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November 16, 2021
Tokyo – November 16, 2021 – NTT Corporation has been conducting a vision-sharing joint research project1 with the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University since 2018.
The aim of this project so far has been to create new value in the fields of disaster prevention, mitigation response and recovery/reconstruction based on the vision of creating "Fundamental technologies to support safe living." Building on the results from the first phase (FY 2018 to FY 2020), we will enter a second phase in our research partnership (FY 2021 to FY2023) with a new research vision.
In recent years, natural disasters including earthquakes, typhoons, localized heavy rain, linear precipitation zones, and other extreme weather events have been occurring frequently. To respond to these environmental changes, there is a growing demand for basic technologies that provide safety and security in our everyday lifestyles. In the first phase of the joint research project, we combined big data on natural disasters collected by the International Research Institute of Disaster Science at Tohoku University (IRIDeS) with NTT's basic communication service technologies.
With a goal of encouraging behavioral change to improve societal safety and security, we worked on the following two research topics:
We began considering a new vision for the second phase of our joint research in the second half of fiscal 2020. In the first phase, technologies focusing on problems arising at the time of the earthquake were developed. The second phase will expand to the development of future technologies and the social infrastructure required to support them. About 20 people from several IRIDeS departments and three NTT Laboratory Groups4 participated in meetings to discuss and formulate the vision for the second phase of the research project.
Learning from Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent 10 years of experience in reconstruction and recovery efforts, we aim to create an "ultra-resilient society". This society will overcome risk by creating a comprehensive system that can flexibly respond to future environmental changes that are difficult to predict.
Natural disasters like the Great East Japan Earthquake have occurred throughout history. However, victims affected by such disasters still say that they never thought that it would happen to them.
In order to change this, all citizens must recognize the possibility of a coming disaster as early as possible and take appropriate measures in the event of a disaster. Towards this goal, the following two research directions are proposed:
The first phase of the joint research aims to realize a resilient society by accurately identifying disasters, predicting and responding to them based on past data. Moving into the second phase, we will build on past results towards the realization of an "ultra-resilient society". We will do this by accurately grasping information not only on disasters but also the state of the earth, society and regional environments. We will use this information to forecast the future, and respond to these futures flexibly. Towards this goal, the following two joint research topics are proposed.
By implementing the results from the first and second phases, we will contribute to the realization of an "ultra-resilient society" that proactively prevents disasters in high-risk areas and adapts to changes in the environment.
Tohoku University and NTT start new shared-vision-type collaborative research for promoting the resilient society against large-scale disasters.
2The Design Concept is a concept in a system that considers local residents as service co-creation partners, searches and discovers essential issues in the real-life environment of residents, and examines and verifies solutions.
3The Integrated Risk Management Support System (KADAN ®) is a management system developed by NTT for crisis response that assists management and management to efficiently grasp the situation and make effective policy decisions in large-scale complex crisis events.
4Service Innovation Laboratory Group, Information Network Laboratory Group, Science & Core Technology Laboratory Group.
5Guidelines and models for disaster response and reconstruction based on Knowledge of IRIDeS × Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction × SDGs × crisis response know-how (KADAN).
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