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JST Press Release #1235

December 13, 2016
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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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 13th December 2016, the 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 FY2016 Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)*2. The selected projects are as follows:

(1) “Learning and Detecting Changes in Population Behavior from Video”

Yoichi SATO, Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
Michael WERMAN, Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This project aims to develop core technologies for modeling and detecting changes of population behavior from a large amount of video data captured with diverse types of cameras. Such technologies are expected to accelerate utilization of various cameras such as surveillance cameras and wearable cameras for providing solutions to various problems of high social need including crime prevention and disaster control.

(2) “Efficient Survivability and Uninterrupted Operation of Data-Depending Public Utilities in spite of Disasters and Attacks”

Toshimitsu MASUZAWA, Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University
Yuval EMEK, Assistant Professor, IE&M, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)

The main goal of this research is to contribute significantly on the development of a coherent framework (algorithms and architectures) to increase the resilience of distributed systems. Specifically, it aims at extending self-stabilization for practical distributed systems.

(3) “Resilient Human-in-the-loop Multiagent Optimization”

Makoto YOKOO, Distinguished Professor, Department of Informatics, Kyushu University
Sarit KRAUS, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University

This project aims to establish resilient, human-in-the-loop multiagent optimization technologies where the objective function in an optimization problem is not given beforehand. We will develop core technologies including learning the preferences of the humans involved, balancing their conflicting interests, and dealing with dynamic changes.

A total of 12 proposals were submitted in response to the joint call for proposals implemented by JST and MOST, which closed in May 2016.
Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts, JST and MOST including the Program Officer and Advisors (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 Israeli 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


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