US-Japan Workshop: June 5 – 6 2017

The 1st NSF & JST Workshop on Collaborative Global Research on Applying Information Technology

J.W. Marriott Hotel, Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, USA June 5 – 6, 2017 

Workshop Objective

This workshop will bring together researchers from around the world to discuss experiences, challenges, and opportunities in transnational and international collaborative research on information technology (IT) and IT-supported applications, with focus on active collaborations between the United States (U.S.) and Japan. The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to interact directly and promote collaborative research activities. The collaboration is expected to achieve scientific knowledge that would be difficult to obtain individually.

Workshop attendance will be by invitation only, following response to this call as outlined below. Prospective attendees are expected to be investigators on funded research projects, and should submit papers or whitepaper for consideration by the program committee. Workshop organizers are requesting funding from NSF and JST to support partially the travel costs and registration fees of invited attendees from the U.S. and Japan. Principal Investigators of projects in relevant NSF and JST programs are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, early career researchers and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Priority Research Topics

Topics of interest for collaboration include, but are not limited to:

  • Big Data Fundamental Technologies and Applications: novel techniques, methodologies, and technologies in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, together with innovative applications in domain science, which may include, for example, disaster management.
  • Smart and Connected Communities (SCC): strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning.
  • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT): system science needed to engineer complex, reliable cyber-physical systems that people can use, interact with, and depend upon, namely the cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: research enabling computational understanding and modeling of intelligence in complex, realistic contexts, or more generally, processing and functionality to address data of unprecedented scale, complexity, heterogeneity, etc.


Day 1 (June 5) [room: Savannah]

7:00 – 8:00 Continental breakfast (Foyer, with ICDCS workshop attendees)

8:15 – 8:30 Opening remarks (workshop format, expected outcomes, by workshop organizers)

8:30 – 9:00 Keynote by US side (NSF rep: David Corman)

9:00 – 9:30 Keynote by Japan side (JST rep: Prof. Masaru Kitsuregawa)

9:30 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:00 Type_1 Presentations (10min x 6 talks)

  • Type 1 (partners of ongoing collaborations): focus on successful collaboration experiences; can be given by one of collaborators or both.

11:00 – 12:00 Type_2 Presentations (2min x 25 talks)

  • Type 2 (potential collaborations): lightening talks to advertise the most interesting points

12 – 13:30 sitdown lunch with other ICDCS workshops (Phoenix Ballroom)


Track 1: Concrete Collaborations

Track 2: Potential Collaborations

13:30 – 15:00

Collaboration work session 1: brainstorm responses to NSF DCL 17077 and appropriate JST announcements.

“speed dating” (e.g., 10min rotation): find partners for collaboration exercises in following sessions.

15:00 – 15:30

Break (both tracks)

15:30 – 17:00

Collaboration work session 2: Design draft report on collaboration progress and short-term plans.

“First Date”: work with one (or two) partner to brainstorm hypothetical scenarios of collaboration (one hour rotation).

Day 2 (June 6) [room: Savannah]

7:00 – 8:00 Continental breakfast (Foyer, with ICDCS workshop attendees)

8:00 –9:30 Poster session: participants discuss potential collaboration opportunities with people who they have NOT talked during the first day. Goal: set up the “New First Date” for the afternoon sessions.

9:30 – 10:00 break


Track 1: Concrete Collaborations

Track 2: Potential Collaborations

10:00 – 12:00

Collaboration work session 3: refine draft responses to NSF DCL 17077 and JST announcements

“Second Date”: transform hypothetical scenarios into concrete collaboration scenarios (e.g., draft a response to NSF DCL 17077)

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch with ICDCS conference attendees (Phoenix Ballroom)

13:00 – 15:00

A “New First Date”: Interact with other potential collaboration partners: with other partners to discuss hypothetical collaboration scenarios

15:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 17:30

Another “Second Date”: transform hypothetical scenarios from the “New First Date” into concrete collaboration scenarios (e.g., draft a response to NSF DCL 17077)

White Papers

These whitepapers are being distributed for open access as part of the US-Japan Collaboration Workshop, co-located with 2017 ICDCS, Atlanta, GA. For citations to work described in the whitepapers, please contact the authors.

Whitepapers are available here

Regular Papers

These regular papers are a part of the 2017 IEEE 37th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops (ICDCSW) Proceedings.

Regular papers are available here

Organizing Committee

Workshop Organizers

Calton Pu, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Masaru Kitsuregawa, University of Tokyo, Japan

Program Committee

Jose Fortes, University of Florida, USA

Etsuya Shibayama, University of Tokyo, Japan

Qingyang Wang, Louisiana State University, USA