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The University of Tokyo Fellowship

1. Overview

This research grant-in-aid was established in 2004. It aims to support outstanding, self-financed international students who pursue their degree at the University and to promote the enrollment of outstanding international students.

Recipients will receive 200,000 yen per month as research grant-in-aid until the end of the standard program duration (up to one year for research students).

In 2022, 32 students --- 11 Master’s course students and 21 Doctor’s course students were newly selected as recipients.
In 2022, 127 students received research grant-in-aid in total.
836 students have been selected in total since The University of Tokyo Fellowship was established.

Application Guidelines for The University of Tokyo Fellowship (April 2023)

2. Application

The application should be done through the applicant's affiliated (proposed) Graduate School. Please contact the relevant section (international office) of your affiliated (proposed) Graduate School to check the details of the application procedures.

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3. Donations to The University of Tokyo Fellowship

○ FU Delin Scholarship

This scholarship has been established through the kind services of Ms. Fu Delin, a philanthropist, and a member of the Fu family that can trace their origins as far back as the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Ms. Fu herself has for a long time supported on her own, Chinese and Japanese students going abroad, but from 2017, she has kindly offered to provide financial support for international students from abroad to enroll at a graduate school of The University of Tokyo.
This scholarship in principle follows “The University of Tokyo Fellowship Implementation Guidelines on Special Scholarships for International Students,” but is primarily aimed at providing support to international students who hold Chinese citizenship.


○ KOGA Shinsuke Scholarship

The beneficiary of this scholarship, Shinsuke Koga, has been predominantly active globally in the financial world following his graduation from The University of Tokyo. Having experienced studying abroad himself at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained his Master of Business Administration, from 2016, Mr. Koga funded to provide financial support to graduate students coming to The University of Tokyo from the United States and the United Kingdom and established the Koga Shinsuke Scholarship.
This scholarship follows “The University of Tokyo Fellowship Implementation Guidelines on Special Scholarships for International Students,” but is aimed at providing support to international students who hold American or British citizenships.

4. Awardees of The University of Tokyo Fellowship

○ 2023

LUAN Yuncong
Graduate School of Economics

I am truly delighted and immensely grateful to have been awarded the UTokyo Fellowship. This scholarship is both a remarkable opportunity and a profound honor. It not only supports my academic journey and future aspirations but also significantly alleviates the financial burden on my family. I wholeheartedly express my gratitude to the scholarship committee for their trust in me. And I am committed to making the most of this opportunity and working diligently to understand the economic mechanisms behind Chinese housing prices.

LI Bin
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Human and Engineered Environmental Studies

First and foremost, I am deeply honored to receive this fellowship. However, as a Todai Fellowship recipient and a PhD student at UTokyo for the following three years, I aspire for this to not be my pinnacle achievement. I am eager to fully utilize this funding to enhance my research on Brain-Computer Interface. With the support from this scholarship, I can focus more intently on my research and explore innovative ideas. I am hopeful that I will do better in my research and my research will significantly contribute to the advancement of human society in the future.

KIM Kibeom
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Advanced Materials Science

 Firstly, receiving this Todai Fellowship will be an incredible honor and a deeply meaningful milestone in my academic journey. I am regarding this as it represents not only recognition of my efforts, but also a significant vote of confidence in my potential. The financial support provided by this fellowship will undoubtedly contribute significantly to my academic and personal growth.

 From the 20th century, the eagerness for developing the materials having higher strengths with more lowered weight has been continued. Various trials were also accompanied. After that, over the last 2 decades, High Entropy Alloys (HEAs) are being paid attention as a key solution. Moreover, HEAs having hexagonal close packed (HCP) structure can achieve this more easily than the other structure HEAs (BCC or FCC), by having a lower number of slip systems. Although many strengthening theories and mechanisms and the design for new alloys  had been suggested, still those require various improvements and verification.

So, my doctoral research at U of Tokyo will focus on lightweight HEAs for high-temperature environments in pursuit of this goal. I plan to design alloys by alloying different elements to achieve specific microstructures and phase distributions, such as hcp + bcc (or fcc) bimodal phases. Additionally, I will explore phase equilibria influenced by complex elements and study deformation mechanisms to better understand how these alloys improve properties. Through these, I aim to advance as a researcher during my doctoral program, building on the uncovered knowledge additionally combined with the one I've acquired previously. I will also seek opportunities to apply these findings, to develop my skills further.

HONG Haoran
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies

As a novice researcher, I am profoundly grateful and honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship.

From undergraduate years, my interests revolved around creating digital art projects that fostered audience engagement and contemplation. I passionately advocated for environmentally sustainable traditional dyeing techniques and promoted eco-friendly handicrafts. However, I soon came to realize the pressing need to genuinely engage people in critical environmental issues, such as wildlife conservation. To address this challenge, I conceived the idea of using HCI technologies to convey the joy of interacting with animals and underscore the importance of ecological awareness.

During my study life at UTokyo, my goal is to conceive and implement a series of interaction systems aimed at mitigating human-wildlife conflicts in urban environments while ensuring the welfare of wildlife. Leveraging external audiovisual stimuli, these systems will encourage animals to relocate, thereby reducing environmental issues. Through multimedia expression, I wish to facilitate efficient knowledge acquisition and evoke emotional responses among people. With these concepts in mind, I will strive to create an environment where both humans and animals can engage in playful activities, fostering mutual understanding to some extent.

ZHU Qingtian
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

I am deeply honored and humbled to accept the prestigious University of Tokyo Fellowship as a PhD student. This remarkable opportunity fills me with excitement and a profound sense of responsibility, as I look forward to embarking on this journey of discovery and enlightenment. As I step onto this path, I will hold the aspirations that guide my actions and endeavors throughout my stay at this esteemed institution.

LI Kunhang
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

Firstly, I extend gratitude to The University of Tokyo for kindly offering the Fellowship, which significantly relieves my financial burden and lets me focus on academic research. My research field is in Computational Linguistics, aiming to explore linguistic structures from a mathematical and cognitive perspective. Large Language Models have recently gained great success in industry applications, but scientific research on how and why they work well is still poor. I hope my research will shed light on underexplored areas like this, leading to meaningful scientific progress for human beings.

MA Mingze
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

I'm very honored to have been selected as a scholarship recipient at the University of Tokyo. I'm deeply grateful of the support from the university, seeing it as both a recognition of my past efforts and a vote of confidence in my future research performances. This scholarship encourages me to redouble my dedication to my study and research.
My primary research interest lies in computer vision. Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, this is a new and challenging field for me. My goal is to apply my knowledge in this field to enhance the ways AI can benefit humanity.

Graduate School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

My research area is basic research about icing and frosting, which is not only about science, but also about art. The intricate structure of ice crystals that forms on a windowpane or a leaf during a cold winter's night is nothing short of mesmerizing. In the laboratory, researchers employ microscopes and imaging techniques to capture the delicate beauty of these ice formations, revealing the stunning intricacies that nature hides from the naked eye. The ethereal patterns that emerge, shaped by the interplay of temperature, humidity, and impurities in the freezing process, serve as a constant reminder of the marvels of the natural world.
Moreover, the laboratory is a hub of collaboration, where scientists from various disciplines come together to unravel the secrets of frost and ice. From physicists to chemists, meteorologists to materials scientists, the laboratory serves as a meeting point for minds eager to exchange ideas and share their expertise. Laboratory life in the realm of frost and ice research can be both exhilarating and challenging. It demands patience, dedication, and a keen eye for detail. Yet, it offers the satisfaction of unraveling the enigmatic properties of frozen matter and contributing to our understanding of the natural world. As scientists strive to decode the language of frost and ice, they paint a vivid picture of the beauty and complexity that lie beneath the frozen surfaces of our planet.

CHEN Jianqiang
Graduate School of Engineering, Precision Engineering

It is a great honor for me to be selected as the recipient of The University of Tokyo Fellowship. And thanks for the support of UTokyo, I can focus on my academic research and experience studying abroad in Tokyo.
For my doctoral research field, our final target is to establish design methodology of multi-agent systems including artificial agents, humans and working environments through clarifying the underlying structure and function in the intelligence and mobility of these agents. And I hope to bring my talents into research and achieve breakthroughs in the field.

LI Yifan
Graduate School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Systems

It is a great honor for me to be a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship. It not only recognizes my work and ability, but also motivates me to continue working harder in the future. My research focuses on innovations in the field of human-computer interaction using wireless energy transmission technology to create a society where everything is interconnected to facilitate people's lives. It's a necessary and interesting research topic. In addition to this, I am also working on helping the underprivileged in society and striving for an equal and convenient future for them. I will enrich my knowledge and put it into practice in the future and do my research with all my might.

LIU Yijie 
Graduate School of Engineering, Bioengineering

I am honored to have received this scholarship, and I promise to work tirelessly to realize my full potential and achieve greater success in the field of research. I will remain humble, continue learning, and give back to society by sharing my knowledge and experiences. I will make the most of this opportunity to benefit both myself and the community. I am grateful for the support of this scholarship, and I will not let this trust down as I strive for a better future.

XUE Dingming
Graduate School of Engineering, Systems Innovation

It's a great honor for me to be awarded the UTokyo Fellowship scholarship. My research focuses on how to better construct a data marketplace by creating artificial intelligence tools, thereby providing more creative ideas and solutions for people's production and work. We are in an era of data explosion, a stage where data science holds limitless potential. With the support of this scholarship, I believe I can dedicate more of my time to research and advance further in the field of data science and technology. Let us, as researchers, strive to create a better future.

GUO Zirui
Graduate School of Engineering, Systems Innovation

The University of Tokyo Fellowship affirms my past achievements and encourages me to further investigation of scientific truth. With very much honor and appreciation I am able to dedicate myself into multidisciplinary studies and cross-cultural communication at the UTokyo for the next two years.

During the matriculation ceremony, our President encouraged us to believe in our potentials, across disciplinary boundaries, stand on the shoulders of giants and apply the wisdom of those who came before. In the Department of Systems Innovation, we integrate scientific knowledge of multiple academic fields and create advanced systems in order to meet the needs of future society. The chance to concentrate on carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics research enables me to seek possibility for more efficient use of resources and energy, thus make contributions to net-zero emissions and sustainable development in the future. 

WANG Ziyue
Graduate School of Engineering,  Technology Management for Innovation

I am really honored to be rewarded by the UTokyo Fellowship. Tokyo University has always been my dream school and my hard work pays off when I received the admission letter.  As a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship, I will work hard to overcome the potential difficulties and contribute to my field of study in the following years. 

HUANG Jingzhi
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

It is my great honor to be granted the UT fellowship scholarship, which not only provides financial support but also serves as validation of my past work and potential. I am interested in discovering the intimate relationship between AI and humans and its implications for social structures in the future, such as marriage and family. More specifically, how does AI obtain trust and establish meaningful relationships with humans in private and social environments even with limited technological affordances? How does AI’s socialization process gain or impact its social identity and roles as a friend, lover, and family member? How would that affect people’s perception of "good" relationships and interaction preferences in general? I hope my research could contribute to the understanding of human and AI interaction in the new era and may answer the seemingly narcissistic question: what is it to be human?
With all the support, I am eager to dedicate myself to the field and embark on a new chapter of my research journey at the University of Tokyo.

CHEN Mingyuan
Graduate School of Engineering, Architecture

First of all, I would like to appreciate the University of Tokyo and the department of engineering. It is my honor to be selected as an awardee of The University of Tokyo Fellowship. The fellowship is a great encouragement for people like me to make contributions to the research of different aspects.
I am a Chinese student majoring in architecture and my research interests are basically in city analytics, which is aiming to study how to improve our city by analyzing the data and feelings of people living here and images from the city. In order to realize my research target, I need to learn more modern techniques to assist me dealing with countless data and even select them autonomically. With the help of fellowship, there will be more time for me to overcome the obstacles in the research without wasting time on thinking of the economic problems. 

CHANG Shihua
Graduate School of Engineering, Architecture

I am deeply honored to have been awarded The University of Tokyo Fellowship, and I want to express my sincere gratitude for the trust in me by the faculty. This generous support from the university enables me to fully immerse myself in my architectural studies and serves as a driving force for my academic ambitions, and also creates a nurturing and motivating environment. I am eager to collaborate with fellow scholars and classmates who share my passion for architecture. I look forward to engaging in meaningful discussions, exploring innovative design concepts, and contributing to the rich tapestry of knowledge within the university's academic community.

LUAN Yinan
Graduate School of Engineering, Bioengineering

I would like to sincerely appreciate UTokyo, for being awarded the UTokyo fellowship with great honor. Not only is it a recognition of my past studies, but also an engine of motivation for me to study harder and work better during my master's degree. I will try my utmost to live up to the honor and expectations.

My undergraduate major is Biological Sciences. During my study and research, I came to realize that Biology is a naturally fertile but of which the far greater part is uncultivated land, while chemistries especially polymers would serve as powerful tools. Therefore, my aspirations are to clearing this land, developing powerful tools, and moreover, comprehending the mechanism of their crossover and interaction.

Graduate School of Engineering, Urban Engineering

I am honored to be awarded the University of Tokyo Fellowship Scholarship. As a newly admitted Ph.D. student, my interest focuses on environmental behavior and psychology research to discuss healthy human settlements with the help of SPSS, AMOS, machine learning and other quantitative techniques. This is not only associated with physical health as decrease the prevalence of obesity by promoting walking, but also viewed as a potential path to improve people’s perceived safety and happiness to reduce depression from living environment perspectives, which is valuable in guiding landscape design and management. Relative research experience gave me an intriguing window into the way people live.
At the end of the drama Dragon-Zakura, Sakuragi sensei said, "There is only one correct answer to the entrance exam while many possible answers to life. Never deny yourself the possibility." So I am here, at Tokyo University, to question the existing, explore the possibility, and add great visions to the shared world.

YI Shiyao
Graduate School of Engineering, Urban Engineering

As an apprentice in city planning, I’ve always found myself intrigued by the topics of lands, especially land preservation and conservation. The American success of farmland preservation inspired me to delve deeper into this field.
It is a great pleasure and honor to be awarded the UTokyo Fellowship. This scholarship enables me to conduct more case studies, field trips, and data analysis in exploring how land preservation helps manage risks in today’s cities around the globe that are threatened by climate change.
I am planning on focusing on this angle and working to build that throughout my doctoral research. I will do my utmost to complete the course and contribute to the field of urban engineering.

Xin “Charlie” QING
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

I am truly honored to be awarded the UTokyo Fellowship and want to express my sincere gratitude to my mentor, all Itatsu Lab members, and everyone who has been supportive in my academic life.
My research explores narratives and violence surrounding the female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) industry in Japan and beyond. Amid a dearth of inclusive sex education, women still live in a reality in which natural diversity and variation of their bodies, especially parts that remain a cultural taboo, are regarded rather as imperfection and deformity necessitating a “treatment.” My study hence investigates propellants that drive FGCS recipients to the surgical suite and sources of widely circulated yet suspicious sexual and genital norms, from which treatment providers make profits. Continuing from my undergraduate study, I would like to further the discussion of how individuals’ struggles navigating their genitalia and the proliferation of genital aesthetics blur the boundaries between what is considered compulsory and voluntary, repressive and liberatory, patriarchal tyranny and technological promise.
With the Fellowship, not only can I better concentrate on my study and research, but I also became aware of my responsibility as someone looking into a rather under-researched and unspeakable realm filled with pain, trauma, and violence. I would like to take this opportunity to not only upgrade my analytic toolkit, but, more importantly, to always reflect on my research ethics. I will be sure to approach different communities with substantial sensitivity and understanding of their circumstances and strive for a world in which no one’s body is forbidden or mystified, in which everyone can navigate their body and sexuality unrestrictedly and safely.

YU Fuqian
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

Although many tools of technical analysis are currently being introduced into the field of archaeology, I believe that existing research is often limited in its abilities to explain archaeological phenomena using the results of technological analysis, because the fields of archaeology and natural science are very different. And since archaeology is at the same time a department that values human interaction, the University of Tokyo is an outstanding university in the world, with many excellent scholars and students from all over the world. Through the interactions that occur there, we may find new clues for our research. For these reasons, I hope to use my studies and research as a bridge to better connect scholars in different fields and to better interpret the meaning of archaeology.

WANG Zhixin
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

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Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

I will be supported by the University of Tokyo fellowships in the following study period. I sincerely thank the University of Tokyo for providing me with this opportunity to focus on my academic research.
I have been committed to the research of computer vision. As an interdisciplinary research of computer and AI, computer vision has been highly valued in the academic field. How to make AI think like human beings is the topic I will explore at the University of Tokyo. Explore the infinite possibilities of AI decision making and Intellectual growth by learning from the same first-person perspective as the human eye. The final hope is to make AI an assistant to assist the healthy and steady development of human society.

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology

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この度は、栄えある東大フェローシップの受給者として採用していただき、誠に有り難うございます。このような栄誉は自分に縁のないものと思っておりましたので、受給の通知を受けて、唯々驚いております。 これからの抱負について、私は様々な分野と連携できる研究者と日中文化交流に貢献できる研究者を目指したいと考えています。まず、私が研究対象とする『孝経鄭注』の受容は文献学、中国哲学、社会学、政治学、思想史学などの幅広い分野に関連するものであるため、私は様々な分野を結びつける役割を果たし、各分野の間の交流を促進した上で、中国哲学分野だけでなく、思想史、社会学、政治学などの分野においても有意義な研究を生み出すことを目標とします。

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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○ 2022

JEONG Inhyeok
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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SONG Jiacheng
Graduate School of Engineering

My research theme is about penetration performance of percussion rock drills under complex geological conditions.

I will try my best to complete the PhD study.

Graduate School of Engineering

It is of great honor to be awarded and supported by the University of Tokyo Fellowship, which acts like an encouragement and a motivation to me. It seems to remind me that I can be a better one than I think.
It has been almost one year since I enrolled in the University of Tokyo, and my life as well as my study career have changed a lot. Currently, the research of my Ph.D. career is related to the combustion, which is always motivated by the improvement of thermal efficiency of IC engines, the reduction of pollution emissions, and the advanced combustion strategies. Specifically, my research topic is the low-temperature combustion kinetics of clean and alternative fuels. By experimental and numerical studies, our target is to provide more useful and solid evidence to develop further insight into detailed kinetics. Energy conservation and emission reduction are two of the most vital themes in the global world that are related closely to the progress of the society and the existence of human-beings, which motivates me to dedicate my passion and efforts into my research field. Furthermore, there are too many leading members and excellent researchers in my research field who I really hope to communicate with, and I think it is likely to realize in the University of Tokyo because it always provides us with more international stages and more precious opportunities.
Again, it is grateful to receive this fellowship. Wish I will experience a happy journey in the University of Tokyo!

FANG Zhong
Graduate School of Engineering

Being selected as a UT scholarship student is an incredible privilege, and I am filled with immense gratitude towards the University of Tokyo for granting me this prestigious award. I am truly excited about the opportunity to expand my horizons and enhance my knowledge at UTokyo. From this point forward, I am committed to studying and researching with even greater dedication, striving to achieve my academic ambitions. As a student with a deep interest in energy research, my ultimate goal is to contribute, albeit in my own modest way, to the ongoing energy revolution. With support of the UT Fellowship, I am confident that I can make a meaningful and impactful contribution to this crucial field. Once again, I express my heartfelt appreciation to UTokyo for recognizing my potential and granting me this scholarship.


COBBINAH Prince Valentine
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

When I received the final decision email that I have been selected to receive the Todai Fellowship Award, it was the best news I have had especially during this difficult period of the pandemic. Humbly, I am highly honored and grateful for the award, and the recognition shows that hard work truly pays off.
My PhD research delves into the intentional use of the additive manufacturing process to control microstructures and texture in building Ti6246 alloy products. It is envisaged that with controlled texture building, unique properties of materials or alloys can be achieved. Thus, my research intends to explore this new avenue to induce new properties or enhance existing properties and performances of Ti6246 alloy components for low-pressure compressors of the turbine engine.
The success of the research will highlight additive manufacturing as an economical processing alternative which will help push further the incorporation of lightweight materials into the turbine engine to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve its efficiency.
It is a dream come true to be at The University of Tokyo and I can’t wait to get started and contribute to my field of study!!

WANG Wentao
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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ZHANG Xinyao
Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences

It is my great honor to be selected for the University of Tokyo Fellowship.
I am an overseas student from China and my major is mathematics. More specifically, my research interests are mainly in number theory, which is a subject to study the fascinating and profound laws of the integers. My professional goal is to contribute to mathematics as a number theorist, and to leave my name behind some wonderful theorems. In order to realize my dream, I need to work hard to learn more modern techniques, and the fellowship is a great inspiration to encourage me to overcome potential difficulties in the future.
Also, I would like to appreciate all the people for supporting me.

CHAI Chengli
Graduate School of Engineering

First of all, please let me thank the University of Tokyo for giving me such a wonderful scholarship, it is the honor of my life to be awarded the UTokyo Fellowship. This proves the school's affirmation of my past achievements, and also inspires me to work harder in the next doctoral academic path, to achieve bigger and better results so as to be worthy of this honor.
There is a saying in my country that actions speak louder than words. As a doctoral student, I feel that I should be more down-to-earth, strive to explore unknown areas, and contribute to the scientific and technological progress of all mankind. This is my expectation and hope to bring encouragement and courage to all the students at the University of Tokyo. I hope we can all be better versions of ourselves tomorrow, thank you!

SHAO Tianyu
Graduate School of Engineering

It is my great honor to be awarded The University of Tokyo Fellowship. The University of Tokyo has always been my ideal university, and I feel really excited to have the opportunity to enhance my professional knowledge here.
For my doctoral study, I study the efficacy of using a machine learning method to predict the internal corrosion degree with the surface cracking of concrete. For many concrete structures exposed to moist environment, rebar corrosion takes place which causes structural deterioration. Surface crack can be used as an index to estimate the internal corrosion level, which is important to evaluate the structural performance, and maintenance of the structures can be carried out to ensure the serviceability and safety of the structures.
I will keep my enthusiasm for research works during my future study and show great perseverance in the face of difficulty. I believe I will acquire the knowledge, skills and versatility needed to achieve my goal with my best efforts at The University of Tokyo.

LIN Li-Yen
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences

It’s a great honor to receive the UTokyo fellowship. It reduces my concern about the daily expenditure so that I can concentrate more on the research.
For my master’s degree, I investigated the crosstalk between autophagy and phosphate homeostasis. To continue a path of research on the improvement of nutrient utilization in agriculture, I found a great doctoral program provided by UTokyo. I will study the mechanism of rice root system promotion of biological nitrogen fixation activity in paddy soils by exploring the potential rhizosphere communication between rice roots and iron-reducing bacteria. This study may shed light on the potential alternatives to reduce the consumption of nitrogen fertilizer on rice production.
Besides, I appreciate the pragram’s positive attitude toward global issues. I believe studying in UTokyo will become a good connection to what I have been trained and extend my knowledge into practical use. I will take the support in heart and make an all-out effort to carry out my research.

WANG Zerun
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

It is my honor to be granted the University of Tokyo Fellowship scholarship. I will definitely not disappoint the school's expectations.
As a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, conducting research on deep learning-based computer vision tasks, which are widely used in automatic driving systems, medical lesion detection, and other fields. I found the problem that collecting and labeling new data consumes a large amount of workforce and electricity. For example, a famous dataset, ImageNet, which consists of over 400 million images, needs to be labeled and verified on a computer for 19 years if one person does all the work 24 hours a day.
Therefore, I intend to study further the specific problem of better utilizing existing web data for these tasks since web data can be easily collected by searching keywords on web engines. However, the difficulty is that the quality of web data is uncontrollable. So, the performance is limited if directly using it. I try to overcome this difficulty by exploring and imitating the mechanism of how humans learn to select and label noisy data by learning a few examples.
I believe my research at the University of Tokyo can help save considerable energy and labor costs for collecting new data as well as improve the performance of object detection methods, which can then facilitate the progress of automatic driving, AI-based healthcare, and other technologies.

WANG Zhiwei
Graduate School of Medicine

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CHEN Hongruixuan
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

I feel really honored to be awarded as the Todai Fellowship.
My research has always been motivated by how to better monitor, describe and understand changes in our planet's surface, thereby contributing to urban planning, resource management, environmental protection, and sustainable development. To this end, during my past and current research experience, I focus on exploring and developing effective artificial intelligence technology for processing and analyzing multitemporal and multisource remote sensing data, especially focusing on land-cover and land-use change detection and building damage assessment tasks. Over the past years, I have worked very hard in my research field and several fruits have been yielded. More importantly, the research experience trained me with fundamental quality and ability, increased my dedication, strengthened my determination, and enhanced my confidence to further exploration in scientific research.
Therefore, I am now choosing to continue my study for a doctorate degree in UTokyo, under the supervision of Prof. Naoto Yokoya. After receiving my doctoral degree, I intend to find an academic research position in a top university because I want to continue scientific research and make some contributions to the world through my scientific research achievements. Over the next three years, I hope that through the funding of Todai Fellowship, I will be able to receive more in-depth training in scientific research, accumulate more significant academic publications, work in an interdisciplinary environment, and interact and collaborate with more academic peers, thereby supporting me strongly to achieve my academic goals. More importantly, with this great chance, I hope that I can become a future-oriented researcher. I have always believed that a good researcher should be concerned with the future, including the future of the research field, the future of this society, and the next generation of researchers.
For the first point, I want to be a researcher who can bring new ideas and even revolutions to my research field. When conducting research, I do not ask myself, “Has this method ever been published before?” but rather to ask myself, “Will my research create new knowledge and inspiration for the field?” Secondly, I hope I can keep reflecting on what contributions my research and skills can bring to our society rather than only limiting myself to theoretical innovation. I will therefore actively seek opportunities to collaborate with international organizations, government departments, and companies to apply my research to real scenarios. Finally, I believe that a good researcher should not only focus on his/her research but also on passing on his/her knowledge and experience to the next generation. Therefore, I intend to construct my own research group at a top university or research institute and help these potential researchers become the researcher they want to become.
Furthermore, I will continue my current collaborations with some professors and researchers in different universities and international organizations, including Wuhan University, University of Buffalo, University of Maryland, United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT), and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). On the one hand, the in-depth collaborations between labs can contribute to valuable research results. On the other hand, the cooperation with international organizations provides me with the chance to apply my research work for serving the community.

LI Yilang
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

Since the 20th century, the rapid development of science and technology has promoted economic development and improved people's living standards. However, at the same time, mankind has also paid a heavy price. Due to the emission of industrial waste, automobile exhaust, sewage irrigation, the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, soil, water quality and atmosphere have been seriously polluted. In order to curb the expansion of this pollution, many measures need to be implemented to repair the environment, so as to create a healthy living environment for future generations. CRISPR technology, which has sprung up in recent years, has the potential to accelerate biological research. In the next three years, thanks to the scholarship, I will be able to dedicate myself to optimizing technology for pollutant transformation. I aim to identify and solve specific issues, paving the way for my lifelong research, one step at a time.

LI Lanshu
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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YU Zhongtian
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

I feel honored to be selected as a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship. Ahead of all, I would like to show my gratitude to the fellowship foundation and the division for global campus initiatives to give me this favor.
I have been having a keen interest in the field of pharmaceutical sciences from a very young age. When I was just a little kid, I kept wondering how does nature take birth to us and at the same time take us by various diseases. As I grow older, my scope of knowledge was broadened and my contact with the world was strengthened. On the aim of investigating more sophisticated science and having a better look of this world, I chose to come to the University of Tokyo for further study in the Lab of Natural Product Chemistry at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
For my future study, I will mainly focus on the field of biosynthesis and enzymology. Natural products have long been used as a abundant source of therapeutics. For example, artemisinin is a good medicine for malaria extracted from Artemisia annua, while taxol is a star molecule with anti-cancer effect that scientists found in Taxus chinensis. However, some of the effective natural products are secondary metabolites and their content in the natural samples are very low. With the strategy of biosynthesis, we can synthesize these compounds at promising rates and adjust their structures to people’s need. For my first project, I will work on the biosynthetic pathway of Agrocin, an antimicrobial and Sulphostin, a very potent inhibitor of human DPP4 protease, which is an ideal therapeutic target for diabetes.
I will always remember this inspiring title of a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship. In future study, I will do my best to explore new science and make contribution to this world.

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