| Micromachine Center Organizes The 9th International Micromachine/Nanotech
Symposium. It will be held on November 13 (Thursday) 2003, at the Science
Museum in Kitanomaru Park Tokyo, under the supporting of METI and NEDO,
and with the sub-theme of "Micromachine technology that integrates
nanotechnology in it makes the foundation of industrial technology in the
In session 1, "Opening" we provide two special lectures
by MEMS pioneers in Europe and U.S.A. One is "MEMS and Opportunities
for University/ Industry Technology Transfer" by Professor Nico F.
de Rooij of University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. The other one is "Turning
MEMS Ideas Into MEMS Products" by Professor Stephen D. Senturia of
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
In session 2, "The Path to New Industries in the 21st Century,"
will discuss on the following three themes.
The first lecture will talk on the R&D of OMRON Corporation's
hit products. The second lecture will discuss on the "Evolution of
the MEMS business models: Status of the MEMS industry" based on data
of global survey by Yole Development (France) and the talks will attract
you as Japanese government is going to promote MEMS industrialization in
"Focus 21 project". The third lecture will talk the quality insurance
of Texas Instruments Inc.'s Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), as an excellent
"role model" on reliability of MEMS products.
- "The Evolution of Relay to RF-MEMS for High-speed and Large-scale
- "Evolution of the MEMS business models : Status of the MEMS industry"
- "Reliability of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD)"
In session 3, "Innovative R&D", will discuss the following
The first lecture will talk the development of a remote-control mini-satellite,
measuring 5 x 5 x 5 (cm) and weighting 100g, which is developing by Aerospace
Corporation in U.S.A. Launched from a space satellite (called "mother
ship"), this mini-satellite is to be used in maintenance support of
sight-checks, such as the condition of solar cells or extending the antenna
of the mother ship. And it is controlled by wireless transmission from
the mother ship. In the development of this satellite, MEMS technology
such as laser technology and 3D fabrication are being used.
- The Fabrication of a 100gm Co-Orbiting Satellite Assistant (COSA)
- Bio-Hybrid Nanomachine
- Micro Power Generation
- Nano Channel
The second lecture will talk on the system that integrates biomoleculars
and micro/nano structure. Biomolecular motor is a protein measuring approximately
10 nm that is highly involved as substance for transportation, protoplasmic
flow, cell division, and other processes within the body. The lecture will
focus on research involving the patterning of these mobile proteins in
microfluidic devices and the handling of nano-sized substances.
The third lecture will talk on the portable fuel cells that are studying
for application in near future and expecting for large market.
The fourth lecture will talk on sensors for biomedical and environmental
monitoring and on transducers that change the chemical and physical signals
into electronic signals. The fruits of recent study in this field will
much attract you.
| In Session 4, a panel discussion will be held to discuss on exploring
of new MEMS development as a strategy for Micro/Nano technology with seven
panelists including three guest speakers from overseas. Prof. Fujita, The
University of Tokyo serves the chairman. Before this panel discussion Prof.
Hiroyuki Fujita, Professor Koji Ikuta, Nagoya University, Prof. Isao Shimoyama,
The University of Tokyo and Dr. Atsushi Yusa, Olympus Optical Co., will
give short lectures on recent MEMS developments.