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Photonic Network Research Institute

The Photonic Network Research Institute promotes research and development to realize sustainable future networks that can accommodate hugely expanding information traffic. This is achieved by flexibly combining various kinds of services, including ultra high-speed data transmission and 3D content distribution, while also seeking to reduce excessive power consumption and maintain network availability.


The objective of research activity in Lightwave Devices Laboratory is to develop high performance device and circuit technologies in for the next generation of photonics.

For constructing a physical layer of optical communication in the new generation network, we focus on research and development of photonic network system technologies to overcome limitations of functionality, capacity and efficiency of the conventional network.

Network Architecture Laboratory's goal is to develop the network architecture that can carry both optical packet and circuit, to conduct demonstration with using R&D testbed, and to establish autonomous network resource adjustment and network management & control technologies to improve convenience for users, energy saving and reliability.

- NICT AKARI Project

Wireless Network Research Institute

Wireless Network Research Institute conducts research and development (R&D) on technologies to realize more scalable, dependable and faster wireless communication systems for expanding network coverage and applicability. The R&D activity to establish the communication technology that is essential for environmental protection and disaster measures will contribute to construct a safe, secure and smart society with its ability to set up networks under any circumstances from/to the land, sea, air and space.


Smart Wireless Laboratory is working on research and development concerning the use of: (1) unused frequencies of Millimeter­wave and Tera­Hertz wave, (2) frequencies for wide area communications such as the VHF band, which are not allocated for broadband communications purposes previously, and (3) unused frequencies (white space) for particular purposes. We are also conducting research and development on super long life devices with the latest frequency control technology, low consumption power and interference reduction techniques.

Our group focuses on dependable autonomous distributed wireless networks, which interconnect those things with low latency, disaster-resistance, and flexibility, not depending on specific base stations or access points.

Space Communication Systems Laboratory promotes various research projects for advanced space communication and conducts research and development (R&D) on satellite communication technologies that are effective in disaster relief and disaster mitigation.

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Network Security Research Institute

We concentrate on three major research and development areas: cyber-security technology, which establishes a technical basis for cutting-edge cyber attack monitoring, tracking, analysis, response, and prevention to help solve social problems; security architecture technology, which provides secure networks by establishing techniques for optimized configuration, design, and evaluation of secure networks, including mobile, cloud, and new-generation NW; and security fundamentals technology, which establishes practical next-generation cryptographic technologies ranging from modern cryptography to quantum security. We continue to pursue the world-leading research and development demanded by society by combining and integrating these three core research areas to provide a safe, secure ICT environment for all people.


The Cybersecurity Laboratory conducts highly practical and macroscopic security research to promptly grasp, closely analyze, and provide effective countermeasures against evolving cyber attacks.

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Security Architecture Laboratory aims at solving complicated problems in network security. We are conducting research on network composition technology such that anyone can enjoy suitable and optimal security technology anytime without expertise of technology.

The Security Fundamentals Laboratory evaluates currently used cryptographic technologies and also pursues research and development on security fundamentals. We have organized CRYPTREC (CRYPTography Research and Evaluation Committees) to monitor and evaluate the security of e-government recommended ciphers and investigate and examine the appropriate installation and operation of these cryptographic techniques.

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Universal Communication Research Institute

We promote the research and development of universal communication technology through the creation of communication technology with high compatibility to all people.By using the research results our institute has cultivated in the fields of sound, language, and knowledge, we aim to increase the convenience of daily life and to create a rich and safe society through the accumulation of research in the fields of multilingual communication, content service infrastructure and telemedicine associated with ultra-realistic communication.


We have set ourselves a goal of creating a technology that takes advantage of paralinguistic information such as speech and gestures, to make possible natural communication no matter who or where the speakers are, when and how they are used, or in which language they are communicating.

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By improving the development of self-learning technology, we aim to develop methods that can quickly construct parallel corpora for specific domains in order to increase translation accuracy. We also seek to develop techniques, such as multi-lingual language processing, English-based pivot translations, domain adaptation, and context-based translations, which take the content surrounding sentences and paragraphs into account when translating, which will ease multilingualization and allow for correspondence across multiple domains.

The Information Analysis Laboratory (IAL) develops natural language processing technology that makes it possible to automatically discover valuable combinations of information scattered in many places and to automatically generate important hypothetical knowledge through the deep semantic analysis of large volumes of data, including the Web.

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The Information Services Platform Laboratory is working on the research and developement of the information services platform that efficiently provides composite services to satisfy user requirements, by appropriately combining the technologies that manage large-scale information assets including the Web archive of several billion pages with the information service that uses those information assets.

We conduct research and development on electronic holography systems, multi-view 3D displays, and multi-dimensional sound systems, to create an ultra-realistic communication environment.

We analyze human cognitive and computational mechanisms for processing multisensory information by developing reliable human measurement methods that use psychophysical and brain activity imaging techniques.

Advanced ICT Research Institute

We advance the research and deveolpment of the new approaches to innovate science in the fields of optics, quantum engineering, nano-technology, bio-technology and human brain information technology, and apply them to information and communications technologies in the future.
We do this by applying nano-fabrication techniques to advanced photo-electronic functional materials, such as organic electro-optic materials as well as superconducting materials.

In the Terahertz and Millimeter wave ICT Laboratory, we are conducting R&D on ultrahigh-speed device and ultrafast signal measurement technologies in the Terahertz and Millimeter region (so-called unexplored frequency range) in order to realize terahertz wireless technologies that can be used in future ultrahigh-speed communications and such applications as industry, agriculture and medicine.

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We study quantum info-communications technology, which can realize cryptography that can never be eavesdropped in theory, and ultimately low-power and high-capacity communication, by directly controlling the quantum mechanical properties of light. We aim at finding as many dreams of ICT seen from the quantum world as possible, realizing and utilizing them for our future society.

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The Nano ICT Research Laboratory aims to establish innovative photo control technologies that will lead to breakthroughs in the performance of photo detection, photo modulation, switching speed, and power consumption. We do this by applying nano-fabrication techniques to advanced photo-electronic functional materials, such as organic electro-optic materials and superconducting materials.

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The Bio-ICT Laboratory aims to develop new communication and information technologies based upon a new concept of information through the functional analysis of cells and biological macromolecules.

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Understanding the neural mechanisms involved in information processing in the human brain is key to improving the quality of “human-to-human communication”.

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Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute

Applied electromagnetic research institute works for the research and development of the measurement of various subjects with electromagnetic waves. Subject range in scale size is from atomic to the solar-terrestrial scale. We provide the Japanese standard time and the space weather forecast through our study, and have a service of the type approval and calibration.

Remote Sensing Fundamentals Laboratory aims to establish fundamental technologies of remote sensing by using high frequency electromagnetic waves (optical, terahertz and millimeter waves) to measure various constituents and phenomena of the atmospheric environment. Our technologies provide effective methods of monitoring the Earth’s atmosphere for the optimum coexistence of humans and the environment.

We will develop science cloud technologies to process large data sets from the sensing and numerical simulation of geospace and earth environments. The data are observed, collected, processed, analyzed, and delivered through the international alliance in the Asia Oceania region.

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- NICT Radio Propagation Project
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- NICT's contribution to World Data Center for lonosphere

Time and frequency standards are indispensable for information and communication technology. Furthermore, they are also the base for science, industry, and secure society. In this field, NICT has the important task of defining these standards and disseminating standard time all over Japan.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory works to maintain the desirable electromagnetic environment through the research on EMC as well as test and calibration services.

Network Testbed Research and Development Promotion Center

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The new-generation network (NWGN) is a newly designed network that can provide service applications to meet high-level needs from its users with a variety of large-scale networks and mult-function terminals. By introducing the new-generation network, it is expected to solve social issues such as serious energy problems and to create new values. Aiming at achievement of the new-generation network, the NWGN R&D Project started in the year 2010 by assembling researchers from inside and outside of NICT under an organized collaboration of industry, academia, and government.

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