Tottori University landscape photography

The Deputy Chairperson and another member in the National Water Research Center (NWRC), Egypt paid a courtesy visit to President Teshima, starting a JICA group training course.

Commemorative Photo

 On 31 July 2017, Dr. Maha Tawfik, Deputy Chairperson in the NWRC, Egypt and Dr. Mohamed Rami Mahmoud Ghali, Professor in NWRC-HQ, paid a courtesy visit to President Teshima.

 Concluding the Agreements on Academic Exchange in 2005, NWRC and our university have been advancing the exchanges of researchers and students as well as the promotion of collaborative researches. Establishing the only overseas education and research hub office in Africa in June 2007, NWRC and our university have just renewed the agreement on the establishment of the office for the second time. President Teshima delivered an address of welcome by stating, “Taking advantage of this opportunity of the visit, I would very much like Dr. Tawfik and Dr. Mohamed Rami to deepen their understanding of the researches and education being conducted in Tottori University, which will lead to more active exchanges going forward including the advancement of collaborative researches and the mutual dispatch of researches and students.” Dr. Tawfik replied, “NWRC is very much prepared to continue the cooperative relations with Tottori University and would like to expand the playing fields for the researchers and students in every field regarding the water use.”


 Subsequently, the opening ceremony for JICA Group Training Course on “Appropriate Management of Land and Water Resources for Sustainable Agriculture in Arid & Semi-Arid Regions” 2017 was held which Dr. Tawfik and Dr. Mohamed Rami attended as guests.

 Having been implemented every year since 1989, the purpose of this training course is to improve the practical ability of trainees who are engineers and researchers engaging in the management of land and water resources of African and Middle Eastern countries in arid & semi-arid regions by providing trainings to them on the knowledge and skills necessary for the appropriate management of land and water resources for sustainable agricultural activities. Tottori University has been accepting 268 trainees from 55 countries in total by the last financial year. For this financial year, with the participation of 9 trainees in total from Iraq, Kenya, Niger, Palestine, Somalia and South Sudan, the domestic training is going to be given from July 24 to November 11 and, subsequently, the overseas supplementary training will be conducted at NWRC from November 12 to December 19.

 At the opening ceremony, following the address made by President Teshima, Ms. Yoshinari, Deputy Director General, Director of Training Program Division, JICA Chugoku International Center, encouraged the trainees by saying, “I would like you to make your stay in Japan meaningful with temporarily leaving your jobs at your home country behind and with a mindset of being an international student.” Dr. Tawfik who is responsible for the overseas supplementary training also addressed, “Please develop sustainable, friendly relationships with participants from various countries and obtain meaningful experiences and knowledge in order to build your careers. I am looking forward to seeing you in Egypt.”

Group Photo of JICA Group Training Course

Team of Tottori University and engineers from TOSHIBA scored high at Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017

Group Photo of Team T2

 At Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 (organizer: Amazon Robotics LLC), an international robot competition which took place at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall (Portmesse Nagoya) from 27 - 30 July 2017, Prof. Iwai, Assoc. Prof. Nishiyama and their students from Graduate School of Engineering joined engineers from TOSHIBA to take part in the competition as Team T2. The school, primarily in charge of image recognition function, developed a deep-learning technology to identify different types of objects stored in a warehouse based on images taken by a camera. Led by Mr. Koki Ueno, a fourth-year student in Undergraduate School, the student members from Media Understanding Laboratory engaged in the research and development as one team.

 The Competition consists of Stow Task, in which robots are asked to correctly identify and store products, and Pick Task, where robots must pick up ten designated items out of 32 different items and place them in designated boxes. Winners are determined by the total scores of the two tasks. During the Stow Task on the 28th, the venue was filled with applauds and cheers every time a robot picked an item. At the Pick Task on the 29th, Team T2 robot successfully picked six items.

 Team T2 ranked at the 8th of 16 teams, which was the highest among Japanese teams taking part in the Pick Task. With the total score of Stow and Pick Tasks ranked at 10th, it nearly made it to the final round competed among eight teams. According to Assoc. Prof. Nishiyama, "Student members enjoyed the precious opportunity to work together as a team towards one goal. Immediately before the start of the tasks, they witnessed how corporate engineers solve seemingly impossible problems with professional skills while enjoying the process. I am glad that the university's research activities made a valuable contribution to the project with the image recognition function. We aspire to further polish our technical skills."

The robot arm by Team T2 is correctly picking up an item.