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Ireland ICT Conference, Tokyo

13 Irish researchers were in Tokyo last week in a major drive to increase Irish research collaboration with Japanese companies, research institutions and universities. The four-day visit, organised by ISCA Japan (Science Foundation Ireland’s new Ireland-Japan science collaboration programme), in close cooperation with the Embassy, IDA and Enterprise Ireland focused on information and communications technology research with a particular emphasis on big data analytics and cloud computing.

The researchers’ visit commenced on 30 September and included meetings with leading Japanese and multinational corporations, research institutions and universities to present Irish ICT research and identify opportunities for collaboration. It culminated in a one-day conference on Friday, 3 October at the Delegation of the European Union in Japan, entitled “EU-Japan R&D Cooperation, Horizon 2020 and the Irish ICT Research Opportunity.” With over 100 attendees, the conference was addressed by representatives of the European Union, the Japanese and Irish Governments, Fujitsu Laboratories, and the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communication Technology.