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Two world-leading collaborative research laboratories established

Toyohashi Tech established the "Mind & Brain Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Processing" with Dr. Shinsuke Shimojo of California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and "AIST-TUT Advanced Sensor Collaborative Research Laboratory" with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

These laboratories were established in Toyohashi Tech on July 1st 2015, with the aim of promoting the advancement and diversification of Toyohashi Tech’s research by collaborating with world-leading global research institutions.

Prof.Shimojo (Caltech)−TUT International Collaborative Research Laboratory
− Mind & Brain Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Processing −

President Onishi, Dr. Shimojo, Dr. Nakauchi, Dr. Hara

Research Content & Goal:

To pioneer neuroscience that leads to a deeper understanding of humanity and society. This will be achieved by elucidating the underlying workings of the brain through neurocognitive approaches such as non-invasive brain function measurement techniques. In this way a greater understanding will be acquired of how the brain serves as the foundation for human reason, mutual understanding, action, and perception so in essence we will rapidly increase our scientific understanding of human nature. Our laboratory will be working on this project in collaboration with Toyohashi Tech's doctoral degree education leading program. This alliance increases our confidence that we can foster first class human resources who will be at the cutting edge of future neuroscience.


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Shinsuke Shimojo Gertrude Baltimore Professor of Experimental Psychology,
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
Toyohashi University of Technology (Toyohashi Tech)
Shigeki Nakauchi Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Michiteru Kitazaki Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Hiroshi Higashi Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Tetsuto Minami Associate Professor, Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute (EIIRIS)

AIST−TUT Advanced Sensor Collaborative Research Laboratory

Dr. Hara, Dr. Chubachi (AIST president), President Onishi, Dr. Sawada

Research Content & Goal:

Sensors detect various data all around us, from information about water quality and viruses to temperatures and humidity. In the context of greater interconnectivity of the physical and cyber worlds, their importance continues to grow. This laboratory aims to promote academic research and practical applications in sensor development and to avoid passing through a so-called "death valley" by working in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The goals of this collaboration are to maximally reduce the time it takes from basic research on innovative sensors that meet various needs, including sensing data that was thought to be impossible at first glance, to implementation in society, to advance low-cost research and development, as well as to research technologies that are able to be manufactured (minimal manufacturing techniques). This laboratory aims to be active in research on theories of minimal manufacturing techniques for sensors, the development of sensors, research and development for cutting-edge sensing chips based on those techniques, and building a place for open innovation in the sensor sector.


National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Shiro Hara Group leader, Minimal System Group of Nanoelectronics Research Institute
Toyohashi University of Technology (Toyohashi Tech)
Kazuaki Sawada Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering
Kazuhiro Takahashi Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering
Tatsuya Iwata Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering

Open Campus achieves record number of participants

The 32nd Open Campus event was held on August 22nd 2015 and achieved a record high attendance of 2,940 people.

On top of our usual range of popular activities and events (scientific experiments for kids, laboratory tours, exhibitions of club activities, etc.), we added a live radio show broadcast by FM Toyohashi. This year’s eco-bag, designed by Masami Takahashi (advisory designer of Toyohashi Tech), was also very cute and a big hit with participants.

Open Campus 2015: (Japanese)
Eco-bag for 2015
Admission briefing
Hands on experiments for kids
Live broadcast on FM Toyohashi
Robot performance
Open laboratories

International student program 2015

17 students, representing 5 partner universities from 4 countries in Asia, were invited to join a program at Toyohashi Tech which ran from August 31st to September 5th. This program has been held every year since 2003 with the aim of contributing to the development of innovative leaders among the next generation of Asian scientists and engineers. The visiting students could experience first hand our cutting edge laboratories as well as participate in group discussions with 18 students from Toyohashi Tech on subjects beyond the fields of culture and language. Basic Japanese language classes, opportunities to sample traditional Japanese culture and visiting a local facility for sustainable energy and resources were also included to give the students a better understanding of culture and technology in Japan.

This program is supported by Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) 2015 of Japan Science and Technology Agency.

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