OIST-JST PRESTO Joint Symposium on Frontiers in Optics and Photonics

In this joint symposium, the awardees of the funding program JST-PRESTO (https://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/presto/en/about/index.html) FRONTIER (https://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/presto/en/research_area/ongoing/areah27-1.html) will gather. As OIST is encouraging researchers to obtain external funding, this is a unique occasion for JST, the second biggest funding agency in Japan, and OIST, to get to know each other.  This meeting is open to ALL OIST RESEARCHERS and MEMBERS of the OIST community.  Check out the program and feel free to drop in at any time!

Date:​ October 31, 2016

Location: Room C210, OIST Central Building


PDF version of the program and abstracts 

Session 0: Introduction and discussions

08:30-08:40  Welcome, Yuimaru Kubo, Quantum Dynamics Unit, OIST.

08:40-09:00  Introduction of OIST, Mary Collins, Dean of Research, OIST Graduate Univ.

09:00-09:25  JST Strategic Basic Research Programs, Sofia S. Suzuki, JST

09:25-09:45  PRESTO Frontier Project,  Ken-ichi Ueda, JST PRESTO, Univ. Electro-Comm.

Session I: Bio-photonics

09:45-10:15  The light-driven ion pump proteins, microbial rhodopsins, from marine bacteria and its application to optogenetics
Keiichi Inoue, JST PRESTO, Nagoya Inst. Tech. 

10:15-10:45  Imaging neuronal activity in awake mice, Bernd Kuhn, OIST Graduate Univ.

10:45-11:15  A new cancer therapy using near infrared light, Mikako Ogawa, JST PRESTO, Hokkaido Univ.

Session II: Quantum- and Nano-photonics

11:30-12:00  Feedback cooling and optical trapping of a massive pendulum for testing quantum physics at macroscopic scales
Nobuyuki Matsumoto, JST PRESTO, Tohoku Univ.

12:00-12:30 Quantum engineering of atomic systems with high fidelities
Thomas Busch, OIST Graduate Univ.

12:30-14:00  Lunch (Free for Discussions or Lab. Tour)

14:00-14:30  Quantum optical measurement technologies using entangled photons
Ryo Okamoto, JST PRESTO, Kyoto Univ. 

14:30-15:00  Ultrathin optical fibres for studies on cold Rb atoms
Síle Nic Chormaic, OIST Graduate Univ.

15:00-15:30  Discussion & Closing


  • Quantum Dynamics Unit, OIST
  • Quantum Systems Unit, OIST
  • Light-Matter Interactions Unit, OIST
  • Optical Neuroimaging Unit
  • JST (PRESTO Program)