Research Support Activities

Research Groups

Overview

The Research Group is a unique interdisciplinary concept established at Tokyo Tech to facilitate the formation of international research bases by grouping individual research by full-time faculty into innovative and specific fields beyond the boundaries of departments, and to promote research in a strategically sound manner.
The Research Group is established for the cases that fall under the following:

  • Research that holds seeds or resources satisfying company needs and aims to promote industry-university collaboration;
  • Research that aims to be adopted as large-scale national projects; and
  • Basic and exploratory research to be grouped.

Each Research Group is a three-year program. Since the first was initiated in 2002, a number have been activated. Some have been evolved into Tokyo Tech Research Centers and have obtained external funds based on Research Group activities, which shows that the concept functions as a new core for research at Tokyo Tech.

In 2019, the Innovation Research Initiative was renamed Research Group, the period was reduced from five to three years, and the roles to be played were reviewed.

Establishing a Research Group

1. Obtain approval from the Dean or Director of the relevant department

Establishing a Research Group requires approval from the dean or director of the principle researcher’s department using the Application for Establishment of a Research Initiative(Signed approvals are required.)
Contact the Research Planning Division Research Planning Group 1(kenkik.kik1[at]jim.titech.ac.jp) before submitting the application.

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2. Apply to the President via the Director of the Office of Research and Innovation

Submit the Application for Establishment of a Research Group to the Research Planning Division Research Planning Group 1 (kenkik.kik[at]jim.titech.ac.jp).  

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3. Approval/ Rejection is decided by the President after discussions at the Office of Research and Innovation

The proposed group is discussed at a meeting of the Office of Research and Innovation.

Please check here for the details.

Renewal of the Research Group

The period of each Research Group is up to three years. In principle, extensions are not granted; however, exceptions are possible in the following cases:

  • When external funding has been obtained in accordance with the purpose of the group described in the application (however, the maximum period is the expiration of the relevant external funding); and
  • If the Research Group was established for the grouping of basic or exploratory research and the continuing need is approved by the President.

*Application for renewal of Research Groups that have met the above two conditions follows the same flow as the initial application.

Cancellation of the Research Group

In the event the Research Group is canceled before expiration of the period of validity, the principal researcher is required to report to the relevant department director and to notify the President via the Director of the Office of Research and Innovation.
Notification of Cancellation of the Research Initiativemust be submitted to the Research Planning Division, Research Planning Group 1 (kenkik.kik[at]jim.titech.ac.jp).

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List of Current Research Groups

As of April 1, 2020
No. Objective Name Program Director Outline
Affiliation Title Name
1 Realization of Future Continuable Health Society Research Group for Future Sports and Health Science School of Life Science and Technology Associate Professor Nobuhiro HAYASHI PDF
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2 Study of Signal Processing and Network Technologies for Advanced Radio Systems Mobile Communications Research Group (MCRG) School of Environment and Society Professor Junichi TAKADA PDF
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3 Development of Computational Drug Discovery Platform for Middle Molecule Middle Molecule IT-based Drug Discovery Laboratory(MIDL) School of Computing Professor Yutaka AKIYAMA PDF
4 Innovative ICT Research involving Material, Device and System Integration ICT Research Initiative toward Smart Society Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology Professor Fumio KOYAMA
5 Promotion of research on data science / artificial intelligence for solving socially important problems Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Research Group for Social Good School of Computing Dean of the School of Computing(Professor) Haruo YOKOTA WEB
6 Development of Interdisciplinary Technologies for Symbiotic Ecosystems of Agriculture and Industry The Innovative Research Project for Symbiotic Ecosystems of Agriculture and Industry School of Computing Professor Masayuki YAMAMURA WEB
7 Development of FPGA accelerators and FPGA utilization platforms Adaptive Computing Research Initiative School of Computing Associte Professor Kenji KISE WEB
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