Commemorative Ceremony Held for the Opening of RIEC Main Building and the RIEC 80th Anniversary

On 23 June 2015, the Research Institute of Electrical Communication (RIEC), Tohoku University held a commemorative ceremony and symposium, celebrating the opening of its new main building and the 80th anniversary of RIEC. The program of the event is listed on the right.

In the ceremony, Hideo Ohno, Director of RIEC and Susumu Satomi, President of Tohoku University gave welcome addresses, followed by congratulatory speeches by Yoshiaki Ando, MEXT, and Toshiyuki Takei, MIC. Both guests mentioned the historical achievements and future expectations of our Institute.

Director Hideo Ohno said in his welcome address, “Our former Director, Jun-ichi Nishizawa mentioned at the RIEC 50th Anniversary, ‘It is our mission to start studies on new research areas before they are named’”. Bearing these words in mind, we should open-up new worlds of communication for the future while keeping our legacy.”

Ceremony Scene

Ceremony Scene

In Session 1 entitled “Congratulating RIEC on its 80th Anniversary”, three guest speakers from government, industry and academia gave useful and informative presenstations for our research directions.

In Session 2 entitled “Future ICT, The Next 80 Years”, four speakers from the Institute introduced up-to-date activities in their areas of expertise.

After the symposium, all the participants gathered in front of the new main building for the commemorative photograph as shown on the front page. At the reception party, Shun-ichi Iwasaki, Emeritus Professor of Tohoku University mede a toast after the congratulation speech.

To conclude, I sincerely appreciate the work of all the participants, supporters and colleagues towards the success of the event.







Commemorative Ceremony (13:30 – 14:00)
Welcome Speech: Hideo Ohno, Director, RIEC, Tohoku University
Welcome Speech: Susumu Satomi President, Tohoku University
Guest Speech: Yoshiaki Ando Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Guest Speech: Toshiyuki Takei Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Commemorative Symposium (14:00 – 17:00)
Session 1: “Congratulating RIEC on its 80th Anniversary” (Invited Speech)

“S&T Innovation Strategy”, Kazuo Kyuma, Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation

“Perspective of Semiconductor Industry”, Nobuo Hayasaka, Toshiba Corporation

“Engineering as/for Culture Creation”, Hiroshi Harashima Emeritus Professor of Tokyo University

Session 2: “Future ICT, The Next 80 Years” (RIEC Research)
“Graphene Terahertz Laser and Application”, Taiichi Otsuji

“New Paradigm LSI”, Takahiro Hanyu

“Advanced Human Multimodal Processing”, Yoichi Suzuki

“Information Storage Systems Evolution”, Hiroaki Muraoka

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