SANKEN Open Institute

We will hold the SANKEN Open Institute which provides an educational visit to our institute for students and young researchers who are interested in challenging the cutting-edge researches in our institute. We aim to pursue the basic science which would provide resources for creating new industries and extending our scientific outcomes to the applied science. The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) was founded in 1939, as a part of Osaka University, based on the strong demand from economics and industries in Kansai area. Since then, the institute has been developed as one of the leading research institutes for science and engineering in Japan. Our institute consists of four divisions: Information and quantum science, Advanced materials and beam science, Biological and molecular science, and Nanoscience and nanotechnology center. We also take part in the education in Schools of Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Engineering Science, Information Science and Technology, and Frontier Biosciences to raise outstanding researchers for science and industry. Aiming at the growth of all members working or learning in our institute, we solve the social problems and create new industries by conducting worldwide cutting-edge highly unique researches.
We welcome all students and young researchers who are well motivated to challenge to the cutting-edge researches. In this open institute event you can see our research activities for advanced science. If you are interested in participating to the SANKEN Open Institute, please contact in advance by email.

Date Saturday 26 May 2018   Start/13:00-   (Registration/ 12:30)
Location Lecture Hall in A (Administration) building, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University (Suita campus)
Eligible person Undergraduate, graduate students, and young researchers

12:30 Registration

13:00 Greeting

13:10 Short Introduction of research

14:00 Examination guidance

14:30 Laboratory tour

17:00 Finish

For an application

Please mail the following information.

Subject:ISIR Request of visit
To:renkei-kyouiku[at] ※Please change [at] to @.
2.Organization (University and department, etc.)
3.Academic degree

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Contact ISIR Planning Office(06-6879-8380)

Laboratory List(Updating now)

Department of Quantum System Electronics
(Oiwa Lab.)
We study novel optical, electronic, and spin devices that support the highly-sophisticated information society in the 21st century. Based on semiconductor devices, our research fields are quantum information processing using the quantum mechanical nature of electron spins and photons, and spintronics based on the development and hybridization of optical, electrical and spin materials. We study the growth and characterization of high quality materials and perform precise quantum transport measurements. Aim of our research is the realization of novel phenomena emerging in quantum nano-structures that can control the photon, electron and spin degrees of freedom.
Graduate School of Science(Department of Physics)
Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering)
Department of Advanced Electron Devices
(Sekitani Lab.)
Our group is engaged in the development of next-generation “Flexible electronics & Photonics” taking full advantages of high mechanical flexibility and electrical performances that organic materials inherently possess. Utilizing key technologies of functional material-based electronic and photonic devices, our group is aiming for creating new sciences of wide range from information-communication technologies (ICT) to the fields of bio-medical-welfare, and demonstrating to exhibit the usefulness of the devices on the wide range of social life.

Graduate School of Engineering(Department of Applied Physics)
Department of Intelligent Media
(Yagi Lab.)
The studies in this laboratory focus on computer vision and media processing including basic technologies such as sensor design, and applications such as an intelligent system with visual processing functions. Some of our major research projects are development of a novel vision sensor such as an omnidirectional mirror, biomedical image processing such as an endoscope and microscope images, person authentication, intension, and emotion estimation from human gait, and its applications to forensic and medical fields, photometry analysis and its application to computer graphics, an anticrime system using a wearable camera, 3D shape and human measurement using infrared light.

Graduate School of Information Science and Technology(Department of Computer Science)
Department of Reasoning for Intelligence
(Washio Lab.)
We, humans, can extract variety of knowledge from given data by the full use of our reasoning. However, such reasoning ability of humans is so limited that most of the massive and complex data acquired through computer network are wasted without any humans' inspection. To provide efficient remedies to this difficulty, our department studies novel reasoning approaches to extract knowledge from the massive and complex data by using computers. These techniques are named data mining and knowledge discovery. We also study the application of these techniques to variety of fields such as science, information network, quality/risk management, medicine, security, marketing and finance. Recently, we obtained significant outcomes in the research topics of knowledge discovery from extremely high dimensional data, knowledge discovery from graph structured data, data mining of comprehensive knowledge and discovery of time dependent law equations from data.

Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering)
Department of Knowledge Science
(Komatani Lab.)
Intelligence of machines, e.g., to talk with humans, is still under development, while computation power and robot locomotion have drastically improved. To realize human-friendly and helpful robots, the spoken dialogue function, which human beings have in nature, is indispensable. We study basic technologies on spoken dialogue systems across several layers from acoustic signal processing to social interaction. We have also been involved in the ontology engineering, which organizes human knowledge and describes it in a machine-readable format.

Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering)
Department of Architecture for Intelligence
(Numao Lab.)
As Information Technology spreads out, people are now beginning to feel stressed, and tend to be disturbed by flood of information such as spam mails. Since these are due to lack of flexibility of current computer systems and their interfaces, we propose to develop an adaptive computer that learns from its environment. Psychological experiments and advanced machine learning technologies enable us to develop a highly adaptive user-friendly interface to information systems.

Graduate School of Science and Technology(Department of Information and Physical Sciences)
Department of Functionalized Natural Materials
(Nogi Lab.)
Cellulose nanofibers with 4-20 nm width are bundles of cellulose microfibrils, which are frameworks of cell walls in all the plants. We have developed nano-fibrillation processes of bio-resources (wood, plants fibers, crabs, shrimps e.t.c.) and some advanced nanofiber materials with high optical transparency. Moreover, we have also improved their properties or processes to realize their applications in the electronic devices.

Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Applied Chemistry)
Department of Advanced Hard Materials
(Sekino Lab.)
Based on the hierarchical structure design and control concept, the Department of Advanced Hard Materials is aiming to develop functions-harmonized bulk ceramics and metals and/or nanostructured materials and to investigate their fundamental characteristics. To achieve this goal, we are adapting: ceramic-based composites with synergy functions, structure-function harmonized hetero-semiconductor composites, the original methodology for elastic properties measurement/analysis for advanced elasticity-controlled metal-based materials, structures/functions tuning of low-dimensional anisotropic oxide nanomaterials for multiple applications. Through these researches, our emphasis is placed on the practical application of developed materials and technologies to solve crucial problems arising in our society.

Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Materials and manufacturing Science)
Department of Advanced Interconnection Materials
(Suganuma Lab.)
Through nanotechnology and nanoscience with advanced analytical techniques, this laboratory aims to develop the fine structural materials and components, which can be applied in the industrial fields of electronics, automobiles and natural energy conversion systems. In addition, we try to establish new interdisciplinary research areas that require the harmonized multi-material systems.

Graduate School of Engineering(Department of Adaptive Machine Systems)
Department of Beam Materials Science
(Kozawa Lab.)
The industrial application of quantum beam will rapidly expand in the field such as high-volume production of semiconductor devices. Cancer therapy using ionizing radiation has also attracted much attention. In Department of Beam Materials Science, the radiation-induced chemical reaction and reaction field have been investigated using state-of-the-art quantum beam (electron, extreme ultraviolet radiation, laser, synchrotron radiation, X-ray, g-ray, ion beam). We have studied the chemical reaction system from the energy deposition on materials to the expression of material function. On the basis of these studies, we have designed a noble chemical reaction system. Investigation of radiation-induced fast reactions of materials at extreme conditions (high temperature / pressure conditions up to supercritical regime) is also ongoing.

Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Applied Chemistry)
Department of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
(Sasai Lab.)
The purpose of this department is the development of catalytic asymmetric processes that produce optically active organic compounds with high selectivity. We engage in the design and synthesis of novel optically active catalysts and reaction media based on new concepts, and their application to the energy-saving and environment-conscious processes directed towards practically useful asymmetric reactions.

Graduate School of Science(Department of Chemistry)
Department of Regulatory Bioorganic Chemistry
(Nakatani Lab.)
Nakatani Lab. was established in 2005 when Kazuhiko Nakatani (PI) have moved from Kyoto University. Our researches are primarily focused on two major area chemical biology and nanotechnology. In both projects, the high level of organic chemistry, nucleic acids chemistry, and molecular biology are our tools. Especially, mismatch binding ligands (MBL) that we have discovered will play the principal role.

Graduate School of Science(Department of Chemistry)
Department of Organic Fine Chemicals Based on chemical proteomic approaches, our research interests are focused on the rational design and synthesis of small organic compounds that potentially modulate/inhibit protein-protein interactions. These compounds are also utilized as a tool in our chemical genomic study to elucidate intracellular signaling pathways. Our research also extends into the development of a novel type of nucleobase that can specifically recognize virus genome sequence.
Department of Biomolecular Science and Reaction
(Kuroda Lab.)
The aims of this laboratory are the analysis of intermolecular reactions found in various biological phenomena, and the development of bio-industrially useful technologies by utilizing these reactions. In particular, we develop an in vivo pinpoint DDS (drug delivery system) nanocarrier (bio-nanocapsule) by mimicking the function of viruses, single cell-related technologies by utilizing an automated single cell analysis and picking up machine, an oriented immobilization technology for various biomolecules, and a bio-missile for selective degradation of pathogenic proteins in vivo. And, the active-site structures and catalytic mechanisms of various enzymes are being investigated by site-directed mutagenesis, various spectroscopies, and X-ray crystallography. Furthermore, we are conducting structural and functional analysis of bacterial two-component systems, which are involved in biofilm formation, pathogenicity, and drug resistance, to develop novel antibiotics against bacterial signal transduction. We are focusing on molecular mechanism and physiological relevance of endocytic pathway, which sustains the drug delivery to specific targets and selective elimination of unwanted materials within the cells.

Graduate School of Science(Department of Biological Sciences)
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
Department of Biomolecular Science and Regulation
(Nishino Lab.)
Multidrug efflux pumps play a major role in the multidrug resistance by extruding antibiotics or biocides out of the cell. Recent discoveries support the notion that at least some multidrug efflux pumps have specific physiological substrates because these pumps have been shown to have roles in bacterial virulence. We are interested in understanding physiological functions of multidrug efflux pumps. This knowledge should promote the development of novel inhibitors or strategies that could counteract the contribution of efflux pumps to drug resistance and virulence.

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Biomolecular Science and Engineering
(Nagi Lab.)
One of the essence of biological phenomena is that nano-system consisting few to tens elements works in “cooperative” manner. To this end, we are developing several techniques to elucidate “the principle of the life system weaved by gap between minority and mass”. One approach is the use of the fluorescent proteins (FPs), which is spontaneously fluorescent without any enzymatic synthesis and any cofactors. Combination of FPs with fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) technique allows us to develop functional indicators, by which we can spying localized molecular events in their natural environment within a living cell. By exploiting those techniques, we have created not only calcium-sensitive proteins to obtain an understanding of how intracellular calcium signals are generated and integrated, but also new fluorescent probes for the visualization of signal transduction cascades that are currently assayed by grinding millions of cells. Furthermore, we are developing novel optical techniques by which fluorescence signals can be efficiently detected. We strive to perform the paradigm shift from current biology to “minority biology” In addition, we are generating transgenic plants expressing bright and multicolor bioluminescent proteins to achieve energy-saving society.

Graduate School of Engineering(The Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology)
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices
(Tanaka Lab.)
The main purpose of this department is to newly construct function harmonized nano-materials and nano-devices based on novel nano-scale physical mechanism. By using typical “Bottom-up Nanotechnology” of artificial lattice technique and self organized patterning, we combine exotic materials which exhibit ferroelectric/ferromagnetic/semiconductive properties and so on at atomic/molecular level to new functional nanomaterials. We also develop nano-fabrication technique for the new functional nano-materials by fusion of Bottom-up and Top-down Nanotechnologies, and construct spatially and dimensionally controlled nanodevices toward new functional electronics application.

Graduate School of Engineering Science(Department of Materials Engineering Science)
Department of Advanced Nanofabrication
(Yoshida Lab.)
In our research group, to realize advanced nanofabrication, the fundamental processes induced by quantum beams in materials are to be elucidated. As a tool, a femto/attosecond pulse radiolysis system is researching and developing. To reach the time resolution of attosecond, generating and measuring methods of the femto/attosecond electron pulses are studied. We are searching for the novel phenomena induced by these attosecond high density electron pulses. By applying our electron beam generation/control technology to electron microscope/electron diffraction device, we are aiming for new development in interdisciplinary fields of accelerator science, electron microscopy and radiation chemistry.

Graduate School of Engineering(Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering)
Department of Theoretical Nanotechnology
(Oguchi Lab.)
The mission of our laboratory is theoretical prediction of novel properties of materials by first-principles calculations. By exploring the electronic structure and microscopic mechanisms, the guidelines for design of materials with suitable properties are constructed. The development of fundamental theory and calculation methods is also one of the missions.

Graduate School of Engineering Science(Department of Materials Engineering Science)
Department of Bio-Nanotechnology
(Taniguchi Lab.)
We develop single molecule analysis technologies to evaluate electrical conductance, local temperature, heat transport, and molecular structures, using nanodevices made by nanotechnologies, and create single molecule science based on single molecule analysis technologies.  We simultaneously develop single molecule electrical sequencers of DNA and RNA, and single molecule structure analysis methods using single molecule technologies to realize personalized medicine.

Graduate School of Science(Department of Chemistry)

About Graduate School

We belong to the following graduate schools in Osaka University: Graduate School of Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Engineering Science, Information Science, Frontier Biosciences. Please visit the graduate school about the exam.

Graduate School of Science >>>●Department of Physics >>>●Department of Chemistry >>>Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences >>>●Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate School of Engineering >>>●Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering >>>●Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science >>>●Department of Adaptive Machine Systems >>>●Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology >>>Division of Applied Chemistry >>>●Department of Applied Physics
Graduate School of Engineering Science >>>Department of Materials Engineering Science
Graduate School of Information Science >>>●Department of Information and Physical Sciences
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences >>>●Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences


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