Message from the President

The Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) opened in 2004 to serve as the hub of research related to information and systems in Japan and help universities become world leaders in the field. Since then, we have witnessed tremendous advances in information technology and rapid improvements in computational efficiency, which have all led to emergence of a wide range of big data. Today, big data and creative use of it holds the key to innovations as it provides new lenses through which to look at our society. The ROIS has worked to build a strong foundation for data and analytics by promoting collaborations among Japanese universities. As an organization that has been on the forefront of “data science” from day one, I believe the ROIS will play an increasingly important role within the research community in solving the world’s problems.

The main functions of the ROIS include investigating sophisticated methods of using data. We intend to become a main resource for universities through our efforts in the following areas: Consolidating and sorting data that are useful to society as well as research universities; revolutionizing methodologies for gleaning meaningful knowledge from big data; developing real-time technologies for aggregating and processing a large volume of scattered data; and developing visualization technologies to help people grasp astronomical amount of high-dimensional data. To succeed in this endeavor, the four research institutes that the ROIS oversees National Institute of Informatics, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, National Institute of Genetics and National Institute of Polar Research must become global leaders in research in their respective fields. While supporting the institutes in their pursuit of excellence, the ROIS founded the Joint Support Center for Data Science Research in 2016 to boost partnerships among all academic organizations in the use and analysis of data. In addition, we created the Office of Strategic Planning to strengthen alliances between the institutes and the ROIS and provide researchers with a mechanism for networking.

In fact, we consider it to be our most important role as an inter-university organization to bring together academic institutions for joint research projects that cut across academic and organizational boundaries so they can share resources and boost their research capabilities. We are committed to providing productive research environments that are conducive to open science and exploration of new research areas. The ROIS, one of the core operating organizations for SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), also plans to partner with various other universities to help train the next generation of data scientists.

At the ROIS, we are determined to do our best to advance data science that can be applied to tackle issues facing modern society. As we take on the 21st Century challenge, we ask for your continued support for the ROIS and our initiatives.


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 Research Organization of Information and systems(ROIS)
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  ・ Leaflet 2012(8P)

President Ryoichi Fujii