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Development of a "Glowing Pupil's" Interface to Attract People

2018

Yoshihiro Sejima was born in 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Okayama Prefectural University in 2010. He is currently an associate professor at Kansai University. His research interests include human-robot interaction and social robotics. He received the ‘KAZUO TANIE AWARD (Most Outstanding Research Award)’ at IEEE RO-MAN2015. Related URL: - <a href ="http://www2.kansai-u.ac.jp/hri/" target="_blank">http://www2.kansai-u.ac.jp/hri/</a>

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The Digital Shaman Project

2016

Etsuko Ichihara is a media artist and “inventor who turns delusions into reality.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Waseda University’s School of Culture, Media and Society, where she majored in the Studies of Media, Body and Image. She left Yahoo! Japan in 2016 and has since worked as a freelancer. She has been creating artworks that interpret Japanese culture, customs and beliefs from a unique point of view, and present new, technology-based approaches. She has been featured across the globe for her work. Ichihara also received the Excellence Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, and won an Honorary Mention (Interactive Art+) in PRIX Ars Electronica 2018. She has recently been appointed as an expert committee member for the "Workshop on Basic Concepts of the Japan Pavilion" for the Japan Pavilion at the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

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Magnetically-Guided Capsule Endoscopy for the Whole Digestive Tract

2018

Naoki Ohmiya received his M.D. in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1995. He was a research fellow at The Burnham Institute (San Diego, California) in 1997-8, an assistant and associate professor at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Nagoya University Hospital in 2001-13, an associate professor at the Department of Gastroenterology, Fujita Health University in 2013-2015. He has been a professor and chairman of the Department of Gastroenterology at Fujita Health University. His research fields include endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of gastroduodenal diseases, capsule endoscopies, small bowel diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal microbiota transplantation, molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis in the alimentary tract, and biomarker development of gastrointestinal tumors.

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Autonomous Flight Control of a Vertical Take-off and Landing Flapping Flying Robot

2018

Takanobu Watanabe was born in 1972. He received the Ph. D. degree from Waseda University in 1999. He is currently a Professor at Waseda University. His research field includes electronic materials engineering and computational physics.

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Solid Knitting Machine - The Machine Which Makes Physical Objects Updatable

2018

Yuichi Hirose conducted research on digital fabrication at Hiroya Tanaka Laboratory in Keio University. After finishing his Master’s Degree there, he worked for Roland DG as a mechanical engineer on 3D milling machines. Now, he has left the company and currently develops a Solid Knitting Machine, which automates Solid Knitting, a method he invented to knit solid objects from 3D data. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKSMabXirurhL8UbVTO1JA" target="_blank">YouTube Channel </a>

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"Wasted Creation" YouTube Channel

2019

Marina Fujiwara uses her keen sense of creativity to make seemingly 'useless' products to share on social networking sites. Her YouTube channel, 無駄づくり(MUDAZUKURI), meaning 'Wasted Creation', has amassed over 80, 000 subscribers, where she shares her artistic 'useless machines' to the world. Her work has been exhibited internationally and her videos have been viewed millions of times across the web.

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A Superhuman Suit to "Feel" Your Surroundings

2015

Kanagawa University Faculty of Engineering Department of Industrial Engineering and Management 2011/04~2015/03 Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology, Kurume College 2015/04~2016/03 Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology, Kurume College 2016/04~ Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University Robotics, Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Measurement Engineering, Design Engineering

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CARS-α: A Global Warming Countermeasure - A Machine Directly Recovering CO2 from the Atmosphere

2017

Born in 2000, this young researcher has one goal: stop global warming. Even from elementary school, Kazumi Muraki began studying and researching how to solve the carbon dioxide crisis as well as human migration to Mars. After graduating from the INNO-vation Program with the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Muraki entered Tokyo University to study engineering to realize his dreams of helping the world. In 2019, he was named as one of Forbes Japan 30 under 30, 2019, science division as someone who will change the world. Despite ongoing study at University, Muraki has already founded his own independent company, CRRA, with the goal to stop global warming and work towards being the first Martian of mankind.

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Interviews

2020/06/05 18:00

Takahito Aoto

“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

Dr. Takahito Aoto (University of Tsukuba) is working to develop a device that can measure the exact softness of materials without actually touching them

Is it gelatinous or doughy or simply limp...? The only way to determine the softness (and elasticity) of an object is by touching it and feeling for yourself. However, Dr. Aoto is currently engaged in research on a special kind of camera—a camera that “captures softness.” Since it accomplishes this simply by filming objects, the camera is, of course, non-contact, non-destructive, and non-invasive. It can determine how springy an object is based solely on the visual data that it collects.

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“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

2020/05/22 18:00

Yusuke Nakano

Chicks, Sex and Tech

Using AI to solve the growing issue in the chick sexing industry

Yusuke Nakano is a specialist in making the invisible visible. Be he’s no mad scientist or magician – he’s a video-streaming expert with a trick up his sleeve.

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Chicks, Sex and Tech

2020/04/17 18:00

Tomoyuki Miyake

VFX; inheriting the legacy of SFX from Japanese movies

At 19 years old, Tomoyuki Miyake is fascinated by Tokusatsu, a Japanese movie genre with high amounts of special effects, including Godzilla and Gamera and has been pursuing CG and VFX techno

This young man is fascinated by the worldview of videos created using VFX (visual effects). As a sophomore in high school, he became the youngest challenger in the INNO-vation program (2016) and he had already begun making his own VFX content.

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VFX; inheriting the legacy of SFX from Japanese movies
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What is InnoUvators?

InnoUvators are individuals in society that have a mindset of continually undertaking challenges without fear of failure.

They are the creators of "something new from nothing," forming and implementing original ideas without being bound by preconceptions. In Japan, there are efforts to find and support such InnoUvators. This site introduces those visionaries, and the technologies born of their challenges.


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