Sakamoto, Kouki

Enrollments in 2016

Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Information Networking Major

Sakamoto, Kouki

[ Osaka Univ. School of Engineering Science ]

Weaving humans and objects together in the networks of the future

Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?

What motivated me to apply for the program was the opportunity to encounter people who are likely to take active roles on the world stage in future. Each student in the program has a clear sense of purpose and growth potential. Each one is also unique. I have long been called an oddball, but here, I seem perfectly normal. We are all oddballs, and that means that when we work together, we can see things in many different ways and spark innovation. To me, this is the great attraction of HWIP.

Q What is your expertise and who do you want to develop it with the program?

I specialize in information networks. Currently, my research involves obtaining ideas by studying the dynamics of living things, and applying them to the control of networks in order to create networks that seem to be actually “living.” Many of the students in my cohort, the fourth in HWIP, seem to be doing research on the human brain. Through discussion with such students, I may be able to get ideas on how to apply brain functions and connective structures to information networks. This could lead to a very interesting future.

Q What are your future dreams and goals?

I have two dreams for the future. One is to generate innovation that expands the world. What this means is to extend information networks to areas that currently cannot access the internet, and maybe one day even to outer space. My other dream is to generate innovation that makes the world more interesting. I anticipate the coming of an era in which virtual spaces are part of our everyday reality, and I want to research and develop technologies that will provide the foundations for such an era.