KIT Bio Tech × IT Winter School 2019

 “KIT Bio Tech × IT Winter School 2019,” led by Professor Kaeko Kamei (Molecular Chemistry and Engineering) and Associate Professor Masayuki Fukuzawa (Information and Human Sciences), took place over the third week of December, from Sunday, December 15 to Saturday, December 21.

 The JST Sakura Science Program Fund enabled fifteen students* from 8 universities in 4 countries (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar) and 9 students from KIT to gain further practical experience in their respective fields. One group attended special lectures and participated in workshops on Bio-science and another on IT. Prof. Kamei has been conducting joint research with scientists in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries for nearly 20 years on control of diseases such as infection and metabolic syndrome, by natural products. This was the basis for the two experiments of the Bio workshops. In one experiment, we introduced Drosophila as a human model for screening therapeutic drugs. This is one of the strong fields of research in KIT, which has a world-renown collection of Drosophila. In the other one, we performed experiment of anti-bacterial agents using certain precision instruments not currently available at their universities. Meanwhile, Assoc. Prof. Fukuzawa instructed pairs of IT group participants in the creation of a wireless IoT device-controlled dashboard prototype. On the final day of the Winter School the groups convened to present their findings and report on their experiences. Each of the two Bio groups reported on one of their three experiments and the IT group proposed several unique systems. One such system visualized product-quality indicators and production speeds, and was even able to remotely detect and monitor the anomalous attitude of transport trucks, using various sensors built into wireless IoT devices.

 As this was the participants’ first visit to Japan, social and cultural aspects of Japan were also discussed. Participants toured a Shimadzu Corporation factory where they learned about the effort placed on quality assurance and how newly developed technologies were integrated into products. Participants also experienced making Shibori scarf and sampling the traditional culture of Japan’s former capital of Kyoto.

 A common passion for science and this shared Winter School experience produced bonds of friendship that overcame the obstacle of five national and linguistic differences. We are happy to hear that participants are continuing to message each other through SNS from their respective countries. KIT will continue joint research, student acceptance and other exchange with these universities. As an added bonus, this Winter School provided an opportunity for the KIT student participant/instructors to think about studying and working abroad. Everyone involved found this 7-day program to have been meaningful for all involved.

Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia): 2 students, 1 lecturer
Kirirom Institute of Technology (Cambodia): 2 students
University of Science, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam): 2 students
Can Tho University (Vietnam): 2 students
Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam): 1 student
National University of Laos (Laos): 2 students, 1 lecturer
Yangon Technological University (Myanmar): 2 students
Mandalay Technological University (Myanmar): 2 students, 1 associate professor

  • Bio group practicumBio group practicum
  • IT group workshopIT group workshop
  • Making Shibori scarfMaking Shibori scarf
  • Commemorative photo following the completion ceremonyCommemorative photo
    following the completion ceremony