Introducing interdisciplinary projects to experts at the front lines of ICT research and development:
HWIP students present posters at the OACIS symposium

November 29, 2013 Osaka University Convention Center

A symposium to discuss the latest developments in information science

act_p_oacis01Launched in 2002 through university-industry collaboration, OACIS (Osaka Advanced Research Collaboration Forum for Information Science & Technology) is a forum for companies and universities engaged in information science research and education to exchange information on the latest technological developments and training initiatives. To date OACIS has held many forums, symposia and other events to advance the exchange of knowledge. Its 25th symposium, held on November 29 at Osaka University Convention Center, was attended by several HWIP students. The students gave poster presentations outlining their current activities in the area of interdisciplinary research.

Exchanging ideas on equal terms

act_p_oacis04The symposium began with words of welcome from the OACIS Chairman and coordinator of HWIP, Professor Katsuro Inoue. This was followed by the first session titled “the front lines of ICT research and development in universities and industry”, featuring lectures by NEC executive Katsuki Emura and Osaka University Office for University-Industry Collaboration Professor Yasuo Kanematsu on various initiatives for the development of human resources for innovation in industry and universities respectively. The second session involved company showcases by OACIS member organizations and poster presentations by graduate students. Four teams of HWIP students presented their interdisciplinary research, including projects developed out of ideas generated in this year’s Summer Camp. Standing in front of their elaborate and distinctively designed posters, the students gave detailed explanations of their research and pursued in-depth discussion with corporate representatives and university researchers.

The time is right for collaborating with industry

act_p_oacis02The participating students appreciated the experience of lively discussion among researchers of different ages and positions. Comments included: “I was able to talk passionately with people who asked questions about my research” (Risa Sawada, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences); “I was a little nervous, but found it easy to talk. The people who asked questions seemed to enjoy hearing my explanations, too” (Tsunehiro Arimoto, Graduate School of Engineering Science); “I hope to apply the feedback I received to improve my research” (Junya Nakanishi, Graduate School of Engineering Science). One team received harsh feedback pointing out the deficiencies in their research, but came away from the event clearly inspired to do better, saying, “we’ll start working to fix the problems from tomorrow.” Several undergraduate students attending the symposium as observers expressed interest in HWIP and approached our students to ask questions. In this way, the event fostered interaction among students beyond its original aim of university-industry collaboration. It was a resounding success overall, and for our students it was a great opportunity to share their research beyond the campus and interact with many different people.

Poster presentations by HWIP students

act_p_oacis03WHIP-1: Research on semi-autonomous control of remote communication robots Tsunehiro Arimoto (Graduate School of Engineering Science)

WHIP-2: Development of an undersea robot modeled on the musculoskeletal structure of a ray Kenji Urai (Graduate School of Engineering Science) Risa Sawada (Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences) Masashi Yokota (Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences) Natsuki Hiasa (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology)

WHIP-3: Dynamic opinion-gathering by group web searches modeled on inter-cellular communication Tatsuya Nakamura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology)

WHIP-4: Initiatives in interdisciplinary research by HWIP students Junya Nakanishi (Graduate School of Engineering Science)

For more information on OACIS, see: http://www.oacis.jp/index.htm