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FRIAS and the Nagoya Institute for Advanced Studies continue with their cooperation

Two joint research groups will be funded in 2018 and 2019

The University of Nagoya in Japan is one of the most important partner universities of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. To support this partnership and combine expertise from both universities, FRIAS and the Nagoya Institute for Advanced Studies implemented a joint funding programme in 2016.

FRIAS and the Nagoya IAR have now selected two new research groups that will start in January 2018. The groups receive financial and administrative support for research stays in Nagoya and Freiburg, workshops, joint conferences as well as offers for junior scientists and advanced students. The total funding per group amounts to around 60,000 Euro.


How Traditions of Economic Thinking Shape Economic Policies

Prof. Oliver Landmann and Prof. Hans-Helmut Kotz from the University of Freiburg and Prof. Naoki Fukuzawa and Prof. Yasuhiro Doi from the University of Nagoya will investigate ways in which different traditions of economic thinking influence economic policy making and economic policies in the European Union and Japan.

Both Europe and Japan are in the course of a still incomplete recovery from the severe global economic crisis of 2008/09. The crisis and its aftermath have sparked intense controversies on the proper response of public policy in many domains, but in particular with regard to monetary, fiscal and social policies. It has long been argued that economic policies are shaped by economic doctrines as much as they reflect the self-interest of politicians and their constituents. This project brings together the expertise of German and Japanese researchers to investigate the influence of economic paradigms on current policy, but also to explain policy controversies in the light of conflicting economic philosophies. In doing so, the research will also explore the historical roots of policy doctrines, harking back both to economic history and doctrinal history. Particular policy areas to be covered comprise the management of Europe’s Monetary and Economic Union, including Europe’s sovereign debt paralysis, the policy experiment of Abenomics in Japan, the challenge of secular stagnation, and the future of the Social Market Economy.


Quantum Information Processing in Non-Markovian quantum Complex systems

In the research field of quantum information science Prof. Heinz-Peter Breuer (Universität Freiburg) and Prof. Andreas Buchleitner (Universität Freiburg) will collaborate with Prof. Francesco Buscemi (Nagoya University) and Prof. Hayashi (Nagoya University).

Exploring and exploiting the potential of quantum science for qualitatively new technologies - from quantum sensors and quantum electronics, over quantum computing and quantum telecommunications, to quantum photonics and quantum data mining - is among the most promising endeavors of fundamental research.

Yet, this agenda faces one central impediment: quantum phenomena are very well understood and controlled when manipulating individual, isolated quantum systems, while technological devices require the integration of a multitude of components, exhibit a significant level of complexity, and cannot be isolated from uncontrolled environments.

To tackle this challenge, the Freiburg-Nagoya consortium collects diverse international expertise from quantum information science, complex and open quantum systems, as well as mathematical physics, with the specific target to design quantum circuit models - paradigms of quantum computation - fit for technological integration.

The team joins forces not only from Nagoya University and the University of Freiburg, but also from the University of Milan, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (Italy), and Hanyang University (Korea). The aim is to initiate a strong research network which serves as a basis for collaborations on a global level, making Nagoya and Freiburg two main hubs for the study of quantum information theory in complex open quantum systems.


In the first period 2016-17 two research groups had been funded. The project "Multicomponent Supramolecular Catalysts for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis" under the direction of Prof. Bernhard Breit (University of Freiburg) and Prof. Takashi Ooi and Prof.  Kenichiro Itami (Nagoya University) investigated the development of environmentally friendly and energy-saving catalysts. The group formed by Prof. Alexander Bruns (University of Freiburg) and Prof.  Masabumi Suzuki (University of Nagoya) compared the Japanese and German legal culture with regard to the interplay between substantive standards and their procedural enforcement in the project "Social Governance by Law: Nouncing Standards and Procedural Enforcement".

Further information about the joint research groups 2016-17 can be found here.