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Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls.

The Murata Cheerleaders are Murata’s fourth generation of robots, following the bicycle-riding MURATA BOY in 1991, the second MURATA BOY in 2005, and the unicycle-riding MURATA GIRL in 2008. All of these robots incorporate Murata’s proprietary core technology.

At Keio University, the Sugiura Laboratory, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Science and Technology) is investigating various phenomena through analysis and experiment. These phenomena involve coupling between electromagnetics and mechanical dynamics, as well as nonlinear dynamics. Currently, the researchers are focusing on three topics. The first is nonlinear oscillations in superconductive magnetic suspension systems. In such systems, objects are levitated, so energy loss due to friction is very low.

At the Morita Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Keio University Faculty of Science, researchers are advancing with research and development of unique robots from the perspective of mechanisms, control, skill, and an integration of each of these areas.

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. "

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.

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 test accuracy, it also increases processing capacity.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

From astronomical telescopes to household-use cameras, from aircraft to cellphones, from semiconductor devices to medical instruments... All kinds of optical, mechanical, and electronic products are manufactured using high-precision manufacturing technologies.

The precision of manufacturing technology has advanced from the micrometer to sub-micrometer level, and recently, to the nanometer scale. In the near future, manufacturing techniques are expected to reach the precision level of operating individual atoms.

At Keio University, the Mitsukura Laboratory, in the Department of System Design Engineering, researches how to extract required information from biometric , image, audio signal data. To achieve this, the researchers utilize technologies such as signal processing, machine learning, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and statistical processing.

At the Matsumoto Lab of the Department of Biosciences and Informatics at Keio University, fundamental research relating to reproduction and the process of ontogeny of living organisms is being conducted.

The lab is focused particularly on a primitive animal called a planarian, which has a particularly high regenerative capability and diverse reproduction modes. Researchers there are trying to shed light on the basic mechanisms of living organisms by learning from planaria.

The keyword in the Tetsuya Suzuki Laboratory of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Keio University is ''nanomaterials''. The researchers in the Suzuki Lab are working to develop high-performance thin-film materials and to analyze such materials at the atomic level. In particular, Diamond-like Carbon, or DLC for short, is the main target. The researchers improve the DLC films and apply them in a variety of fields.

At the Terakawa Laboratory of Keio University's Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, research is being conducted on technology that explores and utilizes laser-material interaction to contribute to engineering, biotechnology, and medicine.

Here, keywords of the research are laser processing, micro- and nano-structure, and biomedical applications.

In particular, the laboratory is focused on processing with a femtosecond laser that enables them to achieve more precise processing than with lasers currently used broadly in industry.

At Keio University, the Takahashi Laboratory, in the Department of System Design Engineering (Faculty of Science and Technology) is doing research to develop products and systems that are useful to society, through an approach called model-based control.

At Keio University, the Ishigami Laboratory, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is investigating robotic mobility systems. The main mission of this group is to perform fundamental and applied research for application to extreme environments, notably lunar and planetary rovers.

"In our lab, we focus on field robotics that works for extreme environments."

In January 2014, AGC released Dragontrail™ X, a specialty glass for chemical strengthening used as cover glass for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. Based on its expertise in analyzing glass breakage acquired over the past several decades, AGC has worked on effective glass compositions by classifying causes of glass breakage into various patterns.

Seavac has been researching the conventional coating technologies using TiN, Ti-Al, and CrN, and developed ZERO-I, a new coating that combines the advantages of all three.

"The hardness is about 3,500 HV. This coating is heat-resistant to over 1,000 degrees. Conventional Ti-Al coatings were heat-resistant to nearly 900 degrees, but this coating has even better heat resistance, and hardness as well."

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