- Katsuaki SUGANUMA
Director of ISIR
- The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) was founded in 1939 as part of Osaka Imperial University, the precursor of Osaka University, encouraged by the wishes of business leaders in the Kansai area for an institute that would promote fundamental science for the development of industry. Ever since, the ISIR has continually incorporated new research fields in order to flexibly meet the needs of the time. In 2009, with the aim of developing new interdisciplinary research, ISIR was reorganized into its current structure of four divisions: the Division of Information and Quantum Sciences, the Division of Advanced Materials and Beam Sciences, the Division of Biological and Molecular Sciences and the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center. In 2010, the Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices was launched in collaboration with four other university research institutes: IMRAM (Tohoku Univ.), RIES (Hokkaido Univ.), Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science (TIT) and IMCE (Kyusyu Univ.). We also promote the Nano-Macro Materials, Devices and System Research Alliance, a large-scale collaboration project. The ISIR works to establish and maintain a nationwide network of academic and industrial researchers and develop science and technology in Japan.
The ISIR’s mission has remained unchanged since its foundation: to quickly forecast trends in science and technology in the rapidly changing industrial landscape, and share the knowledge with Japanese industry to place it a step ahead of global competition.
The world rapidly changes beyond our expectations, and industrial technology with. The field of information science has experienced the most change – the ISIR predicted this in the late 70s and established the most advanced information laboratory not only in Osaka University, but also nation-wide. However, the following evolution of semiconductors was unpredictable, and the resulting continuous hardware developments have led to the machine learning, speech recognition, and autonomous vehicle technologies that are transforming the world today.
In 2019, the ISIR was launched the Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AI Center), which aims to unite the interdisciplinary foundations of our areas of strength – biology, materials, nanotechnology and information science. At this center, we will return to scientific principles in each field using information obtained through AI. If realized, we will be able to efficiently develop new scientific fields that have taken a long time to open up and rapidly develop them to industrial technology. Thus, we will be able to prepare for what Japanese industry should do next, and provide the basic technology in a timely manner.
The ISIR possesses a wide range of science and technology seeds ready to put into practical use. To do this effectively, we will continue to promote world-leading education and research while keeping our original mission in mind. Thank you very much for your continued support.