The Institute has a long history of fundamental contributions in many fields of engineering and science that include the fields of semiconductor materials and devices, magnetic recording, optical communication, electromagnetic technology, applications of ultrasonics, acoustic communication, non-linear physics and engineering, and computer software. On the basis of this rich historical background the Institute was designated as National Center for Cooperative Research in 1994. Accompanying Tohoku University’s transformation to “a national university juridical entity” in April, 2004, this institution plays a leading role on the world stage, as its researchers, both domestic and foreign, continue the task of “investigating the theory and application of universal science and technology to realize communication, to the enrichment of humanity.”
In such background, the Institute organizes Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects by coordinating its activities with research workers. The main themes for Cooperative Research are selected annually by the Committee for Cooperative Research Projects. Then invitations for project proposals and participation are extended to university faculties and government laboratories as well as industrial research groups. Each project approved by the Faculty Council of the Institute is carried out by a team of researchers that include members of the Institute as well as outside participants.
The Advisory Council which includes members from other institutions has an advisory function to the Director in defining the general direction of the research at the Institute and its Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects.
The Project Selection Committee that includes members from the outside of Tohoku University has a judging function for project proposals. The purpose of the Project Steering Committee is the proper operation of approved projects.