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Dr. Sanjam Garg: Foundations, Constructions and Applications

In May 2021, Dr. Sanjam Garg joined NTT Research as a Senior Scientist in the Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Lab. Dr. Garg was most recently Associate Professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Garg received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, …

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Joint PHI Lab Research with University of Tokyo Goes Neural

The NTT Research Physics & Informatics (PHI) Lab likes to describe its mission in these mashed-up terms: “Quantum Physics Meets Brain Science on Optical Platform.” The recently announced agreement with The University of Tokyo’s International Research Center for Neurointelligence (IRCN) to develop Coherent Ising Machine (CIM)-related technologies underscores the neuroscience and optical aspects of that …

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MEI Lab Director Joe Alexander Discusses Vision, Goals and Strategy

On July 14, 2021, NTT Research announced that it had named Dr. Joe Alexander (M.D., Ph.D.) the new director of the MEI Lab, succeeding the founding director, Dr. Hitonobu Tomoike, who has assumed the position of Research Professor at NTT Basic Research Labs in Japan. In a newly posted video, Dr. Alexander, who also continues …

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Questions about Blockchain Fundamentals and Applications

The rising acceptance of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) makes this a good time to examine the blockchain technologies they rely on. The recent Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021 conference (FC21), mentioned in this press release detailing NTT Research’s participation, is a good place to start. Addressed in the CIS Lab-related FC21 papers were …

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Research That Matters – A Conversation with Dr. Michael Fraser

Dr. Michael Fraser is a Senior Research Scientist in the Physics and Informatics (PHI) Lab, where he focuses on condensed matter physics using optics. He joined the PHI Lab in 2019 and concurrently holds a position as a researcher at RIKEN, the large scientific research institute in Japan. Dr. Fraser received his Ph.D. at the …

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NFTs: A Case Study And A Cautionary Tale

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs), or unique blockchain-backed digital assets, have been making headlines recently thanks to their rising popularity and soaring valuations in the world of collectibles, art and sports. A Saturday Night Live parody of U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen interacting with “rappers” about NFTs confirmed their place in the popular culture of early 2021. …

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Ilan Komargodski on Multi-Party Computation, Role Models and NTT Research

Ilan Komargodski joined the NTT Research Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Lab in 2019. He is also a faculty member in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before that, he spent two years at Cornell Tech, where he was hosted by Professors Rafael Pass and Elaine Shi. He …

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Apps and Speed: The Next Wave of Quantum Computing Research

Since the launch of NTT Research in July 2019, the Physics & Informatics (PHI) Lab has initiated ten joint research projects with seven universities, one U.S. government agency and one quantum computing software company. This portfolio of fundamental research is part of the PHI Lab’s long-range goal to redesign – if not radically upgrade – …

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Satoshi Kako: The Inspiration, Nature and Future of CIMs

Dr. Satoshi Kako is a Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director at the NTT Research Physics & Informatics (PHI) Laboratory. Previously, he worked as an Associate Program Manager in a national R&D initiative led by PHI Lab Director, Yoshihisa Yamamoto. Dr. Kako received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in electronic engineering from the University of …

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Blockchain’s Time-stamping – A Look at the Past and a Glimpse Into the Future

In Kazuhiro Gomi’s latest Forbes article, he reviews the time-stamping origins of blockchain and points to smart contracts as a barometer of blockchain’s viability outside of the cryptocurrency realm. He also notes that blockchain is a work in progress. Academics are identifying theoretical weaknesses and pointing out ways to increase its efficiency. And many of …

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Defining the Future of Security: Tatsuaki Okamoto on Cryptography Contributions, Favorite Articles and CIS Lab Goals

Dr. Tatsuaki Okamoto is the Director of the NTT Research Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Laboratory. An NTT Fellow, Dr. Okamoto has made extensive contributions to the field of cryptography. He has previously served as President of the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (JSIAM), Director of the International Association of Cryptology Research (IACR), …

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