The NTT BRL Advisory Board, first convened in 2001, held its 8th meeting during January 26 - 28 (2015). The focus of this Advisory Board was to provide an objective evaluation of our research activities, plans, and directions, so as to enable us to utilize strategic management to systematically coordinate and align our resources and actions in a timely manner. On this occasion, the board was composed of nine distinguished scientists.
Over the course of the three days, the board evaluated our work and made valuable suggestions and comments in relation to our research and its management. They indicated that our research level was globally leading, and but suggested that it was important for us to disseminate and publicize our research achievements more. They also raised several issues related to human resources, research budgets, and collaborations (both internal and external). We are actively addressing all these issues currently.
At this meeting, our BRL researchers had lunch with the board members and also met them during a lively poster session, where they had chances to present their research. The poster session also included a dinner party, so the board members and the BRL researchers were able to interact in a casual atmosphere. For the BRL and NTT executives, a Japanese style dinner was arranged. This provided an excellent good opportunity to discuss the future management strategy of NTT BRL with an international perspective in mind.
The next board meeting will be held in two years.