2018 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2018 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in Tsukuba, Japan. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology in four areas: The Water Treatment Revolution, Bionics and Prosthetics, Smart Structures and Materials, and Advanced AI. 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 for its support of the 2018 JAFOE Symposium.

(Working titles listed. Order of sessions and speakers TBD.)

Symposium co-chairs:  Hidemitsu Furukuawa, Yamagata University, and David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley

Session co-chairs:  Yoshihiko Kawaguchi, Horiba Advanced Techno, and Krista Wigginton, University of Michigan

Emerging Water Treatment Technologies to Treat Our Increasingly Complex Wastewaters
David Jassby, University of California, Los Angeles

Ensuring High Quality of Water Recycled from Wastewater to Augment Drinking Water Supplies
Megan Plumlee, Orange County Water District

Membrane Filtration for Sustainable Safe Drinking Water Supply—Modeling of Particle Rejection
Takashi Hashimoto, University of Tokyo

Research Trends in the Treatability of Trace Substances and Evaluating Their Impact on the Environment
Keisuke Kuroda, National Institute for Environmental Studies

Session co-chairs: Shoko Miyagawa, Keio University, and Justin Sanchez, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Direct Brain Interfaces for Memory Restoration
Daniel Rizzuto, Nia Therapeutics and University of Pennsylvania

Bidirectional Intracortical Interfaces for Prosthetic Limb Control
Robert Gaunt, University of Pittsburgh

Induction of Embodiment of a Prosthesis into the Body
Noritaka Kawashima, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities

The Science Behind Brain-Machine Interface
Junichi Ushiba, Keio University

Session co-chairs: Geoff Brennecka, Colorado School of Mines, and Hidehiro Yoshida, National Institute for Materials Science

Superplastic Earth Hypothesis
Takehiko Hiraga, University of Tokyo

Development of Advanced Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy for Materials Science Research
Naoya Shibata, University of Tokyo

Elastomeric Materials for Autonomic Force Transmission, Optoelectronic Sensing, and Embodied Energy Systems
Robert Shepherd, Cornell University

Novel Sensing and Control Strategies with Implementation
Kira Barton, University of Michigan

Session co-chairs:  Hoda Eldardiry, PARC, and Tadahiro Taniguchi, Ritsumeikan University

Anomaly Mining: Beyond Detection
Leman Akoglu, Carnegie Mellon University

Learning Algorithms for Physical Systems: Challenges and Solutions
Ion Matei, Palo Alto Research Center

Sample-Efficient Reinforcement Learning for Robot Control
Takamitsu Matsubara, Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Statistical Models for Discovering Knowledge from Relational Data
Iku Ohama, Panasonic

June 18, 2018 – June 20, 2018
Tsukuba, Japan