I’m writing this article right after we finished off the 10th Japan/America Frontier of Engineering (JAFOE) Symposium. The symposium called 30 American top engineers and 30 Japanese top engineers together and hosted four different sessions from Sunday to Wednesday. The symposium originally started back in 2000, followed by years 2002 through 2009.
The aim of this symposium is mixing up American/Japanese young brains and creating tomorrow’s partnership by bottom-up approach, which I mean, non-political way. I’ve been a general co-chair since 2009, and had good luck to welcome many brilliant colleagues. In 2011 we picked up the topics from Massive Data Management, Smart Grid, Bioinspired Materials and Robotics. I was very excited during seeing list of the speakers, and really thrilled to open the symposium.
Each sessions has a couple of session chairs, four speakers and four poster presenters of the 50:50 mixture of Academia and industry. They were so active that we always needed more time for Q and A and poster sessions. I do really appreciate for fantastic presentations and great questions that would advance the research further. I do also appreciate Japanese speakers for speaking in English for four days even when they talk to Japanese.
Thank you very very much.
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