OMU News

Oct 6, 2023

  • Engineering

Pioneering engineering studies: OMU Graduate School of Engineering hosts International Symposium on World-Leading Engineering Research

On September 20 and 21, the OMU Graduate School of Engineering held an international symposium at the Osaka International Convention Center. Aiming at showcasing cutting-edge engineering studies, the event gathered over 400 participants, including renowned experts and up-and-coming young researchers from universities and research institutes worldwide.

Dean Watano welcoming symposium participants

The symposium commenced with remarks by Professor Satoru Watano, Dean of the OMU Graduate School of Engineering, who welcomed the participants and expressed his enthusiasm for “fruitful discussion that will foster mutual understanding about engineering among all the attendees, thereby disseminating the most advanced technologies, methods, and ideas.” At the banquet, Mr. Shinichi Fukushima, Chairperson of the University Public Corporation Osaka, delivered a welcome speech. On the second day of the event, OMU President Masahiro Tatsumisago made an appearance and addressed the attendees.

Chairperson Fukushima extending a warm welcome to banquet participants

President Tatsumisago addressing symposium attendees

“The lithium-ion battery is expected to contribute to the materialization of a more sustainable society,” explained Professor Yoshino

Speaking at the plenary session, Dr. Akira Yoshino, President of the Lithium-Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center, explained the development history of the lithium-ion battery—the technology that earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019. Professor Yoshino then elucidated how this type of battery, along with advances in artificial intelligence (AI), will shape the future of the automotive industry, contributing to the realization of more sustainable development.

The second speaker, Professor Enrico Traversa from the Embassy of Italy in Japan, drew from his extensive experience as a researcher in various international teams to inspire participants with insights into the pivotal roles and challenges of international collaboration in advancing research. Concluding the session, Professor Plinio Innocenzi from the University of Sassari, Italy cast light on the engineering talents of Leonardo da Vinci, the polymath known mostly for his paintings, offering a new perspective and innovative understanding of the connection between art, science, and engineering.

Professor Traversa stressing the importance of collaboration in promoting research activities

Professor Innocenzi delivering an inspiring presentation on the engineering works of Leonardo da Vinci

The two-day event continued with three sessions on life science and materials, as well as energy and the environment, and featured poster presentations. These sessions were delivered by researchers and students from China, India, Italy, France, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

As a platform for sharing innovative research results from not only OMU but also the international community, the event offered excellent learning and networking opportunities for a wide range of participants, be they OMU students or young researchers.

Poster sessions featuring up-to-date engineering studies

Japanese article


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