Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University


Yoshifumi Kitamura ,Project Leader, Professor*

One of the key components in information services is storage. Electronic information, such as images taken by digital cameras and huge databases must be stored in a fast and efficient manner. The importance of storage will remain high in the future, viewed from the perspective of a channel to pass valuable information to the next generation.

The Storage Technology Group continue to be engaged in the research and development of storage technology in a collaboration between industry, academia, and government. Our group successfully completed two national projects commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology from FY2002 to FY2011.

Recently, as social and information systems become more complicated, one of the urgent research areas in storage, in addition to “devices” and “drives”, is the “system”. Because of this our group started a new national project “Development of Storage Platform Technology with High-Functionality and High-Availability” in FY2012. The project will continue until FY2016. Our group is working on the project in collaboration with the Muraoka, Ohori, and Suganuma labs. Furthermore, in collaboration with the storage system industry, we will focus on bringing the results of our research into practical use within five years, which is the prime mission of the IT-21 center.


Research topics

  • Development of highly-available storage system
  • Development of application for storage system

Fig.1 Concept of user interface for a drone pilot which cooperatively utilizes both the first and third person perspectives
Fig.2 Concept of crow-type-drone to communicate with crows