2004 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2004 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium was held November 4-6, 2004 in Keihanna, Japan. JAFOE aims to bring together outstanding, early-career Japanese and American Engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers from the two countries.

James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kazuhiro Sakurada, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co., Ltd.

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The 2004 JAFOE symposium was sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the National Science Foundation.


Organizers: Luke Lee, University of California, Berkeley, and Noriko Osumi, Tohoku University

Single Molecule Views of Nature’s Nano-machines
Taekjip Ha, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ultra-Small Reaction Chamber for Single-Biomolecule Analysis
Hiroyuki Noji, University of Tokyo

Small MRI Scanners
Steve Conolly, University of California, Berkeley

Imaging of Cross-Sectional Elasticity for Diagnosis of Atherosclerosis
Hiroshi Kanai, Tohoku University

Organizers: Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Satoshi Iwaki, NTT Corporation

Robot Therapy at Elderly Institutions
Takanori Shibata, Intelligent Systems Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Robotic Rehabilitation System for Recovery of Lower Extremity
Taisuke Sakaki, Kyushu Sangyo University

Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Encourage Aging in Place
Stephen Intille, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Embedded Assessment: Supporting Early Detection and Disease Management through Ubiquitous Computing Platforms
Margaret Morris, Intel Corporation

Organizers: Katie Hall, Wide Net Technologies, and Kenji Torizuka, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Photonic IP Network Technology - The State-of-The-Art and Challenging Issues
Wataru Imajuku, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories

Overview of Fiber Optic Communication Systems
Jeffrey C. Livas, Ciena Corporation

Progress and Prospect of Enabling Optoelectronic Devices for Broadband Communications
Connie Chang-Hasnain, University of California, Berkeley

Photonic Signal Processing Technology Based on Compact Semiconductor Devices for Future Optical Communication Networks
Shigeru Nakamura, NEC Corporation

Organizers: Akifusa Hagiwara, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Margaret Steinbugler, UTC Fuel Cells

New Electrolyte Materials for Fuel Cells
Shigenori Mitsushima, Yokohama National University

Challenging for Fuel Cell Vehicles
Nobusuke Toukura, Nissan Motor Co.

Infrastructure Development for Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Options and Challenges
Timothy Lipman, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis

Hydrogen Purity-The Largest Barrier to Hydrogen Infrastructure for Fuel Cell Vehicles
Frank Lomax, H2Gen Innovations Inc.


November 4, 2004 – November 6, 2004
Keihanna, Japan