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5th Joint Symposium of Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka universities under the theme of of "Tomorrow's Lifestyle through Energy Management -- From Smart Grids to Smart Communities"

2012-2-23(Thu)

On Wednesday, February 22, Kyoto University hosted the 5th Joint Symposium of Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka universities under the theme of of "Tomorrow's Lifestyle through Energy Management -- From Smart Grids to Smart Communities."  About 370 persons participated in the symposium at the Centennial Hall of Kyoto University's Clock Tower Centennial Hall.

Following the greeting from Kyoto University President MATSUMOTO, Osaka University President HIRANO spoke about energy saving approaches at Osaka University, as well as basic research and personnel development for securing energy.
He also said that we need to consider issues on a global scale, bearing mind in that world faces a rapid population increases while Japan faces a rapidly aging society in earthquake-prone islands. Thus, he expressed his hope of making this symposium an opportunity to think about environment issues, particularly energy issues.

His speech was followed by the talk by MATSUYAMA Takashi, Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. He spoke about social background of energy informatization, its basic ideas, and the latest research results under the theme of "Energy Informatization -- Smart Energy Management from the Citizen's Perspective."

In the information providing session after his speech, hosted by Professor MATSUYAMA, four experts talked about the relationship between energy informatization and our life under the theme of "From Smart Grids to Smart Communities."

In that session, ISE Toshifumi, Professor at the School of Engineering talked about characteristics of distributed generation and electrical storage device and new energy distribution system using them, referring to the use of direct current that is attracting people's attention recently.

In the general discussion, the final portion of the symposium, many participants gave their opinions, showing their high interest in energy informatization.

Electric vehicles on display outside the conference also drew people's attention.

 

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         General discussion

 

 

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