NIMS Award / Academic Symposium

Materials Innovations Driven by AI + DATA!

October 30th, 2019 (Wed) 10:00~18:00(Registration 9:30~)
Tokyo International Forum [Hall B5]
Language: Japanese and English (Simultaneous interpretation available)

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In the field of materials R&D—which has relied on trial and error for years—“materials informatics” (MI), a scientific approach that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to predict structures and production methods of materials with desired performance from enormous research data, is now sweeping the world. Results exceeding previous expectations are now being reported one after the other, and concrete new material development is being made through MI rapidly. What is the key to data-driven materials R&D that differs in essence from conventional simulation technologies?

In addition to construction of computational data infrastructure under intense competition, AI technologies and high-quality materials databases for analyzing big data are essential. The precision of machine learning using massive quantities of research data hangs on the quality and quantity of data.

At this year’s NIMS Academic Symposium, NIMS Award will be presented to researchers who have achieved remarkable results in data-driven materials design and database development on a global scale. Furthermore, the lectures presented by researchers at the forefront of the field are sure to provide a bird’s eye view of the most recent advances in and future outlook for materials research utilizing AI and data.

Speakers have been requested to make their presentations understandable to researchers, engineers, and students who are not specialists in the relevant fields. Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be provided for all lectures.

We welcome participation by researchers, professionals, and students from a broad range of fields.

Thank you very much for your participation!

A PDF version of the abstract booklet is available for download.

[Main Contents]
  • NIMS Award 2019: Introduction of the award winners, Prof. Ceder and Dr. Villars. Abstracts of Award Winning Lecture.
  • Abstracts of 9 lectures on recent advances in the field of “data-driven materials research and data infrastructure”.
  • Abstracts of Poster Presentation on Materials Innovations Driven by AI + DATA.

* All contents are written in English. There is no Japanese-language version.


NIMS Award Ceremony / Winning Lecture

NIMS has given the NIMS Award to a distinguished person or a group who had made significant progress in Materials Science since 2007. Award candidates are nominated by world-leading scientists and fairly judged by the NIMS Award Committee consisting of neutral experts. NIMS Award Ceremony and Winning Lecture is one of the main events of NIMS WEEK.

NIMS Award 2019 Winners

NIMS Award 2019 will be given to two scientists who have done groundbreaking works in the field of “data-driven materials research and data infrastructure”. Professor Gerbrand Ceder pioneered data-driven materials research based on the first-principles calculations. Meanwhile, Dr. Pierre Villars developed Pauling File, the world’s largest inorganic materials database. Both research results have made a profound influence on the society as the comprehensive studies that have pioneered new avenues utilizing data in materials research or the research that became its solid foundation.

Prof.Gerbrand Ceder

Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA

Prof. Gerbrand Ceder

Research Field

Data-driven materials research

NIMS Award Winning-lecture

“Modeling and Data-driven Synthesis Modeling”

Dr.Pierre Villars

Director and Owner, Material Phases Data System, Switzerland

Prof. Gerbrand Ceder

Research Field

Development of Pauling File, inorganic materials database

NIMS Award Winning-lecture

“Principal Concept of Database Creation Aiming Holistic Views on the Fundamentals of Materials Science”

Latest Trends in Data-Driven Materials Research

In recent years, a development of new materials by MI is increasing its speed. What is the key to data-driven materials R&D that differs in essence from conventional simulation technologies? The leading scientists tell us current status and future prospects of the state-of-the-art material research in this field.

Academic Poster Session

The theme of this year is “Materials Innovations Driven by AI + DATA”. With a focus on young scientists in the field of Data-driven Materials Research, a lively poster session will be held during the day. Presenters are not only from inside NIMS but from outside around the world. Excellent posters will be selected for poster awards.


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