Science Plaza 2016

   “Science Plaza 2016”, an NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL) open-house event, was held at NTT Atsugi R&D Center on 23rd November, 2016. Under the banner “Frontier Science: Open Door to the Future”, Science Plaza aimed at disseminating our latest research accomplishments to various groups of people inside and outside NTT and to gather diverse opinions. This event was held jointly with NTT Device Innovation Center, NTT Device Technology Laboratories, and NTT Communication Science Laboratories.
   Following an opening address by Dr. Tetsuomi Sogawa (director of BRL) and an introduction to NTT Laboratories by the Executive Managers, Dr. Akira Fujiwara (Senior Distinguished Researcher) presented a symposium lecture entitled “Ultimate Electronics Using Nano-devices”. In the afternoon session, Prof. Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University) gave a special lecture entitled “Illuminating the World by LEDs”. Each lecture was well attended and followed by lively question and answer sessions.
   In the poster session, 52 posters were presented, including 13 from joint research institutes. These posters described the originality and impact of various areas of research as well as outlining future prospects. They provoked intense discussions, and many meaningful opinions were heard. This year’s “Lab Tour”—a guided tour of the research facilities that has been receiving high praise from visitors over the years—took place at ten different labs. After all the lectures, presentations, and exhibitions had finished, a banquet was held in the Center’s dining room, and friendships were established and deepened by the lively conversations engaged in by the participants.
   198 people from research institutes, universities, and industries as well as from NTT Group companies attended Science Plaza 2016. Thanks to the efforts of all the participants, the conference ended on a high note. We would therefore like to express our sincere gratitude to all who took part.