[Computational Foundation] Technology for Computing Revolution for Society 5.0

Strategic Objective

Creating Technology for Computing Revolution for Society 5.0

Research Supervisor


Shuichi Sakai (Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)


 Our society is about to transform into a super-smart society (Society 5.0), where information technology would be ubiquitous. It is understood that the information infrastructure in the super-smart society should be composed of a number of large-scale clouds and a countless number of edges. Typically, an edge contains sensors and actuators, involving high-performance micro-computers and network interfaces to control them. A cloud comprises a large number of servers that are dispersed physically; however, in theory, a cloud is an abstractive entity as a mass of a variety of services.
 Therefore, in both edges and clouds, a large amount of data of various types will be required to be handled, where, in addition to the enhancement in the conventional information processing technologies, the key technologies include artificial intelligence (e.g. deep learning), quantum computation, and optical computation. It is also necessary to enhance the real-time technology, which provides solutions to various problems in the real world within a certain temporal duration, such that it may also provide solutions to the diversifying social needs. Furthermore, new circuit technologies, architecture technologies, and software technologies are required to integrate them and to enable them to operate with high efficiency and low energy.
 In this work, our objective is to research upon and develop a new computing technology that is not attainable by a simple expansion of the conventional technologies with the super-smart society in the near future. More specifically, we focus on the following research and development concepts:

(1) Creation of a new computing technology for significant transformation in information processing
(2) Research and development of a high-efficiency computing technology to link and collaborate with the technology layers including algorithms and architectures

 With this research, we will contribute to the realization of the super-smart society (Society 5.0) that uses high-level information processing, based on smart robots, smart factories, automatic vehicle operation, Internet of things (IoT), and security intensification.

Research Area Advisors

Michiko Inoue Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Toru Shimizu Professor, Department of Information Networking for Innovation and Design, Toyo University
Shinji Sumimoto Senior Architect, Next Generation TC Development Unit, Fujitsu Ltd.
Seiichiro Tani Group Leader/Distinguished Scientist, NTT Communication Science Laboratories
Shigeru Chiba Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Yaoko Nakagawa Senior Project Manager, Center for Technology Innovation, Digital Technology Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Naoki Nishi Coordinator, RIKEN Corporate Co-Creation Division, Cluster for Innovation
Shinya Fushimi Senior Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Yoshihiko Horio Professor, Research Institue of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University
Hayato Yamana Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2018

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