Our society is exposed to various risks stemming from accidents of technological artifacts (e.g., transportation systems and complex plants) and natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes). Advancement of recent information technologies has also brought down new types of risks, such as dissemination of personal information and identity theft scam.
The Risk Engineering Major helps students to acquire broader viewpoints, high level of skills, and profound knowledge to investigate and solve risk-related problems in our society, and trains them so that they can exercise worldwide leaderships in advanced research projects.
The Risk Engineering Major consists of four fields: "Total Risk Management," "Cyber Risk," "Urban Risk," and "Environmental and Energy System Risk."
The Total Risk Management field deals with intelligent methods for risk analysis and evaluation, such as, data mining, probabilistic or statistical models, fuzzy systems theory, evolutionary computation, and theory of evidence. Cognitive systems engineering aspects are also investigated for smart collaborations between humans and machines so that risks can be perceived correctly and controlled properly.
The Cyber Risk field develops advanced methods to ensure information security, network security and system security through cryptography and security control. Modern information theory is also investigated to support basics of cyber risk engineering and to develop multimedia information processing systems for applications in the real world.
The Urban Risk field focuses countermeasures and management against natural hazards and threats including fire, earthquakes, and human-made accidents. It integrates the existing diverse expertise and research related to risk identification of urban disaster, vulnerability analysis, crisis and emergency management, development of crisis and contingency plan including hazard mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery planning, risk-based decision making, risk communication, and information management.
The Environmental and Energy System Risk field aims to develop methods for analyzing local environmental pollution and global environmental issues that are related to energy supply systems, as well as to investigate development of sustainable society from interdisciplinary points of view. Prior and ex post facto measures are also investigated to mitigate social damages induced by large-scale technologies such as nuclear facilities, oil refinery, and so on.