Academic Staff Exchanges (Visits)

2016

November 21−26
Associate Prof. Hirokazu Sugiyama of the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich). He served as one of the committee members for the doctoral degree examination of Mr. Lukas Eberle, who was working on a collaborative research project between the two groups. Prof. Sugiyama also gave a seminar for Prof. Hungerbühler's research group and visited the Kaiseraugst site of F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.
February 10−12
Associate Prof. Yusuke Obuchi of the Department of Architecture (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited the Architecture and Digital Fabrication group (Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich) and discussed future exchanges with Prof. Hubert Klumpner, Department Head; Prof. Fabio Gramazio; and Prof. Matthias Kohler. He attended doctoral research presentations and a review meeting for a newly established Master's course, and also visited the construction site of the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.
January 25−February 1
Associate Prof. Hirokazu Sugiyama and two of his students from the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo), visited Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich) to discuss their research. Prof. Sugiyama also gave a seminar for Prof. Hungerbühler's research group and visited F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. with his students.

2015

November 21−24
Prof. Kaoru Yamanouchi, Vice Dean of the School of Science; Dr. Yoshiko Baba, University Research Administrator (URA); Mr. Takafumi Yokoyama, Financial Affairs Team Manager; and Ms. Atsuko Takatsuno, Senior Staff Member of the Personnel Team (UTokyo), visited ETH Zürich. The group met Dr. Jürg Brunnschweiler, Head of ETH Global; Mr. Anders Hagström, Director of Global Educational Affairs; and Dr. Rahel Byland. It was agreed that both universities would further promote opportunities for collaboration under the strategic partnership agreement. During their trip, the group visited Prof. Ursula Keller's research group in the Department of Physics, where they interviewed Ms. Kana Yamada, a UTokyo graduate student from the Department of Chemistry on a short-term overseas study program at ETH Zürich, about the progress of her research. In addition, Prof. Yamanouchi talked with Prof. Keller, and they agreed that UTokyo's Department of Chemistry would accept young researchers from the Keller group on a short-term basis.
October 29−November 3
Associate Prof. Naokazu Kano of the Department of Chemistry (School of Science, UTokyo) visited the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich), where he gave a lecture on the chemistry of the main-group elements. Prof. Kano also discussed plans for a collaboration with Prof. Hansjörg Grützmacher and exchanged ideas with other professors in the same department.
September 27−29
Prof. Takeo Igarashi of the Department of Computer Science (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, UTokyo) was invited to give a lecture at the Distinguished Colloquium organized by the Department of Computer Science (ETH Zürich). He talked to Prof. Olga Sorkine-Hornung, who leads the Interactive Geometry Lab (IGL) in the same department, and confirmed that reciprocal exchanges would be promoted through collaborative research with the IGL. He also held discussions on future collaborations with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.
September 16
Prof. Sachio Komamiya, Director of the International Center for Elementary Particle Physics (UTokyo), held discussions with Prof. Klaus Kirch at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) of the ETH Domain (an organization comprising ETH Zürich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), and PSI, as well as a number of other research institutes). The two exchanged their opinions of the summer school program held at PSI.
August 24−25
Prof. Masahiko Hirao of the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler's laboratory in the Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich) and gave a seminar. The seminar participants included a UTokyo graduate student from the School of Engineering who was undertaking an internship with the Swiss company F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd., and Mr. Ryo Asakura, who graduated from the School of Engineering and is now enrolled as a graduate student at ETH Zürich.
Prof. Hirao also met Prof. Stefanie Hellweg of the Institute of Environmental Engineering (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering) to discuss future collaborations.
August 18−20
Prof. Tatsuya Okubo of the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited ETH Zürich at the invitation of Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler of the Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences). Prof. Okubo held discussions with Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez, Prof. Andrew de Mello, and Prof. Wendelin Stark of the same institute, and exchanged views with researchers and administrative staff. A seminar held by Prof. Okubo was well attended by members of Prof. Hungerbühler's and other research groups.
July 10
Prof. Toshinori Mori of the International Center for Elementary Particle Physics (UTokyo) visited Prof. Klaus Kirch of the Institute of Particle Physics (Department of Physics, ETH Zürich). They discussed the upcoming summer program to be held in August.
July 3−6
Prof. Kimito Funatsu of the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited Prof. Gisbert Schneider of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich) and gave two seminars.
June 4
Associate Prof. Hirokazu Sugiyama of the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich) to discuss their research.
March 24
Prof. Robert Geller of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and Dr. Teruyuki Hayashi, University Research Administrator (URA), both in the School of Science (UTokyo), visited Assistant Prof. Andreas Fictner of the Department of Earth Sciences (ETH Zürich) to discuss ways of promoting collaborative research. Dr. Hayashi also visited Prof. Ursula Keller in the Department of Physics to talk about the possibility of collaborative research and the requirements for student exchange.
URA Hayashi, Assistant Prof. Fictner, Prof. Geller

From left: Dr. Hayashi, Assistant Prof. Fictner, and Prof. Geller

Mid-March
Prof. Hiroshi Imai of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (UTokyo) visited Prof. Komei Fukuda and Prof. Bernd Gärtner, who is responsible for student exchange, in the Department of Computer Science (ETH Zürich). They agreed to continue the exchange of students and promote the exchange of young researchers.
March 12
Prof. Hiroaki Suga, Head of the Department of Chemistry (School of Science, UTokyo), visited the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich). He gave a lecture on the RaPID system for drug development, which was attended by more than 100 people. During his visit, Prof. Suga discussed plans for collaborative research and doctoral student exchange with Prof. Jeffrey Bode, Head of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, and Profs. Jörn Piel and Kaspar Locher from the Department of Biology.
March 3−4
Accompanied by three undergraduate students, Associate Prof. Hirokazu Sugiyama of the Department of Chemical System Engineering (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich) and conducted a workshop on chemical process design.
From the right: Associate Prof. Sugiyama, Prof. Hungerbühler

First and second from right: Associate Prof. Sugiyama and Prof. Hungerbühler

February 24−27
Associate Prof. Yusuke Obuchi of the Department of Architecture (School of Engineering, UTokyo) visited the Architecture and Digital Fabrication group (Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich), where he met Prof. Hubert Klumpner, Department Head; Prof. Fabio Gramazio; and Prof. Matthias Kohler, as well as Dr. Russell Loveridge, Managing Director of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, and Prof. Phillip Eversmann, Head of Education at NCCR Digital Fabrication.
Prof. Obuchi was informed about robots developed in the Department of Architecture and their introduction into construction sites. He also attended presentations by two doctoral students about their research on next-generation construction-scale 3D printers and critiqued their work. In addition, Prof. Obuchi took part in discussions on future exchanges with ETH Zürich that focused on the possibility of arranging joint review meetings for Master's programs.
Construction robot

Construction robot