Fundamental PIER Program
Department of Adaptive Machine Systems provides a curriculum developed from a project-based learning "Exercise on Adaptive Machine Systems," on which the department has been actively working ahead of the other universities in Japan. In the Fundamental PIER Program, companies propose projects of advanced researches & developments. One coach from a company and two coaches from our department are in charge of each group consisting of three or four students, and the students experience continuous stream of proposition, design, development, and assessment.
This program is assigned as one of the core curriculums of the first-year master course in our department, and is the basis of the development of human resources that lead the "Intelligent & Integrated Engineering Developments" in a cross-disciplinary area of material and mechanical engineering). This program provides opportunities to detect and discuss the problems in the real world, and to cultivate knowledge and skills through the development of solution and prototype, its test and presentation, which lead to fostering of various skills e.g., the detection and solution of the problems, communication, team work, leadership, self-learning, and creativity.
The specific projects proposed by companies include the development of advanced high-end medical materials, a novel linear actuator, a vibration suppressor for the plant of plasma technologies, advanced robots for nursing care, and improvement of high-function baby cot. The program is supported by more than ten companies that have strong associations with the graduate school of engineering such as companies of consumer electronics, iron and steel manufacturing, heavy equipments, and precision apparatus that have established or laboratories in Osaka and neighboring area. Students experience and learn a necessary process of proposition, design, development, and assessment for "Intelligent & Integrated Engineering Developments" through up-to-date practical themes and small-group system.