〜2014年2月27日〜3月1日マンチェスター大学を訪問。学際研究と今後の協力について意見を交換。Faculty and students visit University of Manchester for first overseas workshop:
Sharing opinions on future research cooperation and deepening friendly ties

February 27- March 1, 2014 University of Manchester

For three days from February 27 to March 1, 2014, four HWIP faculty members (Professor Toru Fujiwara, Professor Naoki Wakamiya, Associate Professor Kojiro Ishii and Associate Professor Ken Nakano) and six program students (Junya Nakanishi, Tatsuya Nakamura, Taro Furubayashi, Atsushi Shibai, Natsuki Hiasa and Zuben Brown) visited the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. The University of Manchester is a world-class research university that has produced several Nobel Prize winners, and built a strong track record in interdisciplinary education and training. The aim of this workshop was to exchange opinions and share information on interdisciplinary education and research with the faculty and students of a high caliber institution.

act_p2_20142271On the first day and in the morning session on the second day, Vice President of Research Dr. Jakob Edler and Dr. Sally Randles, both of the business school, and Associate Vice President of Research Dr. Matthew Lambon Ralph explained the university’s innovation strategy and introduced the graduate school programs they provide to promote innovation. This was highly rewarding for the HWIP students, who are aiming to generate innovation by way of interdisciplinary research.


act_p2_20142272A doctoral student workshop was held in the afternoon of the second day. The six HWIP students and four University of Manchester graduate students gave presentations on their research: Nakanishi discussed using robots for human-like communication; Nakamura spoke about quantifying page similarity by text mining Wikipedia pages; Furubayashi gave a presentation on his RNA coevolution experiments; Shibai explained his experiments on E. coli evolution; Hiasa discussed metabolic systems and the production of metabolites; and Brown presented his research on the reelin protein. After this, Shibai and Hiasa introduced the ongoing interdisciplinary research projects at HWIP. Even though this was the first time for most of the program students to give presentations overseas, they spoke English with confidence and participated actively in the discussions. All of the students surely uncovered several new issues they will need to tackle going forward.

On the third and final day, Dr. Randles and graduate students from the University of Manchester took the group on a tour of Manchester. They visited the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and Chatsworth House, the residence of the Duke of Devonshire, located just outside of the city. Manchester is where the industrial revolution began, and the group was able to gain a sense of the city’s long history.

This was our first attempt at running an overseas workshop for the program, but the students were able to actively discuss interdisciplinary research, education policy and the details of their research projects. We learned many new things, and this will provide an excellent reference point for program operations going forward.

Student Voices:

Junya Nakanishi

“This was my first trip to a Western nation, so I absorbed many new things in terms of language, culture and education. Learning about the educational systems and history of the University of Manchester helped me reconsider the pros and cons of the Japanese educational system and allowed me to think about how I wanted to pursue my research on this doctoral program with an eye on the future. Interacting with the students in the business school was good because it’s a discipline not represented in HWIP. Based on the shared theme of innovation, we were able to generate breakthroughs by examining each other’s points of view. Our discussions even went so far as to cover the process by which cooperation can produce technology for society. I think this session afforded me a more overarching view of innovation. I hope we can explore more effective ways of interacting with each other into the future.”

Natsuki Hiasa

“One difference between the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and HWIP is the international outreach that the students are engaged in. Since outreach activities can help you improve your communication skills, I think we should incorporate them into our program as well. We also visited some museums during our stay, and I was taken aback at how big they were. The fact is that Japan has fewer museums than the UK. I felt there was a lot we could learn about the preservation of history from the British system.”




〜2014年2月27日〜3月1日マンチェスター大学を訪問。学際研究と今後の協力について意見を交換。Faculty and students visit University of Manchester for first overseas workshop:
Sharing opinions on future research cooperation and deepening friendly ties

2014.2.27〜3.1 マンチェスター大学(英国)

2014年2月27日~3月1日の3日間、HWIP教員4名(藤原融教授・若宮直樹教授・石井浩二郎准教授・中野准教授)と履修生6名(中西惇也さん・中村達哉さん・古林太郎さん・芝井厚さん・日浅夏希さん・Zuben Brownさん)がマンチェスター大学(英国)を訪問しました。マンチェスター大学は、これまでに数多くのノーベル賞受賞者を輩出している、世界トップレベルの研究機関です。また、学際教育においても実績があり、人材育成にも注力しています。今回の研修は、このような実績ある大学と学際研究・教育に関する意見交換や情報共有を行うことを目的にして企画されました。

act_p2_20142271初日および2日目の午前は、マンチェスター大学附属マンチェスタービジネススクールの副研究科長(Vice President of Research)である Jakob Edler教授、同所属のSally Randles教授、およびマンチェスター大学の副研究科長(Associate Vice President of Research)Matthew Lambon Ralph教授より、イノベーション政策や戦略、イノベーションを促進するための大学院プログラムについて説明を受けました。学際研究によりイノベーションの創出をめざす履修生には参考になる点が多くあり、意義深いものになりました。

act_p2_201422722日目の午後は、Doctoral student workshop。参加した6名の履修生全員とマンチェスター大学の大学院生4名が自身の専門研究についてプレゼンテーションを行いました。中西さんはロボットを使った人間らしいコミュニケーションについて、中村さんはWikipediaのテキストマイニングやページ類似度の定量化について、古林さんはRNAの共進化実験について、芝井厚さんは大腸菌の進化実験について、日浅さんは生物の代謝系の理解や代謝物質の生産について、 Brownさんはリーリン(Reelin)というタンパク質の研究について発表した。さらに、芝井さんと日浅さんは、HWIPで進めている融合研究プロジェクトも紹介しました。多くの履修生にとって海外での研究発表が初めてであったにもかかわらず、堂々と英語で発表し、また、活発に議論することができました。同時に各履修生が多くの課題を発見しており、今後克服していくものと思われます。