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Super Creators Certified under Exploratory IT Human Resources Project

-Certifying outstanding young IT human resources that create new value added-

May 28, 2020

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 value added for the economy and society through 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, individuals who possess outstanding capabilities among those who have completed the program are certified as Super Creators. This year, 17 individuals have been certified as Super Creators.

1. Outline of the program

METI launched the MITOU Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) in FY2000 as a program to discover and develop outstanding IT talent. This program had produced over 1,700 Creators. Of these Creators, 327 have been certified as Super Creators, in recognition of their particularly outstanding abilities.

In the FY2019 program, METI certified 26 individuals as Creators, and, out of them, it further certified 17 as Super Creators.

2. Certified Super Creators

In the FY2019 program, METI certified 17 individuals as Super Creators as below for their achievements that impact a large variety of fields, from ideas that contribute to improving security technologies (e.g., development of cloud-computing platforms that allow for high-privacy, secure computation of bioinformatics) to the development of technologies that allow people to eat while maintaining their presence in a virtual reality world.

Note: The following names and affiliations are as of May 28, 2020.

Ichikawa Yuki (aged 22)

Affiliation: Dot Robotics
Title of representative project: Development of a robot system for automatic pollination of strawberries as an alternative to insect pollination

Ueda Yuki (26)

Affiliation: Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Title of project: Bot capable of learning and implementing, in lieu of people, source code improvement that a developer has implemented

Otao Kazuki (23)

Affiliation: Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba
Title of project: Automatic generation of captions for SNSs taking advantage of machine learning technology

Otsuka Kaoru (18)

Title of project: Development of a fuzzer for embedded devices taking advantage of processor tracing

Kishida Shoki (24)

Affiliation: Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications
Title of project: Development of a circuit learning tool allowing people to clearly understand the behavior of electricity

Kuno Ayana (23)

Affiliation: Hamakawa Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Chukyo University
Title of project: Development of a hearing support system for picking out desired tones from jazz ensemble music by generating spectrograms

Sakurai Ao (24)

Affiliation: IT Specialist, GBS Division, IBM Japan, Ltd.
Title of project: Cloud-computing technology for secure computation on which an interpreter is mounted for bioinformatic analysis

Tawaki Yuta (26)

Affiliation:

Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University
Researcher, Future Innovations Lab, Inc.
Research Assistance, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Title of project: System for supporting nursing facilities in advancing IoT-based rehabilitation, helping the elderly to avoid long-term nursing care

Nakano Kizashi (24)

Affiliation: Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Title of project: Establishment of eating experiences in a VR space

Banno Ryotaro (21)

Affiliation: Undergraduate School of Informatics and Mathematical Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Title of project: Development of a virtual secure platform using homomorphic encryption

Horita Daichi (22)

Affiliation: Department of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo
Title of project: Establishment of eating experiences in a VR space

Matsuura Tomoya (25)

Affiliation: Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University
Title of project: Development of programmable music-production software

Matsuoka Kotaro (21)

Affiliation: Undergraduate School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kyoto University
Title of project: Development of a virtual secure platform using homomorphic encryption

Matsumoto Naoki (21)

Affiliation: Undergraduate School of Informatics and Mathematical Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Title of project: Development of a virtual secure platform using homomorphic encryption

Mori Atsushi (23)

Affiliation: CyberAgent, Inc.
Title of project: Automatic generation of captions for SNSs taking advantage of machine learning technology

Mori Mizuho (24)

Affiliation: Honda Laboratory, Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications
Title of project: Binary analysis platform on which a high-speed VMI mechanism is mounted

Moriyama Taha (26)

Affiliation: Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications
Title of project: Development of a device capable of shifting the tactile sense from fingertips to other parts of the body

Details and evaluation results of these projects will be released on the IPA website at a later date.

Reference: Outline of the MITOU Program

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IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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