Science Plaza 2010

 "Science Plaza 2010," an open-house event of NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL), was held at NTT Atsugi R&D Center on Thursday, November 25th, 2010. Under the banner "Frontier Science: Open Door to the Future", Science Plaza aimed to disseminate our latest research accomplishments through various sections of people inside and outside of NTT and to gather diverse opinions.
Following an opening address from Dr. Itaru Yokohama, the director of BRL, one of distinguished technical members of NTT BRL, Dr. Yoshitaka Taniyasu gave a lecture on "Nitride Semiconductor Deep-ultraviolet Light-emitting Diodes - Material Physics and Device Applications". In the afternoon session, Prof. Tatsuo Izawa, Executive Vice President for Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, gave a special lecture entitled "Optical Fiber Communication and Glass Science". Each lecture was well-attended and followed by heated question-and-answer sessions.
 As regards the poster exhibits, 45 posters, including 16 from Microsystem Integration Laboratories, Photonics Laboratories and Communication Science Laboratories, presented our latest research accomplishments. While explaining the originality and impact―as well as the future prospects―of our research accomplishments, these posters were intensively discussed, and many meaningful opinions were heard. This year’s "Lab Tour"―a guided tour of research facilities at NTT BRL that has been receiving high reputation from visitors over the years―took place at five different labs, so that as many people as possible could join the tour. This time we also opened a booth to show the NTT R&D recruitment system for job-seeking researchers and students. After all lectures, presentations, and exhibitions, a banquet was held in Center’s dining room, where lively conversation among participants deepened their amity.
 More than 240 people from research institutes, universities, and general industries, as well as from NTT Group, attended Science Plaza 2010. Thanks to the efforts of all participants, the conference ended on a high note. We would thus like sincerely to express our gratitude to all of the participants.

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