- ISMAI-06 2012
- About ISMAI - an international symposium -
ISMAI–06, "International Symposium on Mechanics, Aerospace and Informatics Engineering", is the 6th event of the annual international exchange symposium having begun in year 2007; conducted by and between the Mechanical Engineering majors at the Science and Engineering Department of Graduate School of Meiji University and the Mechanical Engineering Department of Gyeongsang National University, one of 10 major Korean National Universities. It was held at the BEXCO – Busan Exhibition & Convention Center – from February 27th to 29th, 2012. Attended by a total of 84 Japanese participants, which included 65 graduate students, 9 undergraduate students and 10 faculty members, who stayed in the same hotel and shared hotel rooms with the Korean participants, which included 61 graduates and 15 faculty members. They enjoyed themselves throughout the series of activities at ISMAI–06, which included keynote lectures, presentations, core programs of the event, and the party after the symposium. Besides these activities at BEXCO, there was also a tour for observing both the Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Motor Company sites, along with a cultural tour to visit sites like Bulguksa, Seokguram, the Gyeongju Royal Tombs Complex, the Heavenly Horse Tomb and Yangdong Folk Village. ISMAI–06 was successfully held with such strong integration of activities between Korean and Japanese participants, not only in academic and business areas, but also in the historical and cultural aspects.
ISMAI–06, substantially exceeded the ISMAI–05 symposium, with 135 subjects being presented in total, including 2 keynote speakers and 2 special lectures, 31 oral and 100 poster presentations, as well as including a very active and fruitful academic Q&A sessions. The proceedings of the ISMAI–06 included, collecting all academic papers written in English, which was a total of 680 pages long. The quality and quantity of the proceedings at the symposiums continue to grow richer and broader year by year.
At the party held at the end of the symposium, a representative from the Japanese participants, gave a speech in fluent Korean, and letters and plaques of appreciation were awarded to persons of merit in the past ISMAI activities. Both Japanese and Korean students and faculty had a wonderful time in communicating with each other in a friendly and casual atmosphere. The “Best Presentation” awards of ISMAI–06, were given to total of 6 students, which included one each of Japanese and Korean students for oral presentations and two Japanese and two Koreans for poster presentations at the party as well.
It was also a great opportunity for most Japanese students who were prospective employees of Japanese companies at that time for pulling their socks up again by getting first hand feeling of severe competitions in globalizing business when they joined the visiting tour and observed huge building dockyards of Hyundai Heavy Industries and integrated automobile assembly lines of Hyundai Motor Company. Both of which, are the world's largest scale and are the world's highest–level of utilization rate. Each group of participants, a mix of Japanese and Koreans, from three to six people, shared hotel rooms and enjoyed staying together, casually communicating with each other in English and/or even using body language. It was a great and beneficial opportunity for most of the students to experience presentations in English, as well as getting to stay with non Japanese people. So, as described here, ISMAI–06 has been improved from past ISMAI meetings, not only in quantity, but also in terms of quality. The next round, "ISMAI–07," is scheduled to be held in Japan.