2018 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

At-a-Glance

The 2018 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium was held in June 18-20 in Tsukuba, Japan. 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: 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 and the National Science Foundation for their support of the 2018 JAFOE Symposium.

LIST OF SESSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

Membrane Filtration for Sustainable Safe Drinking Water Supply
Takashi Hashimoto, University of Tokyo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction

Superplastic Earth Hypothesis
Takehiko Hiraga, University of Tokyo

Additive Manufacturing of Soft Matter for Robotic Applications
Robert Shepherd, Cornell University

Manufacturing the Next Material Evolution
Kira Barton, University of Michigan

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

ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: DIVERSE AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
Session co-chairs:  Hoda Eldardiry, PARC, and Tadahiro Taniguchi, Ritsumeikan University

Introduction

Anomaly Mining: Detection and Beyond
Leman Akoglu, Carnegie Mellon University

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

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

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

Post Meeting
Details
June
18
2018
to
June
20
2018
June 18, 2019 AT 06:55 AM
Tsukuba, Japan
Schedule
Sunday, Jun 17, 2018
  • 07:30 PM To 07:30 PM
    Registration/welcome reception
    Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba Main, Jupiter East, 3rd floor
Monday, Jun 18, 2018
  • 06:30 AM To 06:30 AM
    Breakfast at the hotel
    Restaurant “CASA”, 1st floor
  • 08:20 AM To 08:20 AM
    Meet at Tsukuba International Congress Center
    Room 406, 4th floor
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 09:00 AM To 09:00 AM
    The Water Treatment Revolution
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
    Group Photo
    Stairs from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor
  • 10:45 AM To 10:45 AM
    Break
    Room 405
  • 11:00 AM To 11:00 AM
    The Water Treatment Revolution (cont.)
  • 12:30 PM To 12:30 PM
    Lunch
    Room 405
  • 01:30 PM To 01:30 PM
    Flash Poster Presentations
    Room 406
  • 02:30 PM To 02:30 PM
    Poster Session I (odd numbers)
    Room 401, 402
  • 03:15 PM To 03:15 PM
    Poster Session II (even numbers)
    Room 403, 404
  • 04:00 PM To 04:00 PM
    Break
  • 04:15 PM To 04:15 PM
    Bionics and Prosthetics
  • 05:45 PM To 05:45 PM
    Break
  • 06:30 PM To 06:30 PM
    Dinner
    Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba, Annex Subaru, 1st floor
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
  • 06:30 AM To 06:30 AM
    Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Bionics and Prosthetics (cont.)
  • 10:00 AM To 10:00 AM
    Break
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
    Smart Structures and Materials
  • 12:00 PM To 12:00 PM
    Lunch
  • 01:00 PM To 01:00 PM
    Smart Structures and Materials (cont.)
  • 02:30 PM To 02:30 PM
    Break
  • 03:00 PM To 03:00 PM
    Depart for tour
  • 06:30 PM To 06:30 PM
    Dinner
    Tsukubasan Edoya
  • 08:30 PM To 08:30 PM
    Depart for hotel
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018
  • 06:30 AM To 06:30 AM
    Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Advances in Artificial Intelligence: Diverse and Collaborative Learning
  • 10:00 AM To 10:00 AM
    Break
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
    Advances in Artificial Intelligence: Diverse and Collaborative Learning (cont.)
  • 12:00 PM To 12:00 PM
    Lunch
2018 JAFOE Photos