Research Grants and Awards

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early Career Scientists

Funding Agency: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • New ubiquitous computing system uniting chaos theory and data science for sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (SAHS) screening with wearable devices (PI: Zilu Liang, JPY 4,680,000, 2021-2024) 

  • Where is stressed processed in brain during sleep? -- A Neuroimaging study into stress-related abnormalities in brain activity during sleep (PI: Zilu Liang, JPY 4,160,000, 2019-2021) 

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Startup

Funding Agency: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • Research and development of a novel approach for accurate personal sleep tracking (PI: Zilu Liang, Co-PI: Dr. Bernd Ploderer / QUT, Australia, Dr. Mario Alberto Chapa-Martell /CAC, Japan; JPY 3,000,000, 2016-2018) 

The Interstellar Initiative

Funding Agencies: Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) & The New York Academy of Sciences

  • Development of a wearable fMRI (Early Career Investigators: Dr. Kasai Atsushi/Osaka University, Japan, Dr. Reinhard Friedemann / TU Munich, Germany, Dr. Zilu Liang; JPY3,000,000, 2018-2019)

Endeavour Research Fellowship

Funding Agencies: Australian Government

  • Mobile and wearable computing for sleep health (PI: Dr. Zilu Liang; Host: University Melbourne / Prof. James Bailey; AUD 25,000,  2015)

Microsoft BizSpark

Funding Agencies: Microsoft Japan

  • Development of a personalized healthcare platform (PI: Dr. Zilu Liang; USD 27,000 equivalent of Microsoft Azure Cloud credits, 2015-2018)

Internal Grants 

Funding Agencies: The University of Tokyo

  • Skill-up travel grant for female faculty (JPY 400,000, 2018)

  • Asian Dean's Forum: the rising starts women in engineering workshop travel grant (JPY 150,000, 2018)

  • Skill-up travel grant for female faculty (JPY 116,000, 2017)

Funding Agencies: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology of Japan (AIST)

  • Grant for early-career researchers (PI: Dr. Zilu Liang; Co-PI: Dr. Takuichi Nishimura / AIST, Dr. Mario Alberto Chapa-Martell / CAC, Dr. Bernd Ploderer / QUT, Australia; JPY5,000,000, 2016-2018)


  • JSEE International Session Award, Japanese Society for Engineering Education, 2017

  • Merit Award of Singapore Challenge: The Science of Future Cities, A*STAR Singapore, SG$5,000, 2015

  • Young Researcher Award, IEICE Technical Committee on Information Management, 2015

  • Japan Venture Capital Association AwardJapan University Venture Grand Prix, 2014

  • Best Paper Award, The 18th International Conference on System Science, 2013

  • Best Student Paper Award, The 18th International Conference on System Science, 2013

  • Best Poster AwardThe University of Tokyo Symposium, 2013

  • Young Researcher AwardIEICE Technical Committee on Network Software, 2012

  • Harashima AwardElectrical and Electronic Information Research Foundation of Japan, 2011

  • Best Paper AwardChina National Conference on Wearable Computing and Mobile Computing, 2009