad sense, including the leadership, and the ability to boldly challenge for the new problems are also important. What a sole company or sole university can do is quite limited. Perhaps our Society has a chance to do it. Only the Society can provide open forums where researchers and engineers exchange and share the knowledge of the related fields. All of the activities in the Society should be targeted for such purposes.

I understand all activities of the Society are owing to volunteer contribution by members, but still I would like to ask members, especially to young members a few things. It is important for the Society to publish the journals. The problem may be its quality. It is exciting that new ideas or new technology published in IEICE journals become a base in the next generation, isn’t it? For this, challenges for the new technology to open up a new era, instead of merely improvement of some existing ideas is eagerly expected. It would be easier to get your work published by some improvement, but I would strongly like you to make a new direction for the next era.

Your active contribution through technical committees is also important, by which you can catch up the state-of-the-art technology and you can be involved in the human network. More important is to discuss with other researchers in the same field, to find out the worthy rival for mutual enlightenment, and improve your “abilities as researchers,” as mentioned before. One important thing that you must never forget is, however, that many of recently emerging fields are not limited in the scope of the individual technical committee. Those include IoT (Internet of Things), Cybersecurity, QoE (Quality of Experience), and so on. More widely, we are facing with very complex problems like how the knowledge-based society should be established, or how the environmental issues are resolved towards the sustainable society. Those problems should be taken into account when we establish a future social infrastructure based on our information and communication technologies. For challenging to solve those problems, you need to be involved in the multiple communities including technical committees of IEICE-CS and other societies. Working together with research communities with societies other than IEICE is also necessary.

I would like to continue my unstinted efforts to enjoy your academic activities in IEICE-CS. I always welcome your requests and comments for improving your academic life.