The KAITEKI Institute, Inc. is a global research institute focused on meeting 21st century challenges in energy, the environment, and healthcare.
"Kaiteki," which traditionally means "comfort" or "ease" in Japanese, was chosen for the Institute's name to represent the global quality of life that will be made possible through sustainable technologies and through breakthrough scientific advances in human healthcare.
The Institute will not only fund the highest quality of scientific and engineering research around the world—it will also identify and articulate future societal trends, needs, and challenges, which will be used to set subsequent research targets.
The KAITEKI Institute will propose solutions based on promising research results as new technology platforms within the research arms or businesses of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group.
The Institute will help make society healthier, more comfortable, and more affluent by supporting long-term R&D and business strategy for the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group, while taking advantage of a global scientific and information network.
Hiroshi Komiyama was named Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. in April 2009, after completing his term as President of the University of Tokyo in March 2009. Dr. Komiyama became the 28th President of the University of Tokyo in April 2005, after serving a year each as Vice President and Executive Vice President. Prior to this, Dr. Komiyama served as Dean of the School of Engineering from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Komiyama received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in chemical engineering all from the University of Tokyo in 1967, 1969, and 1972 respectively. From 1973 to 1974, he was a post doctoral fellow at the University of California at Davis. He became a full professor in the University of Tokyo's Department of Chemical System Engineering in 1988.
His expertise varies from chemical system engineering and global environmental engineering, to structure of knowledge. During his presidency at the University of Tokyo, Dr. Komiyama officially announced the UT Action Plan to reform the University of Tokyo, and also lays out the "Vision 2050", Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth from viewpoints of energy and materials. His recent publications include Japan as a Forerunner for Addressing Emerging Problems in the World (Chuokoron-Shinsha), I will tell you the University of Tokyo (President), Structuring Knowledge (Open Knowledge), Technologies for Global Sustainability (Iwanami).
Dr. Norio Ozaki, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan. Born in Kyoto, Japan, he was educated at the Nagoya University School of Medicine, and gained clinical and research experience at the university as well as the Clinical Psychobiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health Bethesda, Maryland/USA, and the Psychiatric Department of the Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Japan. He has two Research degrees: MD (in medicine) and PhD (in medicine).
Dr Ozaki has authored over 300 research reports and reviews. He concentrates on the biological bases of mental disorder, especially genetics. Furthermore, he has conducted studies in clinical psychiatric areas. Dr Ozaki is a frequent national and international speaker and continues to be actively involved in research activities studying schizophrenia, mood disorders, substance-related disorders and anxiety disorders.
Dr Ozaki serves on the executive committees and advisory boards of several national and international societies, such as the World Federation of Biological Psychiatry, the Pacific Rim Association for Clinical Pharmacogenetics, the Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology. In 2006, he was the president of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology. He serves as Academic Editor of several journals, including World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, PLoS ONE and Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.
1977 graduate of Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo. 1977 Internship in Internal Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 1984 Assistant professor, Third Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 1985 Visiting Scientist, Department of Biology, MIT, 1989 Assistant professor, Third Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 1996 Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, 2011 Director, Radioisotope Center, The University of Tokyo. 2018 Project Leader, Cancer・Metabolism Project, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.
Jan Oosterveld earned a master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University, the Netherlands, in 1969, and in business administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, in 1972. He became doctor h.c. in 2007 by the State University of Management in Moscow, Russia.
In 1972 he joined Royal Philips Electronics NV and held a variety of management positions in Spain, Austria and the Netherlands. In the eighties he became a managing director and was in charge of the industrial and R&D activities of the video recorder business group. In 1989, he founded the Philips Key Modules business group and grew it in 7 years to $1B of profitable sales. This group was the birthplace of CDROM, CDR/RW and DVD. Jan Oosterveld coined the name DVD. He joined Philips' Group Management Committee in 1997, reporting to the CEO. He was responsible for corporate strategy, corporate alliances, corporate ventures, corporate restructuring and the two joint ventures with LG Electronics Inc. He was chairman of the Board of Directors of LG. Philips LCD Co., Ltd, currently LG Display Co., Ltd. in Seoul, and vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of LG. Philips Displays NV, headquartered in Hong Kong. In addition, he served as CEO of Royal Philips Asia Pacific BV, and held office in Hong Kong.
He is a professor at the IESE and acts as board member in listed companies in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and is member of the Board of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has his own consultancy company.
Michitaka Hirose is Professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. He graduated from the University of Tokyo, School of Engineering in 1977, and received his PhD. in Engineering in 1982. After completion of his studies, he held positions as Associate Professor then Professor at the University of Tokyo. He assumed as Director of Virtual Reality Center, the University of Tokyo in 2018. During this time, he also served as President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan. Dr. Hirose’s area of expertise covers Systems Engineering, Human Interface, and Virtual Reality, and he is known as a pioneer of Japanese Virtual Reality research. He served as project leader in many national R&D projects such as “Digital Museum,” “Digital Public Art,” and “Virtual Museum.” He has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Tokyo Techno-Forum Gold Medal Prize and Okawa Publishing Prize. He has authored many books, and his most well-known works are “Virtual Reality” (Sangyo-Tosho) and “Between Man and Machine” (Iwanami-Shoten).
Hiroyuki Morikawa received his BE and ME from the University of Tokyo, and received his PhD in electrical engineering from the university in 1992. In 2006, he became Professor of the University of Tokyo, School of Engineering Department of Electronic Engineering. From 2007 to 2017, he served as Professor of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and he assumed the current position as Professor of the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering in Apr. 2017. From 1997 to 1998, he was a visiting research associate at Columbia University, and from 2002 to 2006, he served as a group leader of the NICT Mobile Networking Group. His research interests are in the areas of ubiquitous networks, sensor networks, big data/IoT/M2M, wireless communications, and network services. He also has served as technical program committee chair of many IEEE/ACM conferences and workshops, and is Director of IEICE, Editor-in-Chief of IEICE Transactions of Communications, OECD/CDEP vice chair, and Director of New Generation M2M Consortium. Dr. Morikawa is a member of numerous telecommunications advisory committees, and frequently serves as consultant to the government and private companies. He has received more than 40 awards, including the IEICE best paper award (2002, 2004, 2010), the IPSJ best paper award (2006), the Info-Communications Promotion Month Council President Prize (2008), the NTT DoCoMo Mobile Science Award (2009), the Rinzaburo Shida Award (2010), and the Radio Day Ministrial Commendation (2014).
Dr. David Dean is a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group GmbH. For several years, he was the global leader of BCG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice. For more than 28 years, he has worked with many high-tech and telecommunications companies around the world on issues of strategy and corporate development, globalization, organization and performance improvement. He has been contributing to projects at the World Economic Forum since 2012, and is a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on The Future of Digital Communications. He has written extensively, including substantial contributions to the two series of publications,“TMT Value Creators Reports” and "The Connected World." Before joining BCG, Dr. Dean held research assistantships at the University of Giessen and the State University of New York. Dr. David Dean received an undergraduate degree (first class) in Physics and a D.Phil. in Nuclear Physics from Oxford University in 1982.