2014 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2014 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering was held June 9-11, 2014, in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.  Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Japan and the United States met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology in four areas: Field Robotics for Disaster Response, Power Unplugged: Energy Harvesting and Power Transmission, Noise Control Engineering in Healthcare Environments, and Bioimaging. The event is intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers.

Links to presentation slides are in the List of Sessions below, and links to the papers are in the Program.

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of the 2014 JAFOE Symposium: The Grainger Foundation, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Lawrence S. Finegold and the Michiko So Finegold Memorial Trust, and the National Science Foundation.

List of Sessions

Symposium co-chairs:  Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo, and Steven DenBaars, University of California, Santa Barbara

Session co-chairs:  Elisa Konofagou, Columbia University, and Kazuo Kurokawa, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

Session co-chairs

Imaging and Mathematical Modeling of Molecular Activities in Living Cells
Kazuhiro Aoki, Kyoto University

New Technologies for Molecular Imaging of Brain Function

Alan Jasanoff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advanced Endoscopic Imaging Technologies

Makoto Igarashi Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

Photonics Meets Biology: From Nanoscale Imaging to Winning the War on Cancer
Vadim Backman, Northwestern University

Session co-chairs:  Yukihiro Tahara, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and Jeffrey Urban, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Session co-chairs

I.  Energy Harvesting
Energy in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials

Eric Pop, Stanford University

Low-Cost and Perpetual Sensing Systems Enabled by Ambient RF Energy Harvesting

Yoshihiro Kawahara, University of Tokyo

II.  Wireless/Remote Power Transmission

Wireless Power Transfer Technologies Via Radio Waves
Naoki Shinohara, Kyoto University

Electromagnetic Structures and Exploitation of the Dark Universe for Cooling on Earth
Shanhui Fan, Stanford University

Session co-chairs:  Jeff Fullerton, Acentech, and Hiroshi Sato, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Session co-chairs

Prediction, Control, and Assessment of Environmental Noise
Shinichi Sakamoto, University of Tokyo

Acoustics and the Patient Experience
Erik Miller-Klein, SSA Acoustics

Managing Noise in Healthcare Environments to Benefit Patient Outcomes

Mandy Kachur, Soundscape Engineering

Augmenting Signals against Noises: Understanding Human Body with Data Sonification
Hiroko Terasawa, Tsukuba University
Session co-chairs:  Todd Danko, Lockheed Martin, and Keiji Nagatani, Tohoku University

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Quince: Monitoring Robot for Disaster Response in the Fukushima-Daiichi Power Facility
Tomoaki Yoshida, Chiba Institute of Technology

Robust Aerial Robot Autonomy and Cooperative Heterogeneous Vehicle Deployments
Nathan Michael, Carnegie Mellon University

Unmanned Construction System for Disaster Response

Takeshi Hashimoto, Public Works Research Institute

DARPA Robotics Challenge:  Robotic Technology for Disaster Response
Jim Pippine, Golden Knight Technologies