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USJI Member Universities Research Report Vol.2

July 29,2011

Keio University

Topic:
Chemical Study of “lively” behavior of life forms
Researcher:
Kouichi Asakura, Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology
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We analyze from a chemical standpoint the mechanism of lively phenomena in life such as biorhythms, and develop new industrial technology applying the knowledge we obtain.

Kyoto University

Topic:
Highly Efficient and Precise Processing Inside Transparent Materials Using Femtosecond Laser
Researcher:
Kazuyuki Hirao, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering
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Prof. Kazuyuki Hirao and his research team have developed a series of techniques to create refractive index distribution inside various transparent materials with a spatial resolution of less than micrometer, by focusing femtosecond laser pulses.

Ritsumeikan University

Topic:
3-D Human Hand Posture Estimation based on Computer Vision and Gestural Interface System
Researcher:
Nobutaka Shimada, Associate Professor, Institute of Science and Engineering College of Information Science and Engineering/Department of Human and Computer Intelligence
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Recently the field of human supporting robots is growing. Ritsumeikan’s Professor Shimada Nobutaka is working on developing robots with ability to naturally communicate with human as a partner. In the above dialog the robot recognizes him …

The University of Tokyo

Waseda University

Topic:
Atomic Resolution Structure of Human Centromeric Nucleosomes Containing CENP-A
Researcher:
Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering
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The Kurumizaka laboratory (Waseda University, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering) has determined the crystal structure of the human centromeric nucleosome containing CENP-A (CENP-A nucleosome). The CENP-A …

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