Tokyo Tech News
A special lecture on "Technology of Tomorrow" was held on July 22 as part of the TKT CAMPUS Asia Summer Program. Conducted in cooperation with Tsinghua University and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), TKT CAMPUS Asia is a research-oriented program funded through the "Re-inventing Japan Project," a mobility scheme under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Tokyo Tech students and international exchange students, including CAMPUS Asia students from KAIST and Tsinghua University, and students from Nagoya University and Kyushu University participated in the event as presentation speakers.
Participants made presentations in English on how research in their fields can be practically applied to solve problems and contribute to making their cities more livable in the next five to ten years. Issues were considered specifically in terms of environment and energy, transportation, information technology, housing, and entertainment.
Appealing ideas included using nanotechnology to create small sensors able to diagnose viruses and utilizing auto pilot systems to solve traffic jams during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With the global middle class rapidly increasing and accelerating demand for natural resources, students also exchanged ideas on how to use IT to promote sustainability.
Guest lecturer Patrick Harlan of the Center for Liberal Arts commented on each student's presentation and facilitated an active discussion between panelists and audience members following the presentations. The audience included those attending the event at the Tokyo Tech Lecture Theatre as well as students connected to the proceedings via video conference at Nagoya University, Kyushu University, and Tohoku University.
Harlan closed the lecture by encouraging students to continue pursuing the spirit of academic inquiry.