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Researchers at Meiji University are full of ideas for overcoming all sorts of challenges,
but solving real-world problems is no easy matter.
They keep on trying in the belief that someday they will make a difference.
Why? Because they know that possibilities are boundless.

Incredible Senseis at Meiji University

In this video digest, three researchers outline their work. Watch it to find out more.
If it inspires you, please take a look at the full versions below.

Optical Illusionist

Welcome to the Amazing World of Optical Illusions

Optical illusions have long depicted mysterious three-dimensional shapes. Now Professor Kokichi Sugihara is using the power of mathematics to create such shapes for real. Optical illusions occur when our brains unconsciously augment two-dimensional information reflected on our retinas by converting it into three dimensions. That’s why we can’t “unsee” such illusions even once we know how the trick is done. Perhaps we should simply enjoy the mystery.

Kokichi Sugihara, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences

His research area is mathematical engineering. In his study of mathematical modeling of the human vision system, he found new types of optical illusions such as impossible motion illusion and ambiguous cylinder illusions.

Origami Changes Everything

The Fusion of Origami and Robots Brings a Revolution to Manufacturing

Origami can create various shapes from a single sheet of paper, and its techniques have even been used in space. The only obstacle to exerting its full potential is achieving mass production. Professor Ichiro Hagiwara is working to solve this problem with 3D origami printers and robots. He believes origami-based manufacturing will change our lives in the near future. Watch the video to discover more.

Ichiro Hagiwara, Ph.D.
Professor, Vice Director, Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences

His research area is Origami engineering. In his study of industrialization of Origami structure by cheap forming method, he has developed Origami 3D printer with Origami robot which keeps foldable and deployable function of Origami structure.

The Day Pigs Save Humans

Organs Made to Order with the Help of Animals?

Medical treatment raises many tough challenges. An organ transplant may be the only option, but what if a donor can’t be found? A serious disease may need research, but what if there are few cases to study? Professor Hiroshi Nagashima is at the forefront of research that could leap such hurdles in one jump. Learn more about this heroic life-saving research.

Hiroshi Nagashima, Ph.D.
Director, Meiji University International Institute for Bio-Resource Research Professor, Laboratory of Developmental Engineering, Department of Life Sciences, School of Agriculture, Meiji University

Hiroshi Nagashima has been pursuing application of cloned pigs and genetically engineered pigs to the translational research. His current research focus includes in vivo organ regeneration using genetically engineered pigs, creation of disease models using genome editing and somatic cell cloning technology, production of genetically modified pigs as potential organ donor for xenotransplantation.

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