History
History

Publishing advanced research has a long tradition at IIS.

1877

Establishment of the University of Tokyo

1886

The Engineering College, the predecessor of the Faculty of Engineering, was absorbed by the main body of the University.

1942

The Second Faculty of Engineering was founded in Chiba to cope with urgent demand for skilled engineers. It operated until 1951.

1949

IIS was established as a result of the reorganization of the Second Faculty of Engineering (May 31).

1954

Experimental blast furnace for iron production research started operation.

1955

A project on rockets for space research was started.

1962

The main body of the Institute transferred from Chiba to Tokyo. Since then, the Chiba Campus, called the Chiba Experiment Station, has accommodated oversize experiments.
(Photo: IIS Roppongi Campus (1949 – 2001), in 1962.)

1965

The Earthquake Resistant Structure Research Center was formed.

1973

The Center for Development of Instrumentation Technology was established.

1975

The Composite Materials Research and Development Center was established.

1977

The Research Center for Multidimensional Image Processing was established.

1984

The Center for Function-oriented Electronics was established.

1985

The Research Center for the Development of Advanced Materials was established.

1990

The Information Fusion (RICOH) was established.

1991

The International Center for Disaster-mitigation Engineering (INCEDE), the Intelligent Mechatronics (TOSHIBA) and The Globe Engineering (TOYOTA) were established.

1994

The Center for Conceptual Processing of Multimedia Information was established.

1995

The Joint Laboratory for Integrated MicroMechatronic Systems (LIMMS) with the French National Research Organization, CNRS, was established. The Research Center for Soft Material Engineering was established.

1998

The first phase of the transfer to the Komaba II Campus was accomplished.

1999

The Underwater Technology Research Center was established.

2000

The Center for International Research on MicroMechatronics was established. The second phase of the transfer to the Komaba II Campus was accomplished.

2001

The transfer to the Komaba II Campus was completed. The International Center for Urban Safety Engineering (ICUS) and the Endowed Chair of Complex Precision Machining System (Nihon Micro Coating) were established.

2002

The Collaborative Research Center for Frontier Simulation Software, the Nanoelectronics Collaborative Research Center and Ebara-Donated Research Unit on Biomass Refinery were established.

2003

The Donated Chair for Advanced Display Technology (Advanced PDP Development Center) and Center for Information Fusion were established.

2004

All National Universities were transformed into National University Corporations, and the University of Tokyo was incorporated. The International Research Center for Sustainable Materials was established.

2005

The Collaborative Research Center for Advanced Mobility (ITS Center) was established. Construction of the General Research Experiment Building was completed.

2006

The Nikon Chair of Optical Engineering was established.

2007

The Endowed Chair of Color Science (Sony) was established.

2008

Center for Research on Innovative Simulation Software, Collaborative Research Center for Energy Engineering (CEE), Collaborative Research Center for Bio Nano Hybrid Process and Advanced Energy Conversion Engineering (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) were established.

2009

Mobility and Field Science (TAKARA TOMY), Underwater Technology Research Center and Advanced Mobility Research Center (ITS Center) were established. The 60th anniversary of the founding of IIS was observed.

2010

Collaborative Research Center for Innovative Mathematical Modelling, Energy Engineering for Low Carbon Society (TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY) and Center for International Research on Micronano Mechatronics (CIRMM) were established.

2012

Endowed Research Unit for Non-Ferrous Metal Resource Recovery Engineering (JX Nippon Minig & Metals Corporation), Nikon Imaging Science, Academic-industry Partnership for Proactive & Holistic Energy Demand Management for Construction Sector, Mobility and Field Science, Social Cooperation Programs and Center for Photonics Electronics Convergence were established. Construction of IIS anniversary hall was completed.

2013

Immunology Social Cooperation Program, Center for Socio-Global Informatics and Collaborative Research Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) were established.

2014

Max Planck - The University of Tokyo Center for Integrative Inflammology, Advanced Mobility Research Center, Center for International Research on Integrative Biomedical Systems, Underwater Technology Collaborative Research Center and Social Big Data ICT Collaborative Research Center were established.

2016

Mathematical Engineering for Complex Social Systems in Future, Base Technologies for Future Robots, Integrated Research Center for Sustainable Energy and Materials, Center for Integrated Underwater Observation Technology, Brain-Morphic AI to Resolve Social Issues were established.