Kenji Ohmori

Kenji Ohmori is a Professor at the Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Okazaki, Japan, where he is also the Chairman of the Department of Photo-Molecular Science. After receiving his Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo in 1992, he was a Research Associate and an Associate Professor at Tohoku University. In 2003 he was appointed a Full Professor at IMS. His research interests focus on exploring the quantum-classical boundary and developing quantum technology based on the wave nature of matter. He is currently leading a Q-LEAP project supported with priority by the MEXT and Cabinet Office of the government of Japan, in which he combines an array of ultracold Rydberg atoms and ultrafast coherent control to develop an ultrafast quantum simulator / computer. He has been honored with the Japan Academy Medal (2007), JSPS Prize (2007), is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2009), and has received the Humboldt Research Award (2012), Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (2018), National Medal with Purple Ribbon (2021), etc