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June 16, 2016
"Hitachi Hokkaido University Laboratory" to Address Societal Issues Facing Hokkaido through Collaborative Creation
Hokkaido University and Hitachi, Ltd. today announced the establishment of "Hitachi Hokkaido University Laboratory" within the grounds of Hokkaido University on June 1st, 2016. The mission of the Laboratory will be to pursue joint research to resolve the various societal issues being faced in Hokkaido, such as aging and declining birthrate contributing to a declining population, stagnating regional economy and global warming. By being the first among regions to address such challenges, practical initiatives (Society 5.0*1) to realize the achievement of a Super Smart Society*2 proposed by the Government of Japan will be delivered from Hokkaido.
This relationship is built on the success of earlier collaborative research between the University and Hitachi such as the co-development of the proton beam therapy system where both sides provided advanced original technologies, or the development of an application to realize the Self-Healthcare Platform*3 as part of Innovative Food & Healthcare MASTER in the Center of Innovation program*4 promoted by the University. The Laboratory will collaborate with the Research Institute for Electronic Science at the University to pursue a new-paradigm computing technique that can derive optimal solutions by mapping societal issues into mathematical models. Further, joint research will be conducted examining the effect of environmental changes caused by global warming on the Hokkaido economy from multiple perspectives, to determine measures to realize regional economic growth.