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NEC C&C Foundation Awards 2014 C&C Prize - Recognition of Outstanding Leadership and Contributions Promoting Information Security and Digital Mobile Communications Systems -

*** For immediate use October 17, 2014

Professor Shigeo Tsujii.jpg Dr. Hideki Imai
Professor Shigeo Tsujii Dr. Hideki Imai
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs Professor Fumiyuki Adachi
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs Professor Fumiyuki Adachi

Tokyo, October 17, 2014 - The NEC C&C Foundation today announced that the 2014 C&C Prize will be awarded to two groups. Professor Shigeo Tsujii and Dr. Hideki Imai will represent Group A and Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs and Professor Fumiyuki Adachi will represent Group B. Each recipient will be recognized with a certificate of merit and a plaque. Each group will also receive a cash award of ten million yen.

The C&C Prize was established in 1985 and is awarded to distinguished persons in recognition of outstanding contributions to R&D activities and pioneering work related to the integration of computers and communications technologies and the social impact of developments in these fields. This year's two recipient groups are outlined below.

The prize ceremony and acceptance speeches will be held on Wednesday, November 26 from 15:00 at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo.

1. 2014 C&C Prize Recipients

Group A
Professor Shigeo Tsujii
  Professor, Research and Development Initiatives, Chuo University
  Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  Professor Emeritus, Institute of Information Security
Dr. Hideki Imai
  Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo


For Pioneering Research on Information Security and for Major Contributions to both Industry and Human-resources Development by Building Communities of Academics, Industrialists, and/or Government Officials


In accordance with the advances in information systems and the Internet, the importance of information security for the protection of information assets from various threats has been increasing very rapidly. However, such security will not be achieved only with the evolution and advances of related technology. Instead, a comprehensive approach is essential, including sophisticated application and use of protection measures by people who have a good understanding of information security.

Prof. Tsujii and Dr. Imai noticed the importance of the field from the initial research stage, and they are known as pioneers of numerous applications of cryptographic research and work aimed at post-quantum computers. Moreover, they contributed significantly to the development of human resources and research areas through the promotion of information security for science through community-building activities and work for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). As a result, they are being recognized with the 2014 C&C Prize.

Group B

Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt
  Former CTO, Ericsson and Sony Mobile Communications
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs
  Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm
Professor Fumiyuki Adachi
  Professor, Tohoku University


For Outstanding Leadership and Contributions Promoting the Development and Commercialization of Digital Mobile Communications Systems


First-generation (1G) mobile communications services focusing on car phones started around 1980. Aiming at reducing system cost and introducing new Internet-related services, second-generation (2G) digital system appeared in 1990s and spread widely to the general public. In the 2000s, third-generation (3G) digital systems enabled high-speed and advanced data communication services such as multimedia communications. As a result of these advances in mobile communications technology and services, utilizations of services have been explosively growing and are currently an indispensable part of social infrastructure around the world.

Dr. Uddenfeldt, Dr. Jacobs, and Professor Adachi played very important roles in developing and standardizing mobile communications system technologies. This established the foundation for the prosperity of today's digital mobile communications services. These three recipients have therefore had outstanding achievements and shown remarkable leadership as representatives of each of their regions (Europe, North America, and Asia, respectively). Moreover, they have made these contributions to multiple generations of technologies, including GSM, CDMA and W-CDMA. Their leadership and contributions, however, are not limited to each region, but are global. As a result, they are being recognized with the 2014 C&C Prize.

See the attachments for profiles of the recipients:
Attachment 1: Profile of Group A Recipients of the 2014 C&C Prize
Attachment 2: Profile of Group B Recipients of the 2014 C&C Prize


About the NEC C&C Foundation
The NEC C&C Foundation is a non-profit organization established in March 1985 to foster further growth in the electronics industry by encouraging and supporting research and development activities and pioneering work related to the integration of computers and communications technologies, that is, C&C, and ultimately to contribute to the world economy and the enrichment of human life. The Foundation is funded by NEC Corporation.

The Foundation currently has two main activities. It presents the annual C&C Prizes to recognize outstanding contributions to R&D activities and pioneering work in the area of C&C. Candidates are recommended from all over the world. Each prize winner receives a certificate, a plaque, and a cash award (ten million yen per group). As of 2014, 100 prominent persons had received the prize. In addition, an Outstanding Paper Award for Young C&C Researchers is awarded annually to outstanding paper(s) presented at an international conference overseas with the support of a grant from the Foundation. Each recipient is given a cash award of 200,000 yen.

The Foundation also gives the following two grants: (1) grant to enable researchers in Japan to attend international conferences overseas to make presentations in the field of C&C and (2) grant to non-Japanese researchers in Japan.

For additional information, please visit the NEC C&C Foundation website at:

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