Nowadays, computer science plays important roles in academic，industrial, and social fields as the essential techniques that support fundamental activities. After getting his doctorate in computer science with the study of automata theory, Dr. Matsuno has expanded his research to a variety of subjects including bioinformatics, computer networks, and linguistic application of computer engineering.
His current interest is focused on wireless communication and systems biology. although these two subjects seem totally different, they have a common basic concept - "network." It is easy to see that the wireless communication is a network system, because that is indispensable for our daily life. On the other hand, systems biology is a novel science that investigates cell functions, whose underling mechanisms are usually described by "networks of gene products."
He is now developing a wireless communication system for relief activities in disaster area through collaborations with other universities,。the prefectural institute, and some Information Technology(IT)-companies. This project is supported by the grant from Fire Disaster Management Agency of Japan. This system enables quick and accurate exchange of evacuee information in shelters at a damaged area, helping relief activities of firefighters and officers working for the recovery of the distressed area.
Huge amount of data have been produced from biological laboratories all over the world. The biological data produced from the activities of biologists have been accumulated in the database. The size of data is too huge to process with only the hands of biologists. Hence the application of computational technique becomes indispensable for the progress of biology. Dr. Matsuno has developed a new computational method to simulate gene networks, which allows biologists to obtain suggestive insights into the cell system of their interests. Due to the attractiveness and novelty of this method, many researchers in biology as well as computer science, have invited Dr. Matsuno to present his researches at international and national conferences.
"Choshu" is another name of Yamaguchi, which had been used during Edo Period. In 1863，five young men，called "Choshu five," visited England from Choshu in the late Edo Period to study the latest culture and technology of Europe, despite that overseas travels were prohibited by The japanese ruler (Shogun) at that time. After coming back to Japan，they contributed to the refurmation of a new era of Japan called Meiji Period，by establishing a new political system and laid the foundation of engineering education of Japan.
Yamaguchi University is one of the oldest universities of Japan，originating from "Yamaguchi Koudou" which was established in 1815, about fifty years earlier than the visit of Choshu five" to England. Alumni and alumnae of our university are now playing active roles in various fields of Japanese societies. We are proud of such a long and prominent history of Choshu and Yamaguchi University. We welcome all young people from all countries outside of Japan to join our university and study with us !
A scene of wireless communication experiment at the rooftop of a campus building
Collaboration between computer scientists and biologists is important for the further progress of biology.
Natsumi Mitou, Yuto Ikegami, Hiroshi Matsuno, Satoru Miyano, Shin-ichi T. Inouye, Simulation analysis for the effect of light-dark cycle on phase entrainment in circadian rhythms, Genome Informatics, Vol. 20, pp.212-223, 2008.
Chen Li, Qi-Wei Ge, Mitsuru Nakata, Hiroshi Matsuno, Satoru Miyano, Modelling and simulation of signal transduction in an apoptosis pathway by using timed Petri nets, Journal of Biosciences, Vol.32, No.1, pp.113-127, 2007.
Chen Li, Shunichi Suzuki, Qi-Wei Ge, Mitsuru Nakata, Hiroshi Matsuno, Satoru Miyano, Structual modeling and analysis of signaling pathways based on Petri net, Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, 4(5), pp.1119-1140, 2006.
Hiroshi Matsuno, Hideyuki Ishinaka, Tetsuya Shigeyasu, Effect of propagation delay and RTS packet recognition time on MACA, Electronics and Communications in Japan, Part 1, 88(1), pp.2449-2459, 2005.
Tetsuya Shigeyasu, Misako Urakami, Hiroshi Matsuno, Wireless distributed network system for relief activities after disasters - A construction policy of heterogeneous network architecture -, Proc. 2nd International Workshop on Disaster and Emergency Information Networking Systems, pp.862-867, 2009.
Tetsuya Shigeyasu, Hiroshi Matsuno, and Norihiko Morinaga, A New Method for Improving MAC Level Broadcast Receive Ratio Using 2-Phase RTS/CTS Handshakes Sequence, Proc. NBiS2009 (The 12th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems), pp. 580 - 585, 2009.
Tetsuya Sigeyasu, Tadayuki Hirakawa, Hiroshi Matsuno, and Norihiko Morinaga, Two simple modifications for improving IEEE802.11DCF throughput performance, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2004, (in CD-ROM, 6pages), 2004.