University of Chile grants Rector’s Medal to Japanese Doctor of Engineering Yuji Inoue

University of Chile grants Rector’s Medal to Japanese Doctor of Engineering Yuji Inoue

The award was presented in the framework of the scientist’s visit to our country and was a recognition of his close work with the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and specifically with the Center for Mathematical Modeling. In this context, Rector Rosa Devés highlighted his guidance and collaboration in various fields of knowledge, ranging from astronomy to copper mining, environmental monitoring and health care services.

In a solemn ceremony in the Amanda Labarca Hall, the Rector of the University of Chile, Rosa Devés, conferred the Rector’s Medal to the Doctor of Engineering, Yuji Inoue, in recognition of his collaboration with the Casa de Bello in research, development and design of high-speed networks of great impact in mathematical modeling and high-performance computing used in multiple scientific and industrial applications.

Dr. Yuji Inoue was born in 1948, in Fukuoka, Japan, and received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from Kyushu University. In his various positions of scientific and technological responsibility in companies such as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and Toyota, he has contributed to the global advancement of information and communication technologies (ICT), which has made him one of the undisputed leaders of Japanese technological development.

“This is the opportunity to express our appreciation for three decades of friendship and collaboration in multiple applications of information and communication technologies in diverse fields of knowledge, ranging from astronomy to copper mining, environmental monitoring and health care services. We also thank him for encouraging numerous visits of Japanese researchers to Chile, as well as for permanently welcoming our professors and students”, said Rector Devés. “His brilliant career has served as an inspirational guide for numerous students at our university who have had the opportunity to appreciate his work as a successful amalgam of professional practice and applied research”, she added.

In his remarks, Dr. Inoue reviewed the three decades of joint work with the University of Chile and highlighted areas for further collaboration, such as oceans, climate change and astronomy. “It is a great honor for me to get this medal and I am sure that many people contributed or made efforts for me to receive it”, he commented at the ceremony. “I am very happy and enjoy working with the members of your University, and I am willing to continue my contribution and study with you”, he said.

Dr. Inoue currently chairs and manages his own company, KnowetNova Co., Ltd, which provides consulting on cutting-edge technologies and business. In addition, he is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has received a number of awards, including an NTT President’s Award and two Japanese Minister’s Awards. He has written and edited numerous technical books.

His relationship with the University of Chile dates back to 1994, with the creation of the AccessNova Program, which played an important role in the implementation of high-speed photonic communication networks in both the University of Chile and REUNA (National University Network). Later, in 2008, he joined as a member of the international committee of industrial advisors of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the Casa de Bello, where he has generously shared his extensive technological experience with scientists and engineers of the University.


“We are certain that Dr. Yuji Inoue is an exceptional engineer and researcher who has contributed to ICT worldwide, demonstrating an unparalleled interest in the progress of developing countries, and in particular, Chile. In addition, we believe that he will value the distinction of our University as a recognition of his scientific career, his exemplary contribution to the development of telecommunications in Japan, and his important contribution to the scientific and technological advancement of our country and the University of Chile,” said the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Marcela Munizaga.

For the director of the CMM, Héctor Ramírez, this is a recognition that “is at the height of the excellence that Yuji Inoue has had in his career as an industrial consultant and engineer”. He also emphasized that Inoue “has been a great contribution during all these years that he has participated in the CMM, so it is a happiness that the University of Chile recognizes this contribution”.

Dr. Inoue has made significant contributions to the international collaboration of the U. de Chile, especially with other world-class research centers in Japan, the United States and Europe.

In his position as a senior executive at NTT, Dr. Inoue was instrumental in the creation of Mining Information Communication and Monitoring S.A. (MICOMO), the joint venture established in Chile in 2006 by Codelco and NTT, which allowed the automation and remoting of Codelco’s main mining operations and resulted in the local development of important applications, such as real-time monitoring of particulate matter in open pits and seismic activity in underground mining, in which researchers from the University of Chile have played an active role.

The “Rector’s Medal” is awarded to outstanding members of the U. de Chile community, illustrious visitors, important personalities and to honor the memory of national or foreign persons. It has been awarded a total of 191 times since 1995, being the distinction to Dr. Yuji Inoue the 192nd.

Yuji Inoue and TINA’ 97 in Chile

Yuji Inoue was chairman of the technical committee of TINA-C, the Telecommunications Information Network Architecture Consortium, responsible for the development of software to enable interoperability of various multimedia telecommunications services. TINA '97 posterOn his initiative, the annual TINA-C conference (TINA ’97) was held in Santiago, Chile, in November 1997, bringing together more than a hundred technology leaders from the world’s leading telecommunications companies.


TINA ’97 was organized by the University of Chile with the support of the Presidency of the Republic of Chile, the IEEE Communications Society, IEICE Japan, the Object Management Group (OMG) and the Chilean Society of Computer Science. The conference was sponsored by Alcatel, Compañía de Telecomunicaciones de Chile (CTC), Tandem Chile, Edibank, Sun Microsystems, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (Conicyt Chile).

By Prensa Rectoría / Photo credits: Alonso Farías

Previously published by Noticias Universidad de Chile.

Posted on Nov 2, 2023 in News