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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

What is the Shape of a Future Computer?What is the Shape of a Future Computer?

Is There Something You Want in the Future? Try Making It!

Imagine something you want in the future and harness the power of computers and 3D printers to create a prototype. In Professor Homei Miyashita’s lab, students are exploring the future by giving form to these kinds of ideas. What can we make, and how, to live more happily? A whole range of challenges is under way.

Homei Miyashita, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair of Frontier Media Science, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences

His research area is Human-Computer Interaction. He explores how advanced technologies such as Virtual Reality, 3D printers, drones and taste displays can be integrated into our daily lives.

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Can Robots Get Along with Humans?Can Robots Get Along with Humans?

Practical Robots Now in Training

Professor Yoji Kuroda is working on practical application of user-friendly robots capable of performing security duties and dangerous work as a tool of humans. Robots hold the key to resolving Japan’s labor shortage, but in order to move around smoothly and do their work even in crowds, they need plenty of real-world experience. Enter the new robot recruit. It makes you want to keep a fond eye on it.

Yoji Kuroda, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Science and Technology

His research field is autonomous mobile robot, and he was a member of JAXA's Hayabusa project. While conducting academic research at the university, he aims to apply the resulting robotics technology to create a sustainable industry to help people.

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Optical IllusionistOptical 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.
Meiji University distinguished professor emeritus
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.

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Meiji University ×CNNIC:“The Magic of Math”
Meiji University ×National Geographic:“When circles are finally squared”

Origami Changes EverythingOrigami 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, 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.

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Meiji University ×National Geographic:“Origami gets a second life”

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