For prospective students and postdocs
My research interests
My research interests are network science, modeling of social interactions (such as evolutionary games and analysis of real data regarding social interactions), and computational neuroscience. You will be able to grasp my interests by reading my Research interests. I am theorist in each field, but I also started to analyze data since circa 2007. I would be happy to work with prospective graduate students and postdocs who are interested in (any of) these fields. The following is some recommended first readings in related fields.
- M. E. J. Newman. The structure and function of complex networks. SIAM Review. Volume 45, 167--256 (2003).
- D. Easley, J. Kleinberg. Networks, crowds, and markets --- Reasoning about a highly connected world, Cambridge University Press (2010). [pdf available on the author's website]
- R. Albert and A. -L. Barabási. Statistical mechanics of complex networks. Review of Modern Physics, Volume 74, 47--97 (2002).
- A. Barrat, M. Barthélemy, A. Vespignani. Dynamical processes on complex networks. Cambridge University Press (2008).
- M. A. Nowak. Evolutionary Dynamics. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2006).
- R. Axelrod. Evolution of cooperation. Basic Books (1984).
In Japan, faculties usually do not hire graduate students, at least as a full-time employee. Instead, most international students are funded by scholarships provided by the Japanese government, an organization associated with the Japanese government, or the government of their own countries. Such scholarships are also available to postdocs, although to a lesser extent. Of course, professors (say) who own grants may hire international postdocs. Except when I list specific info on this webpage, I cannot hire students/postdocs/interns. Therefore, to work with me as student/postdoc/intern, contact me after obtaining a financial support yourself.
Statistics say that winning a Japanese government-related scholarship is not extremely difficult. For more info on student funding, visit the office of international relations. Particularly, many international students (and also postdocs) seem to be supported by MEXT (Monbu-kagakusho, or a ministry of the Japanese government) scholarships, whose information is also found on the same website. For foreign postdocs, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is another popular resource. Their brochure as of March 2009 effectively announces that, for example, they provide "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers" to 500 candidates, which enables a candidate to work in Japan for maximum 2 years (minimum 1 years) with a monthly allowance of 364,000 JPY and additional setting-in allowance of 200,000 JPY and a grant of 1,500,000 JPY per year (I am not responsible for what I wrote on JSPS scholarship here. Visit their website for precise and up-to-date information).
Check out admission info of my department. Entrance examination is held in August. A candidate must take exams in general math and in specific math and present a TOEFL score.
Living in Japan
For foreigners, particularly those from outside the Far East, living in Japan should be a unique experience. Japanese society and culture are very distinct from others in literally every respect. Good points are modernness, politeness and kindness of people, safety, natural beauty, food, to name a few. Instead, a foreigner in Japan may suffer from the fact that many Japanese are introvert, reluctant to communicate with aliens including foreigners, and bad at English (even university students). Of course, the globarization is transforming our country, and younger people are more open to heterogeneity. But, honestly, some knowledge of and motives to learn Japanese are necessary. Nevertheless, to behave international is obviously crucial for a success in my research fields, and I am up to it. I was at the department of physics, UC San Diego for a year have many international collaborators.
I also speak Spanish fluently and enjoy such a life in Japan. Some Spanish info is found below [though under construction now].
Hablo español y me encanta viajar a España y paises latinoamericanos. Me alegraré tener estudiantes o posgrados que tengan intereses en neurosciencia o redes complejas (o modelos de interacciónes). Si te interesa venir a mi lugar, lee la información en ingres arriba.
Además de eso, quiero informarte sobre algun aspecto de Tokio. En Tokio, vive unos latinoamericanos en las areas particulares y hay unas comunidades latinas. Personalmente, acudo a este barrio para bailar salsa cada semana. Sin embargo, acadéicamente (por ejemplo, en universidades), es dificil encontrarse latinos. Es necesario hablar ingles por lo menos para divertirse con otros extranjeros. Si te interesa el japones, será alegdable es que la mayoréa de japoneses, incluyendo muchos estudiantes y incluso investigadores profesionales, no hablan ingles (ni español). Pero el japones no es necesario para la vida profecional. Por su definición, la investigación es internacional.
Aunque hablo ingles mucho mejor que español, no tengo problema en divertirme en español. Cientificamente también, soy capaz de discutir en espanñol, que es lo que hago cuando veo investigadores latinos en conferencias. Mantengo la comunicación con investigadores latinos.