INDUSTRIAL »Megasolar generation business support system provides stable profit
August 6, 2014
Prospec Holdings, a systems integrator, provides a one-stop shop for everything needed to run a solar power generation business, from consulting through construction, maintenance, and operation. "Ordinary systems integrators seem to be optimized for performing design and construction of generation facilities. We are unique in that we can handle everything from acquiring land through making applications and obtaining necessary permits. " Regarding maintenance and operation, Prospec has had a unique guarantee system in place for 20 years. By guaranteeing to...
RESEARCH »Computer Architecture for the Use and Application of Big Data
July 15, 2014
The Matsutani Lab in the Department of Information and Computer Science of Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology is researching interconnection networks on a variety of scales ranging from large-scale data-center networks for Big Data to micro-networks such as Network-on-Chips. "At this lab, we're currently conducting research mainly in four areas on computer architecture in order to fully utilize Big Data. The first area is research to accelerate databases so that Big Data can be utilized. More specifically, we're...
INDUSTRIAL »Robots used to automate testing for bacteria, including coliforms
July 7, 2014
Taihei Environmental Science Center has developed a system that automatically performs water quality testing, and can detect bacteria such as E. coli. In the past, this work had to be done manually. The system uses three robots to completely automate all stages of the process, from collecting a predetermined amount of the sample, injecting agar, agitating, coagulating and inverting, to the placement and storage of the culture in incubators. This level of automation not only eliminates human error, substantially improving...
RESEARCH »Targeting a Robotic Brain Capable of Thoughtful Communication
July 4, 2014
The Hagiwara Lab in the Department of Information and Computer Science of Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology is trying to realize a robotic brain that can carry on a conversation, or in other words, a robotic brain that can understand images and words and can carry on thoughtful communication with humans. "Even now, significant progress is being made with robots, and tremendous advancements are being made with the control parts. However, we feel like R&D with regards to...
RESEARCH »Measuring NMR signals in fuel cells using small planar coils
July 2, 2014
At Keio University, the Ogawa Laboratory, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, is working to establish technology for measurement inside fuel cells. The aim is to enable stable electric current generation in fuel cells, which have recently undergone rapid advances in development. "With a fuel cell, if you actually want to measure it, that's very difficult: A fuel cell is made of metal, and it's hard to measure inside metal objects using MRI. So, what...
RESEARCH »Analytical Research on Cell Response Mechanisms Related to Diseases
June 26, 2014
At Keio University, the Imoto Laboratory, in the Department of Biosciences and Informatics, utilizes research methods from molecular biology and cell biology, primarily chemical biology, to analyze cell control abnormalities related to cancer and neurodegenerative disorders at the level of genes and proteins. The researchers also aim to develop low-molecular-weight compounds that could become drug leads. "Our research is in the field of chemical biology. Chemical biology is a research field utilizing compounds to investigate biological phenomena. For example, firstly...
INDUSTRIAL »Fullauto StrainEye LSM-9000LE Simplifies Strain Measurements and Enables Quality Control
June 16, 2014
Luceo developed the "Fullauto StrainEye LSM-9000LE" to accurately and easily measure the strain of glass and plastic products. "This is a two-dimensional strain measuring device that is easy to operate. Conventional measuring devices can only measure a single point of a sample, but the Fullauto StrainEye LSM-9000LE can measure the entire area of a sample." Until now, the mainstream devices for measuring strain and the like have been visual observation type strain testers that use the Senarmont method. With the...
RESEARCH »Investigating electrochemical reactions in ionic liquids
June 2, 2014
In the Department of Applied Chemistry at Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology, the Katayama Laboratory is doing research in the field of electrochemistry. One aspect of the Lab's research is investigating electrochemical reactions in electrolytes called ionic liquids, and applying them to technologies, including new batteries and electroplating. "Firstly, an ionic liquid is a liquid that consists only of ions. Ordinary electrolytic fluids, the electrolytes used in electrochemistry, are made by dissolving solid salts in solvents such as...
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