2016 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2016 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering symposium was held 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: Urban Mobility Efficiency, Nanotechnology in Energy Storage and Conversion, Additive Manufacturing: Virtual – Physical Processes, Big Data. 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. JAFOE is produced in conjunction 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 2016 JAFOE Symposium.


Co-chairs: Steven Denbaars, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo

Session co-chairs: Nobuaki Ohmori, Utsunomiya University, and Kari Watkins, Georgia Institute of Technology


The Future of Transportation: Achieving Equity and Mobility through Self-Driving Vehicles
Myra Blanco, Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Future Cities, Future Populations: Achieving “Seamless” Mobility for an Aging, Urban Society
Kay Kitazawa, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

Connection Between Social Networks, the Built Environment, and Travel Behavior in the ICT Era
Giancarlos Troncoso Parady, University of Tokyo

From Trend Spotting to Trend Setting: Behavioral Analysis to Guide Transformative Mobility
Joan Walker, University of California, Berkeley

Session co-chairs: Hirokazu Kaji, Tohoku University, and Shirley Meng, University of California, San Diego


Nanomaterials for Energy Storage
Gleb Yushin, Georgia Institute of Technology and Sila Technologies

Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding and Exploiting Systematic Couples to Improve Batteries
​Daniel Steingart, Princeton University

Enzyme-Based Biofuel Cells
Seiya Tsujimura, University of Tsukuba

Flexible Devices Using Rigid Materials
Eiji Iwase, Waseda University

Session co-chairs: Tomohiro Kinoshita, FASOTEC; Hidemitsu Furukawa, Yamagata University; and William Peter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


New Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing of Hybrid Materials 
Brett Compton, University of Tennessee

3D Designable Gel as an Advanced Functional Material
Hidemitsu Furukawa, Yamagata University

Developing a Robust 3-D Representation Framework for 3D Printed Materials
Edwin Schwalbach, Air Force Research Laboratory

Deep Learning for Advanced 3D Printing
Hiroya Tanaka, Keio University

Session co-chairs: Alberto-Giovanni Busetto, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Takeaki Uno, National Institute of Informatics


Interpretable Modeling in Machine Learning
Cynthia Rudin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Privacy Preserving Data Mining
Hiromi Arai, University of Tokyo

Preserving Validity in Adaptive Data Analysis
Vitaly Feldman, IBM

A Platform for IoT and Social Big Data
Takahiro Hara, University of Osaka

June 16, 2016 – June 18, 2016
Irvine, California
2016 JAFOE Photos