文部科学省が令和3年度科学技術分野の文部科学大臣表彰受賞者を発表し、小澤知己客員研究員と西森秀稔客員主管研究員が受賞しました。 小澤知己客員研究員（東北大学AIMR准教授／iTHEMS客員研究員）は、光と原子物理におけるトポロジカル物性の理論研究における卓越した研究成果が評価され、文部科学大臣表彰 若手科学者賞を受賞しました。 西森秀稔客員主管研究員（東京工業大学 特任教授／iTHEMS客員主管研究員）は、量子アニーリングの基礎理論とその展開に関わる研究における卓越した研究成果が評価され、文部科学大臣表彰 科学技術賞（研究部門）を受賞しました。
Takumi Doi (Senior Research Scientist, iTHEMS) received "FY2020 Researcher Incentive Award" on March 17, 2021 for his recent paper; Possible lightest Ξ Hypernucleus with Modern ΞN Interactions, published in Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 092501(1-5) (2020), and related works. Congratulations !
Masaomi Ono (Research Scientist, iTHEMS) received "FY2020 Researcher Incentive Award" on March 17, 2021 for his recent paper; Matter Mixing in Aspherical Core-collapse Supernovae: Three-dimensional Simulations with Single-Star and Binary Merger Progenitor Models for SN 1987A, published in The Astrophysical Journal, 888, 111 (2020), and related works. Congratulations !
Jeffery Fawcett received "FY2020 Researcher Incentive Award (桜舞賞)" on March 17, 2021 for his achievements in the "Study of genome evolution using large-scale genomic data". Congratulations!
It is our great pleasure to inform you that our iTHEMS colleague, Euki Yazaki received "2020 The Encouragement Award for Young Protistologists" (日本原生生物学会奨励賞) from "Japan Society of Protistology (日本原生生物学会) for "Revealing of the evolution and diversity of eukaryotes through large-scale sequence data analyses" (大規模配列データ解析による真核生物の進化・多様性の解明). The award ceremony was held at Japan Society of Protistology Meeting on Nov.22-23, 2020. Many congratulations, Euki !
Dr. Y. Kubota, Dr. R. Iritani and Dr. T. Okada received RIKEN President's certificates of appreciation from Dr. Shigeo Koyasu (RIKEN Executive Director) via online on October 22. These certificates are for 2020 Takebe Katahiro Prize for Encouragement of Young Researchers from The Mathematical Society of Japan (Dr. Kubota) and for 15th Young Scientist Award from Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology (Dr. Iritani and Dr. Okada). Many congratulations!
Dr. Shingo Gibo received the Best Poster Award of the Japanese Society of Chronobiology. The title of the poster is "Analysis of the circadian period and phase synchronization based on waveform". Congratulations! This is an abstract of the awards: The circadian clocks are based on gene-activity rhythms with approximately 24-hour period, and its temporal waveforms are of various shapes. We theoretically showed that the waveform distortion contributes to the circadian period stability to temperature and entrainment to the environment cycles. Furthermore, by using the renormalization group method, which is developed in theoretical physics, we found that this relation between waveform and period holds not only for the circadian clock but also for many types of nonlinear oscillator models, including van der Pol and Lotka-Volterra model. This study is collaborated with physicists, Drs. Teiji Kunihiro (Kyoto University) and Tetsuo Hatsuda (iTHEMS).
It is our great pleasure to inform you that 15th Young Scientist Award (Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology) was awarded to our iTHEMS colleagues, Ryosuke Iritani for his contribution to the theory of evolutionary ecology and Takashi for his contribution to the theory of chemical reaction networks. Many congratulations to Ryosuke and Takashi !!
It is our great pleasure to inform you that our colleague, Takemasa Miyoshi, received "Commendation by the Prime Minister for Disaster Prevention (2020)”. The awards ceremony was held on Sep.4, 2020 at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo.
It is our greatest pleasure to inform you that our iTHEMS colleague, Yosuke Kubota received 2020 Takebe Katahiro Prize for Encouragement of Young Researchers from The Mathematical Society of Japan (MSJ) for his contribution to the "Applications of operator K theory in geometry”. This prize was established by MSJ in honor of the renowned Japanese Mathematician in Edo period, Katahiro Takeba (1664 –1739).
The GAIN Science Slam is all about science communication. The objective is to impart current research results to a diverse audience in an understandable and entertaining way. Science Slams started in German university towns in the mid-2000s: Darmstadt, Braunschweig, Hamburg. Today, Science Slams are held all over Germany on a weekly basis. The virtual GAIN20 Science Slam took place in the Auditorium of the virtual GAIN20 conference on August 28, 2020. The annual GAIN conference is the largest German science and research career fair in the US. Early career researchers and representatives from all areas of the German research landscape come together for two days of exchange, learning and networking in a virtual space. Seven international researchers from various fields presented their findings in a five-minute pitch in front of the virtual audience. This virtual GAIN audience was the Science Slam Jury. The best slammer received a cash prize of $3,000, proudly presented by the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH). This year's winner is Dr. Martin Skrodzki from RIKEN iTHEMS. He gave a talk on seeing, recognizing, and self-driving cars. The talk is available on YouTube.
Prof. Gordon Baym (iTHEMS Senior Visiting Scientist / UIUC) has received 2021 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research. This is the largest Society prize to recognize the achievement of researchers from across all fields of physics. This prize was established to recognize contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe in all its facets. It is intended to celebrate scientific inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge. The citation says "For major discoveries in theoretical condensed matter and many-body physics, neutron star structure and composition, quark matter and quark-gluon plasma physics, and in atomic physics and ultracold quantum gases." Many congratulations, Gordon san!!
It is our great pleasure to inform you that our iTHEMS colleague, Chris Bourne (Tohoku AIMR/ RIKEN iTHEMS), received Best Paper Prize 2020: Journal of Physics A (Mathematical and Theoretical). The Journal of Physics A Best Paper Prize has been awarded annually since 2009. All original research articles from 2018 and 2019 were eligible for consideration this year 2020. The publisher says "Nominations were assessed by the Section Editors and Editor-in Chief using the criteria of novelty, achievement, potential impact and presentation. your article was highly recommended and was considered to have excelled in all of these categories." Many congratulations, Chris!
Shigenori Otsuka received "FY2019 Researcher Incentive Award (桜舞賞)" on March 10, 2020 for his achievements in the "Development of a novel three-dimensional precipitation nowcast method and its real-time demonstration". Congratulations!
Yosuke Kubota received "RIKEN Excellent Achievement Award (理研梅峰賞)" on March 12, 2020 for his achievements in the "Equivariant KK-theory and the Atiyah-Segal completion". Congratulations!
Hirotaka Ito received "RIKEN Excellent Achievement Award (理研梅峰賞)" on March 12, 2020 for his achievements in the "Theoretical study on the origin of the correlation between spectrum and brightness of gamma-ray bursts". Congratulations!
Ryosuke Iritani received "Suzuki Prize of The Ecological Society of Japan" on March 7, 2020, for his contribution to a wide range of evolutionary ecology as an early career theoretical researcher. Congratulations, Ryosuke!
Tomoki Ozawa received "FY2019 Researcher Incentive Award (桜舞賞)" on March 10, 2020 for his achievements in the "Study of Geometric Effects in Synthetic Quantum Systems". Congratulations!
Our iTHEMS member, Dr. Akinori Tanaka (AIP/iTHEMS) together with Dr. Akio Tomiya (RIKEN BNL Research Center) have received "14th Particle Physics Medal: Young Scientist Award in Theoretical Particle Physics” from Japan Particle and Nuclear Theory Forum. They were awarded in recognition of their recent paper: Akinori Tanaka, Akio Tomiya “Detection of Phase Transition via Convolutional Neural Networks,” J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 86, 063001 (2017). The citation reads: This paper answers the important question of whether machine learning can capture the existence of phase transition. In this study, in the classical Ising model, spin configurations at various temperatures are generated, and pairs of (configuration, temperature) are used as data. A convolutional neural network is prepared, input data is set, output data is temperature, and machine learning is performed to predict the temperature from the configuration. In the obtained neural network, when the weight of the network connecting the final layer and the layer immediately before it is plotted as a heat map, it can be seen that a large change occurs near the phase transition temperature. This is evidence that machine learning has captured a phase transition. This paper, which shows that machine learning can not only reproduce and use known concepts but also extract the physical concept of phase transition point, is very original and links the subsequent physics and machine learning It made one of the foundations of research. From these facts, we consider this paper to be an award-winning paper. (The above citation was translated from the original in Japanese by use of Google Translation, in order to demonstrate the recent development of Machine Learning) Congratulations, Akinori and Akio!
Prof. Hiroshi Suito (AIMR/iTHEMS) has received the Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT : Prizes for Science and Technology. Citation is 数学を用いた大動脈病態メカニズムの解明に関する研究 Research on the elucidation of the aortic pathogenesis mechanism using mathematics Many congratulations, Hiroshi !
Ryosuke Iritani (iTHEMS, Research Scientist) received "the Best English Presentation Award" on March 16, 2019 for his English presentation, When parasites are selected to kill the young, at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan. Congratulations !
Masaru Hongo (iTHEMS, SPDR) received "FY2018 Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan" on March 15, 2019 for his work, Relativistic hydrodynamics from quantum field theory in the local Gibbs ensemble published in Phys. Rev. D92, 065008 (2015). Congratulations !
Jason Chang (iTHEMS Research Scientist) received "FY2018 Researcher Incentive Award" on March 12, 2019 for his recent paper; A per-cent-level determination of the nucleon axial coupling from quantum chromodynamics, published in Nature 558 (2018) 91-94. Congratulations !
Hiroshi Suito (iTHEMS senior visiting scientist) will receive "2018 MIMS Mimura Award" for his contributions to the alliance of mathematical science and clinical medicine. The ceremony will be held on Dec.22 (Sat) 2018. Congratulations, Hiroshi !! Note also that the 2017 MIMS Mimura award was given to Atsushi Mochizuki (iTHEMS deputy director).
Catherine BEAUCHEMIN, a new member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists from the Royal Society of Canada
iTHEMS Senior Visiting Scientist Catherine BEAUCHEMIN from Ryerson University was selected for a new member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists from the Royal Society of Canada. The ceremony will take place in November 2017. The citation reads “Catherine Beauchemin founded the field of virophysics, a branch of biophysics in which the theoretical tools and quantitative rigour of physics are brought to bear on problems in virology. Her creative and innovative use of mathematical and agent-based models to analyse virus infection dynamics, incorporating important virological details, have resulted in significant advances in theoretical virology and the understanding of influenza virus infections, which have earned her international recognition.”