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The Falling Walls Lab Sendai set the stage for outstanding talents

The Tohoku University hosted its third Falling Walls Lab 9 September 2016. The event was supported by Tokyo Electron, the Falling Walls Foundation, A.T. Kearney (Founding Partner) and Festo (Global Partner). 

20 talented researchers from various academic disciplines presented their innovative projects, business models and social initiatives - in 3 minutes each. A high-calibre jury selected the three best presenters who will travel to Berlin and participate in the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November 2016. They also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference where some of the world's most prominent scientists will give 15-minute lectures on their current breakthroughs on 9 November 2016. 

Meet the winners:

1st Place: Maryamsadat Hosseini     Iran     Tohoku University     Breaking the Wall of Reliability in Electronic Devices

When you scale down integrated circuits in electronic devices to 10 nm, PVD deposited liner/barrier-materials cannot be used - current CU as wires and W as contact plugs cannot surpass the high resistance. Maryamsadat believes she can replace conventional metals (Cu and/or W) by Co and a single layer of Co-Ti alloy as both liner/barrier-materials. She intends to change the PVD process to CVD in order to ensure good coverage.  

2nd Place: Delta Putra     Indonesia     Tohoku University     Breaking the Wall of Public Lighting

In our society, public light is considered as one basic need. However, not every public place has the source to produce light, either because of limited electricity or no electric power source. Delta wants to use plants as novel sources of light at night harnessing its energy from its regular daily activity. Delta uses bioluminescent molecules from other organisms in plants to make them a light source.

3rd Place: Natt Leelawat     Thailand     Tohoku University     Breaking the Wall of Tsunami Evacuation

The 2011 Great East Japan tsunami caused more than 15,000 deaths. In many cases, collapsed buildings were responsible for casualties. Natt develops a mobile application to estimate the building damage from a tsunami based on the models using fragility function, multinomial logistic regression, and ordinal logistic regression.

 

Meet the jury:

Prof. Sadayoshi Ito, Executive Vice President, Research and Scientific Affairs, Tohoku University

Prof. Marty Kuehnert, Senior Advisor to the President (Fundraising), Tohoku University

Prof. Reiko Kuroda, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science

Prof. Fumio S. Ohuchi, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Prof. Jean-Yves Cavaillé, Head, ElyTMAX

Mr. Shigenori Oyama, Representative Director and President, NEC TOKIN Corporation

Dr. Yuko Harayama, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Japan

Prof. Harald Euess, Asia and Europe in a Global Context, University of Heidelberg

Assistant Prof. Shingo Ishihara, Winner of the Falling Walls Lab Sendai 2015

 

Prof. Sadayoshi Ito and the three winners of the Falling Walls Lab Sendai 2016.

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