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  • RaNNC (Rapid Neural Network Connector), automatic parallelization middleware for deep learning developed jointly by Data-driven Intelligent System Research Center (DIRECT), the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, President: TOKUDA Hideyuki, Ph.D.), and the University of Tokyo (President: FUJII Teruo), won first place at the PyTorch Annual Hackathon 2021 (PyTorch Developer Tools & Libraries category).
    December 8, 2021
  • Clarivate Analytics unveiled a list of "Highly Cited Researchers 2021" in London on November 16, 2021, and one researcher was selected from NICT.
    December 2, 2021
  • Date : [Tue], December 7, 2021 [Thu], December 9, 2021 Place : https://quantum-innovation.riken.jp/
    We kindly ask you to register beforehand. Registration is free of charge.
    Quantum Innovation 2021 (The International Symposium on Quantum Science, Technology and Innovation) will be held as a virtual conference from Tuesday, December 7th, through Thursday, December 9th.
    The aim of this symposium is to introduce quantum information processing technology and its trends in practical applications through guest speeches and technical sessions of each field. We expect to share a common view on the current study status including implementation results both in Japan and abroad as well as to promote international collaborations through the meetings with key persons from each country. We look forward to your participation.
    November 30, 2021
  • NICT proudly announces that Professor Dr. Andreas Dengel*, Executive Director of German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), awarded "the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" of Japan in the autumn of 2021.
    November 25, 2021
  • A study group consisting of the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Meiji University, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), and Kyushu University has devised a method to observe noctilucent clouds (NLCs) appearing at 80-85 km altitude by focusing on the rim of the Earth captured in the disk images from the geostationary meteorological satellite Himawari 8. The group has established a real-time NLCs monitoring system using the satellite data. With the new monitoring method of NLCs or “Climate Canary”, contributions to studies related to climate changes including global warming are expected.
    November 11, 2021
  • NICT's research paper on nitride superconducting qubit, published on Monday, September 20, 2021, was selected as a featured image highlight at <i>Communications Materials</i> (an open-access journal from Nature Research), so an optical micrograph image of a nitride superconducting qubit circuit is displayed as the main screen view of the journal.
    October 29, 2021
  • Toshiba Corporation, Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo), Tohoku University Hospital, and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have developed a distributed storage technology that combines quantum cryptography communication and secret sharing technologies, successfully demonstrating the world’s first experimental large-scale genome analysis data backup to multiple sites. These technologies will allow data backup that prevents data leaks and tampering over long periods and are expected to contribute to safe data management in the fields of genomic research and medicine.
    October 7, 2021
  • Researchers at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, President: TOKUDA Hideyuki, Ph.D.), in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, President: Dr. ISHIMURA Kazuhiko) and the Tokai National Higher Education and Research System Nagoya University (President: Dr. MATSUO Seiichi) have succeeded in developing an all-nitride superconducting qubit using epitaxial growth on a silicon substrate that does not use aluminum as the conductive material. This qubit uses niobium nitride (NbN) with a superconducting transition temperature of 16 K (-257 °C) as the electrode material, and aluminum nitride (AlN) for the insulating layer of the Josephson junction. It is a new type of qubit made of all-nitride materials grown epitaxially on a silicon substrate and free of any amorphous oxides, which are a major noise source. By realizing this new material qubit on a silicon substrate, long coherence times have been obtained: an energy relaxation time (T1) of 16 microseconds and a phase relaxation time (T2) of 22 microseconds as the mean values. This is about 32 times T1 and about 44 times T2 of nitride superconducting qubits grown on a conventional magnesium oxide substrate.
    September 20, 2021
  • The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED; Haruo HAYASHI, President), the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT; Hideyuki TOKUDA, President), Japan Weather Association (JWA; Ken HARUTA, Chairman), Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (Shinichi HIROSE, President), Tokio Marine dR Co., Ltd. (Taizo SHIMAKURA, President & CEO), and Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.(Junichi YOSHIDA, President & CEO) will conduct a proof-of-concept experiment to provide responsive weather forecasts with a 30-min lead time for event managers and attendees during the Marunouchi Street Park 2021 Summer event held from August 2nd to September 12th.
    August 24, 2021
  • The group lead by Executive Researcher, YOSHIHARA Motojiro, and Senior Researcher, SAKURAI Akira, at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kobe (NICT, President: TOKUDA Hideyuki, Ph.D.) unraveled a neural correlate of Pavlovian conditioning. The feeding command neuron, which was discovered by the same group in the brain of fruit flies (Nature, 2013)1, was found to be hijacked by an originally-independent stimulus, leading to the conditioned response. Furthermore, the experimental system of Pavlovian conditioning made possible real-time observation of cell-cell connection for memory formation.
    These results were published in Current Biology at 11 AM on August 4 (US Eastern Standard Time) in 2021.
    August 11, 2021