Masashi Kawaguchi received the B.E. degree in Information Engineering from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1987. He joined Kaisei High School as a mathematics teacher in 1987. He was transferred as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering of National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College in 1992. He served as an inland researcher at Nagoya Institute of Technology from 1995 to 1996. He received the D.E. degree in Environmental Technology and Urban Planning Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2003. He became an associate professor in 2004 and promoted a professor in 2012. He was a part-time lecturer at Suzuka University of Medical Science from 2007 to 2009 and Osaka-Kyouiku University from 2008 to 2014. He was the Chair of the International committee from 2009 to 2016. He was the Director of Information Processing Center from 2010 to 2013. He was the Chair of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2016 to 2021. He received the Best Paper Award at the Fifth Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI2001) in 2001 and the IEEE/ACIS International Conference on Computer and Information Science (ICIS2019) in 2019. He is a member of the IEE of Japan, IEICE (Japan) and IPSJ (Japan).
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In 2021, National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Suzuka College reached a Student Exchange Program Agreement with Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), Finland. In 2022, based on the agreement, we dispatched two students to TUAS from August to December. In 2023, we accept one student from TUAS from March to August. We have already selected 4 students to send to TUAS this summer.
Prior to the agreement, we have had a series of webinar sessions with TUAS since 2021. These are not part of a temporary program due to the severe condition of Covid-19, but rather we regard them as continual. It should provide the possibility to interact with students without actual visits. Thus, we aim for the hybrid-international exchange to combine actual visits with virtual ones.
In this paper, we would like to focus on engineering experiments conducted during the webinar sessions. In 2021, as the sessions were based on PBL under the theme of the social implementation of technology, each session consisted of a lecture and a follow-up discussion. It was supposed to be difficult to conduct experiments under the strict conditions online, but in the 2022 sessions two experiments were demonstrated; one was “Tamago Otoshi Contest,” so called “the Egg-Drop Challenge,” the other was “Sweden Game.”
“Tamago Otoshi Contest” includes designing a landing craft that protects the egg passenger when it's dropped from up high. First, a lecture is given on the physical phenomena of this experiment. Then, students discuss how to design a landing craft online, create their own craft with only a B4 size paper and glue and experiment with it under almost the same conditions.
“Sweden game" is a sort of education gaming aiming at the educational effects on the participants. The game focuses on cost sharing issues: who will pay the cost and how the total cost will be shared. Six regions in the south area of Sweden are planning to construct pipelines to cooperatively get the water resource. Every area wants to minimize its financial expense for pipeline construction as much as possible. Under such a condition, students find the best solution by gaming, discussing with shared files online.
The webinar sessions are conducted as a part of “Special Engineering Lecture” with approval of credits. In addition to the details of the experiments, we present other contents incorporated in “Special Engineering Lecture” toward our hybrid-international exchange.