About the Department

The Department of Computer Science at The University of Tokyo has been recognized as one of the best in its field. Better yet, the recent implementation of the English Program on Intelligent Information Processing and other English-taught courses has made this prestigious department more accessible to international students! But what exactly does it mean to be “the best”?

One of the most efficient ways to figure out what makes the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Tokyo so impressive is to analyze its past accomplishments in the field. In this article, we will introduce the various national and international stages where this department has proven to be “the best”.

Chess Piece

QS World Universities Rankings

The QS World Universities Rankings is an internationally recognized platform that gives annual statistics and rankings for universities all over the world. Its analysis consists of five criteria: Overall Score, Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, H-index Citations, and Citations per Paper. The total possible score for each criterion is 100.

For the 2020 QS World Universities Rankings, the Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Tokyo ranked 28th in the world under the Subject Ranking category. Here are the exact scores under each of the five criteria:

  • Overall Score: 80.3
  • Academic Reputation: 76.9
  • Employer Reputation: 86.8
  • H-index Citations: 82.9
  • Citations per Paper: 73.7

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings is another globally recognized university ranking platform. When analyzing each university by subject, the THE has six criteria: Overall, Citations, Industry Income, International Outlook, Research, and Teaching. The scores are calculated out of 100.0.

For the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, The University of Tokyo was ranked 42nd in the Computer Science subject category. Here is the summary of its scores in each criterion:

  • Overall: 71.8
  • Citations: 48.5
  • Industry Income: 81.3
  • International Outlook: 25.0
  • Research: 87.7
  • Teaching: 87.3

As we can tell from the data above, The University of Tokyo scores poorly in the Citations and the International Outlook section. These two categories are closely correlated to each other since the number of international students and faculty would affect the number of academic works published in English. Thus, the recent implementation of the English Program on Intelligent Information Processing and other international student support systems will most likely improve The University of Tokyo’s subject ranking in the coming years!

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

First commenced in 1970, the Association For Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the premier global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities. More than 50,000 students worldwide enter the contest from over 3,000 universities across 111 countries! Through its four stratified levels of Local Contests, Regional Contests, Regional Championships, and The World Finals, the ICPC filters out the best contestants for its annual international stage.

In such a competitive environment, The University of Tokyo has impressed the world by receiving a gold medal, which is given to the top four contestants, for two consecutive years! In 2018, the university placed 4th under the Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, and Peking University. In the following year, it climbed its way up to 3rd place, just under Moscow State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology!

These rankings are very impressive, especially because The University of Tokyo had ranked 14th in just 2016! Judging from its exponential rise in the rankings, we can safely assume that this underdog will continue its rise to the top!

The Young Scientists’ Prize by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

The Young Scientists’ Prize by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is awarded to
junior scientists under 40 years of age who achieve remarkable success in research and development of science technology.

In 2018, Hiroshi Hirai, an associate professor at The University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, received the Young Scientists’ Prize for his research on multicommodity flows. His concentration is in Combinatorial Optimization, and his studies include those in Network Flows, Min-Max Theorems, Polyhedral Combinatorics, Polynomial-Time Algorithms, and Finite Metric Spaces.

Likewise, Shinichi Tanigawa won the Young Scientists’ Prize in 2019. His research topics include Optimization Letters, Mathematical Programming, Discrete Optimization, and Fundamental Computer Sciences.

The faculty list at the Department of Information Science and Technology is like an All-Stars roster in the world of academics! To see other professors who have been recognized for their research, you can visit the official school website’s awards page linked in the Reference section below!

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR)

CVPR is the premier annual computer vision and pattern recognition conference. In addition to its main program, it gathers more than 9,000 people from around the world to participate in tutorials, workshops, and leading-edge expos, providing an opportunity for networking, recruiting, inspiration, and motivation.

In the 2020 CVPR Conference, which was shifted to a virtual platform due to the effects of COVID-19, researchers from The University of Tokyo and South China University of Technology were chosen to introduce a 3D intracranial aneurysm dataset, IntrA, that assists with precisely diagnosing and treating intracranial aneurysms. This presentation was scheduled as the representative program of the Medical Data Analysis portion of the event!

Orange Star Bokeh Light

And Its Legacy Continues…

The University of Tokyo continues to surprise the national and international audiences with its innovative contributions to the field of computer science. With the recent efforts to attract international students, the university has paved itself a path towards global recognition and success! If you wish to join in on their climb to the top, now is the perfect time to send that application! For more information, you can check out my other article, Study Computer Science at the University of Tokyo…in English! Happy readings!


The Young Scientists’ Prize Goes to Two School of Science Members – School of Science, the University of Tokyo, www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/topics/2009/05.html.

“Awards Received: Research: Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.” Awards Received | Research | Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, www.i.u-tokyo.ac.jp/edu/award/index_e.shtml.

“CVPR 2020 Features Latest in Machine Learning, Facial Recognition, Autonomous Driving, Medical Data Analysis, and More | Markets Insider.” Business Insider, Business Insider, https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/cvpr-2020-features-latest-in-machine-learning-facial-recognition-autonomous-driving-medical-data-analysis-and-more-1029250739 

“ICPC.” The ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest, https://icpc.baylor.edu/.

“The University of Tokyo.” Top Universities, 17 Jan. 2020, www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-tokyo/undergrad.