Nara Institute of Science and Technology Division for Research Strategy

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International Collaborative Laboratories

International Joint Research Network Program / Project for International Satellite Laboratories

Establishing research laboratories in overseas research institutions

The Project for International Satellite Laboratories is a program to establish International Collaborative Laboratories in overseas research institutions in order to strategically create international researchers’ networks at the organization level. International Collaborative Laboratories are different from usual overseas offices because they are set up with the aim of realizing collaborative research, and NAIST’s faculty members (specially assigned Assistant Professors) reside in these laboratories to conduct research. In addition to collaborative research, these laboratories also have function to collect information and publicize NAIST’s research capabilities, acting as a hub for the expansion of NAIST’s international networks.


The Division manages the International Collaborative Laboratories established by the project.


NAIST-CEMES International Collaborative Laboratory for Supraphotoactive Systems
  • Term: Oct. 2014 –
  • Collaborator: Prof. Gwénaël Rapenne (Paul Sabatier University, CEMES/CNRS)
  • Research Aims: Create a collaborative research system based on research at Paul Sabatier University on molecular memory (regarded as the bearer of the next generation’s informatics and communication research) and NAIST’s research on ultra-sensitive electro-responsive molecules, establishing a research base for revolutionary molecular informatics materials science.

Paul Sabatier University: A French university with a long history of tradition and heritage, founded in 1229. An agreement on academic exchange was established with NAIST in the year 2007. NAIST has taken in many of their researchers and exchange students, and has also dispatched a large number of researchers and students to Paul Sabatier University. In addition, a double degree agreement has also been established which allows students to obtain academic credits from both universities.


NAIST-UC DAVIS International Collaborative Laboratory for Medical & Bio Informatics
  • Term: Mar. 2016 –
  • Collaborators: Profs. Oliver Fiehn, Ye Chen-Izu and Leighton Izu (University of California, Davis)
  • Research Aims: Conduct research on bioinformatics and medical informatics ranging from molecular biology to clinical applications for development of mathematical and statistical technology in information sciences. The laboratory addresses the underlying universal principle of “living systems” by excavating the strata of cumulated layers of multiomics approaches.

University of California, Davis: A renowned university, founded in 1905 at Davis, California, which boasts of world-level life-sciences related research facilities. An agreement on academic exchange was established with NAIST in the year 2003. NAIST has taken in many of their researchers and exchange students, and has also dispatched a large number of researchers and students to University of California, Davis.


International Joint Research Network Program / Project for International Collaborative Laboratories

Inviting Overseas Researchers

The Project for International Collaborative Laboratories invites renowned researchers from overseas and sets up international collaborative laboratories in NAIST in order to strategically establish international networks at the institutional level.


The Division manages the International Collaborative Laboratories established by the project. In addition, these laboratories work closely with the research laboratories affiliated with NAIST.


NAIST International Collaborative Laboratory for Robotics Vision
  • Term: Sep. 2014 – Mar. 2020
  • Collaborator: Prof. Takeo Kanade (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Research Aims: Advance research related to improving quality of life through facilitating collaboration between life sciences, material sciences and other fields, centering around graphics processing technology such as computer vision.

Carnegie Mellon University: A world-renowned university, founded in 1912 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and known for its track record of leading the computer science field in the world. Prof. Takeo Kanade, who heads the Robotics Research Centre, is the world’s leading authority in research related to computer vision.


NAIST-École Polytechnique International Collaborative Laboratory for High-efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells
  • Term: Feb. 2016 –
  • Collaborators: Profs. Pere Roca I Cabarroca and Yvan Bonnassieux (École Polytechnique)
  • Research Aims: The perovskite solar cell, which has garnered attention in recent years, can be manufactured easily through printing technology without the need of a vacuum, and is promising relatively high efficiency. However, many problems and issues remain that need to be dealt with, such as its instability and environmental impact. Through collaboration based on École Polytechnique’s forte in printing technology and NAIST’s strengths in vacuum process technologies, the laboratory conducts research to enhance the efficiency of perovskite solar cells.

  • École Polytechnique: France’s oldest grande école and a higher education institution that produces elites in sciences and engineering. Napoleon converted it to a military school in 1794 to deal with the problem of insufficient numbers of technical commissioned officers after the French Revolution. It has now become a grande école of sciences and engineering. There are active exchanges and interactions of researchers and students with NAIST.


    NAIST-UBC International Collaborative Laboratory for Plant Cell Walls
    • Term: Feb. 2017 –
    • Collaborator: Prof. Lacey Anne Samuels (University of British Columbia)
    • Research Aims: Plant cell walls are the actual components of wood biomass, which is receiving attention for being a next-generation reproducible energy and material source. The laboratory conducts research to shed light on how plants create cell walls, and the functions of various structures exhibited by cell walls.

    • University of British Columbia: Founded in 1908 in British Columbia, Canada, being the largest comprehensive university in western Canada, with 40,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students. It is one of the top universities in Canada, and is also recognized as a renowned institution worldwide. An agreement on academic exchange was established with NAIST in the year 2012, and there are active exchanges and interactions of researchers and students with NAIST.