Translational Data Analytics at The Ohio State University has established a new faculty exchange program with the Graduate School of Information Science at Nagoya University in Japan. Ohio State hosted a delegation from Nagoya University on March 9 to finalize the data research exchange program between the universities.
At the signing ceremony, Ohio State alumnus Shuzaburo Takeda, senior advisor to the Japanese minister of education; Nagoya University President Seiichi Matsuo; and Hiroshi Murase, dean elect of Nagoya University’s School of Information Science, formalized the new program with Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron; Translational Data Analytics lead dean David Manderscheid, executive dean and vice provost of arts and sciences; and David Williams, executive dean of Ohio State’s professional colleges and dean of the College of Engineering.
The partnership is the brainchild of alumnus Takeda, who advocates for a Japan-U.S. relationship built around joint research and education that advances data science. Takeda, who earned his PhD in physics from Ohio State, has a personal mission to create what he calls “a data center for the future.” In this digital age, he believes, cooperative programs among government agencies, industry, and universities like Ohio State where data science is a priority are the best way to prepare for the future.
“Sharing the idea of translational data analytics as the core, collaborations among scientific disciplines are needed for solving global issues,” he says. “Through these collaborations, each university and company can improve.”
This partnership with Nagoya University will extend Ohio State’s global outreach to a world renowned university in Asia, foster joint research projects, and create sabbatical opportunities in Japan for Translational Data Analytics faculties. The mutual interest aligns with the Discovery Themes Translational Data Analytics initiative at Ohio State. Faculty will be visiting scholars at Nagoya University Graduate School of Informatics and will be paired with hosts that have interests in bioinformatics, machine learning, pattern recognition, and digital humanities.
Among those in attendance at the signing ceremony were representatives of the Japanese government and embassy; Columbus 2020; JobsOhio; Japan Science and Technology Agency; New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization; Toyota Research Institute of North America and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.; Okaya (USA), Inc.; Tokyo Electric Power Company; Suzuyo America, Inc.; and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.