日米先端工学シンポジウム (JAFOE, Japan-America Frontier Of Engineering Symposium) というイベントがある.2000年からほぼ毎年開催されている(現在は3年に2回)このイベントは,全米工学アカデミー(NAE)と日本工学アカデミー(EAJ)が共同で主催し,科学技術振興機構(JST)が支援している.

JAFOEに参加できるのは,年齢が30歳から45歳までの,日米それぞれ30名のトップエンジニアのみ.毎回異なる四つの分野について,三日間寝食を共にして徹底的に議論する.口頭発表をするのは日米それぞれ8名で,発表時間はひとり20分.質疑応答が25分間.もちろん英語(ただし科学者英語だけどね).参加者全員のポスター発表やデモ展示の時間も設けられ,研究所を見学するツアーも組まれる.JAFOEの成功を受けて,NAEは中国,インド,EUとも同じ枠組みを開始したし,EAJはオーストラリアと,JSTはドイツと似た枠組みを新たに始めた.

実はこのイベントは非公開.そう,初期のTEDと同じ.世界最高の頭脳によるプレゼンテーションを聞けるのは,日米であわせて60名の招待を受けたエンジニアのみなのだ.ちょっともったいないよね?

というわけで,新しい枠組みを今考えています.

査読終了


2009-09-03
Originally uploaded by ichiroh_kanaya査読終了.作文中.


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JAFOEとエジプト調査予定を OmniPlan に入れる.


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ボスと面談.

JAFOE(日米先端工学シンポジウム)に参加できて有難いのは興味深い話をいろいろ聞けることだ.特にスタンフォード大学の先生から伺った話は印象に残っている.

「ものを作ることができる工業国はたくさんあります.ものを修理できる工業国はあまりありません.」

そして,日本はものを修理できる数少ない国なのだと言われた.その後,エンジニアらしく論拠と証拠を述べられていったのだが,ここでは省略する.

今の日本製品は修理できないものがあふれているけれど,修理できるものを作らなくちゃね.

写真はJAFOE卒業生+現役生による勉強会後の東大(地下)ツアーの途中で立ち寄った建築系の図書室.

JAFOE Day 3

The last session titled Sports Engineering was opened by Patrick (Univ Massachusetts) and Yasuo (Doshisha Univ). This session was also very unique one.

First, Kenta (Asics) introduced Asics’ functional footwear design. As he was also a triathlete, his talk was so persuasive. He showed several important designs of sport shoes. Second, Matt (Jarden Team Sports) introduced sport gears (helmet, hockey stick, etc.) in terms of material engineering.

After a 30-min break, Alison Lynn (Nike) showed dynamics and biomechanics of sports. He demonstrated computer-simulation of human’s movement.

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JAFOE Day 2

Since we had no beer at last night I was a little bit easier to start the morning. I picked up a bus at 7:15 and had a breakfast at Beckman centre.

I briefly opened the day 2 and introduced Akihiro. He gave an introduction of the part 2 of the Natural Disaster Resiliency session.

Masahiro (Kyoto Univ) showed a unique research about “triage” of building for post-earthquake.

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JAFOE Day 1

At 7:20 I woke up and knew I was too late to wake up… but I could catch a bus starting at 7:45. The bus starts at 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45.

At Beckman centre I had a short breakfast and went to the hall to meet Katharine. We had a short conversation and shared how to open the event.

At 8:30, the 11th JAFOE opened. Dr. Venkatesh Narayanamurti of NAE made a welcome remark, and Dr. Mineya Kuno gave a short but interesting speech. He justified existence of JAFOE in engineering manner.

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JAFOE Day 0

On 28 October 2012, I had a trip from Japan to US. At first I had to take a flight from ITM to NRT by ANA. As it was not a connection flight to US, I could smoothly checked in on 2F of ITM airport. I checked in around 7:10 or so. ANA lounge was renewed and comfortable as it usually was.

On the flight from ITM to NRT I fell in sleep and the travel seemed light speed to me. I shared the same flight with Prof. Kurata.

At NRT airport I met Prof. Nakamura, who also travelled from ITM but by JAL. I checked-in to Delta and soon I had a breakfast there.

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JAFOE 2012 いよいよ来週です

JAFOE (日米先端工学シンポジウム)がいよいよ来週,米国カリフォルニア州アーバインで開催されます.

JAFOEは日米それぞれ30名ずつの若手(30-45歳)トップエンジニアが3日間にわたって合宿形式で発表と議論を行う,とてもゴージャスなカンファレンスです.

全米工学アカデミーと日本工学アカデミーが主催しており,日本側は科学技術振興機構(JST)の援助を頂いています.

今年も日本代表30名を率いて,米国に乗り込んで参ります.

【業務連絡】日米先端工学シンポジウム(JAFOE)事前勉強会参加者の皆様,8月8日9:30より電子航法研究所の伊藤恵里先生の特別講義があります.ご参加下さい.

マフラー


2009-11-08
Originally uploaded by ichiroh_kanaya
現地から「結構寒い」との連絡を受ける.空港と言えばユニクロだが,国際線ロビーまで来てしまう,お高いお店しかない.唯一見つけたのが女性向けのカジュアルなお店だったので,そこでかわいらしいマフラーを購入.これで暖かくなるかな.

Connecting Engines

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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Engineers, please start your engine

Today is the day we’ve been looking forward to for about 90 days… I kicked off the 10th Japan/America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium with this sentence. The Japanese session chairs had a meeting for the conference on March 11th, the day of earthquake. We experienced extraordinary shakings many times. Nevertheless, we were still alive, and so was JAFOE.

I encouraged all attendees to actively participate to the conference, and concluded my remark with the following words: engineers, please start your engine.

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