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Outline of Program

Our Center strives to foster “young researchers who dare to challenge unexploited fields” by building a novel interdisciplinary field based on micro-nano mechatronics. This field will promote “the world-highest-level of micro-nano mechatronics research with an emphasis on originality” from a viewpoint of not only the acquisition of advanced technology, but also social issues. To promote our program, the Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, which has been a forerunner in the micro-machine field in the world, will play a central role, and top researchers in the fields of advanced materials, mechanical science, system measurement/control engineering, and advanced bio-medicine will work together. Our Center aims not only to create novel functional materials and advanced mechatronics, but also to discover breakthroughs in next-generation medicine. Utilizing UCLA and our affiliate international education and research environments, our program will cultivate “interdisciplinary research leaders who are internationally competitive” and can promote applications of micro-nano mechatronics, an advanced bio-medical field.

Research Fields

Our Center will implement a strategy to realize applications of micro-nano mechatronics, which are based on mechanical engineering or materials science, control systems engineering, and advanced medical engineering. The proposed research teams include “Nanocontrol engineering”, “Nano measurement engineering”, “Nano design and manufacturing”, and “Nano materials science”. By establishing joint research and international collaborations between the above research teams, we will create the most advanced micro-nano mechatronics and train researchers who can comprehend industrial circles and social issues using an open cluster system as well as conduct research to solve problems spanning these four basic fields. In particular, we will initially focus on tasks in the bio- or medical welfare technologies using a number of unexploited fields, which may consequently produce venture enterprises.

Education/human resource development

In the 21st century, in order for global leaders of micro-nano technologies to solve problems, they must be able to utilize interdisciplinary expertise, employ their mastery of basic mechanical sciences such as nano control engineering, nano measurement engineering, and nano-design and manufacturing as well as possess a comprehensive understanding of technology-ethics and environment-ethics. Hence, we strive to foster interdisciplinary research leaders who can play active roles in two next-generation fields, micro-nano mechatronics and the most advanced medical engineering, using education to cultivate the ability to propose and conduct original research themes to solve problems based on system integration. We will build a sophisticated “integrated graduate school education program” by adding related subjects/laboratory training from the Graduate School, Department of Medicine to the original complex department program, which spans multiple departments within the Graduate School of Engineering, thereby ensuring specialists in the micro/nano field who have a thorough knowledge of the bio-medicine field. In addition to the lecture curriculum, we will conduct joint seminars or workshops with overseas collaborative universities, in particular the Center for Cell Control, UCLA as well as with our collaborative industry partners, to cultivate the ability to publish and propose internationally competitive research. With regard to posts within our Center and research funds for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, besides openly recruiting outstanding candidates, we intend to enhance incentives for original research. For example, we will distribute research fund depending not only on the latest short-term achievement evaluation, but also on the originality of the approach, the proposed achievements, and the potential to promote changes in the consciousness of our faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students.

Research

Our Center will implement a strategy to realize applications of micro-nano mechatronics, which are based on mechanical engineering or materials science, control systems engineering, and advanced medical engineering. The proposed research teams include “Nano control engineering”, “Nano measurement engineering”, “Nano design and manufacturing”, and “Nano materials science”
?? By establishing joint research and international collaborations between the above research teams, we will create the most advanced micro-nano mechatronics and train researchers who can comprehend industrial circles and social issues using an open cluster system as well as conduct research to solve problems spanning these four basic fields. In particular, we will initially focus on tasks in the bio- or medical welfare technologies using a number of unexploited fields, which may consequently produce venture enterprises.

International activity

To foster global leaders, we will invite (short-term) top researchers who play an active role internationally. Concurrently, we plan to dispatch young researchers and graduate students overseas to experience international caliber research and education. Moreover, we will host an annual international conference and biannual international workshops. Furthermore, we will build and manage a Cyber-hub function to effectively distribute information from our Center to the world. To ensure that our Center has highly qualified researchers, we plan to openly recruit around the globe for specially appointed faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Additionally, we will promote exchanges for deeper research and education with universities or institutions, which we have exchange agreements with, to realize an world-class international education and research environment.

Management system

Using the principle of optimal arrangement, we will conduct flexible personnel allocation, and distribute excellent young researchers to appropriate posts within our Center. We plan to use project-based learning to efficaciously cultivate young researchers by balancing resource allocations between basic and applied research fields. These principles will be implemented in Executive Meetings, which will be spearheaded by the Center Leader and Center Sub-Leader, to dynamically optimize the research structure in terms of financial and human resource allocation. In addition, these meetings will closely monitor the progress of all our research activities.

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