From fish collagen for cosmetics and medical applications to multi-petaflop supercomputing, and environmentally responsive organic materials—the Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin contains the latest information about cutting edge research projects and related activities at Tokyo Tech.
Research topics covered in the May 2012 issue of the Tokyo Tech Bulletin include:
Fish collagen for cosmetics, artificial bones, and other medical applications
Toshiyuki Ikoma and Junzo Tanaka have developed technology for producing artificial bones from fish scales and apatite.
Toshiyuki Ikoma and Junzo Tanaka have developed technology for producing artificial bones from fish scales and apatite. “Our technology enables the formation of new bone tissues within three months,” says Ikoma. “This is much faster than the six months required using collagen from porcine dermis.” The use of fish collagen also mitigates the potential infection of humans with viruses from pigs. “This new material is very safe,” emphasizes Ikoma.
Computer controls: with strings attached!
Makoto Sato of the Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, and co-workers from other departments at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, have developed a new haptic device called SPIDAR-I based on string technology which is highly sensitive to touch, pressure and movement1. It is also very light and potentially cheap to produce for marketing on a large scale.
Simultaneously measuring fluorescence and velocity in turbulent combustion
Mamoru Tanahashi and colleagues at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a simultaneous measurement technique for multi-radical planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and three velocity components of fluid in multi dimensions.
Environmentally responsive organic materials: Vapor variations
Kotaro Fujii, Hidehiro Uekusa and colleagues at Tokyo Institute of Technology have revealed the mechanistic properties of vapor-induced structural transformations of organic materials using modern powder crystal X-ray diffraction methodology.
Character building: Improving interactions in computer games
Now, Hironori Mitake and colleagues at Tokyo Tech and The University of Electro-Communications have invented a new method for generating realistic character reactions in real-time. Their method combines keyframe animation with a full simulation of the physics involved in the interactions.
The Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin also includes updates of news and events:
Tsubame2.0 – A highly prized multi-petaflop supercomputer
Tokyo Institute of Technology professors honored with the Research Front Award 2012
Drama Communication Workshop at Tsinghua University, Beijing
Hidekazu Ueda and Yukiko Tokida
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