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December 01, 2015
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666

JST is to fund 3 research projects coordinated by Japan and Israel within the
framework of the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)

On the 26th November 2015, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST)*1) announced that they would commence support for 3 coordinated projects on the topic of “ICT for a Resilient Society”. This support, within the framework of JST-MOST Coordinated Research, will be provided as an activity of JST's FY2015 Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)*2). The selected projects are as follows:

(1) “Rumor and Disinformation Spreading in Cyber-social Networks universality, Detection and Prevention”

Misako TAKAYASU, Associate Professor, Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Shlomo HAVLIN, Professor, Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University

For construction of a resilient society, it is important to establish an ICT system that will enable automatic detection at an early stage, of rumors that might lead to social disasters, and to develop scientific algorithms and countermeasures. This study will develop such countermeasures based on models and simulations of rumor diffusion in multi-layered cyber-social networks.

(2) “Integration of Behavioral Transportation Models in a Disaster Management System”

Eiji HATO, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Shlomo BEKHOR, Professor, Transportation Research Institute, Israel Institute of Technology

This study aims to develop multi-scale behavioral simulation and optimization of disaster management.

(3) “Increasing Urban Resilience to Large Scale Disasters: The Development of a Dynamic Integrated Model for DIsaster Management and Socio-Economic Analysis (DIM2SEA)”

Erick MAS, Assistant Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Daniel FELSENSTEIN, Professor, Center for Computational Geography, Hebrew University

This study aims to build a simulation platform (DIM2SEA) for the effective deployment of large-scale disaster assessment, response plans and mitigation measures. The user is aided by an Internet browser to construct damage prediction maps and evacuation routes to be able to generate scenarios for socio economical recovery from disaster.

A total of 11 proposals were submitted in response to the joint call for proposals implemented by JST and MOST, which closed in May 2015. Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts, JST and MOST including the Program Officers (JST side) and the panel committee (MOST side) jointly decided on the three successful projects to select for funding. Support to both the Japanese and Israel teams will continue for about three years.

*1) Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST):
URL of MOST's homepage: http://www.most.gov.il/English/
*2) Strategic International Collaborative Research Program(SICORP):
SICORP is a “top-down type” program that provides support to international research projects with countries and regions, in fields of cooperation designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on the basis of intergovernmental agreements.
URL of SICORP's homepage: http://www.jst.go.jp/inter/english/sicorp/index.html


Appendix 1: Japan-Israel Collaborative Research Projects

Appendix 2: Japanese Advisory Board Members

Reference : Overview of the Evaluation


Hideo NAKAJIMA (Dr.)
Department of International Affairs, JST
K's Gobancho, 7 Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076 Japan
Tel: +81-3-5214-7375 Fax: +81-3-5214-7379


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