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Outline of the Advanced ICT Research Institute

We are aiming to create a new paradigm at the ICT frontier by uniting various research fields. We expect to provide dramatic solutions to the problems posed by an explosive increase of the transmission rate, data capacity, and electrical power consumption in the information and communications field, and thus make a contribution to society. Moreover, we are promoting research collaboration with Industry, Academia, and Government with respect to basic research on international information communication.

  • Director General

    Director General
    Wada Naoya,Ph.D.

  • Messege from Director General

    Several issues are currently emerging in the ICT field, such as the explosive surge of data traffic in information communication networks, the associated increase in power consumption, vulnerability of network security, decline of information quality, and limitations on strict control due to network complexity. Based on the recognition that it is extremely difficult to solve all of these problems simultaneously with existing technologies, we believe that the mission of the Advanced ICT Research Institute is to actively promote R&D to develop innovative ICT, rather than pursuing the extension of existing technologies. In order to promote sustainable innovation, we have built a strong research organization that creates the seeds of new technologies, germinates them, and grows the sprouts until they become socially useful seedlings. Through our advanced interdisciplinary R & D activities as an international research hub, we hope to discover new information and communication paradigms in unexplored areas of ICT by breaking away from the established concepts and theoretical limitations.

  
   

Fellow

About the NICT Fellow

The title of NICT Fellow is the pre-eminent scientific and technical distinction of NICT, which is granted to select members of NICT in recognition of their outstanding scientific achievements, technical achievements, and leadership in science, engineering, programming, technology, and services. Since the title was established in 2009, only six experts have earned this elite status. Two Fellows are currently carrying out their activities at the Advanced ICT Research Institute.

  • Kazuhiro Oiwa, Ph.D.

    Kazuhiro Oiwa, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Researcher

  • Kazuhiro Oiwa, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Researcher

    Dr. Kazuhiro Oiwa joined the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, former CRL) at Kobe, Japan in 1993, and he has achieved various landmark results in research on the biophysics of protein motors (biomolecular machines) using in vitro reconstitution systems and single-molecule measurements. Outstanding among his research achievements is a model of the force generation mechanism of the protein motor, dynein, which was proposed on the basis of biophysical and structural studies. His model has led to various important research projects and the results have greatly contributed to the progress of this research field. His research papers have been cited more than 400 times in leading scientific publications. As a research group leader, he has applied his knowledge and techniques to understanding the mechanical properties of protein motors and has published more than 50 papers in leading scientific journals, such as Nature and Cell. He has also applied his knowledge of protein motors to the development of nanometer-scale devices and nanometer-scale communications (also known as molecular communications) and to understanding of ensemble behavior of self-propelled particles and resultant pattern formation (tentatively named natural intelligence).After serving as the Director General of the Advanced ICT Research Institute at NICT from 2008 to 2013, he is currently a Distinguished Researcher and Fellow of NICT. He was awarded the 23rd Osaka Science Prize in 2005.

    2001-
    Group Leader, Protein Biophysics Group, CRL, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
    2008-
    Director General, Advanced ICT Research Center, NICT
    2014-
    present NICT Fellow
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  • Masahide Sasaki, Ph.D

    Masahide Sasaki, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Researcher

  • Masahide Sasaki, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Researcher

    I have been engaged in research on quantum communications and cryptography since 1996. At that time, this research field was progressing rapidly, triggered by the discovery of the quantum algorithm by P. Shor in 1994. In 2001, the Quantum Information Technology Lab was inaugurated at NICT, and the NICT commissioned research program on quantum key distribution (QKD) was also launched. In 2003, our Lab succeeded in experimentally demonstrating a new principle of quantum communication which overcame the Shannon limit of channel capacity. Our Lab has further developed the quantum communication theory, and we have also demonstrated various new principles of quantum photonic technology. In collaboration with commissioned research teams, we constructed the Tokyo QKD Network in 2010, installed QKD systems with dramatically improved key generation rates, and demonstrated QKD encrypted video transmission for the first time in the world. Recently, we have extended our research to interdisciplinary areas, such as long-term secure data storage systems combining QKD with modern cryptography and enhancement of the capacity and security of free space optical communication and mobile networks with drones. In order to benefit society by developing quantum communication and cryptography, it is essential to merge these quantum technologies with those of various other fields, including cryptography, coding, network technology, mobile device technology, and so on. This is a time consuming task, and we will often have to develop new frameworks in these relevant fields ourselves. However, I sometimes feel that such challenges allow us to catch a glimpse of the universal principles of ICT that can be applied to a wide variety of fields. Quantum-inspired ICT is cool, and always makes me excited.

    1996-
    COE Research Fellow, CRL, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
    2001-
    Group Leader, Quantum Information Technology Group, CRL
    2016-
    present NICT Fellow
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History

History of Advanced ICT Research Institute

1989

Founded (Four laboratories)

1991

Completion of Laboratory Building 1, began fully-fledged research activities in the Kansai region

2001

Newly inaugurated as the Kansai Advanced Research Center, Communications Research Laboratory, Incorporated Administrative Agency(KARC)

Advanced ICT Research Institute(Kobe)View from the sky

1989
Founded (Four laboratories)
1991
Completion of Laboratory Building 1, began fully-fledged research activities in the Kansai region
1989
Founded (Four laboratories)
1991
Completion of Laboratory Building 1, began fully-fledged research activities in the Kansai region
1993
Increased in size to three information-related laboratories, three physicality-related laboratories, one specialist laboratory and three bio-related laboratories
1994
Completion of Laboratory Building 2
1996
Completion of Clean Room and APII Buildings
1998
Completion of Laboratory Building 3
2000
Three information-related laboratories were moved to the Keihanna Human Info-Communication Research Center
2001.1
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications was reorganized into the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications
2001.3
Completion of Laboratory Building 4
2001.4
Newly inaugurated as the Kansai Advanced Research Center, Communications Research Laboratory, Incorporated Administrative Agency
2004.4
Communications Research Laboratory and Telecommunications Advancement Organization are reorganized as National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
2006.4
Reorganized as Kobe Advanced ICT Research Center
2011.4
Reorganized as Advanced ICT Research Institute (3 Laboratories at Kobe and 2 Laboratories at Koganei)
2013.4
Brain ICT laboratory was moved to the Center for Information and Neural Networks(2 Laboratories at Kobe and 2 Laboratories at Koganei)

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  • Koganei City,Tokyo
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    Planning Office・Terahertz and Millimeter wave ICT Laboratory・Quantum ICT Laboratory

    [Location]

    4-2-1 Nukui-Kitamachi,Koganei,Tokyo 184-8795,Japan
    Tel: +81-42-327-7429

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    To support the research activities of the Advanced ICT Research Institute, the Planning Office is responsible for the institute’s general and financial affairs.

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    1. supporting collaborations with other research institutes and companies
    2. managing intellectual property rights
    3. conducting public relations

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