NTT Research and Development 2014 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

2013 Symposiums/Forums Schedule (arranged chronologically)

Event Date Location
NTT Communication Science Laboratories
“OpenHouse 2013”
June 6-7, 2013 NTT Keihanna Building
NTT Yokosuka R&D Center Open Day 2013 July 20, 2013 NTT Yokosuka R&D Center
Summer Children’s Hands-on Science Workshop 2013 July 29-31, August 1,2013 NTT Musashino R&D Center
NTT History Center of Technologies
Tsukuba Forum 2013 October 17-18, 2013 NTT Tsukuba R&D Center
Tsukuba International Congress Center
6th NTT-BRL School November 24-26, 2013 NTT Atsugi R&D Center
International Symposium on Nanoscale Transport and Technology (ISNTT2013) November 26-29, 2013 NTT Atsugi R&D Center
Science Excursion for Elementary and Junior High School Students
“Let’s Take a Look at Cutting-edge Communication Technologies!”
December 26, 2013 NTT Musashino R&D Center
NTT Open Lab 2014 January 19, 2014 NTT Musashino R&D Center
NTT R&D Forum 2013 February 13-14, 2013 NTT Musashino R&D Center
SPRING SCIENCE CAMP 2014 March 24-26, 2014 NTT Yokosuka R&D Center

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NTT R&D Forum 2012

With the concept “Co-Innovation-Creating the future with you through R&D,” NTT held the NTT R&D Forum 2014 over three days from February 12th - 14th, 2014, at NTT’s Musashino Research and Development Center. (A tour for the press and a sneak preview for NTT Group employees were given on the 12th). Despite heavy snowfall on the 14th, about 5,000 guests visited the event.

Besides keynote lectures, special lecture, workshops, and other sessions, a total of 89 exhibits of research achievements were presented,including those from NTT DOCOMO, NTT DATA, and NTT I3. They were displayed along the following four technological themes: “Evolution of Value Services,” “Evolution of Global Cloud Services,” “ Evolution of Network Services,” and “Seeds for Evolution.” Centered on the core concept of “Co-Innovation,” these exhibits showed the value of open innovation through collaboration. They were also creatively presented, and included hands-on, experiential demonstrations. Furthermore, browsing routes based on three business themes were prepared for visitors: “Public-sector,” “Personal,” and “ Private Enterprise.” Three producers from the NTT Research and Development Planning Department introduced NTT’s efforts to make these three business themes a reality at an exhibition theme session called “Producer’s DESIGN (Three Perspectives).” Technologies announced in press releases and key technologies were also introduced as “Recommended Exhibits.”

A variety of programs were held besides lectures, workshops, and exhibits. The NTT History Center of Technologies, located inside NTT’s Musashino Research and Development Center, had a special opening. Visitors could view valuable historical materials to learn about the history of NTT R&D’s technological developments. The museum also included a portion of the collection from the Communications Museum, which closed last year (presentation of the special Tei Park Gift Exhibit). Visitors could also go on the “Time Travel Tour,” where guides took them on a course to view highlights of the forum. Furthermore, as a new endeavor, a program entitled “Co-Innovation: Countdown to NTT R&D Forum 2014” was streamed live by niconico Live on February 12th. This broadcast drew many comments. NTT’s PR office also introduced scenes of exhibits and provided their summaries on Twitter and the NTT Group Facebook page, drawing many online visitors.

At NTT R&D Forum 2014, guests could experience NTT R&D’s diverse activities and steady progress. Many of them provided valuable comments. These interactions and other exchanges, including discussion of service ideals, made NTT R&D Forum 2014 a significant conference for NTT.

Keynote lecture by NTT President & CEO Hiroo Unoura
Keynote  lecture by NTT President & CEO Hiroo Unoura
Visitors viewing exhibits of research achievements
Visitors viewing exhibits of research achievements

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NTT Communication Science Laboratories “Open House 2013”

As an annual event to showcase its newest research achievements in the field of communication science, NTT Communication Science Laboratories (NTT CS Labs) held Open House 2013 on June 6th (Thursday) and 7th (Friday) at the NTT Keihanna Building. Over 1,000 guests visited during the two days of the event.

NTT CS Labs Director Eisaku Maeda commenced Open House 2013 with the address “Cultivate Trees That Will Bear Fruit: Building a Technical Infrastructure That Connects People and Information.” Four research talks were also given on the latest remarkable research achievements from NTT CS Labs. Furthermore, the event invited Director Masato Wakayama of the Institute of Mathematics for Industry, Kyushu University, who gave an easy-to-understand discussion of the involvement of mathematics in technology and industry.

Exhibits introduced 30 examples of NTT CS Labs’ newest achievements including the Human Information Science Lab’s “Yu bi Yomu: Reading Experience Based on Trailing.” Hands-on demonstrations and explanations on large monitors made the research results easy to understand for visitors. Furthermore, “Big Data Analysis” was set as the special theme for Open House 2013. Research achievements from within and outside NTT CS Labs were combined to present the appeal of the field. This timely theme drew a high level of interest from all the visitors.

Guests to the event gave comments from a variety of perspectives. Open House 2013 was an opportunity where NTT CS Labs gained valuable hints for advancing basic research.

Address by Director Maeda
Address by Director Maeda
Research exhibit
Research exhibit

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Tsukuba Forum 2013

NTT held Tsukuba Forum 2013 over two days on October 17th (Thursday) and 18th (Friday), 2013. The conference conveyed the NTT Group’s determination to build access networks that can contribute to the creation of new services and make network operations more simple and efficient. These efforts are essential if the NTT Group is to continue to be selected as a “Value Partner” by customers. To make the leap to a new stage, the NTT Group must respond to changes in the information society, in which business models and lifestyles continue to evolve. With the theme of “Weaving together technologies and ideas to create access networks that generate new value,” this year’s forum introduced exhibits and technologies from a total of 115 organizations, including the co-hosts and the NTT Group. About 9,500 guests visited the event.

At the Tsukuba International Congress Hall, NTT Director and Senior Vice President Mitsuyoshi Kobayashi gave the keynote address entitled “Strategies for Inter-Service: Toward the Next Stage.” NTT Plala President and CEO Koji Bando gave the special lecture “Taking Hikari-TV to the Next Level: Develop New Business with Smart TV.” Many visitors attended these talks.

At the Tsukuba Research and Development Center, besides exhibits and technological introductions, a global session was held with the theme of the status of FTTH expansion in other countries by overseas carriers and issues going forward. And, in addition to workshops hosted by project managers of the NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories, workshops led by Hiroshi Hojo, senior vice president of NTT Broadband Platform, and Mamoru Nakagawa, senior vice president of NTT GEOSPACE CORPORATION, were also held. These discussions on NTT’s future efforts in Wi-Fi and 3D mapping drew a high level of interest. Researchers also conducted technical sessions, which were attended by many visitors.

“Fabrics” spun from diverse communication services, from different fields, and from mature techniques and cutting-edge technologies are woven together to produce new R&D achievements. By allowing visitors to come into contact with these results, Tsukuba Forum 2013 was an enriching event that allowed them to share the future woven by access networks.

Lecture auditorium (Tsukuba International Congress Hall)
Lecture auditorium (Tsukuba International Congress Hall)
Exhibition hall (Tsukuba Research and Development Center)
Exhibition hall (Tsukuba Research and Development Center)

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Open Lab 2014

So that the students interested in R&D can directly understand “what kind of place is NTT Labs,” NTT Musashino R&D Center held Open Lab 2014 on January 19th (Sunday). This was the eighth time Open Lab has been held. This year’s event drew over 400 students. NTT executives gave an address of the company’s vision, while researchers passionately explained exhibits of the newest research achievements. NTT’s young scientists and engineers introduced their work and daily life. Other activities included the “Young Researchers Panel Session,” where the students sat with researchers for discussion. Through this symposium, which especially targeted young women and foreign students; the “Employment Advice Corner,” which provided one-on-one counseling; and the “Communication Space,” where students freely interacted with NTT’s young researchers; and other activities, NTT was able to deepen understanding of the company’s R&D efforts. Students who participated in Open Lab 2014 praised it highly with comments such as “I learned a lot about research labs,” “My image of labs has changed,” and “I was overwhelmed by the passion of all the researchers.”

Exhibits of the newest research results
Exhibits of the newest research results
Communication Space
Communication Space

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