It is a great honor for me, as well as a big responsibility, to have been appointed as the director-general of the Institute of Innovative Research (IIR) on April 1, 2018.
It has been two years since the Institute of Innovative Research (IIR) launched. Tokyo Institute of Technology reorganized its research structure on April 1, 2016 and launched IIR involving about 180 faculty members to create innovative research in emerging and interdisciplinary research fields. The IIR consists of four research laboratories for new missions, two research centers, and research units, which will conduct cutting-edge research in small teams.
Since its inception in 2016, IIR has conducted various activities to advance its mission of creating new research fields, promoting interdisciplinary research, formulating solutions for pressing societal problems, strengthening collaboration with industry, and developing industrial infrastructures. Expectations are high regarding IIR’s contributions to societal and industrial innovation through the creation of new value from scientific and technological knowledge and the development of young scientists and engineers who will lead academia and industry in the future. The roughly 180 faculty members who make up the research laboratories, centers, and units on both Suzukakedai and Ookayama Campus carry out pioneering research in a wide range of fields including life science, materials, energy, information technology, machinery, and disaster prevention. While these talents enjoy the intellectual space to engage in creative, divergent thinking, all components of IIR collaborate organically to create new knowledge and maximize their collective impact on society.
Tokyo Institute of Technology was selected as a Designated National University by Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on March 20, 2018 in recognition of its abilities to develop world-leading education and research activities. We will do our best to create innovative research and to contribute to the education of innovative young researchers and engineers. On behalf of all the members of IIR, I would like to appreciate your supports to our activities.
April 1, 2018
Director-General, Institute of Innovative Research (IIR)