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Towards Sustainable Information Society – Green and Never Die Networks
{ Thu, 26 Jun 2014, 14h00 }

By: Norio Shiratori  [ hide info ]

Norio Shiratori

Country: Japan

Affiliation: Waseda University ( JP )


Norio Shiratori, born in 1946, is currently a Professor of GITS (Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies) at Waseda University and an Emeritus and Research Professor at the RIEC (Research Institute of Electrical Communication), Tohoku University, Japan. He is also a Visiting Professor of Chuo University, Japan. He is a fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), JFES (The Japan Foundation of Engineering Societies), the IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) and the IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers). He was the president of the IPSJ (2009-2011) and the Chair of the IEEE Sendai Section (2010-2011). He also served as the IFIP representative of Japan (2004-2005). Before moving to the RIEC in 1993, he was the Professor of Information Engineering at Tohoku University from 1990 to 1993. Prior to that, he served as an Associate Professor and Research Associate at the RIEC, Tohoku University, after receiving his Doctoral degree from Tohoku University in 1977.

Professor Shiratori also contributed through serving as various capacities, such as: General Chair of the 9th IEEE ICOIN-9(1994), the IFIP Joint International conference FORTE/PSTV'97, and 12th IEEE ICOIN-12 (1997); Program Chair of ICPADS'96 (1996) and ICPP-99 (1999). Dr. Shiratori has been one of the leaders in the national projects such as JGN (Japan Gigabit Network). Specifically, he headed several national projects: SCOPE - funded by the MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications), Dynamic Networking project - sponsored by the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), the ‘Kurihara Green Project’ (250 million yen, 2010-2011) funded by the MIC and the ‘Green-oriented Network Management System’ (120 million yen: 2011-2014) sponsored by the MIC.

Besides that, his research group had proposed ideas on Mobile IPv6 and they were approved and standardized by the IETF in 2006 and 2009 as follows: 1) RFC 4295 Mobile IPv6 Management Information Base (Apr., 2006) and 2) RFC 5488 Network Mobility (NEMO) Management Information Base (Apr., 2009). He has proposed new concepts of Flexible Computing, Symbiotic Computing, and Never Die Network. He is still working in this direction. His recent research interests includes M2M system, Cloud Computing and Never Die Network based on the above concepts.

He has published more than 15 books and over 600 refereed papers in computer science and related fields. To date, he has graduated 63 PhD students, with 115 of MS students.

In science and technology of the 21st century, how to face global environmental change such as (1) global warming and (2) natural disaster has come into question. In this talk, regarding (1) global warming, we first explain problems of modern information societies based on the rationality which consists of high efficiency, cost effective and high function. And then, we discuss solutions to overcome these problems such as environmental contamination, global warming, and natural disaster towards the creation of a sustainable information society. We have promoted 2 Green research projects on 1) Energy Saving for Network Management of Information Communication Systems, and 2) its demonstration experiment in a wide-area distributed community, Kurihara City in Japan. Regarding (2) natural disaster, we first introduce my experiences of two big earthquakes, 1) Miyagi earthquake in 1978 and 2) Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011[1]. Based on these experiences we proposed a concept of Never Die Networks which has following three features; 1) Real-time services, 2) Massive multiusers and 3) Short-time services. I am now heading a three years research project on Never Die Networks supported by JSPS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Kiban (A). The outline of this project will be briefly explained in my talk.

[1] Yoshitaka Shibata, Noriki Uchida, Norio Shiratori, “Analysis and Proposal of Disaster Information Network from Experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake,” IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol.52, No.3, pp.44-48, March 2014.

Hosted by: Computer Systems

Location: DI seminars room

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