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Faculty of Engineering

Bringing Cognition and Behavioral Systems to Life with Engineering

Creating and Developing a Wide Range of Uses for Super High-speed AI

Professor Masatoshi Ishikawa

The artificial intelligence that can be created through engineering has the potential to go far beyond the abilities of humans. As a result, technologies with cognitive functions (vision, hearing, touch, etc.) that greatly surpass those of humans are being implemented in a wide range of fields, including robotics, human interfaces, videos and other forms of media, vehicles and transportation, biomedical devices, security, and the speeding up of production equipment. Also, a variety of real-time cognitive and behavioral functions are being reproduced at a very high-quality by controlling their actuators (motor or behavioral functions that move at a speed close to physical limits) via the latest ultra-high speed processing devices (such as networks and computers).

A pitching and batting robot system<br> A ball-pitching robot that throws a perfect pitch by controlling the throw with its high-speed hand, and a batting robot that uses high-speed image processing to determine the position of the ball to 1/1000th of a second and hits back balls that enter the strike zone 100% of the time
A pitching and batting robot system
A ball-pitching robot that throws a perfect pitch by controlling the throw with its high-speed hand, and a batting robot that uses high-speed image processing to determine the position of the ball to 1/1000th of a second and hits back balls that enter the strike zone 100% of the time
Electronic scanning system that can digitize a 250-page book in one minute<br> This system uses high-speed image processing to quickly reconstruct a book’s original page data by measuring the three-dimensional shape of the book
Electronic scanning system that can digitize a 250-page book in one minute
This system uses high-speed image processing to quickly reconstruct a book’s original page
data by measuring the three-dimensional shape of the book

Collaboration between Medicine and Engineering Increasing New Possibilities

Creation of Unprecedented, High-performing Medical Materials Through a Fusion of Medicine and Engineering

Professor Ung-il Chung/Yuichi Tei

As the pace of the declining birthrate and aging population rapidly increases, it is vital to maintain the health of bones, cartilage and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Keeping this system healthy in particular helps prevent the elderly from becoming bedridden, resulting in an increase in their quality of life. Our research team is working to create artificial bones and cartilage with the use of biomaterials, including metals, ceramics and polymers. Here, engineers and medical scientists do more than just joint research; they work together, understanding each other’s field of specialty. This mutual understanding allows us to produce unique medical materials and devices in which engineering is fused with medical science. In particular, we have discovered that with precise control over the shapes and quality of materials on various scales, we can make them perform unprecedentedly advanced functions. With these high-performing biomaterials, we strive to confront diseases that have as of yet been untreatable while strengthening our focus on basic research into the materials themselves. The Faculty of Engineering promotes education and research on medical engineering from a wide interdisciplinary standpoint.

  • Artificial bone made to fit the affected area of the skull, created with a 3D printerArtificial bone made to fit the affected area of the skull, created with a 3D printer

  • A microscopic unit of artificial bone that creates a pathway for cells and blood vessels when formedA microscopic unit of artificial bone that creates a pathway for cells and blood vessels when formed

  • Titanium mesh plates that can change into any shape without concentrating stress on any one areaTitanium mesh plates that can change into any shape without concentrating stress on any one area