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May 27, 2016
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

JST is to fund 3 joint research projects coordinated by e-ASIA Joint Research Program
(e-ASIA JRP) in the field of “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management”
and “Intelligent Infrastructure for Transportation”

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) conducted the 5th joint call for proposals in collaboration with 6 organizations*1 from 6 countries within the framework of the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)*2, and with the approval of the e-ASIA Board, has agreed to commence support for 3 collaborative research projects in the field of “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” and “Intelligent Infrastructure for Transportation”.

The selected projects are as follows:

[Disaster Risk Reduction and Management]

“Development of Information Gathering and Utilization Systems using small UAV for Disaster Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Response” Japan: Hiroshi Inoue, Principal Senior Researcher, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Disaster Risk Research Unit Philippines: Bartolome C. Bautista, Deputy Director, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Indonesia: Haryadi Pernama, Director, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Research Center for Geotechnology Thailand: Wutthiphat Covanich, Researcher, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Advanced Automation and Electronics Research Unit Vietnam: Bui Quang Hung, Director, University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Center of Multidisciplinary Integrated Technologies for Field Monitoring (FIMO Center)

This collaborative research aims to develop and optimize a system for gathering low-altitude aerial photos using small UAV (drone), and an information management system to utilize the data to strengthen disaster risk assessment, monitoring and response in Asian countries.

“Monitoring and prediction of extreme weather using lightning detection network and micro-satellites” Japan: Yukihiro Takahashi, Professor, Hokkaido University, Faculty of Science Indonesia: Sidik Mulyono, Researcher, Indonesia Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Natural Resources Inventory Technology Center Philippines: Joel J. Marciano, Acting Director, Department of Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI)

The goal of this project is to establish the methodology to monitor and predict extreme weather, such as torrential rainfall and/or typhoon, based on the observation with a ground-based lightning detection network and micro-satellites.

[Intelligent Infrastructure for Transportation]

“IITSL: Intelligent Integrated Transport for Smart Life” Japan: Kenji Doi, Professor, Osaka University, Department of Global Architecture Thailand: Monsak Socharoentum, Researcher, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) Philippines: Alexis Fillone, Associate Professor, De La Salle University, Civil Engineering Department

This project aims to build up an integrated system for designing, evaluating, and governing intelligent infrastructure of transport and land use for smart life that maximizes people’s QoL by balancing economy and ecology under equity between areas, socioeconomic classes, and generations.

A total of 10 proposals in the field of “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” and 3 proposals in the field of “Intelligent Infrastructure for Transportation” were submitted in response to the joint call. Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts, JST and other participating funding organizations jointly decided on the three successful projects to select for funding. Support to the projects will continue for three years.

*1 The list of organizations participating in the joint call for proposals (excluding JST)
  • State Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEKDIKTI), Indonesia
    RISTEKDIKTI, established in 1962, is the Indonesian Ministry whose functions include policy making and implementation in the field of research and technology; coordinating and synchronizing policy implementation in the field of research and technology; managing state property/assets under the Ministry’s responsibility; and promoting higher education in Indonesia.
    RISTEK’s homepage: http://international.ristekdikti.go.id/
  • Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Myanmar (participated only in the “Intelligent Infrastructure for Transportation” Call)
    MOST, established in 1996, aims to promote Science and Technology toward economic growth in Myanmar. MOST mainly focuses on research in the fields of science and technology and human development, and also invests in cooperation for the protection of intellectual property, which is essential for stable industrial growth in Myanmar.
  • Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Philippines
    DOST supports, directs and coordinates all scientific and technological activities in the Philippines. DOST encourages greater private sector participation in research and development, and formulates policies, programs and projects to support national development towards achieving technological self-reliance for the Philippines.
    DOST’s homepage: http://www.dost.gov.ph/
  • National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
    NSTDA was created by the Science and Technology Development Act of 1991 and officially commenced its operations in 1992. It was founded with the explicit aim to conduct, support, coordinate, and promote efforts in scientific and technological development between the public and the private sectors towards maximizing benefit for national development.
    NSTDA’s homepage: http://www.nstda.or.th/eng/
  • Russian Foundation of Basic Research (RFBR), Russia (participated only in “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” Call)
    The Russian Foundation for Basic Research takes significant place in system of the organization of Russian science. Now the RFBR is the not only existing structure, but also the new system of the relations covering all aspects of scientific community life. The RFBR supports the most active scientific and technical potential of the country, provides scientists of Russia with financial support, realizes competitive funding mechanisms for scientific researches on the basis of expert estimates.
    RFBR’s homepage: http://www.rfbr.ru/rffi/eng
  • Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
    MOST is a governmental agency which performs the function of state management of science and technology, covering: scientific and technological activities; development of scientific and technological potential; intellectual property; standardization, measurement and quality control; atomic energy, radiation and nuclear safety; and state management of public services in the domains under its management in accordance with law.
    MOST’s homepage: http://www.most.gov.vn/Desktop.aspx/Home-EN/
*2 The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)
Through the acceleration of science and technology research exchange and collaboration in the East Asian region, the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) aims to strengthen research and development capabilities towards resolution of shared challenges across the region, including those associated with environmental protection, natural disaster mitigation and prevention of infectious diseases.
As part of that objective, the e-ASIA JRP is intended to support collaborative research implemented among 3 or more of its member countries. Through the implementation of joint research among participating countries in agreed fields of research, it is the goal of the e-ASIA JRP to contribute to economic and human resource development, as well as the resolution of various challenges in the East Asian region.
URL: http://www.the-easia.org/jrp/


Appendix 1: e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) Joint Research Projects Selected for Funding

Appendix 2: Overview of this Joint Call for Proposals within the Framework of the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)


Yukihiro Hisanaga (Mr.)
Department of International Affairs, JST
Tel: +81-3-5214-7375 Fax: +81-3-5214-7379


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