[Innovative Measurement and Analysis] Creating Innovative Measurement and Analysis Systems Aiming to Solve Social Issues

Strategic Objective

Innovation in measurement and analysis processes aimed at solving social issues

Research Supervisor


Takashi Washio (Professor, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University)


 As the expression “Measurement is the mother of science” suggests, progress in science and technology begins with “seeing and noticing.” The history of advances in science and technology can also be called the history of advances in measurement technology.
 In resolving global social challenges such as the SDGs, beginning with becoming carbon neutral by 2050, it will be essential to develop various new practical materials, including from the standpoints of energy and recycling. At the front lines of leading science and technology research, the subjects of the research are shifting toward grasping and understanding the peculiarities of complex, uneven layered structures and substance changes. Understanding complex substances and phenomena like this is hardly achieved by simply improving conventional measurement technology or similar strategies, and so breakthroughs in measurement and analysis methods are essential.
 In this research area, our aim is to bring about sophisticated advances in measurement and analysis methods and generate new measurement and analysis systems that are capable of resolving actual and various difficult challenges in measurement and analysis by combining advances in measurement technology with information technology such as advanced mathematical modeling and machine learning. We also aim at innovating measurement and analysis processes to offer Japan’s research environments advantages over the coming 10 or 20 years. Moreover, the effectiveness of the new measurement and analysis methods produced in this research area should be verified in the real-world situation such as the development of actual new materials, and their generality should be explored in other research and development fields that face similar difficulties beyond the original target fields.
 More specifically, the research will position “boundary-breaking advanced measurement,” “adaptation of measurement data informatics,” and “multiscale/multimodal measurements, and their use case development” as key research components, and will pursue measurement and analysis innovations by realizing a research environment that merges these components.

Research Area Advisors

Tomonaga Okabe Professor, School of Engineering, Tohoku University
Hiroya Kodama General Manager, Materials Design Laboratory, Science & Innovation Center, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group
Takata Masaki Professor, International Center for Synchrotron Radiation Innovation Smart(SRIS), Tohoku University
Takahara Atsushi Research Professor, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University
Koji Tsuda Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Kozaburo Nakaseko Former Engineer in Chief, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Shunsuke Muto Professor, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University
Hatsumi Mori Director, The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo
Hideyuki Yamagishi Primary Executive Officer / President of Life Innovation SBU, Asahi Kasei Corporation

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