Professor Norio Shiratori received M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, in 1974 and 1977, respectively; has joined RIEC (Research Institute of Electrical Communication), Tohoku University, Sendai, since 1977; now a Professor of Computer Science at RIEC of Tohoku University and also the vice Director of the department from 2004 April.


Research Interests

My research has been in the area of computer networks since 1972. In the begining, I have worked on performance evaluation of computer networks, focused on protocol specification environment since 1977. I have also worked on communication software and human interface since 1985. In 1992, I have proposed a new concept of [Flexible Computing] and still working in this direction. My recent research interest is in Sybiosis computing, something beyond Ubiquitous Coumputing.


Major Awards

  • The 25th Anniversary of IPSJ Memorial Prize, -Winning Paper Award in 1985,
  • The 6th Telecommunication Advanced Foundation Incorporation TAF Award in 1991
  • The JWCC-8 (International Joint Workshop on Computer Communication)Best Presentation Award,1993
  • The 9th ICOIN (International Conference on Information Networking) Best Paper Award, 1994
  • The IPSJ Best Paper Award, 1997
  • The 11th ICOIN (International Conference on Information Networking), Best paper award, 1997
  • IEICE Information Network Research Award,1997
  • The 12th ICOIN (International Conference on Information Networking) Best Paper Award, 1998
  • The IEEE Fellow, 1998
  • The IPSJ Fellow, 2000
  1. The IEICE Fellow, 2002


Major Projects


Project of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (2003-2005)

Theme: Research and development of observation framework for the next generation ubiquitous network

A two year long project, with a budget of about 40 million yen. One university and one company in
Japan are the joint members of this project.

JGN - II Project (2004-2007)

Theme:Research and development for application oriented network management platform

A four year national project. One university and a company are involved in this project.

CRL project (2002-2003)
Theme: Research and development for a Service Aware Framework.

A one year project with a budget of around 12 million yen.
Tohoku University is the only member of this project.

Mirai Kaitaku Project   (1999-2004)
Theme: Dynamic Networking
members: Tohoku University , Chiba Institute of Technology, Iwate Prefectural University, Gunma University

Project Leader : Prof. Norio Shiratori
Budget : 700 million yen.


Dynamic Networking Architecture based on agent-oriented computing technology. This dynamic networking architecture extends the flexiblity and adapatibility to the highter layers, notabley the application layer. The dynamic netwoking architecture will effectively support the network requirements of users' of diverse backgrounds, knowledge and experience


JGN : The Japan Gigabit Network is an optical-fibar telecommunications network that makes high-speed information transmission possible. Progressing towards the new age of "Gigabit" telecommunications network, the JGN is expected to be widely used for research and develpoment of very high-speed networking and high performance application technologies.

Digital Archive Project (1999-2001)
Sendai City Multimedia Model Museum
members :
Sendai City, NTT, Tohoku University


The digital museum will archive the 3-D images of the cultural heritages such as armor of `Date Masumune' (the lord of Sendai in Edo era) and will be made browse-able through the Internet. The pictures are of high qualities in resolution and are equipped with various functions (zoom, 360 degree rotation etc). These functions will help detailing about the pictures by viewing from different angles and from different scales. It is expected that it will draw attention of the historians as well.  Since April 2000, it has been included as a part of the social studies in elementary and junior high schools in Sendai.

NEDO project (2000-2001)
Theme: Development of Intelligent Assist Function
members : Hitachi, Ltd., VisualTechnology, Inc., Tohoku University


Intelligent Assist Function, based on autonomous agent technology,is a mechanism that makes management of a self-drived outgoing support system easy for everyone, irrespective of their age and expertise, including a non-expert family user at a remote home. This function acts as an adminstrator of the support system over a communication network. For instance, it intereracts with users using animation and voice navigation, keeps driving safety, and collects data for system evaluation.

IPA Project   (1996-1998)
Theme: Flexible Agent-based Environment for Creation of New-idea : A 21st Century Project
members: Tohoku University, Chiba Institute of Technology, UCLA, Ohio State University, Kagoshima University, OKI Inc.(Japan), Scientia (Japan), FEF (USA).

Project Leader: Prof. Norio Shiratori
Budget: 320 million yen.


ADIPS : Agent-based Distributed Information Processing System framework is an ifrastructure of the flexible network and offers an environment for multiagent systems, with features as: (i) autonomous construction of the system, (ii) autonomous reconstructin of the system, (iii) use of knowledge of system designers and adminstrators and (iv) reuse of available computaional processes

Major Articles in Newspaper [Japanese Only]


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