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Bristol teams up with Kyoto to demonstrate ICT and creative media

Professor Keisuke Makino, Vice President, Director-General, Kyoto University

Professor Keisuke Makino, Vice President, Director-General, Kyoto University

11 May 2009

Senior academics from Kyoto University, the second-oldest university in Japan, visited the University of Bristol earlier this month to co-host a pioneering workshop in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and creative media.

The two universities joined forces for the one-day workshop to present and discuss research on ICT and creative media and to compare technology transfer activities.  The aim of the session was to discover areas where the two universities could collaborate.

Presentation topics ranged from wireless communications (‘Towards Next Generation Wireless Communication Networks’, ‘ Wireless Network Coding and Random Access Protocol’), to creative media (‘Enabling Creative Media Manipulations through Rich-Touch Interaction’), to technology transfer (‘Technology Transfer of Computer Vision and Wireless Video Technologies’) to student presentations (‘Study on Bi-directional Co-operative Relaying’).

As well as presentations by both universities, there were technical presentations from industry experts including DOCOMO (Japanese mobile phone company), Toshiba Labs Bristol and HP Labs Bristol.

The workshop was opened by University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor Professor Eric Thomas and Professor Keisuke Makino from Kyoto University and was chaired by Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Research Director for the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol. Professor Joe McGeehan of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering gave the keynote speech.

The one-day workshop builds on the existing partnership between Bristol and Kyoto University, which originally came into force in October 2008. Both universities are working together in industrial, governmental and academic collaboration.

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