vol. 108 | iTHES

Vol. 108, January 4th, 2016


  • Announcement
  • Upcoming Events
  • Person of the week

Person of the week

Kosuke Morita


113 - the atomic number of a "new" element which was discovered at RIKEN Nishina Center

From the Office

The office of iTHES assistant, Ms.Chikako Oota is situated at the second floor of the main research building, room # 246. The extension number is 3261. She will be at the office from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m.


Happy New Year !

We are now just in the middle of the 5-year term of iTHES. A big news at the end of last year was that the expanded version of iTHES proposed from RIKEN was approved by the government, although the size of the budget is still uncertain.
The "tentative" name of the project is? 数理科学連携拠点 (Cooperative Research Initiatives in Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Sciences).
I hope we will have a smooth transition from iTHES to the new project with the help of the present iTHES members + new members to be involved especially from the field of mathematical science. I do hope that 2016 (year of the Monkey) would be the year of quantum leap for you and for iTHES!

The picture is taken from National Geographic:

Upcoming Events

14th iTHES Colloquium

January 7th (Thu.) 15:00-
"Sparse modeling and data-driven science"
Prof. Masato Okada (University of Tokyo)
Place: Okochi Hall (C32)
I introduce a project, called “the Initiative for High-dimensional Data-Driven Science through Deepening of Sparse Modeling ”. The aim of this project is to establish a novel framework to make the tight connection of information science to the original purpose of data analysis derived from various scientific disciplines, namely, data-driven science. We consider sparse modeling as a key technology of the data-driven science. In this talk, I mention basic concept of the sparse modeling, and concretely explain that sparse modeling promotes extraction of latent structure in electrophysiological data. Through the project, we have become convinced that the three levels pointed out by David Marr give a novel insight into data-driven science, and propose three levels of data-driven science [1].

[1] Igarashi, Nagata, Kuwatani, Omori, Nakanishi-Ohno and Okada, “Three Levels of Data-Driven Science”, submitted to Proc. of HD3-2015 , 2015.

Person of the Week

113 It is not the number which you call when your home phone is out of order.
It is the atomic number of a "new" element which was discovered at RIKEN Nishina Center by the team led by Dr. Kosuke Morita.
How to make it How to observe it Please take a look at the youtube video:

On Dec. 31, 2015, a Joint Working Party of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has recommended that the team of Dr. Morita should be given recognition for the discovery of the new element. This means that he and his team have the right to name this new element.

RIKEN press release:
RIKEN special page (in Japanese):
The New York Times:
ABC News:
The Asian Scientist: