Vol.4 No.2 2011

Round-table talks : Third anniversary of Synthesiology−125−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.4 No.2 (2011) Dr. Yoshiki Kinoshitathe faults in information systems. At the Electrotechnical Laboratory, before it was incorporated into AIST, we conducted research in semantics of programming. When AIST started, I thought that a person, like me, engaging in semantics research could contribute to society through research in system verification. If one follows a waterfall style model, however, taking steps from basics to application, the day will be over before making any contribution to society. Therefore, I decided to try concurrent engagement in both the academic research and the technological transfer. It did not seem impossible, as the people in universities engage in both education and research, and while not all their research link directly to education, they realize both. Moreover, some interesting things happen because of theinteraction between research and education. So, we decided to try doing research and technological transfer concurrently with industry-academia collaboration. The word “clinical” was borrowed from medicine as a way of drawing an analogy between system verification and a doctor’s diagnosis. Finally, “field science” is a term coined by the cultural anthropologist Dr. Jiro Kawakita, who wrote a book about abduction which also introduces the famous KJ method. In spite of the importance of abduction, it had not been discussed very much in the context of Full Research. So, we wanted to emphasize it in our paper.WatariI submitted a paper with a simple title “A strategy to reduce energy usage in ceramic fabrication: novel binders and related processing technology”. It is a write-up of an R&D for the ceramics manufacturing process in industrial operation. The point of the research is to understand the relationship between the binder and the energy consumption in ceramics manufacturing, and we implemented energy savings in manufacturing through this new binder technology.In writing the paper, I had a personal battle of whether I should write about the results obtained with private companies. However, as I wrote, I understood that there was a story of how we created the scenario under what thinking and what were extracted among which elemental technologies, and I was finally able to finish the paper.and is a crucial target gene in drug discovery. The applied result was formed into the functional analysis database SEVENS. It took two years from the start of the research to the publication of the database, or the so-called product realization. I wrote in the paper that this product became the elemental technology for the next study, and major joint researches happened cyclically. In the field of bioinformatics, the time required to produce a result is relatively short. Moreover, we can choose practically any subject which allows us to move forward quickly, and we are able to expand the research plan with several joint researchers.In writing the paper, the part I had most trouble with was to “show the research scenario”. In this research, I can’t remember ever making a scenario. If I had one it was for the first few years. From then on, the research developed spontaneously, and I just rode along. However, I do believe that as a consequence I was able to take the shortest route.In a conventional paper, you write up the optimal data after everything is finished to make it look neat. Dr. Komai said, “I quit the chronological order and reorganized things”. In my case, the chronology itself bred new developments, so, in my case, I thought the chronological order was important. Another point is, in a conventional paper, I don’t think I can ever write failure stories. If I write, “I failed”, I won’t be allowed to continue. I find it interesting that this journal allows us to argue that the failures help the next step forward.Another point that I found difficult was that I had to explain things, so people of other fields could understand. Dr. Akamatsu reviewed my paper and said, “This is totally incomprehensible”. To use terminologies that can be understood by people in any field, that was very difficult.KinoshitaWith my colleague, Dr. Toshinori Takai, I wrote a paper entitled “A field-scientific approach to clinico-informatics: towards general models of technology transfers”. about the technical transfers conducted in the Research Center for Verification and Semantics, over six years, until March 2010. System verification is a technology to find and fix bugs or Dr. Koji Watari


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