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The 2021 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium was held virtually June 23-25. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers 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: Soft Robotics, Mitigating Sea Level Rise, Blockchain, and Machine Learning and AI for Mental Health. 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. JAFOE is carried out in cooperation with the Engineering Academy of Japan.
The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to The Grainger Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Arogyaswami J. Paulraj for their support of the 2021 JAFOE Symposium.
Information about the program and breakout session is available under "More on this" at right.
List of Sessions
Symposium co-chairs: David Tse, Stanford University, and Hidemitsu Furukawa, Yamagata University
Session co-chairs: Michael Dickey, North Carolina State University, and Kenjiro Tadakuma, Tohoku University
Shape-Shifting Soft Robots that Adapt to Changing Tasks and Environments
Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, Yale University
Soft Robotics: Industrial Perspective
Yigit Menguc, Facebook Reality Lab/Oregon State University
Bio-inspired, Digital-fabricated Soft-bodied Robots
Takuya Umedachi, Shinshu University
Soft Chemical Robots and Machines
Shingo Maeda, Shibaura University
MITIGATING SEA LEVEL RISE
Session co-chairs: Daisuke Inazu, Tokyo University, and Firas Saleh, Risk Management Solutions
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Pathways: Miami-Dade County Case Study
Keren Bolter, Arcadis
Technologies to Characterize and Communicate Global Impacts of Sea Level Rise
Scott Kulp, Climate Central
Hothouse in the Deep Past: Implications for Ongoing Climate Change
Kazutaka Yasukawa, University of Tokyo
Management of CO2 in the Atmosphere and Ocean Using Solid Earth
Takeshi Tsuji, Kyushu University
Session co-chairs: Giulia Fanti, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shigeya Suzuki, Keio University
Blockchain: Introduction and Challenges
Sreeram Kannan, University of Washington
Technology and Implementation Challenges Behind Decentralized Identity
Kristina Yasuda, Microsoft
Private Data Management for Decentralized Ledgers
Ewa Syta, Trinity College
On-Chain Scaling of Blockchain
Akihiro Fujihara, Chiba Institute of Technology
MACHINE LEARNING AND AI FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Session co-chairs: Takamitsu Matsubara, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and Ada Poon, Stanford University
Natural Language Processing in Medical Applications
Yoshinobu Kano, Shizuoka University
Clinical Psychoinformatics Approaches for Improving Quality of Life
Tetsuya Yamamoto, Tokushima University
Machine Learning, Sleep, Aging, and Memory
Makoto Kawai, Stanford University