, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 185–202 | Cite as

International mobility of researchers in robotics, computer vision and electron devices: A quantitative and comparative analysis

  • Takao Furukawa
  • Nobuyuki Shirakawa
  • Kumi Okuwada
  • Kazuya Sasaki


We investigated author information in scientific articles by approximately 7,000 researchers for a quantitative analysis of researchers’ international mobility. From top journals, we traced the movements of more than 2,200 researchers in the research domains of robotics, computer vision and electron devices. We categorized countries’ characteristics for the balance between the inflow and the outflow of researchers moving internationally. Flow patterns of international mobility confirm that the United States, China and India exhibit the greatest global flows of researchers, with Singapore and Hong Kong attracting remarkable numbers of researchers from other countries. International mobility focusing on institutions reveals that universities in Singapore receive as many foreign researchers as do research universities in the United States. Furthermore, firms and international collaborative research institutes act as alternative receivers to the universities in the electron devices research domain.


International mobility Quantitative analysis Flow pattern of researchers Institutional-level analysis 


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takao Furukawa
    • 1
  • Nobuyuki Shirakawa
    • 1
  • Kumi Okuwada
    • 1
  • Kazuya Sasaki
    • 2
  1. 1.Science and Technology Foresight CenterNational Institute of Science and Technology PolicyChuyoda-kuJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUtsunomiya UniversityUtsunomiyaJapan

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