Onsite introductory AI program organised by University of Yamanashi. The second short program was held from February 28 until March 9th 2023. Since the travel restrictions have been relaxed since the spring of 2023, this short program was successfully held in UY. The participants were 36 UniMAP students and 2 faculty members.

Figure 17 The schedule of onsite introductory AI program


University of Yamanashi

This short program consisted of introductory lecture on AI technology, laboratory tour, technology field trip, and cultural experience. In the lecture, Prof. Xiaoyang Mao and her PhD student Mr. Ju introduced deep learning based state-of-the-art computer vision and face editing technologies

Lab Tour

In the AI laboratory tour, the participating students visited 4 laboratories: signal processing, computer vision, natural language processing and user-computer interaction. Graduate students presented and demonstrated their research achievements in the related fields. The participants of the short program asked questions actively and were deeply impressed by the cutting-edge research and useful applications.  Visit to the Fuel Cell Nanomaterials Center, one of the world top research centers in the field of fuel cell nanomaterials field was also arranged. In the section of technology field trip, the students visited a strawberry farm and experienced the technology using AI and augmented reality technology to assist customers to pick the best strawberries.

Presentation Day!

Students from UniMAP and UY were mixed together and divided into 6 groups. Each group was asked to propose a unique idea about some future AI technology contributing to SDGs and also present the challenges for realizing such a technology. All students participated the discussions actively and finally the following ideas were presented:

Team A: Fully Automation of Paddy Harvesting Using AI.
Team B: AI Nano: Chip for Deaf Patient and Multi-language Communication
Team C: SM Brand Clothing
Team D: Autonomous AI Technology in Waste Technology
Team E: A-Eye: A Colour Identification Application
Team F: Fish Detector 

Team C was awarded the best idea and presentation award for their novel wearable sensing technology that supports elderly or visually impaired individuals. Their innovative idea involves incorporating various sensors and prompting devices into clothing, which can capture the user's environment and assist them in avoiding potential risks in their daily lives. The proposals from all other teams were also impressive, demonstrating the high level of motivation among all participants to become AI human resources with the goal of contributing to society.

Cultural Tour around Kofu,

Yamanakako is a village located in Yamanashi Prefecture. Here is where the wonderful Mt. Fuji is located. The students also experienced some cultural exchange while enjoying the mesmerising sight throughout the whole journey in Yamanakako. 

Satoshi Ōmura Museum

The University of Yamanashi established the Satoshi Ōmura Museum using donations to the University of Yamanashi Satoshi Ōmura Memorial Fund, which was created to commemorate Dr. Satoshi Ōmura’s 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Kōfu Castle (甲府城)

A public park called Maizurujo Park that has been created out of a castle that is both partially rebuilt and in ruins in the heart of Kofu. It has a Japanese garden, as well as replicas of a castle turret and several gates. The park offers beautiful views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Takeda Shrine (武田神社)

a shrine in Kofu constructed on the site of the old home of local hero and one of Japan's most powerful feudal rulers Takeda Shingen. The previous residence's damaged components, including some stone walls and a moat that defended it, may still be seen in addition to shrine-specific characteristics such a main hall, prayer hall, and numerous torii gates.


Cultural Tour around Yamanakako,

A city in central Japan is called Kofu. Takeda Shrine is located on the old residence of a renowned commander from the sixteenth century. The remains of Kofu Castle are close by. There are hot-spring resorts in the Yumura Onsen region. The Arakawa River flows through the Shosenkyo Gorge in the north, which is renowned for its colourful fall foliage. Sengataki Waterfall is accessible through a path. Mount Rakanji, which provides views of Mount Fuji, is accessible by cable car.

Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海)

A tourist-friendly collection of eight ponds in the Fuji Five Lake region's Oshino town, which is situated between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako on the location of a former sixth lake that dried up some centuries ago.

Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖)

The lake's northern beaches offer the greatest views of Mount Fuji, which are especially magnificent during the cherry blossom season around mid-April and the fall foliage during the first half of November.

Lake Yamanakako (山中湖)

The biggest of the Fuji Five Lakes and the second most developed lake after Lake Kawaguchiko. It has tiny villages at its western and eastern sides, as well as a few hotels, minshuku, campgrounds, and restaurants in the middle.


Cultural Tour around Tokyo,

The most populated city in the world and the capital of Japan. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures and is made up of several cities, towns, and villages west of the city centre in addition to 23 core city wards. Tokyo includes the islands of Izu and Ogasawara as well.

Shibuya (渋谷)

one of Tokyo's 23 municipal wards, although frequently only refers to the well-known retail and entertainment district situated near Shibuya Station. In this sense, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's busiest and most vibrant neighbourhoods, filled with stores, restaurants, and nightclubs that cater to the throngs of tourists that visit the area every day.

National Museum of Nature and Science 

One of Japan's largest scientific museums is the National Museum of Nature and scientific, which is situated in Ueno Park. Over 25,000 exhibits at the museum cover a wide range of topics, including dinosaurs, Japanese ecosystems, outer space, and even the newest technological developments.

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