2012 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2012 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering was held October 29-31, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.  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: Video Content Analysis, Engineering for Natural Disaster Resiliency, Engineering for Agriculture: Providing Global Food Security, Sports  Engineering. 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 would like to express its gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of the 2012 JAFOE Symposium: The Grainger Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency.


Symposium co-chairs: Katharine Frase, IBM, and Ichiroh Kanaya, Osaka University

Organizers: Andrew Gallagher, Cornell University, and Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo

Session co-chairs

Intelligent Video Surveillance
Rogerio Feris, IBM

Tracking People and Recognizing Content in Visual Data
Alex Berg, Stony Brook University

Video Retrieval
Yoshinobu Hotta, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.

Video Content Analysis for Augmented and Mixed Reality
Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Osaka University

Organizers: Akihiro Kusaka, Kajima Technical Research Institute, and Sissy Nikolaou, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Session co-chairs

I. Understanding Natural Hazards and Predicting Associated Risk

Practical Application of Seismic Risk Evaluation for Buildings
Yuko Murachi, Swiss Re International SE, Tokyo

The Importance of Earthquake Modeling and Lab Experiments for Understanding Earthquake Hazard
Nadia Lapusta, California Institute of Technology

II. State-of-the-Art Technologies

Post-Earthquake Damage Screening of Structures
Masahiro Kurata, Kyoto University

Technologies for Offshore Structures in Extreme Environments to Resist Multiple Natural Hazards 
Daniel Fenz, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Organizers: Yoshisada Nagasaka, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, and Luis Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session co-chairs

Applications of Precision Agriculture in Rural Communities 
Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University

Construction of "Enetourism" which Tourists bring Leftover Food to Methane Fermentation Using Hot Springs 
Chika Tada, Tohoku University

Engineering CEA Systems for a Sustainable Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities 
Murat Kacira, University of Arizona

Development of Techniques for Estimation of Geographical Origin of Food Using Stable Isotopes and Trace Element Analysis 
Yaeko Suzuki

Food Safety and Quality Assurance of Food Products
Yoko Obayashi, Ajinomoto

Organizers: Patrick Drane, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Yasuo Nakamura, Doshisha University

Session co-chairs

Functional Footwear Design
Kenta Moriyasu, ASICS Corporation

State-of-the-Art Composite Design and Manufacturing for Sports Equipment
Matt Vacek, Jarden Team Sports

Dynamics and Biomechanics of Sports
Alison Sheets, Nike

Biomechanical Analysis of Motion of Professional Baseball Pitchers
Kei Aoki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology


October 29, 2012 – October 31, 2012
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA