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Osaka University North American Alumni Association 10th Anniversary Open Seminar in Silicon Valley (Saturday, September 10, 2016)

2016-9-10 (Sat) 14:00 -

In order to strengthen the ties between alumni living in North America through social and business networking activities, the Osaka University North American Alumni Association was established in January of 2006. Currently, over 500 members are active in 12 regions, which include cities such as San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles, and each region holds social gatherings, lectures, and welcome parties for exchange students, young researchers, and expatriate employees from Japan, each centered around the presidents and secretaries for each region.

More details can be found here -> Osaka University North American Center for Academic Initiatives homepage

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Osaka University North American Alumni Association, so to celebrate, we will be holding an Open Lecture and Alumni Dinner in California's Silicon Valley.

Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies alumni, as well as current and former faculty members, are invited, so we hope to see many "OU Family" members in attendance!

 The Web Registration Form can be found here! 

Osaka University Alumni Association Flier

Date, time, and place

Date and time: Saturday, September 10, 2016  
      14:00 ~ Open Lecture
      18:00 ~ Alumni Dinner

    *You are welcome to attend either one or both of the events listed.

Place: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Campbell - Pruneyard Plaza (California Silicon Valley)


• 14:00 ~ 17:00 - Lecture

The topic of this year's lecture will be "AI and Innovation," and we'll hear lectures from experts who have achieved great success at the forefront of their respective fields.


Opening Greeting

Opening Address by NISHIO Shojiro, President, Osaka University 
Greeting from YAMADA Jun, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco


Lecture I:

ITODANI Tetsuro, Philosophy student at the Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; Professional Shogi Player

AI vs Human Intelligence: Shogi


Lecture II:

YAGI Masakazu, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics, Osaka University
TANIGUCHI Tatsunori, Medical Doctor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University; Japan Biodesign Osaka 2015/2016 Fellow

Medical Engineering and Innovation


Lecture III:

Tomoko Lumpkin, Career as a conference interpreter; Alumni, Osaka University of Foreign Studies

Job Focus: Conference Interpreter


• Alumni Dinner - 18:00 ~ 20:00

*Attendance fee: $80 USD (We will accept attendance fees on the day of the lecture. Students may attend for just $40 USD.)

*California laws state that individuals under the age of 21 may not consume alcohol.


Seats are limited to about 80, so please register to save your seat ASAP! We will no longer be accepting applications once seats are filled.

Support from

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

Osaka University Federation of Alumni Association


Osaka University North American Center for Academic Initiatives

Address: 44 Montgomery street, Suite 3580, San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

Tel: +1-415-296-8561

Email: info[AT] (Please change [AT] to @ when contacting this address.)

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