NTT Research and Development 2009 Review of Activities | Forum/Symposium/Event

The role that information communications should play in the advancement of the society and economy is of great importance. NTT has an objective to contribute to the development of information communications in Japan, and all around the world as well, by disseminating our research and development results. To achieve the objective, we are energetically developing the activities shown as follows.

  • Announcing research results, exchanging research with other organizations
  • Dissemination of R&D results through technology disclosures and other methods
  • Standardization activities

2010 Symposiums/Forums Schedule (arranged chronologically)

Event Date Location
NTT Atsugi R&D Center Open House 2010 April 17, 2010 NTT Atsugi R&D Center
NTT Communication Science Laboratories
“Open House 2010”
May 27-28, 2010 NTT Keihanna Building
Summer Children's Hands-on Science Classroom 2010 August 19-20, 2010 NTT Musashino R&D Center
NTT Yokosuka R&D Center OPEN Day 2010 August 28, 2010 NTT Yokosuka R&D Center
Tsukuba Forum 2010 October 20-21, 2010 NTT Tsukuba R&D Center
Tsukuba International Congress Center
The 22nd NTT Lecture for Citizens
To Achieve a Better Living Environment
October 29, 2010 Yokosuka Arts Theatre
NTT Basic Research Laboratories
Science Plaza 2010
November 25, 2010 NTT Atsugi R&D Center
NTT Laboratories Open Lab January 15-16, 2011 NTT Musashino R&D Center
NTT R&D Forum 2011 February 21-23, 2011 NTT Musashino R&D Center

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NTT R&D Forum 2011

The NTT R&D Forum 2011 was a joint effort by the three NTT laboratory groups in collaboration with NTT DATA R&D Headquarters and NTT DOCOMO R&D Center held over three days from February 21-23 at the NTT Musashino R&D Center (first day was a preview for NTT Group companies). Close to 5,100 guests attended the event. In keeping with the theme—“A Vigorous Society and a Richer Future, Created and Empowered by ICT Innovation”—, guests had an opportunity to view a wide range of R&D projects and working demonstrations contributing to a more vigorous, richer society by harnessing the power of ICT.

In addition to the keynote addresses, special lectures, and panel discussions, the forum featured many exhibits relating to the “A Vigorous Society and a Richer Future” theme that were organized into three categories: “A Vigorous Society, ICT Innovations to Solve Social Issues,” “A Vigorous Society, ICT Innovations that Permeate Daily Life and Business,” and “A Richer Future, ICT Innovations to Enrich Humanity.” The presentations were arranged as easy-tounderstand storylines highlighting the correlations between public issues and technological solutions. This year, for overseas visitors, simultaneous interpreting was available for all lectures, and signs and directions were posted in English as well as in Japanese. The NTT History Center of Technologies, inside the Musashino R&D Center, was also open for these three days. Guides were on hand to conduct "Time Slip Tours" highlighting interesting historical developments at the company going all the way back to when NTT was still a public corporation.

The NTT R&D Forum brought meaningful results, for it gives visitors an opportunity to experience NTT R&D's steady progress and achievements first hand and provided valuable feedback regarding the services they envision and expect.

Keynote address by NTT President and CEO Satoshi Miura
Keynote address by NTT President and CEO Satoshi Miura
Exhibition scene
Exhibition scene

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NTT CS Labs Open House 2010

Showcasing the latest communications science research findings, NTT Communication Science Laboratories held its annual NTT CS Labs Open House on May 27 and 28, 2010 at the NTT Keihanna Building in Kyoto. About 850 guests turned out for the event to attend the lectures and see the exhibits.

The lecture series opened with a talk by NTT CS Labs Director Naonori Ueda on “ICT Breakthroughs Driven by Scientific Insights into Human Cognition and Information Processing,” followed by six research lectures that were all very well received. One of the lectures by Tatsuto Takeuchi, Senior Research Scientist, Supervisor with the Human and Information Science Laboratory, introduced a novel method of measuring human emotion, and he discussed the impact this might have on quality of life and communication.

Turning to the research exhibits, 21 research themes were divided into three areas: media and communication, information science, and human science. To cite one example, the Media Information Laboratory had an exhibit called “Clear speech, rich music!” demonstrating a reverberation control technology that makes speech easier to understand by suppressing reverberation and makes music more enjoyable to listen to by adding just the right amount of reverberation.

Guests offered comments from every conceivable perspective, which of course provides invaluable clues for future basic research.

Research lecture
Research lecture
Research exhibits
Research exhibits

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NTT Yokosuka R&D Center Open House 2010

Timed to coincide with the last weekend of summer vacation before children go back to school, NTT Yokosuka R&D Center held an open house in collaboration with NTT DOCOMO R&D Center and Yokosuka Branch NTT EAST- Kanagawa on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

The event featured all kinds of hands-on exhibits that showed kids as well as adults in the simplest terms how technologies developed by NTT Labs actually work, and tours of the facility that opened up the server room and other areas normally not open to the public, and allowed guests to actually try out the video conferencing system.

Over at the attraction stage, performing artist Mr. Science “Zen-chan” put on a science show that was fun for young and old alike. Guests had a great time learning about science through the “experiments in sounds & air” with lucid explanations based on technologies developed by NTT Labs, while the “air bazooka” blasted huge smoke rings into the air and other demonstrations elicited loud cheers throughout the auditorium.

Large crowds also gathered around the Yokosuka Community workshops booths where homemade cakes and handicrafts were available, and to view the panel displays of the R&D Center's local community activities.

Those who signed up in advance could bring their whole families, well over 500 people

Hands-on experiments
Hands-on experiments
Kids watching smoke rings
Kids watching smoke rings

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Tsukuba Forum 2010

Given the key role of FTTH in access networks for delivering broadband services, the regular annual Tsukuba Forum was held with the theme “Access Network—Building Trust, Connecting People.”

Keynote and special lectures were delivered at the Tsukuba International Congress Center by Noriaki Ito, Senior Executive Vice President of NTT West and by Koichi Maeda, Senior Executive Vice President of NTT East, respectively. The forum also featured workshops led by Project Managers of NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories, and technical sessions moderated by leading researchers in their fields.

The exhibition hall was divided into four areas dealing with different aspect of access networks, and covered a broad range of NTT's recent R&D work. Furthermore, 123 cosponsoring groups and NTT Group affiliates took part in the forum and showcased a vast array of cutting-edge technology. A presentation stage was set up to give guests an opportunity to share problems and solutions, and exhibiters organized technical seminars that were very popular.

We had an excellent turnout on all three days of the forum. Visitors learned a lot about FTTH and access networks, and were keenly interested in the latest R&D and future direction of work at NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories and the other exhibit sponsoring companies. The Tsukuba Forum has become a significant event for accelerating collaboration among participating companies and promoting further development of access networks.

The exhibition hall
The exhibition hall
Outdoor demonstration
Outdoor demonstration

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Science Plaza 2010

Hosted by NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL), Science Plaza 2010 dedicated to the theme “Frontier science opens doors to the future” was held at NTT Atsugi R&D Center on Thursday, November 25, 2010. The event introduces the latest research finding to a broad audience both inside and outside of NTT, and provides an excellent forum to exchange ideas among the attendees.

The lecture hall was crowded in the morning session for an interesting presentation entitled “Deep-ultraviolet aluminum nitride LED: progress toward new control over semiconductor properties and device applications” by Yoshitaka Taniyasu, Distinguished Technical Member of the BRL. Then in the afternoon session, Tatsuo Izawa, Executive Vice President Tokyo Institute of Technology, delivered a thought-provoking special lecture on “Optical fiber communication and glass science.”

This year some 45 poster boards were presented that detailed much of the recent research findings from engineers at NTT's Basic Research Laboratories, Photonics Laboratories, Microsystem Integration Laboratories, and Communication Science Laboratories. In addition, the facilities lab tour, allowing visitors the rare chance to see the clean room, was a great crowd-pleaser

Tatsuo Izawa at the lectern
Tatsuo Izawa at the lectern
Discussion at poster display
Discussion at poster display

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NTT Laboratories Open Lab

The NTT R&D Open Lab is a two-day event held on the weekend of January 1516, 2011 to give students interested in R&D work an inside look at what NTT Labs is really like. The event has become an annual job fair tradition, this being the 5th NTT Laboratories Open Lab.

By giving students a chance to see NTT's latest R&D and chat directly with younger researchers, this event raises curiosity and interest among the participants. This year, 1,221 students attended the two-day event which was held at NTT's Musashino R&D Center. A wide range of activities was planned for the two-day fair including keynote speech on the vision of NTT R&D, introductions and demonstrations of work done NTT labs, lectures on some of NTT's cutting-edge technologies, panel discussion with young researchers, and job counseling. This is a significant event for stirring students' interest and aspirations to work for NTT Laboratories.

Attendees learn about the future vision of NTT R&D
Attendees learn about the future vision of NTT R&D
Demonstrations highlight latest research findings
Demonstrations highlight latest research findings

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