Press Release

August 1, 2008

Mourning: Dr. Masaki Hirabaru

Dr. Masaki HirabaruAs one of the founding board members of the WIDE Project during the period, Dr. Masaki Hirabaru was very well known in the field for his work in the Internet routing area and Internet registry functions.

We served the mission from Jon Postel in many ways. Dr. Hirabaru moved from Kyushu University to University of Tokyo to further carry out the mission and interest. Dr. Hirabaru was also known for his numerous accomplishments and contributions during the transition from JNIC to JPNIC. His constant determination to the field and willingness to face challenges surprised us on many occasions. When the opportunity arose for further training abroad, I had asked Elise Gerich, the Merit, to arrange a position for Dr. Hirabaru at the University of Michigan.

Availing himself of this experience, and while also engaging in international work through APAN, Dr. Hirabaru returned to Kyushu. This led to his current work at NICT, as the leader in New Generation Network Research.

Dr. Hirabaru was a colleague dating back to the time of JUNET. We grappled with the same challenges and problems, but often from different viewpoints. Dr. Hirabaru was a promising successor to those distinguished scholars from Kyushu University, Drs. Ushijima and Araki. He was also recognized for expanding the research community at Kyushu University, and mentoring the next generation of strong researchers in the field.

It is a shame to see such a talented researcher pass away at the prime of life. I believe this is a time to come together as a community and reflect on Dr. Hirabaru's vision and what he wanted to accomplish in the field. In doing so, Dr. Hirabaru will surely be with us as the field continues on its journey.

I give my deepest sympathy and condolences to Dr. Hirabaru's family.

Jun Murai
WIDE Project


Short Bio:
Dr. Masaki Hirabaru is Group Leader of the Network Architecture Group in the New Generation Network Research Center at NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology). Before joining NICT, he was Director of Internet Research at the Institute of Systems & Information Technologies in Fukuoka City for 3 years, and also a Research Scientist at Merit Network[Networks], Inc. at the University of Michigan for 4 years. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Kyushu University and University of Tokyo. He graduated from Kyushu University with a Doctor of Engineering degree. He launched network research projects such as JAIN, TRAIN, QGPOP as well as JPNIC. He now works on new generation network architecture and leads the AKARI Project.


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