Outline and Features

The Faculty of Robotics and Design is established in 2017 with the following three departments:

  1. Robotics
  2. System Design
  3. Design and Architecture

Robots are evolving at a rapid pace all around us these days. The term "robot" as used here covers everything that uses artificial intelligence, or is connected to the IoT. This includes all of the devices that we use on a daily basis, including automobiles, cellphones, household appliances and the machinery used on production lines. In other words, Japan’s manufacturing industry, as well as society as we know it, is changing at a drastic rate.

However, it requires more than simple technical skills to cater to this change in the times. For example, although many of the parts used in smartphones are made in Japan with high levels of quality, the largest share of completed products that appear on the world’s markets is made overseas. This same situation also applies to the household appliance sector, which is backing Japanese companies into a corner in the global marketplace. Although it goes without saying that technology is important, what is in greater demand at the moment is creative skills to produce innovative designs that integrates parts into attractive products and systems.

Amid this environment, the Osaka Institute of Technology believes that it is necessary to nurture human resources with the creative skills required to produce innovative system designs at the same time as nurturing engineers and technicians. Superior levels of technology and sensitivity have the ability to support manufacturing and societal growth in the new age. And the institute capable of nurturing human resources with these skills is the Faculty of Robotics and Design Engineering.

About the Umeda Campus

Focus for Community Interaction and Communication of Research Achievements

The Umeda Campus building has 22 stories and 2 basement floors. The most advanced CO2 emission reduction technologies and a vibration damping system are adopted. The campus features a multipurpose convention hall, a cafeteria, and the Green Library with diverse tree species, making the campus a focal point for community interaction. It will play an active role as a communication place for local communities and a center to propagate OIT's various achievements.

Learning Commons, 6th floor
Learning Commons, 6th floor
OIT Gallery, 1st floor
OIT Gallery, 1st floor
Campus Forest, 6th floor
Campus Forest, 6th floor
Cutting-Edge City-Center Campus

Eco campus
The key concept of the Umeda Campus is an environmentally friendly campus utilizing advanced CO2 emission reduction technologies. A solar power generation system, double-skinned external walls and a natural ventilation system are introduced for less energy consumption.

Disaster shelter base for the community
The Umeda Campus is prepared against natural disasters. The building's vibration dampening system is designed to withstand massive earthquakes. The machine room is located on the 5th floor to be flood-resistant. The campus is also planned to store provisions to be utilized as a community shelter in case of emergency.