AIST Stories No1

On the publication of “From AISTto the Innovative World”The word “research” may bring to mind the image of a researcher in a white coat shaking a test tube or a physicist solving a challenging numerical formula. Researchers like those do exist in AIST but if their efforts ended up as mere “research,” the mission of AIST would not be achieved. AIST practices activities that link “Technology to Society”. In other words, we carry out full research whereby the knowledge and findings obtained through fundamental research and practical research are transferred to corporations and reach as far as familiar community life.As you will see when you read this edition of From AIST to the Innovative World, it is not merely a collection of academic papers. How are the research findings disseminated by AIST linked to society? What discoveries and challenges were there in the R&D process? And what potential do we think is hidden in these research findings? This publication attempts to convey these marvelous AIST findings by getting researchers involved in development including those currently engaged in R&D to talk directly about them.AIST’s research findings are not only related to science and technology in the distant future. Findings that are already utilized in familiar places, and those for which technology transfer will become possible with a little more effort, also exist. Through this publication, we hope that readers who are not specialist researchers will become interested in AIST, and also feel close to AIST. Moreover, taking this opportunity, we hope that you will come and take a look at our research facilities and thereby form a real bond with AIST.Ryoji ChubachiPresidentNational Institute of Advanced IndustrialScience and Technology (AIST)