JAIST has been approved as an official non-EU member of COST IC1004
About COST Action：In Europe, there are a lot of cooperation programs participated by the organizations in the official European Union (EU) member countries as well as its neighboring countries. Especially, cooperative activities in science and engineering are very high: in the EU framework, researchers related to specific areas of technologies constitute consortia to make joint proposals for project launch, with the aim of getting research funding from the EU Commission.
One of the scientific activities in EU is so called COST Action, standing for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. The COST Action is participated by research laboratories, organization, and institutes sharing common or similar goals and objectives in science and technology, and they hold periodic meetings where they stimulate each others, give comments and suggestions, and exchange information. The COST Action has more than 40 years of history, and the actions are identified, depending on the coverage and generation, by the name COST XYZ (”XYZ ” changes, depending on the coverage and year). The spirit and founding policy of the COST Action are that the members present results of their research works which are still before official publication level, and in the periodic meetings, they discuss how the results can further be improved to reach the status where the originating researchers can officially publish the results. Because of this reason, the document presented in the COST meetings is not called ”publication” but ”Temporary Document (TD)”, of which policy, however, has a risk that the presented results may be used by other researchers without getting permission. To avoid such plagiarism, to acquire the official membership, the organizations are required to issue an official document, signed by a high rank person of the organization, which declares that the organization shall strictly follows the spirit and the policy of the COST Action. For more details, please see:
The COST Action is budgetary supported by EU. Therefore, in principle, organizations in non-EU countries can not acquire official membership. However, if the activities of an organization are highly recognized and its participation is expected to be beneficial for one or some of the COST activities, for example COST XYZ, such organization can get an official membership of COST XYZ, even though the organization is in the non-EU country. The acquisition of the official membership has to be approved by a management committee meeting (MCM) of COST XYZ.
JAIST has been approved to become an official non-EU member of COST IC1004, of which coverage is wireless cooperative communications supporting green (less-energy consuming) society. The membership of JAIST was approved by the last COST IC1004 MCM that took place in February 9 and 10 in Barcelona, Spain. In this MCM, only JAIST and Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT) were approved as non-EU official members.
About COST IC1004：The major objective of COST IC1004 is to create conceptual bases of Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environment. It has three working Groups, WG1: Radio Channels, WG2: Radio Signalling, WG3: Radio Networks. Besides the WGs, it also has Topical Working Groups that address specific types of Green Smart Environments (GSEs), and under each WG, there are Sub Working Groups that investigate specific technologies at detailed levels. The research groups of Professor Matsumoto and Associate Professor Lim of School of Information Science have direct relationship to those WGs. However, since the JAIST membership is approved as a unified organization, School of Material Science and School of Knowledge Science can also make contributions to COST IC1004 on the topics related to Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environment. For example, ”Very small solar power battery”, ”Printing technology for small patch antennas”, ”Societal impact evaluation/analysis of smart city”, and/or ”Smart Grid” may be the potential topics. For more details, please see: