Advanced Telecomunications Research Institute International (ATR)
Yasuo Hirata, President
ATR is a unique private company established in March 1986, though the broad support of industry, government and academia, with the aim of promoting fundamental and innovative R&D activities as well as contributing to society in a wide range of telecommunication fields. Since its establishment, outstanding research outcomes have been steadily achieved in such fields as neuro/knowledge science, intelligent robotics, language translation, and wireless communication, all made possible through collaboration with various universities, research institutes, and companies within and outside of Japan.
Last year, we began developing the “BMI House,”a concept based on brain-machine interface technology; in this unique environment, we demonstrate the control of wheelchairs and electrical home appliances by the user’s thoughts. Moreover, we succeeded in a number of R&D endeavors such as ubiquitous networked robots technology and future mobile communications systems, and these have been highly evaluated inside and outside of Japan. ATR’s R&D into information and communication technologies will be invaluable in the formation of a safe and secure society as well as a true communication society, which will provide people with a more satisfying living environment. In addition to our continuous efforts in advanced research and development, we will engage actively in the diffusion and commercialization of our R&D outcomes. We will also strive to ensure smooth information transmission as well as promote close cooperation with industry, academia and government.
I thank you warmly for your continued support.