Making the best use of these opportunities will help me develop my powers of flexible thinking.
Q: What was your motivation for joining the program?
I had been thinking about going on to a doctoral program from the moment I became a master’s student. However, I was also concerned that if I concentrated too much on my own research, my worldview would become narrower and I’d lose the ability to think flexibly. That was when I discovered the Humanware Innovation Program. I applied because I thought the program would provide opportunities to interact and pursue joint research with collaborators from other graduate schools.
Q: What about the program appeals to you?
One benefit of this program is the provision of opportunities, not available in regular doctoral programs, to engage with other disciplines and companies. Making the best use of these opportunities will help me develop my powers of flexible thinking. However, there is not much to be gained if you take a passive approach: pro-active participation is required in order to derive maximum benefit. I feel that I am constantly challenged to take that extra step forward.
Q: What are your future dreams and goals?
I have a strong research interest in mathematics. By expressing actual phenomena as mathematical models, it becomes possible to analyze the models in purely mathematical terms, and to apply the results of that analysis in turn to understand the phenomena themselves. This program offers many chances to appreciate this connection between real-life phenomena and mathematical modeling. I want to apply my experiences in the program to work as a professional researcher in the future. I hope to be able to use mathematical approaches to shed light on unexplained phenomena.