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Internal News - 20 November 2006

Japanese collaboration offers new opportunities for Department

The Department of Computer Science has signed an agreement to develop closer links with the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan, one of the world’s leading research institutions in the field of informatics.

The new collaboration will facilitate exchange programmes between the two institutions, including joint research projects, seminars and conferences.

One of the opportunities offered by the agreement is an invitation to research students from Bath to visit the NII laboratory in Tokyo as research fellows, and their eligibility to apply for corresponding studentships for the visit.

“The Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath is the first in the UK to enter into such an agreement with the NII," said Dr Marina De Vos, the University of Bath academic responsible for implementing the agreement, known as a memorandum of understanding.

“The agreement opens up the possibility of new avenues of collaboration for the Department of Computer Science.”

The collaboration will enable Dr De Vos to carry out collaborative research with her Japanese colleague, Professor Ken Satoh, in the field of multi-agent systems from the perspective of logic programming.

The NII will be sending a representative to Bath in December to give a presentation on the benefits of this agreement which names the Department of Computer Science as a ‘privileged partner’.