"Our new research centre, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, will draw upon the strength and heritage of applied research and innovation from NTT R&D in Japan and will be an ongoing opportunity for sharing groundbreaking research in important technology fields with global partners, clients and academics", stated Mr. Sawada. "Our goal is to strengthen the fundamental research needed for global innovation and next-generation technologies."
NTT Research consists of NTT PHI Laboratories, to focus on Physics and information science (Informatics); NTT Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Laboratories, to explore advanced cryptography theory and practice; and NTT Medical & Health Informatics (MEI) Laboratories, to investigate areas such as the application of artificial intelligence (AI) on biological data. Kazuhiro Gomi, the former CEO of NTT America, serves as the centre's President and CEO. NTT appoints world-renowned academics and researchers as directors of its three laboratories:
In addition to hiring outstanding researchers in each of these fields, NTT Research will foster collaborations with top research institutions, engage in joint research projects, and host visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows. Among its first Distinguished Scientists is cryptographer Brent Waters, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computer and Communications Security (CCS) Test-of-Time and Grace Hopper Awards. The centre opens today with a team of 15 researchers, a number which is expected to grow to 50 over the next few years.
"NTT R&D, with more than 6000 researchers and an annual budget of $3.6 billion, is already one of the worlds largest and most respected research groups", stated Mr. Gomi, NTT Research President and CEO. "Our new centre in Palo Alto will not only leverage those assets, but also engage with peers in this highly innovative region, enhancing the value that we bring to our trusted global partners."
The formal launch of NTT Research occurred at a grand opening ceremony on July 8. Mr. Sawada hosted the event, which included a media briefing, opening reception, keynotes by NTT Research scientists, exhibits, and a performance by the internationally renowned violinist Ryu Goto, Physics B.A., Harvard.
The longer-term plans for NTT Research include expansion. After launching and staffing up in Silicon Valley, home to the largest number of papers submitted in the fields of quantum computing, cryptography and medical informatics, NTT Research expects to open additional offices in Boston, Munich, Israel and London. Through these global laboratories, NTT will build a world-class network of scientists engaged in fundamental and high-impact research.