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Super Creators Certified under the MITOU Program! Certifying outstanding young IT human resources that create new added value

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been promoting the discovery and development of human resources that have outstanding IT abilities in order to create new added value for economic society through the technological innovation in the IT field. As part of this, METI has been involved in the MITOU Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) through the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA). In this program, persons possessing outstanding capabilities among those who have completed the program are certified as Super Creators. This year, 10 individuals have been certified as Super Creators. As well as holding a ceremony in Tokyo to present the Super Creators with their certificates, METI and the IPA will jointly hold a networking event for those willing to provide ongoing support for the MITOU program in partnership with the IPA, which will offer participants an opportunity to experience the Super Creators’ work for themselves.

1. Outline

METI launched the MITOU Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) in FY2000 as a program to discover and develop “outstanding IT talent.” By FY2014, this program had produced 1,627 Creators. Of these Creators, 272 have been certified as Super Creators, in recognition of their particularly outstanding ability.

A program completion ceremony for the 23 Creators selected in FY2015 and a certificate presentation ceremony for the 10 Super Creators is to take place, along with a networking event for those willing to provide ongoing support for the MITOU program, which will offer participants an opportunity to experience the Super Creators’ work for themselves.

2. Certified Super Creators

Ten individuals have been chosen as the Super Creators of FY2015. Those selected as Super Creators created pieces of work that are symbolic of the IoT age, such as technologies that utilize AI (deep learning technology, etc.), and that convincingly herald the forthcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution and demonstrate an abundance of creative thinking. (Names and affiliations as of June 2, 2016)

  • Yuichiro Tsuchiya (24)
    Department of Mechano-Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)
    Project name: Development of a High-performance Intelligent Camera Using Deep Learning)
  • Takahiro Anno (25)
    Freelance
    Project name: Development of an Interface That Predicts User Actions and Increases Productivity
  • Hisanari Otsu (25)
    Department of Creative Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
    Project name: Rendering Framework for Developing Global Illumination Techniques
  • Rito Takeuchi (25)
    Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Osamu Yamanaka (25)
    Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University
    Project name: Development of Collective Motion and Animal Behavior Analysis Software
  • Daiki Teramoto (22)
    President, HackforPlay, Inc.
    Project name: Development of Teaching Materials for Learning to Program by Hacking Games
  • Shoya Ishimaru (24)
    Researcher, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)
    Project name: Development of a System for Visualizing the Mental State
  • Takao Naito (25)
    Tallinn University of Technology
    Project name: Software to Support the Continuous Integration of Design
  • Kai Aoki (22)
    Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba
    Yoshihiko Ozaki (23)
    Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba
    Project name: Development of a Tool for High-Level Synthesis of Visual Programming Language for Multimedia into HDL

Details and evaluations of each creator’s project are available on the IPA website (in Japanese):
http://www.ipa.go.jp/about/press/20160602.htmlexternal link

3. Certificate presentation ceremony and networking event

  • Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016
    • Networking event: 14:30-15:40
    • Program completion ceremony and Super Creator certificate presentation ceremony: 16:00-18:00
  • Venue: Nikkei Conference Room, 6F Nikkei Building, Otemachi 1-3-7, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Eligibility: Open to those willing to provide ongoing support for the MITOU program, including those involved in supporting entrepreneurship via start-up accelerators and VCs, and those involved in new technology development at companies

Release date

June 2, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Services Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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