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Prof. Tad Matsumoto, School of Information Science, has been appointed as a Recipient of Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering

About Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award:
This recognition is one of the award programs in the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom (UK). The goals of this program include academic exchange between the award recipient and the researchers in universities in the UK. The candidates are nominated by professors in the UK, and the awardees are selected by the selection committee in the UK Royal Academy, based on the results of the evaluation for the project proposals organized by the nominators.


The awardees are expected to conduct joint research work with the group of the professor who nominated the awardee and made the project proposal. Besides the project work, it is expected that the awardees provide intensive lectures and/or seminars not only at the university where the nominator belongs to, but also other universities in the UK. Furthermore, it is also expected that based on the results of the project/research cooperation, the consortium be formed up, and another project proposal, requiring larger size of budget, be submitted to the European Union. Therefore, the proposal document for the nomination of the UK Royal Academy Fellowship Awardhas to describe detailed planning of the project, expected outcomes, and possible forms of the dissemination.


The cost for the traveling and accommodation of awardees are funded by the UK Royal Academy, and furthermore, a budget is allocated to the nominator’s organization, also by the UK Royal Academy, for the project/research cooperation.


Name of the Project:
“Application of distributed source coding and iterative methods in wireless network cooperation and wireless network coding”


Almost 20 years have passed since the Turbo coding technique was discovered by Berrou at al, and since the discovery of the Turbo codes, the information and coding theory community has experienced a lot of significant paradigm shifts. In fact, a lot of coding techniques have been found since the discovery of the Turbo codes that achieve near capacity-achieving performances. Finding capacity achieving coding techniques, existence of which was mathematically proven more than 50 years ago by the Shannon’s landmark paper, is no longer a major topic nowadays. Furthermore, some of the other problems, which also Shannon proved mathematically the existence of the solution of, have been solved using the same technique as Turbo coding. Recently, the major research topics in the information and coding theory community have been shifted from point-to-point to networked communications, such as cooperative communications using joint source, channel, and network coding. A lot of significant theorems/theories are found in this category nowadays.


This project proposal was initiated by Prof. Alister Burr of York University, UK (with which JAIST has an academic exchange agreement), and the project work will be conducted in the form of joint research. The primary goal of this project is to exploit the recent findings in network information theory, obtained as the result of the paradigm shift, in to wireless communications, with the aim of maximizing the spectrum and power efficiencies of the whole network. It is expected that the information theoretic approach to iterative detection and decoding techniques, which Prof. Matsumoto’s group has accumulated the knowledge of, can well be utilized towards this goal. Prof. Matsumoto of School of Information Science will stay in University of York for approximately one month to take a leadership of this research project, and furthermore, form up a research consortium with other highly reputed researchers in this field, aiming to acquire a research fund with much bigger size from the European Union.


Statements for the Recognition by the Award Recipient:
I feel highly honoured to know that I am appointed as an award recipient of such highly recognized and long history-holding UK Royal Academy Award program. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Prof. Alister Burr of York University who has taken initiatives towards this project proposal in the UK side. This award represents significant, aggressive, participatory, and passionate efforts towards successful research results of my laboratories in JAIST and University of Oulu. While I am in the UK, I would like to make my maximum efforts so that the project can achieve significant results, far beyond the expectation of the UK Royal Academy. Furthermore, through academic exchange with the researchers in other universities in the UK, I shall do my best to further improve our research activities and quality.