Director of CiNet

Director of CiNet

Toshio Yanagida

Main Lab Location:

CiNet (Main bldg.)
Director General of Center of Information and Neural Networks (CiNet)
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

Specially Appointed Professor
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University

Other Affiliations:

Specially Appointed Professor
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University

Director, NEC Brain Inspired Computing

Specially Appointed Professor
Osaka University Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC)

Mailing Address:

1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita City Osaka, 565-0871

Email: softbio at

Selected Publications etc.

Introduction to CiNet’s research:
In recent years, information technology (IT) such as AI and 5G has advanced rapidly and promises to greatly change our society. However, the human brain is complex and unique, and indiscriminantly bombarding it with ever increasing amounts of information by high level IT is neither effective nor efficient. Instead, we need to know how the brain perceives information from the outside world, and uses it to think, feel and act.
In CiNet, we acquire large scale data of human brain activity, and from this data we analyze and make models to elucidate how the information that enters the brain through our senses is encoded as neural information, processed, and drives actions. This emphasizes the challenge to construct an artificial brain model. By using an early stage of such a model, we have started to develop, for example, an AI that is closer to humans, predicts social behavior and mind, and expands physical function. Based on this, we aim to develop technology that enables ‘heart-to-heart’ communication – that efficiently and effectively exchanges what you really want to know and want to convey in the forthcoming cyber world. Ultimately, it is our long-term vision to understand “what is a human being” and to help create a happy and peaceful society.