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“Interface and Structural Control”̶ CMSI Symposium on Industry- Government- Academia Cooperation

December 7, 2011 Venue: Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University


Two trends in industrygovernment-academia cooperation


These presentations were followed by a panel discussion on the theme of “Expectations for Industry-Government-Academia Cooperation.” In addition to the three presenters, the panelists wereMasanori Kohyama (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Hiroshi Otani (Kyushu Institute of Technology) and Ying Chen (Tohoku University). Tooru Matsumiya of Nippon Steel Corporation served as moderator. 
The panel discussion began with each of the panelists describing their experience with industry-governmentacademia cooperation. Then the main topic of discussion was posed to the panelists: what type of industry-governmentacademia cooperation would you like to see from the standpoint of computational materials science and industry promotion? “I have the impression that academics think that, for the industry side, the objective of industry-government-academia cooperation is to pursue the ultimate outputs, but I’d like universities to get the basics right,” said Dr. Sawada. “I want to convert those basics into concepts based on specific needs and have this lead to materials development.” 
“If academics clearly determine the scope of application for software and so on, it would be helpful to people on the industry side who use that software,” said Mr. Nakamura, indicating that one trend in industrygovernment- academia cooperation was for academia to build the foundation and for companies to employ their capabilities for application. 
In additional, Prof. Chen is thinking about another trend in industry-governmentacademia cooperation. “If issues that need resolution from an industry perspective and experimental data are provided to us, it would be very helpful for academics when we are considering where to put the focus of our research.” 
Dr. Kohyama spoke about his hopes for the exchange of information. “What problems arise at manufacturing sites, and where are the issues that computational science can help resolve? If these were disclosed at seminars and the like and there were a venue for the frank exchange of information, it would enable calculations using fresh research topics.”