NTT Research Boosts Scientific Teams with Nine New Hires
NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT (TYO:9432), today announced that it has named Timothée Leleu as Senior Research Scientist and a Group Head in the Physics & Informatics (PHI) Lab. It has also named Victor Bastidas and Maya Okawa as Research Scientists in the PHI Lab; Abhishek Jain, Senior Scientist in the Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Lab; and Manae Abe as marketing coordinator. Joining NTT Research as post-doctoral fellows are Kyungduk Kim, Midya Parto and Ryotatsu Yanagimoto in the PHI Lab; and Naresh Boddu Goud and Xiao Liang in the CIS Lab. An expert in neuromorphic computing, Dr. Leleu strengthens the PHI Lab's proficiency in artificial neural networking and sharpens its focus on Coherent Ising Machines (CIMs). The additional hires and appointments will boost the PHI and CIS Labs' respective research capabilities. Separately, the Medical & Health Informatics (MEI) Lab has expanded its capacity through an innovative partnership with a premier cardiovascular research institute.
"We are pleased to welcome Drs. Leleu, Bastidas, Okawa and Jain, the five research fellows and Manae Abe," said Kazuhiro Gomi, President & CEO of NTT Research. "I'm excited to see progress on all fronts: the PHI Lab deepening its interdisciplinary bench; the CIS Lab becoming a premier cryptography research center of excellence; and the MEI Lab executing on its ambitious bio digital twin strategy. All of which advances our mission to 'Upgrade Reality.'"
PHI Lab Gains Two Scientists, Three Post-Docs
The PHI Lab conducts research in quantum physics, neuroscience and optical networking. Many of its scientists are working on CIMs, which are networks of optical parametric oscillators programmed to solve problems mapped to an Ising model, which typically represents combinatorial optimization problems. Recent progress includes the development of an initial application. Joining the PHI Lab in its three areas of research are Drs. Leleu, Bastidas, Okawa, Kim, Parto and Yanagimoto:
The CIS Lab has emerged as one of the world's top cryptographic research organizations. Directed by Brent Waters, the co-founder of attribute-based encryption and recipient of numerous awards, including two Best Paper Awards in the past three years, the CIS Lab contributes an outsized number of papers to the leading conferences in the field. Joining the CIS Lab team are Drs. Jain, Goud and Liang:
MEI Lab, Corporate Marketing and Fellowships
NTT Research's MEI Lab has also experienced growth through the expansion of a strategic collaboration designed to advance its bio digital twin initiative. NTT Research recently struck an agreement with the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC) in Suita, Japan, to jointly launch a Bio Digital Twin Center. This is the NCVC's first such collaboration with an industrial partner. It extends and expands the scope of a joint research agreement reached in 2020 and amplifies the MEI Lab's research capabilities.
On the corporate front, the addition of Marketing Coordinator Manae Abe, through coordination with Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), strengthens the team of Chief Marketing Officer Chris Shaw. An award-winning marketer and previous owner of what became the long-time agency of record for NTT Communications' global social media content marketing, Shaw has shepherded the branding of this Silicon Valley startup, using a compelling mix of written and video assets (including a short film produced by Academy Award Winner Janusz Kaminski) to tell the story of how fundamental research can someday improve and even extend human lives. He has also organized three Global Research Summits (Upgrade 2021, 2022 and 2023) which showcase the innovation and initiatives of NTT Research and the broader NTT family of companies.
NTT Research is highly valued by its scientific employees for its freedom and ambitious goals. It is an equal opportunity employer with an active fellowship program for young scientists looking to advance their careers and join our mission to Upgrade Reality. For more on current fellowship and other employment opportunities, please visit our careers page.
About NTT Research
NTT Research opened its offices in July 2019 as a new Silicon Valley startup to conduct basic research and advance technologies that promote positive change for humankind. Currently, three labs are housed at NTT Research facilities in Sunnyvale: the Physics and Informatics (PHI) Lab, the Cryptography and Information Security (CIS) Lab, and the Medical and Health Informatics (MEI) Lab. The organization aims to upgrade reality in three areas: 1) quantum information, neuroscience and photonics; 2) cryptographic and information security; and 3) medical and health informatics. NTT Research is part of NTT, a global technology and business solutions provider with an annual R&D budget of $3.6 billion.
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