Incoming International StudentsRIT - KIT Dual Degree MS Program

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR STUDENTS in

Graduate Program in Computer Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
AND
Graduate Program in Information and Computer Engineering
Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT)
Nonoichi, Ishikawa, Japan

For RIT students
The concrete procedure is done through the Institutions. For details, please contact RIT.

PURPOSE

The Purpose of Dual Degree Master’s Program is as follows:

TEACHING STAFF OF KIT (The following URL is a Japanese site)
CLASSES IN KIT

Total = 15credits

Topics of Thesis

At KIT, this master's thesis program provides you with an opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the field of computer Engineering and opens up the opportunity to continue your studies to a State-of-the-art engineer or a PhD level after graduation.

Smart IoT(SV: Minoru Nakazawa)

The aim of this thesis is that students should deepen their understanding of the Internet of Things(IoT) and how to design and engineer IoT-based systems(include Robotics systems). Student will learn about smart technologies on IoT that can be implemented into such areas as transportation, robotics, cities, energy, health, learning, and more. This thesis is included Self-Adaptive System, Cyber Physical System, 5G communication, Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (include Machine Learning / Deep Learning), meta-System, and the engineering of Internet of Things Systems.

Human Computer Interaction (SV: Tomohito Yamamoto)

In this thesis, students will learn the analytical methods for understanding human behavior or communication using social or experimental data. Moreover, students will learn how to develop the ICT system such as artificial dialogue system or communication robot that help/enhance human communication or human society. Prospective students are expected to have experiences on the programming and statistical data analysis, and, ideally, deep learning and natural language processing with open source frameworks.

Embedded Systems (SV: Takashi Kawanami)

In this thesis, students will learn comprehensively embedded systems for IoT such as a microcontroller with sensors and actuators, wireless network systems (Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and LPWA), energy efficient technique, and data analyzing methods. Application area is sensor network systems for kindergartens / sports / health / tourist guiding / agriculture / etc.. Also development of STEM education program for kids using embedded systems is one of application. In all of project, students will be able to design and implement both software and hardware systems.

2 Technical Subjects

IoT: Minoru Nakazawa

In this course, students will understand the Internet of Things(IoT) and how to design and engineer IoT-based system. This course covers how to setup small computer(and sensor), wireless network(include Zigbee, BLE, LoRa), cloud system(IoT server). Programming skills are required.

Interface Design:Tomohito Yamamoto

In this course, students will learn how to evaluate the interface of the such system, Moreover, students learn how to improve the interface of developed system based on the results of evaluation, Finally, student make a presentation about the entire process of designing interface.

Global Innovation

It is a 9-day intensive course to be held during summer. Based on project-based learning, students solve global and regional problems on a team basis. For the first two days, as a problem finding phase, you will begin with getting lectures and surveys and creating ideas. After that, you will input for three day technical seminar (microcomputer and sensor network, smartphone application, machine learning). After making three days of prototyping, you will make a presentation to the stakeholders on the final day.

International Internship/ Business

In this internship class, students will learn practical knowledge of engineering and business process through the working experience in Japanese global company. Before the internship, students will prepare to work in Japanese company with some work sheets. The period of internship is typically 2 weeks. In this period, student will be expected to develop some ICT systems in the company. After the internship, student will present about their working experience and also the company gives us the evaluation of students.

Professional Ethics in Engineering

In this course, students learn the values that scientists/engineers should respect as professionals (public safety, health, and welfare etc.) through various cases. And then, they consider examples and its consequence of good decision making. In addition, students acquire the fundamental knowledge of research ethics and consider specific ethical problems in each area, proposing research ethics program of their own laboratory.

REQUIRED CREDITS

The program requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours in total. Students are expected to complete 21 credits at the home institution and 15 credits at the host institution. The required subjects and number of credits to receive RIT and KIT’s degrees for students who participate in this program are as follows:

For RIT Students: 21 credits taken at RIT and 15 credits taken at KIT

For RIT Degree (30 credits) For KIT Degree (30 credits)
Courses taken at RIT = 21 credits
  • Analytical Topics (3 credits)
  • 2 Flexible Core Courses (6 credits)
  • Graduate Electives (6 credits)
  • Thesis (6 credits)
Courses taken at KIT = 15 credits
  • Thesis (6 dual-enrolled credits)
  • Technical Subjects (3 credits)
  • Global Innovation (4 credits)
  • International Internship/Business (1 credit)
  • Professional Ethics in Engineering(1 credit)
Transferred courses = 6 credits (from KIT)
  • Global Innovation (4 credits)
  • International Internship/Business (1 credit)
  • Professional Ethics in Engineering (1 credit)
Transferred courses = 6 credits (from RIT)
  • Analytical Topics (3 credits)
  • Flexible Cores (3 credits)
Dual-enrolled credits = 3 credits (from KIT)
  • Thesis (3 credits)
Dual-enrolled credits = 9 credits (from RIT)
  • Thesis (6 credits)
  • Technical Subjects (3 credits)
Additional courses taken at KIT or RIT = 6 credits Additional courses taken at KIT or RIT = 6 credits

For KIT Students: 21 credits taken at KIT and 15 credits taken at RIT

For RIT Degree (30 credits) For KIT Degree (30 credits)
Courses taken at RIT = 15 credits
  • Analytical Topics (3 credits)
  • Flexible Cores (6 credits)
  • Graduate Elective (3 credits)
  • Thesis (3 credits)
Courses taken at KIT = 21 credits
  • Thesis (6 credits dual enrolled)
  • Technical Subjects (9 credits)
  • Global Innovation (4 credits)
  • International Internship/Business (1 credit)
  • Professional Ethics in Engineering (1 credit)
Transferred courses = 6 credits (from KIT)
  • Global Innovation (4 credits)
  • International Internship/Business (1 credit)
  • Professional Ethics in Engineering(1 credit)
Transferred courses = 6 credits (from RIT)
  • Analytical Topics (3 credits)
  • Flexible Cores (3 credits)
Dual-enrolled credits = 9 credits (from KIT)
  • Thesis (6 credits)
  • Technical Subjects (3 credits)
Dual-enrolled credits = 3 credits (from RIT)
  • Technical Subjects (3 credits)
Additional courses taken at KIT or RIT = 6 credits Additional courses taken at KIT or RIT = 6 credits

*The transferred courses include those that are not necessarily listed in both institutions’ curriculum but can be recognized as part of the degree requirement by the degree granting program. The dual-enrolled credits refer to jointly supervised thesis credits or courses that are equivalent and listed for dual enrollment in both institutions.

The program is expected to foster joint thesis advising, hence includes 6 dual enrolled/recognized thesis credits in all cases. Students will form a thesis committee consisting of minimally one faculty from KIT and one from RIT. The student’s primary thesis advisor will be from the home institution. RIT Computer Engineering MS program requires 9 thesis credits, so additional 3 credits of thesis will be registered at RIT without needing to be dual enrolled.

The core and elective research courses will be tailored for individual student’s research project and is advised by one faculty from each institute. Specifically, students are advised by the RIT faculty advisor for their selection of RIT courses with approval from the KIT advisor, and likewise for their selection of KIT courses. Students are to submit a thesis about their research project and present and defend their research in the final exam open to the public. Passing the final thesis defense in addition to completing the required 36 credits is the requirement for graduation. Students are also encouraged to write a paper draft for conference or journal submission based on their thesis research.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

: indicates the academic schedule of each institution.
x : indicates location and time of students for studying at each institution

For RIT Students (Academic calendar starts in August)

Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul.
at RIT  x xx xx xx xx xx xx x
at KIT x xx xx xx xx
Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul.
at RIT x xx xx xx xx xx xx
at KIT xx xx xx xx xx x

For KIT Students (Academic calendar starts in April)

Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar.
at RIT  x xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
at KIT xx xx xx xx x
Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar.
at RIT xx xx
at KIT xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
ESTIMATE COST OF LIVING

This is a reference price. Please check with KIT for the latest price information.

per month (JPY) months Total (JPY)
1 Housing Fee 45,000 about 9 405,000
2 Food Expenses 45,000 about 9 405,000

(We do not have meal plan, so “Food Expenses” shows average cost of students by a self-catering.)