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High-Dimensional Data Analysis

Makoto Aoshima
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

The purpose of this research group is to construct high-dimensional statistical inference to develop statistical methods for high-dimensional data analysis. Our goal is to provide statistical analysis tools for high-dimensional data analysis in many fields such as genomics and signal processing, and for which accuracy can be proved. Proof of accuracy is unique in the area of high-dimensional data analysis, as is our use of geometrics, placing Tsukuba University on the cutting edge of modern science.

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International Research and Education Center in Cooperation with KEK

Shin-Hong Kim
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

We aim at revealing the hierarchy and history of the universe-matter by studying the cosmic background neutrino decay search, the mass origin and the quark-gluon plasma at LHC accelerator, blackhole and galaxy, comprehensively based on an international research center at Tsukuba in cooperation with KEK. We also promote the research and education in field and nano- and green science using the quantum beam.

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Nano Green

Junji Nakamura
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

The research unit will solve the serious problem, such as energy & environment, elementary strategy, resource saving, CO2 reduction and decontamination, with use of the nanotechnology and green technology. With promoting the in industry-academic-government collaboration based on the Tsukuba innovation Arena (TIA), the research units will become the research and education center of the nanogreen field.

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Innovative Inorganic-Organic Research Unit

Hiroki Oshio
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

This research unit, composed of coordination, organic, physical, and catalytic chemists, aims to build artificial photosynthetic systems precepted by those found in nature. It also aims to establish an educational environment that will encourage the development of world-class graduate students with wide insight and deep understanding of chemistry.

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Nano Spin

Eiji Kita
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

This research unit focuses on spin-related phenomena such as magnetoresistance effect, spin-Hall effect, spin-Seebeck effect and so on, and aims to realize spintronics new devices through a comprehensive understanding of spin physics. Our research field covers a wide range of subjects ranging from thin-film growth by molecular-beam epitaxy and sputtering, to evaluation of basic physical properties of spin, device fabrication using photolithography and electron-beam lithography, and observation of spin dynamics using ultrafast and atomic scale probe technology.

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High-Efficiency Thin-Film Solar Cells

Takashi Suemasu
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

This research unit focuses on thin-film solar cells using Si-based, Carbon-based new materials, CIGS and organic new materials, and aims to realize high-efficiency thin-film solar cells through a deep understanding of materials science and device physics. Our research field covers a wide range of subjects ranging from thin-film growth using such as molecular-beam epitaxy, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, and sol-gel methods, to evaluation of basic physical properties of photogenerated carriers, measurement of solar cell performance, defect observations using transmission electron microscopy.

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Information and Network Security Technology

Eiji Okamoto
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

We research information security in fundamental and systematic aspects. Recent development of new cryptographic primitives, such as pairing cryptography, secure network designs and cryptographic hash functions, is remarkable. In this research group, we investigate these primitives from both theoretical and practical viewpoints, with careful observation of their needs in real life. We contribute to establishment of a new network infrastructure with security and reliability. We will also study security management, evaluation and information innovation in energy-saving green networking, heterogeneous distributed network systems and mobile network systems.

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Optimal Allocation of Service Resources

Akiko Yoshise
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

The goal of research group is to improve quality and efficiency of service delivered by service agencies through studies on optimal size and allocation of service resources, e.g., people, goods and information in service industries and governments.

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Earthquake Disaster Mitigation

Yasuo Yamada
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

This research unit focuses on earthquake disaster mitigation from the viewpoint of science and engineering. Our research fields cover a wide range of subjects such as mechanism of earthquake and tsunami, strong ground motion, tsunami disaster, earthquake induced damage to buildings and infrastructures, liquefaction, landslides, soil contamination, impacts of earthquake on human behavior and society, and earthquake disaster reconstruction.

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Research Unit on Hydrologic Science

Michiaki Sugita
Professor
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences

Hydrologic Science Research Unit focuses on the water cycle and hydrologic processes such as rainfall-runoff, evaporation, infiltration into the ground, and recharge to groundwater, and their role on the environments through transport and storage of heat, pollutants, dissolved inorganic compounds, carbon dioxide , etc. within watersheds.

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Research Unit for Local Resource Development Technology

Yutaka Kitamura
Associate Professor
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences

Focusing on various local resources in Japan such as food, biomass and renewable energy, sustainable engineering and technology for the advanced utilization of these resources are developed, proposed and verified in order to establish a local production and consumption of the 21st century style, and which leads to a lower energy society.

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Advanced Numerical Analysis Software Research Unit

Tetsuya Sakurai
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

This group aims to develop the next generation of high performance parallel algorithms, and their respective software implementations, through the collaboration of researchers in the fields of numerical algorithms, optimization algorithms and high performance computing.

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Soft-Matter Science

Kazuya Saito
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

This Unit aims at advancing greatly the science of Soft Matter through closely binding researchers belonging to different majors in the University of Tsukuba and also distinguished researchers working in Tsukuba area (AIST and KEK). The current research subjects cover, but are not limited to, liquid crystals, complex fluids (including glasses) and biomaterials. Synergy of theoretical and experimental aspects is specially pursued.

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Compact City

Mamoru Taniguchi
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

This research unit focuses in how to realize Compact City that aims to achieve sustainable future.
Unit is composed from wide range of researchers and specialists for this purpose.

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Energy and Environment

Yutaka Abe
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

The member of this research unit, or division, proposes proper conversion elements and their networks for sustainable energy system, taking account of the environmental assessment and disaster risk. Discussing energy conversion elements, energy networks and their environmental impact at the same time, each research result can be sheared and used for the next step.

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Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

Kazuhiro Fukui
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

With the advent of Big Data, the increasing demand for intelligent systems, etc., pattern recognition has been a very important research field. We search for exploratory researches of pattern recognition, and then develop them for various practical applications.

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Urban and Regional Management/Design Research Unit

Tomokazu Arita
Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

Based on interdisciplinary and international approaches, this research unit aims at reorganizing the traditional academic disciplines such as urban planning, regional management and community development, creating new methodologies for urban and regional managements/design, and establishing an international platform for presenting and sharing the outcomes of relevant research and education.

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Promotion of Astrophysics from Antarctica

Naomasa Nakai
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

We will make extremely large field survey observations of the deep universe, by developing high accurate terahertz telescopes and installing them at the Japanese Dome Fuji station in the inland of Antarctica. Fully using theoretical and inverse problem analyses as well as the observations, formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes and structure of the universe will be investigated. Through this collaboration of observations and theories, we attempt to develop new mathematical physics, seeking innovative ideas transversal to each research field.

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Quantum beam

Yutaka Moritomo
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Our research group will explore a new research field in materials science with use of synchrotron (PF) and neutron (J-PARC) facility of KEK. We will aim the research and education center in materials science with strong cooperation with KEK.

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Quark Gluon Plasma(QGP)

ShinIchi Esumi
Associate Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

High temperature and high density state of quark matter is created by high-energy heavy-ion collisions. This state is called as "Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP)", which is supposed to exist before hadrons such as protons and pions are formed in early universe.

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Research unit for inverse problems

Hiroshi Isozaki
Professor
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Our main aim is to construct mathematical theories and effective ways of applications for natural sciences, which makes it possible to understand hidden structure and key notions and parameters of practical problems appearing in physics, engineering and medical sciences.

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