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Message from the President

Hiroshi Takahashi. President, IEICE Electronics Society

Hiroshi Takahashi
(Sophia University)
President of the IEICE Electronics Society

Social Contributions by Researchers in Information Communication and Electronics

My name is Hiroshi Takahashi from Sophia University, and I will serve as the president of the Electronics Society this year. Together with the Executive Committee, I will work hard to ensure that the Electronics Society contributes to the research activities of its members and, ultimately, to the general public. I appreciate your continued support and cooperation in Society activities.

The Electronics Society provides a forum for promoting research and development in electronics related to information and communication. We have fifteen research committees, six special research committees, six domestic committees for international conferences, and sponsors research meetings and international conferences. We have also established an editorial board that edits and publishes the IEICE Transactions on Electronics (Japanese), the IEICE Transactions on Electronics (English),, and IEICE Electronics Express (ELEX) as forums for publishing papers. The committee members involved in these activities are volunteers, and I would like to express my gratitude to them for their efforts. I hope that a lot of researchers will contribute their technical papers to those journals..

It has been one year and four months since the spread of the coronavirus that changed our lives, but we are still in a state of uncertainty about the future. If I overstate the point, it is necessary for the world to pool its wisdom to devise countermeasures. Although the development of vaccines and therapeutic agents is only expected through the work of medical and pharmaceutical experts, I believe that researchers in information communication and electronics can contribute to that as well. In fact, we must consider what we can do as part of modern society in response to this unprecedented crisis. Examples include the use of computer simulations of reactions in biological tissue caused by drugs, and the development of highly sensitive and functional testing equipment that utilizes state-of-the-art electronics. I believe these research and development activities are already underway, but they may not be perfect, considering the emergence of new viruses in the future. In addition to infectious diseases, there are various other global issues related to energy, the environment, and food. It is important for researchers in the field of information communication and electronics to start research to solve the variety of issues mentioned above using their expertise, in addition to the research they are currently conducting.

The World Wide Web, which uses hypertext (HTML), was invented by Timothy J. Berners-Lee, a computer engineer who worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), to share documents and data efficiently among thousands of particle physicists. He had the fundamental idea before he was hired by CERN, but the practical application of the idea at CERN with users proved that the WWW was a useful system and led to its current development. The world's first website is still preserved, and you can view it at http://info.cern.ch/. It may not look appealing because it's just text, and you won't understand how useful it is until you actually operate it. You can browse related documents one after another by simply clicking the URL embedded in the document without going back to the OS (file system). It is also very important to develop technology that reflects the needs of users and their comments on improvements in the field where it will actually be used. If this had not been developed at CERN, Berners-Lee's idea would have remained an idea and would have been buried.

In order to solve the global issues mentioned above, it is desirable and brave for us researchers in information communication and electronics to jump into the fields of medicine, energy, environment, and food in order to find new research ideas and nurture them. However, it is too inefficient. It is more realistic to research the needs of users in the field prior to development, consider the combination with your own expertise (seeds), and come up with a number of proposals including brave attempts for preliminary studies. In doing so, the key point is whether you can find a technology that can connect the needs and seeds. If there is a direct connection, there is no difficulty. A technology that is a bit far from your own specialty can be the trigger to the solution. To find it, you need to attend conferences, browse journals, and discuss with other researchers at research meetings. Once you have obtained the fundamental data that you need, it goes without saying that it is desirable to conduct full-scale research and development in cooperation with organizations as close as possible to the end users.

Not only the Electronics Society but also the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE) are implementing measures to strengthen cooperation with other academic societies. IEICE incorporates many opinions of young researchers, encourages them to set themes for research meetings and to hold symposia that are not bound by conventional frameworks, and strives to increase opportunities for contact with researchers in different fields in order to encourage the creation of new ideas. I hope that you will actively participate in the conferences and submit papers, aiming to create new technologies that can meet various social needs not only as countermeasures against new coronavirus strains.

 
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