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Introduction of NTT R&DLaboratories

NTT IOWN Integrated
Innovation Center

R&D to develop innovative network infrastructure that supports collaboration among diverse partners

We must further accelerate the utilization of communications networks in business fields in response to recent trends, which include a rapid increase in data traffic as smartphones and high-speed mobile devices and 4K/8K (ultra HD) streaming become commonplace, the expansion of IoT where all sorts of devices are connected to the Internet, and social infrastructure transformed by ICT. To expand the B2B2X business model through the realization of IOWN, the Network Innovation Center is conducting research and development on the establishment of network infrastructures that support collaboration among diverse partners.

  • All Photonics Network (APN)
  • Digital Twin Computing (DTC)
  • Virtualization Technology (NFV)
  • Cognitive Foundation (CF)
  • Functional Dedicated Network (FDN)
  • Photonic Node System
  • Open Source Software
  • Network AI
  • Self-Evolving Zero-Touch Operation
  • Network Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Architecture and Standardization
  • Communication Infrastructure and Service Control Infrastructure
  • Mobile Fusion
  • Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN)

Creating innovative foundational technologies as a group of IT
professionals to support ICT services and bring about a prosperous future

We are creating innovative software foundations that support the development of IoT and AI services and foundational computing technologies that achieve advanced, high-speed data processing. Our approach is developing technologies through open innovation and contributing actively to the open source community. We will also contribute to the reduction of IT CAPEX/OPEX and to strategic IT utilization by leveraging our accumulated technologies and expertise in software development and operations.

  • Data-centric Computing
  • Edge Computing/Cloud Computing
  • Disaggregated Computing/Heterogeneous Computing
  • AI Inference Platform
  • Hardware Acceleration (GPU, FPGA, etc.)
  • Software Engineering, Framework Technology
  • IoT/AI
  • Open Source Software
  • Secure Data Distribution
  • High Speed and High Efficiency
  • Parallel-distributed Processing

Developing high-performance devices to support the creation of services
that match the needs of times with technological trends

At the Device Innovation Center, with the world’s most advanced electronics and photonics technologies as our core competencies, we are conducting R&D of devices and subsystems that hold the key to realizing new ICT functions. Our R&D areas include communication devices that support high-speed, high-capacity networks and infrastructure maintenance technologies that contribute to the high reliability and efficient maintenance of communication facilities. Anticipating changing social needs and technological trends, we are engaged in increasing the performance, application, and spread, and steady and sustainable productization of device technologies that contribute to advanced network functions and efficiency and to the creation of new value-added services.

  • Digital Coherent Signal Processing Devices
  • High-Speed Transmitter/Receiver Devices for Optical Transmission
  • Optical Switch Devices
  • Transmitter/Receiver Devices for Ethernet
  • Hardware/Accelerators for Network Virtualization
  • Wearable Device Technology
  • Laser Processing Technology for Infrastructure Maintenance
  • Environmental and Biological Sensing
  • Disaggregated Computing

Formulating developmental and dissemination strategies backcast from market needs and social demands,
and carrying out integrated activities from technology development to support of dissemination and deployment

The mission of the IOWN Product Design Center is to promote the realization of IOWN products and services in more user-friendly forms. We are combining IOWN technologies produced at the NTT IOWN Integrated Innovation Center and other NTT R&D with commercially available technologies. To realize the IOWN concept, we are working to solve technological issues and formulate development and implementation strategies backcast from market needs and social demands. Our goal is to develop concrete applications and practicalize IOWN, providing new value that improves people’s lives.

  • All Photonics Network (APN)
  • Cognitive Foundation (CF)
  • Digital Twin Computing (DTC)
  • Computing Platforms
  • Data-centric Computing
  • Mobile Fusion
  • Disaggregated Computing
  • Network as a Service
  • Ultra-Strong General-Purpose WhiteBox

NTT Service Innovation
Laboratory Group

Enabling information- and communication-processing of “humanness”
in the pursuit of human-centric well-being

With the aim of realizing a rich, human-centric society in the physical-cyber symbiotic world, we are conducting research and development of information- and communication-processing of “humanness” based on human-centric principles. Our interdisciplinary and comprehensive efforts seek to process human perception, thought, emotions, bodily activities, and behavior as information and communication. In short, we are combining data processing and algorithms with fields such as cognitive science, psychology, design, and art, leveraging our strengths in AI, groupthink/behavior analysis, cybernetics, media processing, spatial information processing, man-machine interface, and other disciplines.

  • Digital Twin Computing
  • Social Simulation
  • Speech Recognition and Synthesis
  • Behavioral Modeling and Behavior Change
  • Sensory Media Processing
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Visual and Linguistic Integration Understanding
  • Interactive Processing
  • Body Movement Control
  • Body Remote Sensing
  • Body Knowledge
  • Remote World
  • UI/UX
  • Spatial Media Processing
  • Ultrahigh Realism

Research and development of safe and secure utilization of all kinds of information
in the world to create diverse social values and realize a prosperous society
in which everyone can live in their own unique way

To realize the Smart World, we must carry out research and development in various fields in a composite manner to answer questions such as: what happiness and values will the Smart World bring, what kinds of information to utilize and how to create such happiness and values, and how to protect information from intensifying cyber threats to make the Smart World a safe and secure world accepted by people. In the Social Informatics Laboratories, our research and development seeks to transform and expand society by integrating the fields of information science, which includes our world-leading cryptographic technologies and cybersecurity technologies cultivated over many years, and social science, including research of social values, happiness, legal systems, and social acceptability.

  • Well-being
  • Living Laboratories
  • Behavior Modification
  • Privacy&Legal
  • Social Acceptability Assessment
  • Network Security
  • OT/IoT Security
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Usable Security
  • HW Security
  • Next-Generation Authentication
  • Vulnerability Discovery and Malware Analysis
  • Secure Multi-Party Computation
  • Anonymization
  • Cryptography and Quantum-Resistant Computer Cryptography

Creating useful value for people and society through
research of innovative computer science and data science,
enabling processing of difficult-to-handle data due to its size and complexity.

Seeking to achieve improvements in performance on a dramatic scale, we are conducting research and development of the following: (1) renovating control, computing, and storage systems that make up computers; (2) developing AI algorithms and new basic algorithms to replace AI techniques to enable more general-purpose problem solving; (3) developing techniques related to generating, distributing, and transmitting to people data that brings about ultra-realism, including texture, for the purpose of generating profitable new data; and (4) developing data science techniques that create value through appropriate processing of a wide variety of data and enable solving a variety of real-world problems in society.

  • Media and Knowledge Processing
  • Environmental Sensing
  • Acoustic Processing
  • Multimodal
  • Data Analysis and Valorization
  • IoT/AI
  • Machine Learning/Deep Learning
  • Quantum Information Processing
  • Parallel Distributed Processing and Distributed Databases
  • Software Engineering

NTT Information Network Laboratory Group

Realizing information and communication network infrastructures of the future
through research and development of network architectures and elemental technologies

To realize the IOWN concept, the Network Service Systems Laboratories is conducting research and development of architectures and communication traffic, quality and operations technologies that utilize innovative optical technologies to realize network and information-processing infrastructures, which achieve high-speed, high-capacity communications and vast computing resources transcending the limits of conventional infrastructure. Our researchers with expertise in a variety of fields contribute to the development of NTT and Japan’s information and communications industry through a wide range of activities, from the formulation of research strategies to basic research and development.

  • Network Architecture
  • Network AI
  • Optical Path Design and Control
  • All Photonics Network (APN)
  • Cognitive Foundation (CF)
  • Communication Traffic Data Analysis
  • Machine Learning, Data Analysis and Optimization
  • Smart Agriculture
  • Communication Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) Evaluation
  • Connected cars
  • Intent-based Network Operations
  • Global Satellite Positioning System (GNSS)
  • Communication Infrastructure
  • Next-Generation Optical Transmission System (Photonic Exchange)
  • Mobile Fixed Fusion Network (Inclusive Core)

Creating the most advanced technologies in the world
and in the field to support access networks of the future

With the aim of establishing next-generation access networks that enable seamless, integrated fixed and mobile communication connections without users’ awareness of optical and wireless communications type, the Access Network Service Systems Laboratories is conducting research and development of the most advanced technologies in the world and in the field. Our unique perspective as a research group in a telecommunications carrier company allows us to conduct R&D of multifaceted aspects of access networks, including diverse services and customer environments, extensive and vast amounts of systems and equipment, and network operations supported by a wide range of people. We are boldly engaged in cutting-edge research and development, conducted collaboratively across multiple technical fields, creating innovative technologies and pioneering new paradigms.

  • All Photonics Network (APN)
  • Photonic Gateway
  • Fixed-mobile fusion and optical wireless fusion
  • Sensing (optical and wireless)
  • Image distribution
  • Software-defined networking (SDN)
  • Cognitive Foundation (CF)
  • Ultra High-Capacity Optical Fiber (multimode, multicore)
  • Smart Infrastructure Maintenance
  • Self-Evolving Zero-Touch Operation
  • Business Navigation
  • Network Infrastructure (overhead and underground communication facilities)
  • Radio Propagation
  • Smart Operations / DX Promotion
  • Satellite Communications and Space Wireless Networks

Solving social issues on a global scale by developing zero environmental
impact technologies and environment adaptation technologies
to respond to the impact of environmental changes

To achieve NTT Group’s environment and energy vision of zero environmental impact, the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories is creating next-generation energy technologies, such as nuclear fusion and space solar power systems, and technologies that enable resilient adaptation to the environment. Furthermore, in order to proactively respond to crisis events such as massive disasters and pandemics caused by weather extremes in recent years, we must achieve dynamic innovations in science and technology from the broad perspective of the space environment, including the Earth. To achieve these innovations, we must also study weather science, resource cycles, and biodiversity. To achieve these goals and revitalize the global environment and realize a sustainable and inclusive society, we are developing and utilizing next-generation, overwhelmingly clean energy, sustainable technologies including CO2 conversion and innovations from the perspective of proactive ESG management and environmental adaptation.

  • CO2 Conversion and Application Technologies (chemical and biological methods)
  • Environmental Impact Reduction and Application Technology
  • Optimal Operation Technology for Fusion Reactor
  • Space Photovoltaic Technology
  • Earth Regeneration Simulation Technology
  • Earth Information Analysis Technology
  • Climate and Weather Prediction Technology
  • Lightning Induction and Lightning Charging Technology
  • Electromagnetic Barrier Technology (cosmic rays, EMP)
  • Next-Generation Energy Supply Technology
  • Virtual Energy Supply and Demand Control Technology
  • ESG Integrated Forecasting Simulation Technology
  • Future Valuation Technology for Corporate Value

NTT Science and Core Technology Laboratory Group

Taking on the challenge of dramatically improving performance and pioneering
new uses of communication technology to create new value from networks and ICT

As networks continue to undergo transformation, the Network Innovation Laboratories is taking on the challenge of developing and transforming society and humankind by realizing services and social infrastructure that were previously unimagined. Our approach is developing world-class, high-capacity communication technologies and networking technologies that maximally exploit these communication technologies. We seek to pioneer new communication paradigms built on acquisition of basic knowledge in physics and mathematics, and develop applications using light, radio, and sound waves, and various media such as fiber, space, and air.

  • Ultra-Fast Data and Media Transfer
  • Environmental Space Understanding and Communication Quality Prediction
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • Fiber Space Optical (FSO)
  • Terabit Radio Transmission
  • Undersea High-Speed Communication
  • Next-Generation Wireless Communications
  • Ultra High-Speed Optical Fiber Transmission and Digital Signal Processing
  • Optical Networking
  • Broadband Optical Parametric Amplified Transmission
  • High-Capacity Multimode/Core Optical Fiber Transmission

Research and development of competitive device technologies that
will significantly impact and expand business and society

We carry out creation of advanced technologies that will drive competitiveness and collaboration based on out-of-the-box thinking, providing value for solving social issues and creating the future. With photonics, electronics, materials science, and bioscience as technological foundations, we are contributing to the development of an information-distribution society through R&D in the following domains: advanced ICT technologies (communications technology, information processing, etc.), sustainable technologies (infrastructure, environment), and technologies that contribute to safety and security in daily lives (healthcare, etc.).

  • Vital Information Sensors
  • Materials and Sensing for Communication Infrastructure
  • Low Environmental Impact Sensors and Devices (disposable electronics)
  • Compound Semiconductor Crystal Growth and Processing
  • Artificial Photosynthesis
  • PPLN and Phase-sensitive Optical Amplification
  • Lasers for Gas Sensing
  • Ultra-Low Power Silicon Optical Circuits
  • Optical Interconnection
  • Planar and Visible Light Circuits
  • Optical Reservoir Computing
  • Optical Metasurfaces
  • Terahertz IC and Modularization
  • THz Metamaterials (RIS)
  • Optical Devices for Quantum Computers
  • Photoelectric Fusion Devices

Developing basic theories that get to the essence of human behavior and communication and
creating innovative technologies that transform ICT society,
with the aim of achieving communication that reaches the heart

To renew the technological foundation connecting “information” and “humanness” and achieve communication that reaches the heart, the Communication Science Laboratories is engaged in basic research in both information sciences and human science. The former domain includes media processing and knowledge processing, and the latter includes cognitive science and neuroscience. We aim to contribute to academia, including the field of basic mathematics, by developing new concepts and discovering new principles. And we seek to contribute to society through the creation of innovative technologies that lead to new services. We conduct our research in a wide range of collaborative efforts with major universities and research institutions, both in Japan and abroad.

  • Media Processing
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Interactive Processing
  • Human Information Science
  • Well-being
  • Elucidation of Mechanisms of Language acquisition and Development
  • Highly Realistic Sound Transmission
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Diverse Brain Sciences
  • Biological Information Processing

Gazing 10 to 20 years into the future,
we are creating new principles and concepts that transcend the barriers of current technology.

The mission of NTT Basic Research Laboratories is to contribute to business creation through the development of new principles and technologies that serve as the basis of future industries. In addition, we contribute to academic inquiry through the acquisition of universal knowledge. Toward this end, we are conducting basic research with major emphases on materials science, functional materials, and quantum science.

  • Novel Semiconductor Materials
  • Two-Dimensional Layered Materials
  • Multi-Oxide Thin Films
  • Nanobioscience
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Single-Electron Devices
  • Nanomechanics
  • Ultra High-Speed, High-Precision Optical Control
  • Spintronics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Quantum Information Processing
  • Quantum Optical Communication
  • Theoretical Quantum Physics
  • Superconducting Quantum Circuit
  • Quantum Solid State Physics