June 2017 Issue
"I have been really lucky to have studied and worked with many people in many countries," says Bagus Santoso, tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Computer and Network Engineering, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo. "In Indonesia, my home country, I really enjoyed mathematics at high school. I was interested in applying math concepts, and decided to come to Japan to study computer science." After a year learning Japanese in Tokyo, Bagus was admitted to study at the famous Toyota National College of Technology, Toyota, Aichi, where he got his first opportunity to study computer science, electronic engineering, and artificial intelligence.

"My research on organic photovoltaic (OPVs) devices reflects my fascination with electronic gadgets and concerns about the environment," says Varun Vohra, tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Engineering Science, UEC, Tokyo. "So I want to save the planet with flexible electronics!"
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The June 2017 issue of the UEC e-Bulletin includes feature articles about young researchers who are on the UEC Tenure Track Program covering research on ‘eco-friendly organic photovoltaics’ by Varun Vohra and ‘post-quantum cryptography and security for Internet of Things’ by Bagus Santoso.

The Topics sections focuses on ‘fluid mechanics of table tennis balls’ by Takeshi, Miyazaki, and ‘innovative insights into artificial intelligence’, Satoshi Kurihara.

Research highlights from high impact publications are ‘Robotic vision sensors based on light sensitive bacterial proteins’, Yoshiko Okada-Shudo; ‘Digital to analog convertors generate bipolar voltages when coupled to a polarity switchable double flux amplifier’, Yoshinao Mizugaki; ‘Inference of Bayesian networks made fast and easy using an extended depth-first search algorithm’, Chao Li and Maomi Ueno; ‘Prosthetic limbs made user-friendly with polymer based elastic sensors’, Yinlai Jiang.

The news update describes a recent ‘open day for industry’ organized by UEC to promote deeper industry-academia-government collaboration.