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Research Grants and Awards

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)

Funding Agency: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • 仮想と現実を密にリンクする避難訓練XRシステム (Research and Development of Immersive Evacuation Training XR System) (PI: Prof. Hiroyuki Mitsuhara/University of Tokushima, Co-PIs: Prof. Hisashi Hatakeyama/Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dr. Kaede Kido/Nara Medical University, Dr. Zilu Liang,  JPY 13,600,000, 2023-2028) 

Overseas Collaboration Research Grant

Funding Agency: Kyoto University of Advanced Science

  • When Smartwatch Meets Serious Games: Towards a New Paradigm of swHealth (SmartWatch Health) for Improving Sleep Hygiene (PI: Dr. Zilu Liang, Co-PI: Dr. Edward Melcer / University of California, Santa Cruz, JPY 2,000,000, 2023-2024). 

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early Career Scientists

Funding Agency: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Startup

Funding Agency: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

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)

Start-up Research Grant for Early-Career Researchers

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

  • Personalized sleep data mining (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)

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)

Travel 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)


  • 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

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