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NITech Frontier Research Institutes

The NITech Frontier Research Institutes for Materials Science and Information Science, based on our research activities, has been organized to foster new global leaders. The objectives of the institutes are to create innovations in the fields of energy, healthcare and computer-related technology through international joint researches, and to promote advanced engineering education through the integration of research and education, for developing industries and communities.

The Frontier Research Institute for Materials Science focuses on green, energy and healthcare researches, while the Frontier Research Institute for Information Science focuses on life support and social computing researches.

Quality Innovation Techno-Center

This center was established by a ministerial ordinance in April 2002 in order to provide advanced practical education on quality innovation not only for students but also those with regular jobs, and to carry out research and development on an education system promoting quality innovation. Its mission is to have young people develop their dreams, ambitions, with adventurous and challenging spirits toward quality innovation in the 21st century by offering the place and environment for technical education based on intra- and extramural practice.

Advanced Ceramics Research Center

Their mission is to research fundamental materials science and develop advanced materials to develop solutions of environmental, resource and energy problems in the 21st century. The Ceramics Research Laboratory (CRL) was established in 1973 and moved to Tajimi City in 1977. This eastern Gifu area has a long history in the pottery products industry. The CRL had long supported the industrial research of many companies in this local area. In 2012, the CRL was reorganized as the Advanced Ceramics Research Center (ACRC) for the purpose of developing intelligent materials based on ceramics. Since then it has contributed to materials science as well as academic education for research engineers worldwide. Recently, some national projects and collaborative efforts with other organizations and companies have led to excellent academic and technological works in the field of ceramics and related materials.

Research Center for Nano Devices and Advanced Materials

This center was established on April 1, 2003, after a ten-year project was completed on March 31, 2003 at the previous Research Center for Micro-Structure Devices. The new center’s mission is to conduct research on the physical properties of materials with micro-structure (nano-structure) and their application to electronic and photonic devices, taking over the research works “Heteroepitaxial Crystal of Micro-Structures,” “Material Characterization,” and “Device Fabrication and Its Characterization” being studied at the previous research center.

Innovation Center for Multi-Business of Nitride Semiconductors

This center is established as a hub for developing practical applications of GaN-based power devices with NITech’s pioneering crystal growth techniques to fabricate GaN film on Si substrates. The project is expected to further realize miniaturized and energy-saving semiconductors to promote wider usage in home appliances, next-generation automobiles, etc.

Center for Research and Education of Next-Generation Vehicles

This center’s mission is to research and develop next-generation automobiles and related technologies, and to educate students in the core technologies in this field.

Advanced Disaster Prevention Engineering Center

This center’s mission is to develop techniques for disaster prevention and mitigation against earthquakes, tsunami, heavy rains and storm surges, together with the technical support needed for establishing management and service systems against natural disasters for urban infrastructure and local autonomy.

Center for Research on Assistive Technology for Building a New Community

This center’s mission is to conduct continuous and comprehensive research on assistive technologies for building a new community in the 21st century in Japan, which will be known as a "society of the aged"—a new community in which people of all generations can cooperate with each other and live happily, through the union of engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

OptoBioTechnology Research Center

Their mission is to contribute to our communities by creating a new field of industry based on an engineering approach in the life sciences engaged in reactions to light. By better understanding the physics of light, and in manufacturing bio-inspired new materials, we aim to improve people’s quality of life related to health.

Global Symbiotic Information Research Center

In recent years, various social problems have emerged from differences in language, culture, values and psychosomatic functions due to rapid globalization and increased social diversification. For example, diplomatic problems based on differences in culture, historical views and religion increase year by year. In this research center, we develop information technologies that help people communicate more harmoniously and find mutual, workable solutions while overcoming differences in language, culture, historical views, values, psychological functions, etc. In addition, we develop information technologies that help remove barriers for impaired persons, and support these people to participate fully in society.

Multi-Energy Innovation Center

The generation of “green” energy is a global concern and quite important especially in Japan. For the green energy generation, various types of energy sources must be available. Thus one of the solutions of the green

energy system must be an independent micro energy supply system consisting of various types of energy sources (multi-energy sources) with less energy accumulated, controlled by an intelligent total energy manager, and the parallel development of cheaper and higher performance energy accumulators. At the Nagoya Institute of Technology, research on “generation,”“storage,” “saving,” and “delivery” of energy had been conducted independently. The Multi-energy innovation center was recently established to construct the above-described green energy system based on our own research achievements.

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