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Digital Innovation Through International Research Collaboration: Prospects for U.S.-Japan Research Collaboration

12th Street, Washington, DC

What is the potential for international research collaboration to promote digital innovation and data science advances? How could such collaborations cultivate human resources and create innovators who can tackle the accompanying issues? Join us for a discussion with U.S. and Japanese experts about the prospects for cooperation around artificial intelligence (AI), big data and cybersecurity, among other emerging technologies of critical concern to the U.S. and Japan. Co-organized with the Embassy of Japan, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Panel discussion moderated by E. William Colglazier, Editor-in-Chief of Science Diplomacy, and Senior Scholar in the AAAS Center for Diplomacy.


Dr. Jim Kurose is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, where he leads the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $900 million, CISE's mission is to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering, as well as transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose's research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has received a number of awards for his research and teaching, including the IEEE Infocom Achievement Award and the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (7th edition). Dr. Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences.

Dr. Kazuya Takeda is a Professor in the Graduate School of Informatics at Nagoya University's Institute for Future Innovation Research, and Presidential Advisor at Nagoya University. His work focuses on the field of signal processing technology research for acoustic speech and vehicular applications, with specific interest in understanding human behavior through data-centric approaches utilizing real-world data. Dr. Takeda has published 130 journal papers and co-authored/co-edited seven books that have attracted more than 5,500 citations (Google Scholar). Prior to joining Nagoya University in 1995, he was a Visiting Scientist at MIT and worked for ATR and KDD R&D Laboratory.

Ms. Tina Williams, Esq., CISSP, PMP is founder of TCecure, LCC, a Maryland-based cybersecurity company, and currently serves as the University System of Maryland's Cybersecurity Academic Innovation Officer for the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC). In this role, she works closely with NIST and MITRE to enhance the vitality of relationships among academia, industry, and government to expand research opportunities, cybersecurity technology innovation and commercialization, and cybersecurity technology adoption. She holds an M.S. in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In addition to founding TCEcure, LLC, Ms. Williams is an adjunct instructor for UMBC's Graduate Cybersecurity program, and a member of the Maryland Bar, the NICE365 Industrial Advisory Board of Directors, and the CyberMaryland Board of Directors.

Dr. Hiroto Yasuura is the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Information Security Officer of Kyushu University. In addition, Dr. Yasuura is a professor of information science and electrical engineering and a member of the System LSI Research Center at Kyushu University. Since 2011, he has served as Director of the Experimental Center for Social Systems Technologies in Fukuoka, Japan, and the Director General of the Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center. He is a member of the Science Council of Japan, and a Vice President of IEICE. Currently, Dr. Yasuura is also serving as Research Supervisor of a JST-funded PRESTO program, "Design of Information Infrastructure Technologies Harmonized with Societies," a project designed to promote independent research through advising and interinstitutional exchanges.

May 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Light reception to follow

AAAS Headquarters
Auditorium, second floor
12th and H Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

This talk is part of the monthly Colloquium Series offered by AAAS to provide a forum to explore timely topics relevant to science and society. If you would like to know more about the Series, or if you would like to propose a speaker, please contact Heather McInnis.

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