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November 28, 2018

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Co., Ltd.

Establishment of the global research center for next-generation technologies

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Co., Ltd. (hereafter "NTT") will launch a new research center on July 1st, 2019 in Silicon Valley, California in order to strengthen the fundamental and innovative research needed for global innovation and next-generation technologies in line with its medium-term management strategy, Your Value Partner 2025, announced on November 6th, 2018.


For the acceleration of new value creation, NTT drives collaboration with various service providers. In order to enhance competitiveness in global collaboration, NTT is focusing its efforts on "disruptive innovation" that will create new innovative solutions. NTT reinforces its human power, technologies and assets by enhancing its global network, communication, collaboration and R&D, in line with its medium-term management strategy, Your Value Partner 2025. NTT Laboratories will strengthen the structure of delivery and localization for R&D products and globalize their research targets. Furthermore, with the aim of further enhancing its fundamental and innovative research capability, NTT will establish a new research corporation, NTT Research, Inc., in Silicon Valley, California.

2.Laboratories in NTT Research, Inc.

NTT Research, Inc., will launch a new research center, NTT Φ (PHI) Laboratories, on July 1st, 2019, to explore the interdisciplinary areas between physics (PHysics) and information science (Informatics), where NTT has explored unique concepts over the past thirty years. The official name of the new research center is NTT Quantum Science & Computing Laboratories. The laboratories will promote basic research on quantum theory of open-dissipative systems and its application to information processing. Yoshihisa Yamamoto, a professor emeritus at NII (National Institute of Informatics) and Stanford University and a program manager of ImPACT (Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program) at the Cabinet Office of Government of Japan, will be invited to be the director of the laboratories.
In order to enhance the fundamental and innovative research capability of NTT laboratories, the following two laboratories will also be launched at NTT Research, Inc.

  • NTT Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Laboratories
    As basic research on cryptography and information security to create a safe and secure future, the laboratories will explore cryptography theory corresponding to advanced functions and security theory in distributed environments such as Blockchain. Tatsuaki Okamoto, a NTT fellow and a well-known cryptography theory researcher, will be invited to be the director of the laboratories.
  • NTT Medical & Health Informatics (MEI) Laboratories
    To realize precision medicine, the laboratories will investigate analysis technology such as AI of biological information. Hitonobu Tomoike, an adviser to the Sakakibara Memorial Hospital, will be invited to be the director of the laboratories.

NTT Research, Inc. will invite excellent researchers from around the world through the human networks of the directors of laboratories and will form new research teams that will collaborate with NTT R&D in Japan. (Figure 1)
NTT Research, Inc. will actively share information on advanced cutting-edge technologies with our operating companies and enhance the competitiveness of our global business as One NTT.

3.Directors of Laboratories

Yoshihisa Yamamoto, NTT Φ Laboratories

Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Program Manager, ImPACT
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University / Professor Emeritus, NII

Short Biography:

1978 Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Japan
1978 Scientist, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan
1982 Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
1985 Visiting Scientist, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
1989 Visiting Scientist, AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA
1992 Professor, Stanford University, USA
2003 Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan (Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan)
2003 Research Supervisor for JST, CREST Program
2013 Group Director, CEMS Quantum Optics Research Group, RIKEN, Japan

Global Activities:

  • Hermann Anton Haus Lecturer, MIT (2010)
  • IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Quantum Electronics Award (2000)
  • Carl Zeiss Research Award, Germany (1992) etc.

Tatsuaki Okamoto, NTT CIS Laboratories

Tatsuaki Okamoto

NTT Fellow

Short Biography:

1978 M.E., The University of Tokyo, Japan
1978 Researcher, NTT Yokosuka
Electrical Communication Labs, Japan
1988 Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Japan
1989 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada
1994 Visiting Researcher, AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA
1999 Guest Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2001 Guest Professor, Tsukuba University, Japan
2001 Guest Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
2007 NTT Fellow

Global Activities:

  • RSA Conference Awards 2017 Excellence in the Field of Mathematics
  • International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) Fellow (2015)
  • IACR Distinguished Lecturer (2009), etc.

Hitonobu Tomoike, NTT MEI Laboratories

Hitonobu Tomoike

Adviser, Sakakibara Heart Institute

Short Biography:

1969 M.D., Ph.D, Medical Department, Kyushu University
1975 Research Associate, Medical Department University of California, San Diego
1990 Associate Professor, Research Institute of Angiocardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic, Medical Department, Kyushu University
1991 Professor, Department of Cardiology, Medical Department Yamagata University
2001 Hospital Director, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
2010 Director Emeritus, General Research and Development Initiative Center National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
2011 Hospital Director, Sakakibara Heart Institute

Global Activities:

  • Sweden-Japan Cardiovascular and Metabolic Science Symposium (2007)
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (2003-)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (1997-), etc.

4.Future Plans

NTT Research, Inc. will expand its location globally. It is established in North America, where the largest number of papers is submitted in the above three fields and its locations range from Silicon Valley, where technical information is gathered most dynamically, to Boston on the east coast of North America, Munich in Europe, and Israel. Through these global laboratories, NTT will build a world-class network of excellent researchers in the field of fundamental research.

(Figure 1) Positioning of the laboratories

(Figure 1) Positioning of the laboratories

Inquiries regarding this press release

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

Research and Development Planning Department
TEL : 81-3-6838-5322

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