The 11th Science Council of Japan Symposium on Informatics

Sponsor
Committee on Informatics, Science Council of Japan
Supporters
National Institute of Informatics (NII)
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Date / time
January 11, 2018, 13:00-17:50
Venue
Auditorium at Science Council of Japan
(7-22-34 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Access
Exit No. 5 of the Nogizaka Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

Overview

This symposium features talks and a panel discussion with the theme of “Towards Construction of Secure Smart Connected Community” pertaining to research trends, issues, and future directions on Informatics, during which we have discussions on various topics on and around Informatics from national policies promoting scientific research to the impact of Information Technology on our future society. IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and cyber security are hot topics in Informatics today and draw more and more attention from both academia and industry throughout the world. It is foreseen that advances in these research fields would make daily lives and industry more networked and smarter, as envisioned in the Super Cyber Society, proposed in Japan’s 5th fundamental plan for science and technology, and Smart and Connected Communities in the United States. From the perspective of advancement of science, open science also plays an important role. We would like to thoroughly discuss how enhancement of these information technologies and preparation of relevant platforms make an impact on future society. The role of Informatics as “meta science” which covers various science widely has become important. We would like to deepen the discussion on how sophistication and infrastructure development on such informatics will impact the future society.

We have two notable invited speakers, one from NSF in the United States and the other from EU. They have talks about recent research strategies in Informatics or Information Technology. Regarding Japan’s trends, we discuss about recent trends in automobile driving, smart city, disaster prevention / disaster mitigation, super cyber society, and expectations / requests for information science related to the promotion of national science and technology policy. The committee on Informatics also introduces its recent activities and hosts a panel session. In the panel session, discussions will be made towards the construction of a secure super smart society. Through these talks and discussions, we aim to clarify the current position of informatics, which would help activity of the committee.

Program (might be slightly changed)

13:00-13:20
Opening Remarks and Report from the Committee on Informatics
Hideyuki Tokuda
(Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, President of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
13:20-13:40
Invited Talk
“Recent Trend in Policies Related to Information Science and Technology"
Katsuhiko Hara
(Director, Information Science & Technology, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology)
   [slides]
13:40-14:25
Invited Talk
“Research Strategies in Computer and Information Science and Engineering at NSF
Kenneth L. Calvert
(National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems (CISE/CNS), Division Director)
   [slides]
Abstract: Computing and information are enabling many changes affecting our world. The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at NSF supports foundational research on a broad range of topics related to theory, hardware, software, infrastructure and applications. This talk will discuss some of the strategies CISE uses to stimulate high-quality research, as well as some topics of particular interest, including Big Data, Smart and Connected Communities, and Advanced Wireless.
14:25-15:10
Invited Talk
“The European Union's Activities towards Building Smart and Secure Connected Communities”
Leonidas Karapiperis
(Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan)
   [slides]
Abstract: This presentation will introduce the European Union's research activities in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT) under Horizon 2020, focusing in particular on initiatives towards building secure and smart cities. Both of these topics have been a long standing priority of the European Union. The talk will provide an opportunity to learn of the most recent developments towards technologies that lie at the heart of smart cities, including efforts towards cyber security, user trials, technological standards, product certification and authentication, and other framework conditions. Furthermore, the presentation will show how the EU and Japan are cooperating in these areas, both via regular policy dialogues and via joint research projects. With the launch of the most recent Work Programme for Horizon 2020 in October this year, the presentation will also flag research cooperation opportunities between the EU and Japan in the area of hyper connected societies and smart cities.
15:10-15:30
Break
15:30-16:05
“VaaSI; Vehicle as a Social Infrastructure”
Yuji Inoue
(Advisor of Toyota Info Technology Center)
   [slides]
16:05-16:40
“Connecting People with AI for Natural Disaster Management”
Kentaro Torisawa
(Director General, Data-driven Intelligent System Research Center, Universal Communication Research Institute, NICT)
   [slides]
16:40-17:40
Panel Discussions
“Towards Construction of Secure Smart Connected Community”
(Moderator)
  • Hideyuki Tokuda (Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, President of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
   [slides]
(Panelist)
  • Ken Calvert (NSF CISE/CNS Division Director)
  • Leonidas Karapiperis (Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan)
  • Yuji Inoue (Advisor of Toyota Info Technology Center)
  • Kentaro Torisawa (Director General, Data-driven Intelligent System Research Center, Universal Communication Research Institute, NICT)
  • Mikiya Tani (General Manager, Security Research Laboratories, NEC)
  • Teruo Higashino (Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, Professor of Osaka University)
17:40-17:50
Closing Remark
Teruo Higashino
(Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, Professor of Osaka University)

Registration

Online registration is closed. Please directly come to the registration desk for on-site registration.

Contact

Secetary of the 11th Science Council of Japan Symposium on Informatics(National Institute of Informatics)
scj-jouhougaku-sec (a) nii.ac.jp (Please substitute @ for (a).)

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