The 9th Science Council of Japan Symposium on Informatics

Sponsor
Committee on Informatics, Science Council of Japan
Supporters
National Institute of Informatics, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Date / time
January 12, 2016. 13:00-17:00
Venue
Auditorium at Science Council of Japan (7-22-34 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Access
The exit No. 5 of the Nogizaka station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

Overview

This symposium features talks and a panel discussion 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 (Internet of Things), Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence are hot topics in Informatics today and draw more and more attention from both academia and industry. It is certainly foreseeable that advancement of research in these fields will lead us into the new age, where, in smart, integrated, and real-time manners, we can analyze and utilize massive amount of divergent data gathered from multifarious connected devices. With these new kinds of information technologies spreading over our living and working environments, we should probably redefine and reconstruct those environments as smart systems, and make smart cities, Industrie 4.0, etc. eventually become a reality. The committee on Informatics, Science Counsel of Japan, would like to deepen our understanding of the future impact of Information Technology through in-depth discussions.

We have two notable invited speakers, one from the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program of the United States and the other from Delegation of the European Union to Japan. They have talks about recent research strategies in Informatics or Information Technology. We also have a speaker from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan, who introduces the recent trend in policies related to information and communication technology followed by expectations and demands to the informatics community. The committee on Informatics itself introduces its recent activities, in particular, Reference Standard in Informatics, which will be published in this fiscal year. A panel session is also held to discuss ICT in the 5th fundamental plan for science and technology, aiming to clarify the current position of informatics, which would help activity of the committee.

Program

13:00-13:10
Opening Remarks and Report from the Committee on Informatics
Masaru Kitsuregawa (Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, Head of National Institute of Informatics, Chair of the Committee on Informatics)
13:10-13:55
Invited Talk
"An overview of three U.S. Initiatives in Networking and Information Technology: Big Data, Smart Cities, and Strategic Computing"
Keith Marzullo (Director, National Coordination Office for NITRD)
[Abstract] Three recent initiative by the U. S. Government all have a “big data” component: the Big Data Initiative (March 2012), Smart Cities Initiative (September 2015) and the National Strategic Computing Initiative (July 2015). I will give an overview of these three initiatives, including their shared interest in “big data”, and discuss activities being done by agencies and being coordinated by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program.
13:55-14:40
Invited Talk
"EU's ICT Strategy and Research Programmes"
Leonidas Karapiperis (Head of Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan)
 
[Abstract] Information and Communication Technologies underpin innovation and competitiveness across private and public sectors and enable scientific progress in all disciplines. Consequently, EU has a comprehensive ICT strategy, which is fully integrated in its overall policy objectives, as expressed in the current Juncker Commission's 10 priorities. It has been crystallised in the recently adopted "Digital Agenda for Europe". Support for ICT plays a central role in Horizon 2020, EU's EUR 80 billion Research and innovation Programme (2014-2020). As with Horizon 2020 in general, the funding for ICT focuses on innovation, ensuring that the R&D in ICT technologies leads to tangible benefits for the economy and society. The presentation will outline EU's overall ICT strategy and will concentrate on the related research and innovation activities of Horizon 2020. It will also describe the latter's international cooperation strategy, with a particular focus on Japan.
14:40-15:00
Break
15:00-16:00
Panel Discussion: IT in the 5th Fundamental Plan for Science and Technology
* Coordinator:
Masaru Kitsuregawa (Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, Head of National Institute of Informatics, Chair of the Committee on Informatics)
* Panelists
Yuichiro Anzai (President of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
Kazuo Kyuma (Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation)
Hiromichi Shinohara (Senior Executive Vice President of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation)
16:00-16:25
"Recent Trend in Policies Related to Information and Communication Technology (tentative)"
Tsuyoshi Enomoto (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology)
16:25-16:55
"Reference Standard in Informatics (tentative)"
Masami Hagiya (Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, Professor of the University of Tokyo)
16:55-17:00
Closing Remarks
Hideyuki Tokuda (Member of the Section III of the Science Council of Japan, Professor of Keio University, Vice Chair of the Committee on Informatics)

* Please note that speakers and title of the talks might be changed.

Contact

Kaoru Arakawa (Executive Committee Chair of the 9th Science Council of Japan Symposium on Informatics, Secretary of the Committee on Informatics)
kara [at] meiji.ac.jp

Registration

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Registration due: More than 300 people have already registered for the symposium. Registration will be closed soon when the maximum capacity is reached.

Please send your application to:

Jun Adachi (National Institute of Informatics)
scj_informatics [at] nii.ac.jp

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