UTokyo Future Society Initiative
UTokyo Future Society Initiative

News & Topics

(February 23, 2018)
Press Release Information: Proposal of Spin-wave-based Information Processing Chip Device and Demonstration of the Basic Principle

A press release about research achievement has been issued by the Social Cooperation Program on Energy Efficient Information Processing (EEIP-SCP) of the Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education, which is one of the FSI projects.

A new spin-wave-based information processing chip device has been proposed. This device realizes wireless interactions corresponding to high-density and flexible wired interconnections between neuron units in artificial intelligence. The generalization ability of the proposed device for extracting features in unknown temporal input signals has been demonstrated by machine learning utilizing the spatiotemporal dynamics of spin waves.

It is hoped that this research achievement will lead to a realization of high-performance low-power terminal devices for promoting an IoT society.

(February 14, 2018)
International Conference “Sustainability and International Relations: Toward the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals” Held

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo, the international conference “Sustainability and International Relations: Toward the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals” was held under the leadership of PARI’s SDGs Collaborative Research Unit.

Experts from both inside and outside the University exchanged opinions on topics including the correlation between the global environment, international conflicts, and economic development, as well as paths to realizing the SDGs in which perspectives and innovations from academic research can play a role.


 (January 26, 2018)
President Gonokami Attends the 2018 Davos Forum

President Gonokami attended the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland. He conversed with leaders from across the world about topics under this year’s theme of "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".
In the final session, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and one of the Co-Chairs of the meeting, ended the meeting with a call to action: "leave no one behind".


(December 18, 2017)
The Policy Alternatives Research Institute Establishes the SDGs Collaborative Research Unit

In response to the activities of the UTokyo FSI, the SDGs Collaborative Research Unit has been established under the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI).

PARI has previously promoted the SDGs as a research topic. The SDGs Collaborative Research Unit will become a hub of SDGs research at the University of Tokyo with collaboration throughout the University. Moreover, the Unit will further accelerate research on sustainability in the global environment, the associations between changes in the global environment and governmental conflicts, and sustainable economic development.


(December 14, 2017)
“Disrupting Development through Science, Technology and Innovation” Forum Held

Upon the occasion of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s visit to Tokyo, the World Bank Group and the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo co-organized the forum “Disrupting Development through Science, Technology and Innovation”. President Gonokami of the University of Tokyo spoke at this event.

In his speech, President Gonokami said that proper linking of social systems, economic mechanisms and STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) is important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, he discussed “STI for SDGs” activities of UTokyo which encompass the sciences, humanities and social sciences, while showing some projects registered under the UTokyo FSI as examples.

(October 1, 2017)
President Gonokami Co-chairs the University Presidents’ Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum 2017

President Gonokami co-chaired the University Presidents’ Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum 2017 held at Kyoto International Conference Center. Forty-five presidents and others from 23 countries participated in the meeting and held discussions under the theme of “Toward a Knowledge-Intensive World: The Role of the University in Enabling an Inclusive Society”.

The University of Tokyo will promote further strengthening of international collaboration and communication, centering on the UTokyo FSI.

(July 4, 2017)
Establishment of the UTokyo FSI

The University of Tokyo established the UTokyo Future Society Initiative (FSI). Our activities will be communicated through this website.


(June 30, 2017)
UTokyo has been Selected as a Designated National University Corporation

Three national universities, including the University of Tokyo, have been selected as Designated National University Corporations. The Designated National University Corporations are expected to lead higher education overall and the reforms thereof through their own initiatives.

The University of Tokyo aspires to form a “global base for knowledge collaboration” to contribute to the future of humanity and the planet through utilizing a system of Designated National University Corporations and establishing the UTokyo Future Society Initiative (FSI) as an overseer of University reform.