Published on 4 September 2018
President of the JST

The president of the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST), Prof. Hamaguchi, was welcomed at Université Paris-Saclay on 17 May 2018 to meet President Gilles Bloch and discover the ecosystem of the University, in particular the players of research in artificial intelligence.

The Japan Science & Technology agency - a funding agency for research

The Japan Science & Technology agency is a funding agency for research similar to the French Agence Nationale de Recherche. Born of the merger in 1996 of the Japan Information Center of Science and Technology (JICST) with the Research Development Corporation of Japan (JRDC), the JST as it stands today was officially established in 2003. With the funding of over 1,000 research projects, the priority of the JST is henceforth to expand on the international stage. Université Paris-Saclay is involved in several joint funding programmes with the ANR, in particular in ICT and environmental science.

Developing cooperation in artificial intelligence

The year 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan. Artificial intelligence has emerged as one of the key themes between our two countries. Within this framework, the President of the JST, who took office at the beginning of 2018, met several players of AI at UPSaclay: Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, the director of the ICT department of UPSaclay and Nozha Boujemaa, the director of the DATAIA convergence institute, which organised with the JST in July, a major symposium involving 22 Japanese researchers whose trip was entirely financed by the JST. Only one other event of this scope has been organised between the JST and the National Science Foundation - NSF, in the United States.

Other point of interest for Prof. Hamaguchi, the link between research and industry within the University. The President of the JST is in the process of transforming the role of the agency in order to promote the development of networks between scientists, industry, and innovation.

This new visit by a high-ranking Japanese representative (16 visits over 4 years) underlines the keen interest of higher education and research players in Japan for Université Paris-Saclay, as well as the strong potential for cooperation with the Land of the Rising Sun.

The delegation in front of the IRAMIS lab

The delegation welcomed at the IRAMIS lab by Yves Samson, Delegate Director for physics at the Department for external collaborations and industrial partnerships