Join Us

Our lab accepts undergrad and graduate students, and sometimes hires post-docs.

For prospective undergraduate students:

Undergrad students undertaking Kyoto University Engineering school’s computer science course will have a choice to be part of our lab when they are 4th grade students. Prospective undergrad students should check the admission information site  for the computer science course.

For prospective graduate students:

Graduate students who wish to join our lab should pass the entrance exam and then apply to the Dept. of Social Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. Please choose the Application Codes “SI-2”. An entrance exam is held every August for enrollments starting from the next April (and also in February, for enrollments from the next October).

Please refer to the following page regarding admission information.

In the event that you already possess a Masters degree, the Doctoral course (expected duration of 3 years) can be undertaken. If this applies to you, please first contact us before applying for admission, so we can discuss your research background and interests in advance.

There are a scholarship program from a government (with a limited availability): please check “The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program” in the web page below:

(Note, required qualifications for the above MEXT scholarship: “Applicants who have completed a program equivalent to the Master’s Program or Professional Degree Program of the Graduate Schools of Kyoto University in foreign countries.”)

Note: about “specialized subjects” for Doctoral Program. We recommend those who would take Entrance Examinations for doctoral program aiming to join our lab, to study the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
    (reference material: S. Russell and P. Norvig, Artificial Intelligence A Modern Approach, 3rd Edition, Pearson Education Limited, 2016. Chapter 3.1-6, 5.2-5, 6.1-5, 13.1-5, 15.2,5,6, 16.1-16.3, 17, 21)
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Social Robotics
    (reference material: C. Bartneck, T. Belpaeme, F. Eyssel, T. Kanda, M. Keijsers, S. Šabanović, “Human-Robot Interaction — An Introduction”, Cambridge University Press, 2019. C Breazeal, K Dautenhahn, T Kanda, “Social robotics”, in Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016; T. Kanda, H. Ishiguro, Human-Robot Interaction in Social Robotics, CRC Press, 2012.)



Post-doctoral positions:

We sometimes hire post-doc researchers, although this is highly dependent upon the availability of funding. If you are interested, please contact us! Even though there will not always be positions available, we may get back to you when there is a vacancy.