2nd Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium

Power Semiconductor Devices – Key for Effective Use of Electric Energy – Hiroyuki Matsunami (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)

Course Description
On 11 and 12 July, 2015, the second Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP) was held in the University’s Clock Tower Centennial Hall with around 650 people — including students, researchers, and members of the general public — attending over the two days.
Under the umbrella theme “Technology/Genetic Science/Arts — Tracing the path of evolution, in holistic contemplation of present and future civilization”, the event brought together 12 leading experts from around the world to address topics of academic and public interest through presentations that were thoughtfully crafted to make highly technical content accessible and engaging to the general audience.


Official page: http://kuip.hq.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/archives/2015/about


July 11th to July 12th, 2015
Graduate School
Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall

[Electronics Session]
1 Hiroyuki Matsunami (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)
“Power Semiconductor Devices – Key for Effective Use of Electric Energy -” Video
2 Roel Baets (Professor, Ghent University / imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre))
“Photonic integrated circuits – enablers for the Internet and for the life sciences -” Video
3 Kyoko Kitamura (Young Scientist)
(Full-time Lecturer, Institute for the Promotion of University Strategy, Global Excellence, Kyoto Institute of Technology)
“Creation of peculiar beams by photonic-crystal lasers” Video


[Biological Sciences Session]
4 Svante Pääbo (Professor, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
“Ancient DNA – from humble beginnings to high-quality genomes -” Video
5 Eske Willerslev (Professor, Director, University of Copenhagen / University of Cambridge)
“How we settled the world and developed cultural and biological diversity” Video
6 Satoshi Hirata (Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University)
“Understanding social intelligence in chimpanzees and bonobos – A quest for the evolutionary origins of the human mind -” Video


[Music Session]
7 Jo Kondo (Professor Emeritus, Ochanomizu University / Composer)
“Dissolution of Autonomous Artwork in Contemporary Music, or Externalization of Musical Language” Video
8 Masahiro Miwa (Dean and Professor, IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) / Composer)
“New Religious Music – The Potential of the Arts in Electricity Civilization -” Video

– Reisiu Sakai (Soprano singer)
– Eugene Okano (Pianist / Full-time Lecturer, Department of Piano, SHOBI College of Music)
– Nobuyasu Sakonda (Professor, Department of Visual Media, School of Media and Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences / Musician / Media Artist)

9 Toshio Nakagawa
(Vice–President, Japan Society for Contemporary Music / Executive Director, The Japan Federation of Composers Inc. / Lecturer, Ochanomizu University / Composer / Pianist)
“The Forest of 20th Century Music: Travelling through It with the Piano (covering music of Kyoto Prize winning composers)” Video
10 Commentator: Hermann Gottschewski (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo) Video