1. Communication

This course mainly focuses on communication skills for the graduate students of the Master's Program. This is a practical course that requires class participation. The first half of the course will be devoted to developing basic skills such as acquiring proper speech speed and finding keywords in newspaper editorials. During the latter half of the course, students will make presentations of their research themes and also chair mock academic meetings. They will learn about eye contact, posture, and proper gestures while making presentations. The evaluation will be made based on how much students are willing to utilize what they have learned in class and how long they are willing to keep practicing what they have learned.

2. Team Management, Business Administration and Management 1(Marketion)&2(Leadership)

In this course, doctoral students will be exposed to various cases and acquire necessary skills to become a leader. Students should know that leadership does not necessarily mean power; it is rather a role. Even a president is a member of society, and a leader is only a leader in certain relationships such as among colleagues, customers and in his society. Guest lecturers will give lectures on personal experiences as a leader.

Are you comfortable with papers written in English with lots of numerical formulae?
It is necessary for young aspiring researchers to be able to write papers in English. However, it is very hard for Japanese researchers to write perfect English. It will suffice for students to write English well enough for translators to proofread. In the 'DEGEIKO' course, students will take semi-private English writing lessons. They translate science, technology, culture, social issues and other topics every week, and submit the translation via e-mail.
Each translation will be reviewed and commented on. Participants need not feel awkward It is not necessary to feel awkward because we do not expect our students to write perfect English. The purpose of this course is to help our students get accustomed to writing in English.

Robocity at Kyushu Institute of Technology
'Robocity' is a miniaturized futuristic city where the small humanoid robot named 'With' is introduced to an environment with various objects and surroundings. It is an experimental city where many kinds of robots do complicated tasks. The city consists of two different fields: park field and city field (5.5m2 each). There are small objects such as traffic signals, railroad crossing, trees, benches etc. on the fields.
[Design concept]

The fields are flat and strong enough for people to walk around on them. The fields are easy to arrange and to change the surroundings. For example, it is possible to build a maze on the field. By installing an RF-ID in the objects such as buildings or obstacles, it becomes possible to embed information about these objects. By installing an RF-ID in the floor, it becomes possible to read the position of the robot using the position reader installed in the robot.

The two-dimensional motion captures installed in the ceilings can measure the coordinates of the robot.

[Suggested Experiments]
Playing hide-and-seek
Playing tag
Reinforcement learning of identifying its positions
Go exploring into a maze

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