Only a month after inaugurating a new division of its Center for Teleinfrastructure (CTIF) in Copenhagen, Aalborg University has announced plans to open a CTIF division in Japan. Prorector Hanne Kathrine Krogstrup and Professor Ramjee Prasad of Aalborg University have just returned from a visit to Yokusuka Research Park, south of Tokyo, where the new division will be located.
"The new center in Japan is yet another step on the way to establishing a global network of CTIF centers," says Professor Prasad in a press release. CTIF also has divisions in Rome and the Indian city of Kolkata, and plans to establish a division in the US.
In Japan, the university delegation held a number of meetings, among other with the Japanese Ministry of Communication, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, the Mayor of Yokosuka and Sony, OKI Electric Industry, Toshiba Corporation and NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Aalborg University plans to inaugurate the new CTIF center on 3 October. "Until then we will work on getting the details in place together with the involved parties from Japan, who will be visiting Aalborg at the beginning of May, just as we will be appointing a director for the center," says Prasad.
CTIF's objective is initially to establish a close research collaboration with Japanese industrial companies with a focus on commercialisation of research results. "The establishment of CTIF centers is part of our globalisation strategy, which is expressed in many ways, but fundamentally it is about exchanging knowledge with the rest of the world," says Hanne Kathrine Krogstrup.
CTIF, which is headed by Professor Ramjee Prasad, employs 150 staff conducting research at a high international level to enhance the technological development of modern wireless communication technologies and teleinfrastructures. CTIF also collaborates with industry on research and development of new types of networks, devices and services.