Almost every research field currently represented in Shinshu University, such as environmental science, energy, medicine, fiber technology, bio-engineering, agriculture, etc., now benefits from the accelerating pace of collaboration between industry, university and government and the subsequent availability of funding. The training received by bank personnel working as financial coordinators enables them to contribute to matching the potential of our academic research to the technical resources of local companies. The Shinshu University "Forest of Knowledge Exhibition" also serves to introduce the potential applications of our research to the local community.
Within the collaborative medical-engineering field of life innovation, we established the Shinshu Incubation Center for Medical Devices and Functional Food Development. In addition, the Shinshu Medical Industry Association provided a framework for collaboration with companies and other organizations. To this end, the Center for Shinshu Medical Innovation of Regional Technology was constructed to establish an ideal situation in which researchers from private companies and medical experts work together on research projects.
The Green Innovation initiative is another important aspect of our country's environmental energy strategy. As part of an interdisciplinary project to promote research and development on the conservation and usage of water resources, we are working on a new water management model. Under the heading of Agri-Innovation, "Food and Agriculture Industrial Development (FAID)", a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research institute responsible, in association with the farm unions, for the development and application of technologies for transforming agriculture into the sixth industry, is promoting collaboration between agriculture, commerce and engineering. The "Organization for the Promotion of Agri-Innovation in the Ina Valley Region" has been established to enable the Faculty of Agriculture and local companies to work together on solving semimountainous area issues, etc. and to promote new enterprise in agricultural and forestry.
"Wearable Robot" Robotic Wear "curara®"
This has been co-developed by our Faculty of Textile Science and Technology and a speed reducer manufacturer. It employs a nonexoskeletal structure (which supports joint movement using the skeletal system), best suited for supporting daily movements and also for rehabilitation, and is attracting attention from companies and social service agencies.