Sunday 4 November 2012

JAFOE 2012 Finished

JAFOE (Japan-America Frontier of Engineering) 2012 was just done. I'm currently writing a report for that in a little bit unique way. I'm writing it on GitHub.

Here's a snapshot of this morning.

(As you can guess, I'm trying to publish something between journal and blog based on Git. I have no idea where it goes at this moment, but I should try.)

GitJournal 002: JAFOE 2012 Report

Ichi Kanaya

From 29 October 2012 to 31 Octoreb 2012, Japan-America Frontier of Engineering (JAFOE) Symposium was held at Beckman Center, Irvine, California, USA. The sypmosium was produced by National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA, and Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ), and supported by the Grainger Foundation, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

What is JAFOE?

Let me quote description of JAFOE from web site of National Academy of Engineering.
The 2012 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering will be held October 29-31, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology. 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.
To add to this, the symposium was closed event that each only 30 engineers could join.

List of Sessions

Symposium co-chairs: Katharine Frase, IBM, and Ichiroh Kanaya, Osaka University


Organizers: Andrew Gallagher, Cornell University, and Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo

  • Intelligent Video Surveillance
    • Rogerio Feris, IBM
  • Tracking People and Recognizing Content in Visual Data
    • Alex Berg, Stony Brook University
  • Video Retrieval
    • Yoshinobu Hotta, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
  • Video Content Analysis for Augmented and Mixed Reality
    • Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Osaka University


Organizers: Akihiro Kusaka, Kajima Technical Research Institute, and Sissy Nikolaou, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

I. Understanding Natural Hazards and Predicting Associated Risk

  • Practical Application of Seismic Risk Evaluation for Buildings
    • Yuko Murachi, Swiss Re International SE, Tokyo
  • The Importance of Earthquake Modeling and Lab Experiments for Understanding Earthquake Hazard
    • Nadia Lapusta, California Institute of Technology

II. State-of-the-Art Technologies

  • Post-Earthquake Damage Screening of Structures
    • Masahiro Kurata, Kyoto University
  • Technologies for Offshore Structures in Extreme Environments to Resist Multiple Natural Hazards
    • Daniel Fenz, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company


Organizers: Yoshisada Nagasaka, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, and Luis Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Applications of Precision Agriculture in Rural Communities
    • Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University
  • Self-feeding of energy, water and food by ecological technology
    • Chika Tada, Tohoku University
  • Development of Technique for Estimation of Geographical Origin of Food Using Stable Isotope and Trace Element Analyses
    • Yaeko Suzuki, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
  • Engineering CEA Systems for a Sustainable Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities
    • Murat Kacira, University of Arizona
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance of Food Products
    • Yoko Obayashi, Ajinomoto


Organizers: Patrick Drane, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Yasuo Nakamura, Doshisha University

  • Functional Footwear Design
    • Kenta Moriyasu, ASICS Corporation
  • State-of-the-Art Composite Design and Manufacturing for Sports Equipment
    • Matt Vacek, Jarden Team Sports
  • Dynamics and Biomechanics of Sports
    • Alison Sheets, Nike
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Motion of Professional Baseball Pitchers
    • Kei Aoki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
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