2011 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

From June 6-8, the 2011 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering took place in Osaka, 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. The event was 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 and the Engineering Academy of Japan would like to express their gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of the 2011 JAFOE Symposium: The U.S. National Science Foundation, The Grainger FoundationJapan Science and Technology Agency (JST), The Precise Measurement Technology Promotion Foundation, and The Watanabe Memorial Foundation for The Advancement of Technology.

Click on the links below to view the presentations:

Session co-chairs: Takeshi Oishi, University of Tokyo, and Cyrus Shahabi, University of Southern California

Tools for Large-Scale Spatial Simulation Design and Analysis
Johannes Gehrke, Cornell University

Digital Silk Road : Reviving Silk Road Using Massive Geospatial Data
Asanobu Kitamoto, National Institute of Informatics

Temporal Causal Models for Massive Time-Series Data Mining: Climate Change Attribution and Other Applications
Yan Liu, University of Southern California

Network Display System for Large Cultural Heritage Objects via Cloud Computing Environments 
Yasuhide Okamoto, University of Tokyo

Session co-chairs: Masahiro Ishiyama, Toshiba Corporation, and Ning Lu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Integration of Smart Grid Enabling Technologies within Power Distribution Systems 
Karen Miu Miller, Drexel University

Smart Home Energy Management Systems
Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, General Electric

Smart House Testbed for both Physical and Cyber Entities
Yasuo Tan, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Smart Grid Cyber Security
Mai Kiuchi, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

Session co-chairs: Alfred Crosby, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Naoe Hosoda, National Institute for Materials Science

Beta-Hairpin Peptide Self-Assembly:  Construction of Advanced Materials from Injectable Gels to Nanoparticle Arrays
Darrin Pochan, University of Delaware

Principles and Results Related to Biomimetic Crystal Design
Yuya Oaki, Keio University

Material Design and Fabrication of Structural Color using a Biomimetic Approach: Mystery of Morpho Bufferfly’s Blue
Akira Saito, Osaka University

Engineering Biomimetic Materials by Harnessing Mechanical Instability of High-Aspect-Ratio Polymer Pillar Arrays
Shu Yang, University of Pennsylvania

Session co-chairs: Bryan Adams, One Plus Four Ventures, and Tomomichi Sugihara, Osaka University

Human-like Assembly Robots in Factories
Shingo Ando, Yaskawa Electric Corp. 

The Transition of Robot Technologies from University Research to the Commercial Realm
Matthew Williamson, Heartland Robotics

Man-Machine Synergy Effector: Anthropomorphic Robotic Tools Based on Hybrid Approaches
Katsuya Kanaoka, Man-Machine Synergy Effectors Inc.   

Research and Challenges in Commercializing Robots
Eduardo Torres-Jara, Worcester Polytechnic Institute