[Information Carriers]Integrated Devices and Systems Utilized by Information Carriers

Strategic Objective

Information carriers and innovative devices

Research Supervisor


Toshiro Hiramoto (Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)


 The aims of this Research Area are to create high performance/high functionality devices utilizing the features of the information carrier, which holds the key to the information processing in devices, and furthermore, to create generic information system technologies that lead to social implementation by integration and systemization of those devices. In realizing a super smart society and the next-generation information society beyond it, more advanced devices and systems, which are responsible for information processing, will be indispensable. On the other hand, in conventional electronics, represented by miniaturization of CMOS, the limits of improvement in information processing capabilities are beginning to become apparent. Thus, novel material/device technologies that break through those limits and innovative generic technologies for their systemization are demanded.
 Therefore, the focus of research in this Research Area is information carriers, which hold the key to information processing in devices. Here, information carrier is a general concept that connotes a degree of freedom capable of carrying a wide range of information such as physical quantities, and the network structures and molecular structures of physical systems that express information defined as state variables. The objects of this Research Area are not limited to electric charge, which plays the role of an information carrier in many existing devices, but encompasses all information carriers that can carry information: spin states and molecular structures, phase changes of materials, quanta, and structural networks. The aim of this Research Area is to conduct an in depth exploration of the diverse information carriers that form the basis for functions such as information acquisition, conversion, storage, computation, communication and outputting, and also to create innovative new devices by utilizing those information carriers at a high order. Moreover, for those efforts to lead to the construction of systems capable of social implementation, the activities of this Research Area aim to beyond functional expression by a single device, also include cooperation with the circuits, architecture, systems and application layers by integration/systemization, with the aim of innovation of novel information system infrastructure.

Research Area Advisors

Tetsuya Asai Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University
Shigeru Kawanaka Director, Institute of Memory Technology Research & Development, Kioxia Corporation
Michiko Seyama Director, Precision Service Department, NTT Life Science CORPORATION
Munehiro Tada VP, NanoBridge Semiconductor, Inc.
Toyohiro Chikyo Senior Scientist with Special Missions, Center for Basic Research on Materials, National Institute for Materials Science
Takaaki Tsunomura Expert, Technology Marketing Dept., TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
Kazuko Nishimura Manager, Technology Division, Panasonic Holdings Corporation
Toshiyuki Hiroi Chief Engineer, Exploratory Deployment Group, Sony Group Corp.
Shinji Yuasa Director, Research Center for Emerging Computing Technologies, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Hitoshi Wakabayashi Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2020
  2. Year Started : 2021
  3. Year Started : 2022

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