AIST welcomes researchers and visitors from abroad with high interest in various research fields. AIST also has dispatched its staff overseas. Followings are some examples, and a list of visits over the last few years.
Visit by H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Minister of Economy and Finance of the Kingdom of Cambodia
February 10th, 2017
A delegation lead by H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Minister of Economy and Finance of the Kingdom of Cambodia, visited AIST Tsukuba Center on February 10th, 2017.
The welcome speech was given by Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama, Senior Vice-President, and Dr. Koichi Awazu, Deputy Director of the Collaboration Promotion and International Affairs Division, gave an overview presentation on AIST. There were questions by the Minister on the specifics regarding research collaboration with companies, ways of collaborating with SMEs, and success examples, to all of which Dr. Kanayama and Dr. Eikichi Tsukuda, Vice-President, responded by introducing AIST's joint research facilities and the activities of our regional centers located throughout Japan.
Next, in response to the Minister's interest in information communication and robots, researchers specializing in these fields gave a demonstration of the Mobile Robot and the Autonomous Wheelchair. Dr. Pornmoniroth gained first-hand experience of AIST's achievements in mobility research by taking a turn with the Autonomous Wheelchair.
Throughout the tour of Science Square which followed, the Minister showed considerable interest in AIST's research activities, as evidenced by his questions on specific details regarding the research achievements being exhibited.
Visit by His Excellency Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan
November 29th, 2016
His Excellency Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan, visited AIST Tsukuba Center on November 29th, 2016.
Greetings by Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama, Senior Vice-President, and an overview of AIST by Dr. Natsuko Sakai, Director of the Collaboration Promotion and International Affairs Division, were followed by a tour of DAILAB, our joint laboratory with India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and the Science Square.
The Ambassador expressed his pleasure regarding the active role played by Indian researchers at AIST, as well as his hope that their role will continue to expand in the future. His Excellency greeted Indian and Chinese researchers at DAILAB, and with his questions throughout his tour of Science Square, where examples of our research achievements are exhibited, His Excellency showed considerable interest in AIST's research activities.
Visit of H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, and Distinguished Delegates from Thailand
September 30th, 2016
His Excellency Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Dr. Luxsamee Plangsangmas, Governor of Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and members of their delegation from Thailand, visited AIST Tokyo Waterfront on September 30th, 2016.
In his greeting remarks, President Dr. Chubachi spoke of AIST's joint efforts with NSTDA and TISTR to promote innovation in Asia, and of the close partnership among research institutes of both countries. During the subsequent discussions, both sides confirmed the direction of collaboration regarding the development of high-value functional foods, and agreed to continue working toward their future development.
This was then followed by overviews of the Molecular Profiling Research Center for Drug Discovery, and the Artificial Intelligence Research Center, both research centers specializing in the core areas of research being conducted at AIST Tokyo Waterfront, as well as a demonstration of the "Mahoro" LabDroid. The minister was greatly interested in Mahoro's role in creating innovation through its implementation in the biomedical field, in which the ability to execute high-precision, complex tasks is required.
Visit by Prof. Acad. Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and his Delegation to AIST
September 13th, 2016
Prof. Academician Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Mr. Nguyen The Phuong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, and their delegation visited AIST Tsukuba on September 13th, 2016.
The aim of this particular visit to Japan was to conduct discussions with the relevant government agencies with a view to promoting the concept of a Vietnam-Japan Center of Advanced Technology. Indeed, Prof. Acad. Minh and Mr. Phuong gave an introductory overview of this concept following the greetings by Vice-President Dr. Tsukuda.
Two AIST researchers from Vietnam also met the delegation and introduced their respective research activities.
The delegation then visited our Geological Museum and Science Square.
AIST and VAST have concluded a comprehensive MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), and have conducted joint researches in such fields as water treatment technology, geological sciences, and information security.
Renewal of Comprehensive MOU between ITRI and AIST
August 26th, 2016
Vice President Dr. Jia-Ruey Duann of ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan) and his delegation visited AIST Tsukuba Center on August 26th, 2016. Following the greeting remarks by Vice-President Dr. Seto and Dr. Duann, both participated in the signing ceremony for the renewal of the comprehensive MOU between ITRI and AIST. This is the second time the MOU has been renewed between the two institutions since it was first concluded in September of 2005, and was subsequently renewed in 2011. 5 workshops have been conducted to date with ITRI, and our joint research activities have yielded results in such fields as energy and information.
Subsequently, there were overview presentations by both sides on measurement standards, which included discussions with Vice-President Dr. Miki participating. There were also presentations on robotics technology development by Dr. Hirukawa, Director of AIST’s Robot Innovation Research Center, and Dr. Jwu-Sheng Hu, Vice President of ITRI, and General Director of ITRI-MMSL (Mechanical and Mechatronics Systems Research Laboratories). It is hope that the renewal of the comprehensive MOU between ITRI and AIST will lead to further joint activities in the form of workshops, etc, which will in turn serve to strengthen the collaborative research relations mutually complimentary to both ITRI and AIST.
Visit of H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, and Distinguished Guests from Thailand
June 1st, 2016
H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Suvit Maesincee, Deputy Minister of Commerce, H.E. Mr. Bansarn Bunnag, Ambassador of Thailand, and distinguished guests visited AIST’s Robot Safety Center on June 1st, 2016.
The visit, which was organized by Tsukuba City, began with welcome remarks by Deputy Governor Kusuda of Ibaraki Prefecture and Mayor Ichihara of Tsukuba City. Subsequently, in his own welcome remarks, Dr. Chubachi, President of AIST, spoke of Thailand’s being an important partner for AIST, as it plays a central role in Asian innovation.
The delegation then inspected the facilities for verifying the safety of robots, where they tried out the assistive mobility robots, and showed considerable interest in the center and its activities as a whole.
Finally, the Deputy Prime Minister spoke concerning the need for collaboration with companies in order to promote innovation, and of his desire for Thailand to cooperate closely with AIST; an institution that continues to take the initiative in this area.
[ROBOT SAFETY CENTER]
The Robot Safety Center, a center for safety certification and testing, as well as the consolidation of international safety standards, was founded in December, 2010, for the purpose of establishing interpersonal safety technologies for assistive living robots.
Visit of the G7 Science and Technology Ministers
May 16th, 2016
Ministers and accompanying guests from member countries participating in the G7 Science and Technology Ministers Meeting held in Tsukuba visited AIST Tsukuba on May 16th, 2016.
In President Dr. Chubachi’s greeting speech, and Senior Vice-President Dr. Kanayama’s overview of AIST, both explained how, in addition to generating research outcomes, AIST considers bridging said outcomes to commercialization to be its greatest mission, as well as how AIST is involved in the management of open innovation hubs, which include FREA (Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST) and TIA, a global center for nanotechnology research. They further explained the necessity for global collaboration in order to find solutions to challenges toward realizing a sustainable society, and with that in mind, AIST has established joint research laboratories with institutions of Germany and India among others.
The delegation then visited the Joint Robotics Laboratory established in partnership with France, and a leading example of international collaboration at AIST. There, the visitors were given live demonstrations of healthcare robots, disaster response robots, and humanoid robots in action. The ministers lead by Mr. Shimajiri, Japanese Minister for Science and Technology, were fascinated by the smooth, human-like motion displayed by the robots, thus experiencing for themselves the progress in science technology.
Visit of H.E. Mrs. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Industry, Thailand
May 16th, 2016
H.E. Mrs. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Industry, Thailand, Mr. Yongvut Saovapruk, President of the National Food Institute, and accompanying guests visited AIST Tsukuba on May 16th, 2016.
In the meeting with Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, President of AIST, both sides acknowledged the progress of joint research activities to date with NSTDA (National Science and Technology Development Agency) and TISTR (Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research), with whom AIST has concluded a comprehensive MOU, and also discussed future expansion of collaboration.
The delegation then visited AIST Science Square, TIA Collaboration Center’s exhibition hall, and Super Clean Room, where they were given a guided tour by representatives of the respective facilities.
Mrs. Atchaka Sibunruang showed considerable interest in the advanced research content, and her enthusiasm throughout the tour was apparent, for instance, in her allusion to joint researches with industries.
Renewal of the Comprehensive MOU with VTT
March 9th, 2016
The signing ceremony for the renewal of the Comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (Comprehensive MOU) between AIST and VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) was held at Mita Kaigisho, Tokyo on March 9th, 2016, The ceremony was conducted in the presence of H.E. Mr. Makoto Katsura, Ambassador for Science and Technology Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Vice Minister of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) of the Republic of Finland, with Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama, Senior Vice-President of AIST, and Prof. Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Executive Vice President of VTT as the signatories. This is the second time the Comprehensive MOU has been renewed since its initial conclusion in February, 2006, and subsequent renewal in 2011.
The signing ceremony was held as part of the 6th Meeting of the Japan-Finland Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science and Technology. With H.E. Mr. Katsura and H.E. Mr. Gustafsson as co-chairs, members of government ministries, funding agencies and research institutes of both countries exchanged information and opinions on recent Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies.
VTT is a public research institute that plays a central role in Finland’s industrial development. It is the largest multidisciplinary industrial technology research institute in Northern Europe with around 1,800 researchers, and conducts researches in such fields as information technology, electronics, applied materials, energy, and biotechnology. Areas in which AIST and VTT have collaborated to date include energy, biotechnology, product manufacturing, and IT. From the time the Comprehensive MOU was first concluded in 2006, collaborations have taken place in the form of joint international researches and researcher exchanges. Moreover, several administrative staff from AIST visited VTT in February of this year to exchange information on administration.
Continued collaboration through workshops, and the strengthening of collaborative research relations mutually complimentary to AIST and VTT is being anticipated through the renewal of the Comprehensive MOU.
Visit of H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, and Distinguished Delegates from Thailand
November 28th, 2015
H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, and Distinguished Delegates from Thailand, visited AIST Tsukuba’s TIA Collaboration Center and Super Clean Room (SCR) on November 28th, 2015.
Following welcome remarks by Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, President, and an overview of AIST by Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama, Senior Vice-President, the delegation visited the Exhibition Hall and the SCR building, where Dr. Kanayama, Dr. Yukinobu Miki, Vice-President, and relevant AIST researchers introduced some of the researches being conducted there.
Tsukuba Innovation Arena (TIA-nano) was introduced as a world-class center for nanotechnology research where leading researchers and facilities are gathered, and where globally significant outcomes in carbon nanotube and power electronics researches are being generated.
Despite the limited time available for his visit, Dr. Somkid showed considerable interest in the advanced researches being conducted at AIST.
Visit by His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to Japan
November 18th, 2015
His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to Japan, visited AIST Tsukuba on November 18th, 2015. Welcome remarks by Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama, Senior Vice-President, and an overview of AIST by Dr. Natsuko Sakai, Director of the Collaboration Promotion and International Affairs Division, were followed by an introduction of AIST’s research activities at Science Square Tsukuba.
His Excellency was highly interested in AIST’s research activities, with questions concerning the status of research collaboration with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), with whom AIST has concluded a comprehensive MOU. There were additional questions regarding commercialized devices during the tour of Science Square Tsukuba.
VISIT OF DR. HARSH VARDHAN, HON’BLE MINISTER FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AND EARTH SCIENCES, INDIA
November 4th, 2015
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, India’s Hon'ble Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, visited AIST Tsukuba on November 4th, 2015. Welcome remarks by Dr. Chubachi, President of AIST, were followed by an overview of the research being conducted at the Department of Life Sciences, an area of interest to the Hon'ble Minister, by Dr. Matsuoka, Vice-President. Subsequently, Dr. Vardhan and his delegation visited DAILAB, a joint research laboratory set up by DBT (Department of Biotechnology, India) and AIST in 2013. At DAILAB, Dr. Vardhan showed immense interest in the research topics as well as facilities in the laboratory. He interacted very pleasantly with international team of DAILAB.
DAILAB is the first joint international laboratory of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India and AIST, Japan in the field of Biomedicine. The laboratory is actively conducting research projects on integrated drug screenings for stress, aging and cancer intervention with prime focus on elucidation of functional mechanisms of selected drugs. Besides, several education and training programs to young researchers from India and other countries are offered.
Visit by His Excellency Mr. Georgi Vassilev, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Japan
June 12th, 2015
Welcome remarks by Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, President of AIST, and an overview presentation of AIST, were followed by interactive discussions with Dr. Masahiro Seto, Vice-President of AIST, also in attendance.
Afterword, the Ambassador and his delegation toured the Geological Museum and Science Square.
During his visit, Mr. Vassilev noted that there were research fields of common interest to AIST and research institutes of his home country, and expressed hopes for development in research in said fields through mutual researcher collaboration.
Mr. Georgi Vassilev (Center of picture) and Dr. Ryoji Chubachi (AIST)
Visit by Prof. Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, and his delegation
January 14th, 2015
A delegation of 5 professors from universities in Sweden and the Netherlands as well as the University of Tsukuba, and which was lead by Prof. Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, visited AIST Tsukuba Center on January 14th, 2015.
The purpose of this visit was for members of the delegation to obtain an overall understanding of AIST and its activities, as well as to exchange opinions with AIST researchers specializing in fields related to cancer research, the visitors’ field of expertise.
Following welcome remarks by Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, President of AIST, and AIST overview presentations by Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama, Senior Vice-President, and Dr. Noboru Yumoto, Vice-President, the visitors inspected the laboratory facilities of AIST’s Research Center for Stem Cell Engineering, and the Glycomedicine Technology Research Center.
(Center of picture) Prof. Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation
Visit by a delegation including Ambassadors of ASEAN states to Japan
December 12th, 2014
A delegation which included H. E. Mr. Mahamud Ahmad, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Japan, and ambassadorial personnel from ASEAN states visited AIST Tsukuba.
Co-organized by the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and made possible with the cooperation of ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), the purpose of this visit was to further the understanding of the Ambassadors and relevant persons from ASEAN countries concerning the activities of public research institutes in Tsukuba City Following welcome remarks by our President, Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, and an overview presentation of AIST, the visitors took part in guided tours of laboratories conducting researches in areas including intelligent wheelchairs, mobility robots, and high-quality bio-diesel fuel production, as well as a tour of our Geological Museum.
Visit by Asia’s Highly Talented Young Persons (Sakura Science Plan)
July 31th - August 7th, 2014
70 highly talented high school students from China, and another 120 students from ASEAN nations, South Korea and Mongolia visited AIST Tsukuba Center as part of the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan) run by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) on July 31th and August 7th, respectively.
The students visited AIST as Japan’s leading public research institute during a busy week’s stay in Japan, which included speeches by Nobel Prize winners, visits to research institutes and universities, and interactions with Japanese high school students. The program at AIST included an overview of the institute, as well as tours of Science Square Tsukuba and the Geological Museum.
NOTE: Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan)
A program begun by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) this fiscal year, whose purpose is to invite to Japan young persons with the potential of playing prominent roles in the future of Asia as a continent undergoing significant development, to foster in them an interest in Japan’s cutting-edge science and technology, and contribute to the cultivation of highly competent human resources.
High School Students from China (in front of the Geological Museum).
Visit by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of the Qatar Foundation
April 22nd, 2014
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, visited the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) on April 22nd, 2014.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza was welcomed by executive members and research unit directors of AIST lead by Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, President, and Dr. Shingo Ichimura, Senior Vice-President. And together with executive members of the Qatar Foundation who were in attendance, including Mr. Faisal Al-Suwaidi, President of Qatar Foundation Research and Development, and Dr. Mohammad Ahmed Khaleel, Executive Director of Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute, Qatar Foundation Research and Development, many ideas were exchanged concerning future collaborative activities between the Qatar Foundation and AIST.
Moreover, in order to facilitate the agreement by AIST and the Qatar foundation to continue holding discussions with a view to future collaboration, a Letter of Intent (LOI) was concluded between the Research Institute for Ubiquitous Energy Devices and the Research Center for Photovoltaics of AIST, and Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute, Qatar Foundation Research and Development.
Dr. Ryoji Chubachi (AIST) and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Visit by Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information
January 9th, 2014
A delegation from the Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore, lead by His Excellency Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim (Minister) visited AIST Tokyo Headquarters. The objective of the delegation's visit was to learn about AIST's activities in the field of communications and information, as well as to conduct discussions on possible future collaborations in this area.
Following the welcome remarks by Dr. Ryoji Chubachi (President, AIST), Dr. Toshihiko Kanayama (Vice-President, AIST) gave an introduction of AIST's strategies, policies and research outcomes in the field of information and electronics. Additional presentations were given on care support technology research and robotics research aimed at tackling aging societies, and Dr. Noboru Yumoto (Vice-President, AIST) spoke concerning human life technologies within the life science research field.
Visit by His Highness Dr. Turki Bin Saud Mohammed
Al-Saud, Vice President of KACST of the Kingdom of
October 9th, 2013
H.H. Dr. Turki Al-Saud, Vice-President of KACST (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology) visited AIST Tsukuba Center.
Greetings by Dr. Shingo Ichimura (Vice-President, AIST were followed by overviews of AIST, the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, and the Research Center for Photovoltaic Technologies by the relevant personnel. There were also tours of laboratories for Photovoltaic technologies research, as well as of the Intelligent Systems Research Institute Service Robotics Research Group.
Group Photo (KACST Vice President = 3rd from left)
At the Service Robotics Research Group
At the Photovoltaic Technologies Laboratory
Establishment of the DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB)
October 3th, 2013
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST; President: Ryoji Chubachi) and the Department of Biotechnology of India (DBT; Secretary: Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan) have established a new joint research laboratory, named DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB) at AIST Tsukuba. President Chubachi and Secretary VijayRaghavan signed the joint research contract and the opening ceremony was held on October 3, 2013, at AIST Tsukuba in the presence of dignitaries including the DBT delegates.
AIST and DBT have concluded a comprehensive memorandum of understanding on comprehensive research cooperation (MoU) on February 12, 2007.This MoU involved bilateral collaboration on three themes - Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, and Glycoscience. During the last 5 years, AIST and DBT scientists have been performing and collaborating on selected projects at both end. Four workshops, two at each side, were held so far for exchange of ideas, information, and research results to develop closer collaboration between the two institutions.
In order to promote close and effective collaboration, AIST and DBT have set up DAILAB at the Biomedical Research Institute of AIST in AIST Tsukuba. DAILAB will aim to conduct basic to applied research on cancer treatment and to improve the quality of life. The collaborative research will offer a global vision to both institutions and will help in training many young researchers at both sides. This is the first time that AIST and DBT are hosting an international laboratory in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology. The two institutions plan to set up parallel joint laboratory in India in a near future. This will increase the efficacy of research projects and will offer opportunities for personnel exchange. Both institutions are keen to involve industry at a later stage of the projects so that the outcomes can be brought to society in the most effective way.
Signing & opening ceremony
AIST President Ryoji Chubachi (2nd from right) and DBT Secretary K. VijayRaghavan (2nd from left)
Participants in the DAILAB Signing & Opening Celemony
Visit by Her Excellency Ms.Geneviève FIORASO, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France
September 7th, 2013
Her Excellency Ms. Geneviève Fioraso, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and her delegation visited AIST Tsukuba. The objective of the visit was to inspect the AIST-CNRS Joint Robotics Laboratory (JRL), wherein collaborative research projects are being conducted by researchers from AIST and CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique).
Following the welcome remarks by Dr. Shingo Ichimura (Senior Vice-President, AIST), overview presentations on AIST Intelligent Systems Research Institute and JRL were given by Dr. Hirohisa Hirukawa (Director, Intelligent Systems Research Institute) and Dr. Abderrahmane Kheddar (Co-Director, CNRS-AIST JRL) respectively. These were succeeded by demonstrations of the evaluation of assistive equipment by humanoid robots, rough terrain mobility in cases of disaster response, and humanoid interaction using Brain-Computer Interface (BCI).
In the Discussion session with Japanese and French scientists from JRL which followed, Ms. Fioraso showed particular interest in the work and life of young foreign researchers in Japan, and expressed hopes for their future success.
(Exchange with Researchers)