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Information and Communications Support Section

Supporting the University’s Information Infrastructure and Communication
Information Technology Infrastructure Group
As one of the Inter-University Service Facilities, the Information & Communications, Information Technology Infrastructure Group provides technical support for the study on use of a variety of large-scale computer systems and various information infrastructure services for the university's research and education. The group also conducts construction/operation of the information infrastructures across the entire campus, such as Nagoya University Integrated Communication Environment (NICE), and provides technical support for the operation of Science Information Network (SINET), an academic information network based in the Tokai-region.
Information Technology Education Group
The Information Technology Education Group conducts the management and operation of various servers and web pages for the Graduate school of Informatics, School of Informatics, Graduate school of Bioagricultural Sciences, and School of Agricultural Sciences, and Technical Center, maintenance and servicing of information systems, and support for practical training in informatics. The group supports the development of network related software, practical informational education, implementation of e-learning projects, and video recording lectures. This group also conducts support for the computer system development, setup and configuration of personal computers and related devices, and consultation and resolutions for network problems.
Information System Management Group, Information System Development Group
These groups provide technical support in research and education through operation and maintenance of web, e-mail, DNS, and other servers used in the Graduate School of Engineering and its departments and the Graduate School of Environmental Studies and related research institutes, creation and management of web pages, and other services such as the development of web applications.
Acceptable Services
  • Maintenance/management of various servers
    • Maintenance management of DNS, e-mail, web servers, etc.
    • Creation/management of web pages
    • Operation management of energy saving (virtual) servers (integrated server)
  • Development/maintenance of web applications
  • Information related operation support (examples)
    • IP address management/security management at the Graduate School of Engineering
    • Database management for Campus Planning & Environment Management Office
    • Support for operation of satellite laboratories
    • Management/operation of educational computer systems
    • Technical support for information engineering experiments

Environment, Health and Safety Support Section

Supporting the Environmental Safety and Health Management at the University
The Environment, Health and Safety Support Section is comprised of two technical groups which carry out various technical support services for maintaining safe and healthy research/study environment across the entire university as well as for sustaining the global environment. The Health and Safety Management Group conducts various support services related to the environment, health and safety management and safety training.
The Radiation Management Group handles support for the radiation safety management. Nagoya University deals with chemicals, high pressure gas, radioactive materials and other such hazardous/toxic substances. Personal injury, fire, explosion, and environmental pollution can occur if these substances are mishandled and the group strives to provide a safer environment through supporting proper management and handling of these materials, supporting work environment management and holding seminars for accident prevention.
Health and Safety Management Group
  • Support management of chemicals, high pressure gas and other hazardous/toxic materials (Support for operation of Management System of Chemical Substances - Nagoya University (MaCS-NU) and Management System for High Pressure Gas (MaCS-G)
  • Collection of experimental waste
  • Support for operation of experimental waste pH display system
  • Support for seminars held by the Environment, Health & Safety Office of the Environment, Health & Safety Promotion
  • Various work for the Environment, Health & Safety Office of the Environment, Health & Safety Promotion
  • Various work for the Environment, Health & Safety Office of the School of ngineering
  • Implementing safety education
  • Implementing working environment measurement
  • Implementing safety and health inspections
  • Various tasks dealing with disaster prevention
  • Lab guidance assistance in the Graduate school of Engineering (architecture, civil engineering)
  • Lab guidance assistance and safety guidance in the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability
Radiation Management Group
  • Maintenance/Sealing radiation source,Unsealing radiation source, Facility for Nuclear Material, and the Cobalt-60 Irradiation Facility and support for use of these facilities
  • Safety management work under the law of radiation and the regulation of Nagoya University. For example management of radioisotopes, radiation generators, and internationally controlled materials, radiation workers, management of especially health examinations, measurement of radiation dose and radioactive pollution, and registries for acceptance, use, storage and disposal of these materials
  • Corresponding to application procedure for approval and to inspection of radiation facility in Nagoya University by the public institution
  • Support for university radiation management
  • Providing researchers with education and training about using radioactive materials or X-ray generators as necessary

Equipment Development Support Section

Handling all Manufacturing Needs
The Equipment Development Support Section is comprised of four groups: the Precision Machining Technology Group, the Systems Development Group, the Research Equipment Development Group, and the Extreme Environments Equipment Development Group, and handles technical guidance and consultation for researchers and graduate students regarding work at the Graduate School of Engineering/School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Science/School of Science such as developing, designing, manufacturing equipment and devices, etc.
Graduate School of Engineering/School of Engineering: Precision Machining Technology Group and Systems Development Group
The Graduate School of Engineering/School of Engineering Equipment Development Support Section is in charge of machining, glass processing, and electrical/electronic circuit manufacturing. Machining takes place in the experiment/practicum facility, Akasaki Institute equipment development factory, CAD room, and School of Engineering Annex three; glass processing takes place in the experiment/practicum facility glass testing room; electrical/electronic circuit manufacturing takes place in the Akasaki Institute mechatronics room. The section is in charge of technical consultation regarding equipment development vital to education and research which is based on the creative ideas of faculty, students, and graduate students and designing, testing, and manufacturing of equipment for experiments. In addition, the section holds public lectures (machining course, electronic circuit/control course) for students, graduate students, international students, high school students and the public, and is in charge of technical support for creative engineering experiments and student experiments/practicum.
Graduate School of Science/School of Science: Research Equipment Development Group and Extreme Environments Equipment Development Group
The Graduate School of Science/School of Science Equipment Development Support Section works primarily in the equipment development room on the first floor of the School of Science Building E. The section primarily deals with requests related to science but now handles a wider range of fields as requests dealing with engineering, bio agriculture, environmental medicine, and medicine have increased in recent years. It also contributes to technical support for joint research with institutions in Japan and abroad. In addition, the section conducts operation and maintenance of liquid helium production equipment, supplies liquid helium/nitrogen across campus, and conducts safety training for the safe handling of such cryogen.
-Acceptable Services at the Equipment Development Support Section-
  • Metal work, glass work, electronic circuit work, mechatronics, work practice, guidance for manufacturing practice, cold evaporator (CE) control, safety training, technical consultation, and anything related to equipment.

Measurement and Control Support Section

Handling Observational and Analytical Equipment at the Research Institutes
Utilizing the expertise of engineers specializing in physics at locations such as the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Earthquake and Volcano Research Center, and Aichi Synchrotron Radiation Center (outside campus facility), the Measurement and Control Support Section, while studying specialized knowledge in technical support research fields, engages in the development/improvement/operation/maintenance of special observational and analytical equipment, field observation support (geological survey, meteorological and oceanographic phenomena), data analysis methods, and computer simulation development. While it specializes in geological survey and measurement/analytical technology that uses electromagnetic waves, light, and synchrotron radiation, the section is also able to handle general data registration and system development in machine control (mechatronics), telecommunications, and other fields.

Analysis and Materials Support Section

Supporting Education and Research through Analytical Equipment
The Analysis and Materials Support Section is comprised of three groups which primarily carry out management of various analytical equipment, operations, instructions, measurements when requested, and technical support for analysis.
Composition and Structural Analysis Group
The group conducts technical support using nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, mass spectrometers, accelerator mass spectrometers, element analyzers, single crystal X-ray diffraction instruments and various spectrum analyzers regarding research themes such as molecular structure analysis of natural products, organic compounds and polymer compounds, analysis of material properties, and AMS Radiocarbon dating.
Surface Analysis and Morphological Observation Group
This group conducts technical support for the analysis of reaction processes such as oxidation-reduction reaction, observation of thick specimens which are difficult to be thinned and three-dimensional structural analysis of cells and proteins using a reaction science high voltage scanning transmission electron microscope. They also perform fine morphological analysis using various electron microscopes, AMF, and Step surface profilometer. Other services include molecular structural analysis using Raman spectrometers, and the production of analysis specimens.
Biological Analysis Group
The group conducts technical support for research, education and diagnosis using electron microscopes, optical microscopes, mass spectrometers, flow cytometers, DNA sequencers and other various spectrometers at the core medical research facility (Division for Medical Research Engineering, Center for Research of Laboratory Animals and Medical Research Engineering) as well as holding related seminars and providing technical support to external users.

Biology and Somatology Related Support Section

Group of Engineers Supporting Education and Research in Biology and Somatology
The Biology and Somatology Related Support Section provides various technical supports relating for education and research in Biology and Somatology, using microbes, plants, plant foods necessary in the diet including grains, vegetables, fruits, trees creating a rich forest, marine creatures, laboratory animals, livestock and clinical materials. Group members are allocated in various areas, such as Higashiyama Campus, Tsurumai Campus, Togo Field, Inabu Field, Shitara Fields, and Sugashima Marine Biological Laboratory.
Animal and Plant Breeding Management Group
The group can provide animal and plant management in Field Science Center (Togo, Inabu and Shitara). We can manage livestock ( cattle and goats ), horticultural crops ( vegetables, pasture, paddy rice and so on ) and forests. In addition to above, we can support field surveys, student trainings and technical guidance.
Biological Function Analysis and Experiment Guidance Group
The group provides a wide range of technical support based on each expertise, such as planning and technical guidance for experiments and practical training for students, support for research in each research area, preparation, preprocessing, and analysis of research specimens, maintenance and management of the shared equipment and facilities, classification, maintenance, and management of botanical specimen, cultivation of plants, management of fields, collection of biological experimental materials, operation and management of ships, etc.
Biomedical Functions Analysis Group
Technical Staff provide technical support regarding medical education, diagnosis research, such as support of anatomy and practical training, affairs associated with body donation, preparation of tissue samples, and maintenance of lineage of experimental animals, in six courses in three areas of pathology, anatomy and forensic medicine, at the Graduate School of Medicine. Furthermore, the Group manages and operates the Light Microscopy Sample Preparation Office, Division for Medical Research Engineering, Graduate School of Medicine, and provides training sessions and technical guidance for users such as researchers and students.
Laboratory Animals Management and Technology Group
This group consists of two subgroups, one located in the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) and the Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (RIEM) at Higashiyama campus and the other located in Medical Research Engineering of the Graduate School of Medicine at Tsurumai campus. In these institutions, the both subgroups cooperate to provide technical supports for the whole campus concerning management of laboratory animals, environmental control of animal facilities, guidance for laboratory animal users and biomedical research.

Equipment Sharing Promotion Office

Necessary Research Equipment is on Hand
Nagoya University Equipment Sharing Promotion Office has been founded to conduct management and support of using shared facilities and equipment and promoting shared use of research facilities within Nagoya University. The office has created a database for the management of these facilities and equipment and has been opening them to the public. Through this system, one-stop operation has been realized from opening and accepting reservations to recording, calculating, and billing in relation to the use of the facilities and equipment within Nagoya University. The office aims at opening shared facilities of universities and research institutes across Japan in cooperation with other institutions implementing shared use of their facilities both inside and outside of the institutions.

Nagoya University Equipment Sharing System (NUESS) is a system for inside and outside members of the university to search for shared equipment within Nagoya University. This system can be used not only for looking for, but also for making a reservation to use the shared equipment. Through this system, a large selection of equipment including cutting-edge research equipment owned by Nagoya University, can be utilized for research and education in order to inspire and motivate young researchers and thereby contribute to the strengthening the research level of the Chubu region.

Planning Office

Supporting the Technical Center
Ahead of all other universities in Japan, Nagoya University established the Technical Center in 2004, consisting of all of its technical staff whose individual abilities and combined efforts contribute to the development of research and education.

Recently, the Technical Center is required, based on one of the aims of NU MIRAI 2020, “Making Nagoya University into one of the world's leading research universities,” to further strengthen technical support relating to the globalization of research system and research environment, enhancement of international competitiveness, and strengthening of industry-academia collaboration needed by society.

To respond to these tasks, the Planning Office was established in October 2016, based on the idea that it is necessary to further strengthen organization and it is important for technical staff to proactively manage the operation of the Technical Center. The Planning Office consists of the Director of each Support Section, and is in charge of the planning and coordination of affairs associated with the operation of the Center, in collaboration with related administrative organizations.

In an attempt to further strengthen its organizational capabilities, one of the Planning Office's first tasks after its establishment was to take the initiative to restructure the four existing department Support Offices into six technical field Support Offices, which led to the establishment of a new organizational arrangement in October 2017.

The Planning Office will continue to strengthen its organization by establishing a system to develop its technical staff and further optimization of its organization to focus on technical fields, and contribute to the development of Nagoya University as it strives to become a worldwide leading research university.