Mission & Strategies
Weaving Information into Knowledge
Informatics to Create Future Value on the Wheels of Research and Service
The National Institute of Informatics (NII) under the Inter-University Research Institute
Corporation Research Organization of Information and theory of informatics to cutting-edge fields
such as artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things, and information security, NII
carries out In parallel, NII develops and operates services of the essential academic information
infrastructures used by the entire academic research academic content and service platforms on the
other hand. The bilateral feedback cycle between the findings gained from the service Through these
activities, NII is committed to human resource development and social/international contribution,
and conducts its operations Furthermore, NII is engaged in graduate education with the aim of
fostering original world-class academic research and pioneering.
Systems is the only academic research institute in Japan dedicated to creating future value in
informatics, a new academic field. From the basic long-term basic research as well as practical
studies that attempt to address current social issues.
community in Japan for research and education; it builds and operates the Science Information
NETwork (SINET5) on one hand, and provides operations and from the academic research generates
cutting-edge technologies, which are utilized in the service.
with an emphasis on collaboration and cooperation between universities, research institutes, and
private sector businesses in Japan and globally. advanced fields of study.
Comprehensive research from basic theory to cutting-edge technology
Merging computer science and information engineering with the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and many other
disciplines, informatics is a new domain of study that is involved in all aspects of society. Having established four Research
Divisions and 15 Research Centers, NII is carrying out research comprehensively on everything from the basic theory of
informatics to cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things, and information security. NII is also
focusing its efforts into international exchange and collaboration with overseas universities and research institutes, as well as
collaboration between industry, government, and academia, in order to help implement its research achievements in the real
Fostering new leaders for an advanced information society
The graduate program at NII is carried out in three ways: (1) participating in SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced
Studies), (2) collaborating with other graduate schools, and (3) accepting research students for special collaboration. SOKENDAI
is the first graduate university in Japan established to foster original, world-class academic research that transcends traditional
disciplines and to pioneer advanced fields of study that create new lines of scientific inquiry. NII has joined with SOKENDAI to
establish the Department of Informatics in the School of Multidisciplinary Sciences in order to offer graduate programs with
three-year and five-year Ph.D. courses. The Department of Informatics encompasses six research fields; at the Department,
students can take lectures and obtain research advice according to their field of study.
Supporting academic research and education
In collaboration with universities and research institutions, as well as research communities, NII builds and operates the Science
Information NETwork (SINET). Leveraging SINET5's ultra-high speed, high reliability, robustness, and multifunctionality, NII
contributes to academic research and education by developing and providing an authentication federation platform, cloud
adoption and utilization supports, and an academic content platform, as well as by working to advance open science. In
addition, NII Security Operation Collaboration Services help build the framework enabling national universities and other
academic institutions to quickly respond to cybersecurity incidents and other issues.
Collaboration with Industry, Government, and Academia
NII carries out goal-oriented research and development to address real social issues and fosters
collaboration between industry, government, and academia to help implement its research
achievements in the real world. NII actively promotes collaborative work between industries, local
governments, and universities by using a system that includes open calls for collaborative
research, comprehensive partnerships, and joint research units that are set up to operate special
research laboratories under corporate partnerships. To create new collaboration and licensing
opportunities for its research accomplishments, NII holds seminars to present the seeds of its
cutting-edge research and to discuss corporate and social needs. It is also engaged in academic
consulting by researchers and human resource development for the IT sector.
To promote organization-wide international research exchange with overseas universities
and research institutes, NII has set up the Global Liaison Office (GLO), which conducts
various activities, including forming international exchange agreements through
Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and managing the MOU Grant for research
exchange assistance, and the NII International Internship Program. In addition, NII holds
the NII Shonan Meeting, a series of seminars where top-class researchers from around
the world come to Japan for intensive discussions on the field of informatics. NII is also
actively accepting researchers through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
and the Japanese-French Laboratory for Informatics (JFLI).