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).
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.