Research

Research Centers

The Research Center undertakes strategic research utilizing NII's characteristics, namely its applicability to many different spheres of study in informatics.

Services and Operations

Research and Development Center for Academic Networks

Develops and provides new services and features to enhance the operations and ef ciency of the Science Information NETwork (SINET), a crucial backbone network of more than 990 universities and research institutes in Japan.

Director: URUSHIDANI, Shigeo (Vice Director-General, NII;Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)
Vice Director: KURIMOTO, Takashi (Associate Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)

Research Center for Knowledge Media and Content Science

Promotes cutting-edge research on the analysis and extraction of knowledge from research papers and other academic content, and carries out empirical R&D to encourage the distribution of academic knowledge.

GRACE Center: Center for Global Research in Advanced Software Science and Engineering

Integrates research, practice, and education using collaborations between Japanese and overseas research institutions, as well as collaborations between industry and academia, with the goal of developing the software infrastructure of the twenty- rst century, and also fosters the next generation of world-class researchers and engineers.

Director: AIZAWA, Akiko
(Vice Director-General,NII;Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division)

GRACE Center: Center for Global Research in Advanced Software Science and Engineering

Integrates research, practice, and education using collaborations between Japanese and overseas research institutions, as well as collaborations between industry and academia, with the goal of developing the software infrastructure of the twenty-first century, and also fosters the next generation of world-class researchers and engineers.

Director: HONIDEN, Shinichi (Project Professor, NII)
Vice Director: ISHIKAWA, Fuyuki (Associate Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)

Research Center for Community Knowledge

Collects and analyzes the process of forming shared knowledge between humans, as well as that between humans and machines, carries out activities to promote the use of the outcome of such research, and conducts empirical R&D to encourage the next generation of information sharing.

Director: ARAI, Noriko (Professor, Information and Society Research Division)

Center for Cloud Research and Development

Promotes IT-based research and education by advancing joint R&D with researchers at universities and research institutes, in order to provide state-of-the-art scienti c information infrastructures using cloud technologies on the Science Information NETwork (SINET).

Director: AIDA, Kento(Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)

Center for Dataset Sharing and Collaborative Research

Collects datasets that are useful for informatics research and makes them available to researchers, conducts R&D on building datasets and a platform for their use, and promotes collaborative research in informatics using shared datasets.

Director: OYAMA, Keizo (Assistant Director-General,NII; Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division)

Center for Strategic Cyber Resilience Research and Development

Leveraging the knowledge acquired from building and operating information security infrastructure for the Science Information NETwork, we pursue research on technology development and strategies for enabling the utilization of robust cyberspace environments and collaborate with universities on the training of highly skilled professionals to support this work.

Director: TAKAKURA, Hiroki (Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)

Research Center for Open Science and Research Data Platform

Conducts joint international R&D on platforms for managing, publishing, and searching research data, which will serve to promote a paradigm shift in the way research is carried out towards open science, and deploys these platforms jointly with universities and research institutes in Japan to encourage their use.

Director: YAMAJI, Kazutsuna (Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division) Vice Director: KOMIYAMA, Yusuke (Associate Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division)

Major Research Projects

Global Research Center for Quantum Information Science

An international hub for cutting-edge research on quantum information science and technology, advancing the science of quantum information and exploring the potential of quantum information technologies. Also cultivates the development of international human resources who will lead medium- to long-term research projects focused on speci c goals.

Director: NEMOTO, Kae (Project Professor, Principles of Informatics Research Division)

Global Research Center for Cyber-Physical Systems

Advances R&D on social cyber-physical systems (CPS) by tackling real-world challenges through industry-government-academia collaboration, with the goal of addressing social issues and creating new value by linking the real world and cyberspace.

Director: TAKASU, Atsuhiro
(Vice Director-General, NII; Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division)

Global Research Center for Big Data Mathematics

Research base for JST ERATO's Kawarabayashi Large Graph Project. A world-class hub for research on big data mathematics focused on developing high-speed algorithms, conducting advanced research and human resource development.

Director: KAWARABAYASHI, Ken-ichi (Professor, Principles of Informatics Research Division)
Vice Director: YOSHIDA, Yuichi (Professor, Principles of Informatics Research Division)

Research Center for Mathematical Trust in Software and Systems

Research base for JST ERATO's HASUO Metamathematics for Systems Design Project. Aims to provide support to manufacturing, ranging from developing speci cations for industrial products to their design, production, and maintenance, by incorporating the knowledge of formal methods from software engineering into manufacturing

Director: HASUO, Ichiro (Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)
Vice Director: ISHIKAWA, Yutaka (Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division)

Research Center for Medical Bigdata

Undertakes the construction of big data cloud platforms for medical imaging using the Science Information NETwork (SINET) built and operated by NII, and develops arti cial intelligence (AI) that analyzes large collections of medical images to assist doctors with diagnosis.

Director: MORI, Kensaku (Visiting Professor, NII)
Vice Director: HARADA, Tatsuya (Visiting Professor, NII);
AIDA, Kento (General Manager, Cyber Science Infrastructure Development Department;
Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division);
SATOH, Shin'ichi (Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division)

Global Research Center for Synthetic Media

With a view to realizing an AI society focused on human beings, we promote research and development for generating synthetic media covering face, voice and various other modalities, detecting fake media, ensuring the media's reliability, and supporting decision-making.

Director: ECHIZEN, Isao (Director, NII; Professor, Information and Society Research Division)
Vice Director: YAMAGISHI,Junichi (Professor, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division)

Industry-Academia Collaboration

Center for Robust Intelligence and Social Technology:CRIS

Carries out basic R&D on information technologies to address social issues including disaster preparedness, education, and support for the disadvantaged, with a particular emphasis on robust intelligence and social technology in order to develop the intellectual capability and resilience to cope with the constantly changing and diverse real-world environment.

Director: KITSUREGAWA, Masaru (Director-General, NII)
Vice Director: INUI, Kentaro (Visiting Professor, NII)

Center for Advanced Mobile Driven Research (CAMDR)

Center for Advanced Mobile Driven Research (CAMDR) aims to create a next-generation, innovative shared platform based on accumulation of use cases and advanced application development that utilize the high speed of the cutting-edge academic information network (SINET6) and the highly functional local 5G mobile environment.

Director: KITSUREGAWA, Masaru (Director-General, NII)
Vice Director:YOSHIDA Susumu (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)
Vice Director:SUZUKI Shigeki (President, Yokosuka Telecom Research Park, Incorporated)

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